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IL defense lawyerAutomobiles are perhaps the greatest invention of the modern age -- they simplify life and enable us to live more efficiently. With all of that innovation comes danger, as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 37,133 people who died in car crashes in 2017. Though the number of fatal traffic accidents has been steadily decreasing, car accidents still remain a problem. There are things that you can do to protect yourself on the road that can greatly decrease your chances of getting into an accident. Here are a few tips you can follow to help keep your chances of getting into an accident down:

Pay Attention to the Road

Try not to let other things distract you from the task at hand -- driving. Distractions can appear both inside and outside the vehicle and they are all equally as dangerous. Cell phone use is one of the most common forms of distracted driving, but you can also become distracted by changing the music, adjusting the air conditioner, reaching for an item you have dropped or by other passengers in the vehicle. Keep your eyes and mind on the road and you should be safe.

Maintain a Safe Following Distance

This can (literally) be a lifesaver, especially in inclement weather conditions, like rain or snow. You should try to keep the following distance of at least two seconds between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. This means that it should take you about two seconds to reach any given landmark after the vehicle in front of you reaches the same landmark.

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IL accident lawyerTechnology is a wonderful thing - we have the ability to do more online than ever before, such as ordering groceries and making appointments. Ridesharing is another service that is available to smartphone users, allowing them to request rides from independent drivers, rather than calling a taxi company or trying to hail a cab from the side of the street. With the emergence of companies such as Uber and Lyft, ridesharing has become more popular and more readily available to people, but they also bring about certain issues that lawmakers are still in the process of figuring out. Liability in ridesharing accidents is still a fuzzy area and can be difficult to determine, but an experienced attorney can help hash out the details.

What Constitutes a Ridesharing Company?

The Illinois Transportation Network Providers Act outlines the laws concerning the operation of companies. The Act states that a transportation network company (TNC) is any company that uses digital means to connect passengers with ride services provided by TNC drivers who own their own vehicles. Popular TNC’s include Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and Via. These apps work with passengers logging into the company’s app and inputting their location, alerting drivers who are nearby. Those drivers then utilize the app’s GPS technology and pick up the passenger to take them to their destination. These apps typically give users information such as estimated fares, the number of drivers nearby and driver ratings and feedback.

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Illinois injury lawyerDriving in the Chicago area at rush hour is anxiety-inducing enough when major throughways such as 90/94, 290, 55, and Lake Shore Drive are facilitating traffic with optimal results. When additional variables are present, such as unexpected temporary lane closures or reductions, the stress, and danger increase. This is especially the case when driving alongside a semi-truck, flatbed carrying wide contents, or an industrial grade vehicle utilized for purposes such as construction, waste management, or agriculture.

The larger, longer, and wider the vehicle, the greater the chance it has of a crossing a lane boundary, especially when weather conditions or city construction has reduced lane sizes. When a boundary is crossed, a collision may occur. Similarly, a chain reaction may occur when one driver panics at the sight of a veering large vehicle, thereby introducing chaos and disarray into traffic and causing an auto accident. When one of these scenarios plays out and personal injuries are suffered, the law allows for victims to pursue monetary damages for medical bills and other losses.

Injuries Sustained in an Accident Involving a Large Vehicle May Be Severe

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