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IL injury lawyerWith November coming to a close in a few short weeks, winter is well on its way and in Illinois, that typically means snow and other inclement weather is on its way too. With winter comes snow and with snow comes more accidents than most other times of the year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 17 percent of all car crashes occur when there are winter conditions on the roads, like snow and ice. While winter wonderlands can be a dream landscape for some people, they can easily turn into a nightmare for others who are involved in winter car crashes. Here are four ways you can help keep yourself and others safe during this winter season:

Winter Road Safety Actually Starts off the Road

Before you get on the road after that first snow of the season, you need to thoroughly check your car to make sure it is safe to drive. When it gets cold outside, the air pressure drops, so you should check your tire pressure to make sure your tires are at peak performance. You should also check your windshield wipers to make sure they are working and are not streaking your windshield. It is also a good idea to make sure that all of your headlights, tail lights and blinkers are working - sometimes these are the only things that other drivers can see in poor visibility.

Stock Up in Case of Emergencies

You never know what will happen on the road, so you should be prepared for anything. It is a good idea to keep items like a shovel and an ice scraper in your car just in case you get stuck. You should also keep some sort of material to help you gain traction if you are stuck in the snow, like sand or cat litter. Other items to keep in the car that can be helpful are jumper cables, a flashlight, blankets, and a cell phone charger.

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IL accident lawyerFall is many people’s favorite time of year - you get a break from the sweltering heat of summer, leaves are changing into brilliant autumnal colors and you get to look forward to holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, in the midwest, fall also brings inclement weather, like rain and fog, which can make for dangerous driving situations. According to a study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in car crashes related to roadway and atmospheric conditions, around 75 percent were related to dangerous roadway conditions. Here are four tips to keep you safe during your autumn road trips.

  1. Watch Your Speed

Fall’s infamous rainy weather can make for slick and slippery roads. You should be sure to increase the following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you in case you need to stop suddenly. If you can see water on the roadways, you are also at a higher risk of hydroplaning, which happens when your tires lose traction on a wet road. Make sure you are not speeding and you are going a safe speed for the conditions you are driving in, even if it is lower than the speed limit.

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IL injury lawyerGetting into a car accident is a scary experience and can be traumatic for all those involved. When you are recovering from injuries you have sustained from a car accident, the last thing you want to be doing is fighting with an insurance company that does not want to pay for your damages. Many times, insurance companies will do everything in their power to make sure that you are paid the absolute minimum amount that they can get away with. In order to receive a decent insurance payout, you should follow these five tips to help:

  1. Be Prepared

Before you call your insurance company, be sure to have all of the necessary information and paperwork on hand to answer the questions your insurance company is sure to have. You will need information and documents pertaining to the accident, including:

  • Photos from the accident, including any damage to your vehicle;
  • A list of repairs needed to the car and how much they cost;
  • Medical expenses for injuries caused by the accident;
  • A copy of the police report from the accident; and
  • Any medical records from doctors’ visits relating to injuries from the accident.
  1. Stick to the Facts

Do not try to retell the accident minute for minute. Instead, try to give simple facts about the accident and do not offer up any information that is not asked for.

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IL injury lawyerWhen you get into a car accident, the first thing on your mind is probably not collecting evidence and documenting what just happened - but it should be. The moments directly after a car crash are crucial because the crash is still fresh in your mind and the scene of the accident is untouched. Dealing with insurance companies after a car crash can be annoying at best and infuriating at worst, but if you have overwhelming evidence supporting your claim, you will probably have an easier time being compensated. Evidence toward your claim can also help you in court if you are seeking damages owed by another driver.

Police Report

One of the most important pieces of information you can have is a copy of the police report that was created about your accident. The report will contain information about the accident and will be filed by the officer that responds to your call. Give the police as much information about the accident as possible. Police reports are what the insurance company will look at when determining what to pay. Important elements to include in a police report are:

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IL injury lawyerUnfortunately, motorcyclists are one of the groups that experience the largest number of traffic fatalities in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, motorcycles accounted for only about three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States, but 15 percent of traffic fatalities in 2016. Many people enjoy riding a motorcycle in the warmer months, but without proper safety precautions, this fun activity can turn deadly. Here are four tips to minimize the danger of experiencing a motorcycle accident:

Regularly Maintain Your Bike

The first step in making sure you are safe on the road is making sure that your bike is properly maintained. Check to make sure that oil levels are good, your oil is changed regularly, breaks are working properly and your tires are inflated. Having a broken-down bike can mean you will not be able to maneuver properly in the event of an emergency.

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