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IL injury lawyerCar accidents can be deadly events. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 37,000 Americans killed in traffic crashes in 2017. Even in traffic crashes that did not involve a fatality, there were more than 2.7 million people injured in traffic crashes in 2017. Depending on the factors surrounding the accident, injuries range from bruises and superficial cuts to internal bleeding and traumatic brain injuries. One of the most common traumatic brain injuries resulting from car accidents are concussions.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when the brain is jostled and the fragile tissue of the brain hits the walls of the skull. This commonly occurs when a person sustains a blow to the head, but violent shaking of the head and/or upper body can also result in a concussion. Symptoms can appear right away or they can take time to develop. Symptoms typically dissipate, but it can take days, weeks or even longer for that to happen.

Signs of a Concussion

There are quite a few symptoms that can manifest if you are suffering from a concussion. Some can be obvious and others are not so obvious. Here are a few warning signs you may be experiencing a concussion:

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IL accident lawyerNow that the weather is getting warmer and more people are partaking in outdoor activities, motorcycle riders everywhere are rejoicing and getting their bikes out to take them for a spin. For many people, riding a motorcycle is thrilling and not just a hobby, but a way of life. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle can also be dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are around 28 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than passenger car occupants. In 2016, there were over 5,000 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle accidents. Understanding the common causes of motorcycle accidents can help you make sure you keep yourself as safe as possible while on your bike.

Not Knowing Your Bike Well Enough

Before you set out on the open road, you should make sure that you are comfortable handling your bike. Riding a motorcycle safely takes a lot of skill, patience, and practice. The NHTSA states that about a third of motorcyclists killed in crashes are either improperly license to ride a motorcycle or not licensed at all. Before you take your bike out onto the road, try practicing in a parking lot or a road that is not very busy.

Being Under the Influence While Riding

Another major factor in a lot of motorcycle crashes is alcohol. According to the NHTSA, 25 percent of motorcyclists who were involved in fatal crashes in 2016 were alcohol-impaired, which is more than drivers of any other vehicle type. Driving anything while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is never OK.

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IL injury lawyerAt some point during the day, everyone is a pedestrian. If you are not in your vehicle and you are walking, you are a pedestrian. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a pedestrian includes anyone who is walking, running, jogging, sitting or lying down. Being a pedestrian involved in a traffic accident can be extremely dangerous. Serious and sometimes even fatal injuries can occur when vehicles hit pedestrians. The NHTSA has reported that there were nearly 6,000 pedestrians that died in fatal traffic crashes in 2016. Fortunately, there are things that both drivers and pedestrians can do to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents.

Safety Tips for Drivers

Many times, it is not the pedestrian’s fault that an accident occurred -- most of the fault is placed on the driver. Here are a few tips to help drivers prevent pedestrian accidents:

  • Keep your eyes on the road at all time. Pedestrians do not always act predictably, but you should always be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially in densely populated areas;
  • Always yield to pedestrians, no matter if they are in a crosswalk or not. Pedestrians always have the right of way, so you should always allow them to cross the road;
  • If weather conditions are bad, be extra cautious. If it is difficult for you to see other vehicles, it will also probably be difficult for you to see pedestrians;
  • Always follow the speed limit. Speed limits are posted for a reason -- to keep people safe. If you are speeding and you get into an accident, you could get into trouble.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

The responsibility for preventing pedestrian accidents is not always on the drivers. Here are ways pedestrians can do their part to prevent pedestrian accidents:

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IL DUI lawyerAll car accidents are devastating, but car accidents that involve alcohol are especially tragic. Drunk driving accidents are almost entirely preventable and can be some of the deadliest accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were about 10,874 deaths from alcohol-related car accidents in 2017. Those nearly 11,000 deaths equated to around 29 percent of all car accident fatalities in 2017.

The question of liability in these crashes is an ambiguous one. If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit because of injuries sustained in an alcohol-related car accident, you have a couple of options when it comes to pinning the fault on an entity. Many people immediately think that the driver is the entity at fault, but what they might not know is that you can also hold the establishment that provided the alcohol at fault too.

What Is the Dram Shop Act?

The Illinois Dram Shop Act (formally known as the Liquor Control Act of 1934) allows certain establishments and bars to be held liable for injuries that are caused by an intoxicated person that they have sold alcohol to. The Act allows third parties who have suffered damages and injuries as a result of actions of an intoxicated person to place liability for the accident on the establishment that provided the intoxicated person with alcohol.

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IL injury lawyerMost Americans rely on vehicles to get them from place to place in their daily lives. Unfortunately, cars can be dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37,133 people were killed in car crashes in 2017 and millions more were injured. Car crashes can result in serious and extensive injuries, but the type of injuries you can get from a car accident vary depending on a number of factors. Here are a few injuries that are common in those who have been in a car accident.

Whiplash

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, whiplash is the most frequently reported injury in car accident insurance claims. Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs most frequently during car accidents, but that can also occur from sports accidents, physical abuse or other traumatic events. Whiplash occurs when the head is forcefully and quickly thrown back and forth and can injure bones in the spine, discs between the bones, nerves and other tissues in the neck. Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness;
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck;
  • Headaches;
  • Fatigue;
  • Dizziness; and
  • Blurred vision.

Concussions

Concussions can also occur when you get into a car accident. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can happen when your brain slides back and forth and hits the walls of your skull. Concussions happen commonly from car accidents, but they can also result from violent shaking of the head or contact sports, such as football. Symptoms of a concussion can take a while to show up, but can include:

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