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Who is at Fault for a Pedestrian Accident?

 Posted on February 09, 2024 in Pedestrian accidents

Blog ImageMany individuals act as pedestrians throughout the day, and both pedestrians and individuals operating cars or other vehicles have a duty to be aware of each other. Following a few simple tips can help prevent a pedestrian accident while you are driving and ensure that every individual reaches their destination safely.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident due to a motorist’s lack of care, you should contact an Illinois pedestrian accident attorney to explore your legal options.

Keeping an Eye Out for Danger

Both pedestrians and motorists should keep in mind the potential for danger and accidents while out and about. By being focused on driving as a motorist or by their surroundings as a pedestrian, individuals can more easily react and work to prevent accidents.

Motorists can follow these tips to lower their chances of being involved in a pedestrian accident:

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Is Distracted Driving Illegal in Illinois?

 Posted on January 22, 2024 in Car accidents

Park Ridge distracted driving lawyerDistracted driving is dangerous, and engaging in distracted driving can result in serious motor vehicle accidents. It is also possible to be injured by a distracted driver while walking across a street or driving your own motor vehicle. Some forms of distracted driving are illegal in Illinois. If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, you may need to contact an experienced Illinois distracted driving attorney to explore compensation options.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is driving while texting, talking on the phone, or engaging in any other activity that takes your full attention off the road. A lesser-known type of distracted driving includes drowsy driving, which is driving while fatigued. Drowsy driving lowers your reaction times and awareness of your surroundings, which can create severe issues and accidents.

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How Dangerous Is Drowsy Driving?

 Posted on January 08, 2024 in Car accidents

Park Ridge car accident lawyerMany individuals may not realize it, but driving drowsy is a form of distracted driving, and engaging in drowsy driving increases your risk of an accident. Drowsy driving or driving while fatigued results in slower reaction times and less awareness, which you never want while operating a motor vehicle. If a drowsy driver was involved in a car accident where you were injured, you may be able to seek compensation with the help of an Illinois car accident attorney.

Is Drowsy Driving Distracted Driving?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving caused more than 650 deaths in 2021. More than 50,000 people were reported injured in a car accident caused by drowsing driving in 2017. Drowsy driving is a form of distracted driving, as fatigue distracts drivers from being totally aware and alert while operating their motor vehicle.

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What Is Premises Liability in Illinois?

 Posted on December 22, 2023 in Premises liability

Park Ridge premises liability lawyerUnderstanding premises liability in Illinois can be confusing, but it is important to have a sense of this law in case you are injured on someone else's property. If you have been injured on a property outside of your home, you may be wondering who is responsible and if you are able to seek compensation. An Illinois premises liability lawyer can help you answer these questions and pursue the compensation you deserve.

What Is Premises Liability in Illinois?

Premises liability law in Illinois is governed by the Illinois Premises Liability Act. This act states that individuals who own or live on property in the state have a duty to ensure that their property is safe for visitors. This law applies to both commercial businesses and residential properties. While this law does not cover trespassers onto property in Illinois, lawful visitors to a property are protected.

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Is It Ever Safe to Text and Drive?

 Posted on December 08, 2023 in Car accidents

Park Ridge car accident lawyerTexting while driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. Many individuals engage in texting while driving from time to time, though the consequences of this negligence while driving can be severe. If you have been in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact an Illinois car accident lawyer to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

The Consequences of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving brings risks, primarily the risk of causing an accident or being involved in an accident while driving. Statistics show that driver use of handheld devices is on the rise, indicating a higher risk of encountering a distracted driver on the road.

Even if you are paying the utmost attention to the road in front of you, a distracted driver or someone using a phone while driving may make a mistake out of negligence and cause a car accident. Significant or catastrophic injuries can be caused in an accident like this, and there is a risk of fatality. These consequences may be life-changing, and they may affect your life for years after an accident has occurred.

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Why Drunk Drivers Cause So Many Crashes

 Posted on November 30, 2023 in DUI car crashes

IL DUI lawyerThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that drunk driving leads to one death on the road every 39 minutes. This adds up to many lost lives every year and a growing concern over drunk driving and the resulting crashes. 

When a driver is intoxicated, they are more susceptible to impaired judgment, slowed reaction times, and decreased coordination. These factors have been known to significantly contribute to a higher likelihood of crashes, which can be risky to both the driver and other road users in Park Ridge and the whole of Illinois.

Drunk driving can cause significant property damage and severe injuries. Victims need dedicated legal representation to help them seek compensation for their injuries and losses. If you have been a victim of drunk driving, a Glenview car accident attorney can help you file a personal injury claim. 

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Common Truck Driver Errors That Cause Crashes

 Posted on November 16, 2023 in Truck accidents

IL injury lawyerOver 160,000 truck accidents occur each year, with 32% of those accidents involving injuries. Studies show that truck driver errors are responsible for 87% of crashes.

If you have been the victim of a truck accident, you need the legal guidance of a Park Ridge truck accident lawyer.

Causes of Truck Driver Errors

While there may be a variety of factors contributing to a truck accident, truck drivers are usually the source of most accidents.

Truck driver errors may involve:

Inattentive/distracted drivers

Distracted driving led to the deaths of over 3,500 people in 2021. Distracted driving includes any activity that takes your mind off your driving, your eyes off the road, or your hands off the steering wheel. 

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Distracted Drivers Often Cause Rear-End Accidents

 Posted on October 27, 2023 in Car accidents

IL injury lawyerDistracted driving is a prevalent and dangerous behavior on the roads, despite strict cell phone and driving laws in Illinois. One of the most common outcomes of this inattention is rear-end accidents. These accidents occur when a vehicle collides with the vehicle in front of it.

While many people underestimate rear-end crashes and consider them “fender benders,” these collisions can result in serious injuries and costly losses for victims. 

Below are only some reasons why distracted drivers often cause such accidents. If you suffered injuries, speak with a Park Ridge car accident attorney today. 

Lack of Attention to Traffic

When drivers are distracted, their focus is diverted away from the road ahead. This means they may not notice when the vehicle in front of them slows down or comes to a stop.

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Aggressive Driving Can Cause Car Accidents on I-294

 Posted on October 13, 2023 in I-294 crashes

If you live in or near Cook County, Illinois, you are well aware of the problems with I-294. Just this past August, a semi-truck driver was killed on I-294, causing two northbound lanes to be shut down.

Accidents like this are all too common on I-294. Our Park Ridge car accident attorney, Patrick Quinn, is here to discuss how aggressive driving contributes to car accidents on I-294 and what measures you can take to keep yourself safe.

 What is Considered Aggressive Driving?

Aggressive driving is more commonly referred to as road rage. Drivers who display road rage put themselves, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other motorists’ lives in danger.

Examples of common road rage behavior may include:

Wrong Way Traffic Accidents

 Posted on September 27, 2023 in Car accidents

IL accident lawyerThe Federal Highway Administration (FHA) reports that wrong-way accidents cause between 300 and 400 traffic fatalities annually. Far too many motorists are injured or killed due to the negligence and carelessness of wrong-way drivers each year. Suppose you or someone you love became a victim in a wrong-way freeway accident. In that case, you need a Park Ridge car accident lawyer to help you seek a settlement or court award to compensate you for your damages. 

What Causes Wrong-Way Freeway Accidents?

Wrong-way vehicle accidents are usually caused by some form of driver error, and a significant number occur because a driver mistakenly enters a freeway exit ramp. Some contributing factors to these mistakes can vary from one accident to the next, and your Park Ridge car accident lawyer can help determine the cause.

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