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IL accident lawyerIt is fairly common to be cruising along an Illinois highway, going a few miles per hour over the speed limit, only to be passed by an out of control, fast-moving vehicle. Despite posted speed limit signs, many Illinois drivers significantly pick up their speed as soon as they hit the highway. Without frequent stop signs or signals to keep them at bay, these drivers can weave in and out of lanes as they seemingly glide past the other cars on the road. These speedy drivers often feel on top of the world, only to find themselves the cause of a life-threatening accident an instant later. Despite a promising six percent drop in speeding-related deaths in 2018, a total of 9,378 people still lost their lives to this driving hazard, many of which were victims of other drivers’ speeding tendencies.

A September Speeding Accident

This past September, a six-vehicle crash left one person dead and at least three others injured on I-294. According to an ABC7 report, a Chevy Impala was allegedly driving at a high speed in the southbound lane when it lost control and swiped a car in the next lane over. The Impala then went airborne over the highway barrier, striking three other cars in the process. One of the injured passengers—a 64-year-old woman driving a Honda CRV—died after being transported to a nearby hospital, and four others suffered both major and minor injuries.

What Are the Consequences of Speeding?

According to data retrieved by the National Safety Council, those between the ages of 15 and 20 years old have the highest percentage of speeding drivers in fatal crashes, with males showing a higher tendency to speed. Because younger drivers have less driving experience and a higher tendency to speed, they are the ones who often experience these consequences first-hand. Driving over the speed limit is considered breaking the law, and depending on how fast the driver was moving among other circumstances, their penalties can range from a minor ticket to time behind bars. Aside from the legal repercussions that speeding drivers can face, there are a number of consequences that driving at high speeds can have on the driver and those around them, including the following:

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IL injury lawyerThere are many different ways that someone can get hurt. Accidents can occur in various environments, including the home, public places such as parks, restaurants, or stores. Injuries can range from minor bumps and bruises to serious and even life-threatening conditions. In some cases, they can affect the rest of someone’s life. Slip-and-fall accidents might not sound like they would be that severe, but they can cause significant injuries to people of all ages. Although they are fairly common in inclement weather, especially in snowy or icy conditions, slip-and-falls can also occur in warm weather. Property owners have a responsibility to properly maintain their buildings and grounds; otherwise, visitors may suffer injuries.

Premises Liability Act

According to the Illinois Premises Liability Act, business and property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe and secure in order to prevent guests from any harm. If owners or managers fail to take reasonable care to maintain the property, they may be held accountable for damages that occur as a result. However, this law does not apply to individuals who are trespassing and get hurt on the property.

Injuries that are a result of the negligence of a property owner can be due to damaged sidewalks, staircases, hand railings, faulty elevators, or poorly maintained swimming pools. We all know that slipping on ice in the winter can be a common occurrence. However, swimming pool surfaces can be extremely slick due to all the water that splashes from the pool. In addition, restaurant floors or patios can be slippery if drinks or food spills and they are not cleaned up by staff members in a timely manner. In other cases, rotted wood can break apart, causing patrons or visitors to lose their footing or balance and fall.

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IL truck accident attorneyIf you have ever traveled along any of the thousands of miles of highway in the United States, you have almost certainly shared the road with a semi-truck or big rig at some point. According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were more than 1.5 million for-hire and private trucking companies in the country with more than 36 million trucks being used for business purposes. Truck accidents are unfortunately not uncommon; the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported nearly 5,000 fatal truck crashes and around 116,000 crashes causing injury in 2017. While truck drivers are almost always responsible for a portion of the blame in accidents, trucking companies can also be held responsible in some cases. Here are a few ways trucking companies might be responsible for truck accidents:

Not Maintaining or Servicing the Truck

Commercial motor vehicles (CMV’s) are large and have a lot of different parts than other vehicles. The primary purpose of a CMV is business, meaning these vehicles travel thousands of miles every month and require much more service and maintenance than other vehicles. Federal trucking regulations state that every motor carrier is required to perform routine maintenance and inspection of their CMV’s to ensure all parts are in working order. If a CMV gets into an accident and it is found that the truck was partially to blame, the trucking company can be held liable for the accident.

Hiring Drivers Who Lack Qualifications/Experience

Because of the enormous size and weight of CMV’s, truck drivers are held to a higher standard of training and experience before they are permitted to operate a CMV. All drivers employed to drive CMV’s are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with the proper endorsements to be legally permitted to drive. It is the job of the trucking company to ensure their drivers have the proper training, experience, licensing and endorsements to drive a CMV. If they are lacking in any of those areas, the trucking company may be liable for the accident.

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