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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 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 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 lawyerAlmost every state in the country requires drivers to have some sort of car insurance. It is illegal for you to drive without insurance or to have financial responsibility for any damages that may occur while you are driving. Though the laws on the amount of insurance and the type of coverage that you are required to have vary from state to state, many states require that you at least have bodily injury and property damage coverage. Though it is illegal to drive without insurance, many people do--according to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2015, an estimated 13 percent of drivers were uninsured. In Illinois, the number was estimated to be slightly over the national percentage at 13.7 percent. It is important to understand what type of insurance you are required to have in the state of Illinois and what it means if you are in an accident that involves an uninsured or underinsured motorist.

Illinois Insurance Laws

Illinois has established a statewide law on the amount and type of insurance coverage that all drivers must have. According to the Illinois Secretary of State, the minimum requirements for car insurance are:

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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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IL car accident lawyerDistracted driving has become a problem in recent years, with the number of crashes involving distracted drivers steadily increasing year after year, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 3,477 people were killed in car crashes involving a distracted driver and another 391,000 injured in 2015.

What Is Distracted Driving?

When people talk about distracted driving, oftentimes the conversation revolves around texting and driving, but that’s not the only distraction that could take your mind off the road. The NHTSA has identified three main types of distractions:

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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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