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IL car accident lawyerEach year, thousands of people die in fatal car accidents in the United States. According to data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 37,000 people were killed in traffic accidents and nearly 3 million more people were injured in 2017. Being in a car accident is a frightening and traumatizing experience. Those who are lucky enough to walk away from a car accident can suffer serious, life-altering injuries that can affect their quality of life. These injuries do not always show up right away; it can day takes, weeks or even months for a car accident injury to fully manifest itself. If you have been in a car accident, you should keep an eye out for these common delayed symptoms:

  • Headaches: It is not uncommon for a person to develop persistent headaches days after the crash took place. While it is common for headaches to be a delayed symptom of a concussion or whiplash, it can also be a sign of a more serious problem, such as a blood clot in the brain or a critical injury to the neck or brain.
  • Neck pain or stiffness: One of the most common injuries that occur because of car accidents is whiplash. The classic symptom of whiplash is pain or stiffness in the neck. Sometimes, this can take hours or even days to show up and can last for months or even years after the accident.
  • Numbness: Feeling numbness in any part of your body can be a scary experience. Numbness in the arms and hands is another symptom of whiplash that can be delayed. If this occurs, it is a good indication that you experienced a severe whiplash injury and could even indicate damage to the spinal column.
  • Back pain: There are a lot of components that are located in the back. The spinal column contains the spinal cord and has soft discs in between the vertebrae. There are also quite a few muscles, ligaments and soft tissues located in the back that allow for movement. Any of these things can become damaged in a car accident, resulting in pain.

Changes in personality or physical processes: Another very common injury that can arise from a car accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The most common TBI is a concussion, but any type of brain injury is possible from a car accident. Problems with vision and hearing, difficulty remembering things or focusing or changes in mood or personality can all point to a TBI.

Injured in a Car Accident? Contact a Park Ridge, IL Car Accident Injury Lawyer Today

Car accident injuries can range from being minor scratches or bruising to serious injuries like concussions and major lacerations. If you have been hurt in a car accident, it is imperative that you go to a hospital, even if you have a minor injury or you “feel fine.” If you do not go to a hospital and develop symptoms later, it may be harder to recover compensation. At the Quinn Law Group, LLC, we understand that injuries sustained from a car accident can last for years or even a lifetime. That is why our skilled Glenview, IL car accident injury attorneys will fight to make sure you get the compensation that you deserve. Call our office today at 847-232-7180 to schedule a free consultation.

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IL crash attorneyOne of the great dangers that plague today’s world for a majority of Americans is car crashes. The latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that the leading cause of death in 2016 for children who were 10 and 11 years old and young adults ages 16 to 22 was motor vehicle crashes. Nearly 7.3 million police-reported traffic accidents occurred in 2016, injuring more than 3 million people and killing nearly 37,500 people. Getting into any car accident is a serious matter, even if nobody was hurt. Apportioning fault is a big part of ensuring you get the compensation you deserve from any damages to your vehicle or injuries you sustain from a car accident. But how is fault determined in these cases?

Violation of a Traffic Law

One of the easiest ways to determine who is at fault for a car accident is whether or not either party violated a traffic law. Every person on the road has a duty to follow all traffic laws and to refrain from actions that endanger others on the road. If it can be proven that one party violated a traffic law and that violation led to the collision, that party may be held liable for the damages from the accident.

Type of Collision

The next thing that your attorney, insurance agent, judge and any other person involved in making the decision as to who is at fault will look at is the type of collision that occurred. Certain types of collisions can make it easy to see who was at fault for the collision. For example, a rather common type of collision is a rear-end collision. Most people would agree that the person who hit the car in front of them is mostly responsible for the accident, rather than the driver who was hit.

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IL accident lawyerOne of the most dangerous driving behaviors is speeding. Most states, including Illinois, have strict laws about speeding that are regularly enforced. If you excessively speed, you could face felony charges, but that does not stop some people. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding killed more than 9,700 people in 2017 alone, with speeding-related deaths accounting for around 26 percent of all traffic fatalities. Even when speed-related accidents do not cause death, they can cause serious and life-altering injuries.

Reasons for Speeding

There are a variety of reasons why a person would speed while they are driving. Often, drivers do not even realize that they are engaging in this dangerous behavior, while some do and speed nonetheless. Reasons why a person may speed include:

  • They are running late for something
  • They are distracted by their cell phone or other type of distraction
  • They are intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • They are simply unconcerned with the safety of others

Further, there are certain factors that have been known to correspond with the type of people that are guilty of speeding. For example, young adults who are under the age of 34 tend to make up the majority of the population who speeds. Males, no matter their age, tend to be speeders more often than females. Those who have had adverse driving incidents on their records, such as a previous speeding, DUI, license suspension or revocation or car crash are also more likely to speed.

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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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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 accident lawyerCar accidents can be scary and traumatic, and the last thing you want to think about is insurance claims, but that should be one of the first things on your mind. You have to begin your claims process almost immediately after a car accident, or you might cause yourself more trouble than the actual accident. Dealing with insurance companies and claims can be stressful, but if you have someone who is well-versed in car accident claims, such as an attorney, you can save yourself some of the anxiety.

Report Your Accident to the Police

The first thing you should do after an accident is report it to police. You should also take note of details of the accident, such as:

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Illinois injury lawyerTraffic in the O’Hare Airport area is an intense nexus of departing and arriving travelers, taxis, ride-sharing services, and individuals who simply traverse I-90 or I-190 on a daily basis as part of their work commute. With so much activity, often governed by time-sensitive schedules, car accidents are an unfortunately daily inevitability. Whether around the perimeter of O’Hare or in nearby Rosemont or Park Ridge, when you meet the misfortune of a car accident, it is important to navigate the subsequent healthcare, insurance, law enforcement, and if necessary, legal interactions with as much preparedness and assertiveness as needed to cover your accident expenses, medical bills, and other losses.

Receiving the Full Compensation You Are Entitled to under Your Insurance Policy

It is in an insurer’s interest with regard to profit margins to pay out the minimum compensation required when a valid claim is filed. As such, knowledge and assertiveness are essential in obtaining the full extent of compensation you are entitled to receive from car accident claim. So know your insurance policy and do not settle for less than you deserve. Consider relying on an experienced car accident attorney – especially one who has dealt with insurance companies countless times and knows full well the internal procedures they utilize in an effort to pay out less than full compensation to claimants.

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Illinois injury lawyerWhen it comes to shouldering responsibility, car accidents may be more complicated than they might initially seem. Complexities may emerge in either the sequence of events leading up to the moment of collision and personal injuries that follow or in the capacities of each driver (and in some cases pedestrians) involved. Your job as a car accident injury victim is not to play detective. Recovering from the harms you have suffered and adjusting your work and other schedules accordingly are your proper focus. Recording every detail of the facts at issue is the territory of law enforcement, and in apportioning blame and imposing liability, the province of an attorney.

Multi-Party Auto Accidents and the Question of Fault

As a Chicago area resident, you are already familiar with the complexity of the city’s system of roads and highways. Take, for example, the frequent site of road construction area where lanes narrow and traffic snarls. Now, factor in winter weather. You are on your way to work as driving lanes on both sides of a median or temporary traffic divider are halved by red cones and a squad of city workers. You adjust accordingly, slowing to the reduced speed limit.

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