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IL accident lawyerPeople often say that Illinois has two seasons, winter and construction. Roadwork is often necessary to repair damaged streets and highways that take a pounding in the winter. However, construction zones can prove dangerous for drivers. Studies show that rear-end collisions are the most common type of work zone accident involving vehicles. In addition, fatal work zone crashes occur most often in the summer and the fall. In many cases, they take place on roads with posted speed limits over 50 mph. Understanding traffic laws for work zones can help in pursuing compensation for car accidents that occur in them.

Dangerous Driving Behaviors

There are several factors that can increase the likelihood of a vehicle accident regardless of the time or location, including weather, traffic flow, driver error, and more. When certain driving lanes are closed and routes are detoured, this can cause confusion for motorists. They may find themselves driving in unfamiliar territory and unsure of their surroundings. An abrupt change in the speed limit, as well as reduced or narrowed lanes for a sudden change in the traffic pattern can all contribute to colliding with other vehicles, concrete medians, or construction trucks, equipment, and workers.

Some of the typical issues that may result in a collision in a work zone include:

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IL brain injury lawyerMarch is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. It is important to recognize the common causes of brain injuries in an effort to treat and prevent these types of injuries from occurring in the first place. Although hitting your head can happen anywhere, there are certain factors that may increase the likelihood of this happening. For example, reckless driving can cause vehicle collisions or pedestrian accidents that result in severe head trauma. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) typically is caused by a sudden or violent blow or jolt to the head or neck. Mild traumatic brain injury can impact brain cells temporarily. More serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, bleeding, and tissue damage to the brain. These injuries can lead to long-term complications and even death.

The Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Studies show that falls are one of the leading causes of TBIs, followed by being struck by an object and being involved in a car accident. When an individual slips or trips and falls, they often hit their head on pavement or other hard surfaces. A slip and fall can occur because of unsafe conditions, such as debris, clutter, or uneven walkways. Property owners may be held liable for injuries if they knew about the hazards and did nothing to address or fix them.

Similarly, reckless actions or behavior by another motorist can cause an auto accident with injuries. From the sheer force of the impact, occupants in a vehicle can hit their heads on the car’s doors, dashboard, or windshield, directly causing a TBI. Drunk or distracted driving are leading causes of crashes. Drivers who speed or disobey traffic laws may be found negligent through a personal injury claim brought against them by an injured party.

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IL injury lawyerIf you have ever traveled on Interstate 90 or 294 in Illinois near Chicago, you know you share the road with other automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles. Highways and tollways are frequented by many drivers since that is typically the fastest and most direct route for them to take to their destinations. Regardless if you are driving for pleasure or work, you may be dealing with heavy traffic, construction zones, or inclement weather, including rain or snow. All of these factors can make driving dangerous whether it is during the day or night. Motorcyclists may be more vulnerable to accidents based on their sheer size compared to other vehicles. In some cases, injuries can be life-threatening and even prove fatal.

Dangers on the Road

Motorcyclists on average are five times more likely than passenger car occupants to be injured. There are several factors that can increase the likelihood of a motorcycle accident, including weather, driver behavior, and road condition:

  • Manufacturer defects - If a motorcycle is poorly designed or has defective parts, the company that made it can be held liable for any injuries or deaths resulting from an accident due to faulty equipment.
  • Unsafe lane changes - When other drivers fail to signal or look in their blind spots when changing lanes, they can easily collide with a motorcycle in that lane.
  • Open vehicle doors - Many motorcycle accidents occur when a car driver opens the door of their parked vehicle as a motorcyclist is approaching on the side.
  • Reckless driving - As a leading cause of any auto accident, speeding or going over the posted speed limit reduces the ability to stop in time and leads to a multi-vehicle collision.
  • Driving under the influence - People who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly reduce their reaction time and ability to judge distance.
  • Lane splitting - Driving between two lanes of traffic is very dangerous, since other motorists may not see a motorcycle when changing lanes.
  • Sudden stops - When other drivers on the road follow too closely or tailgate and then abruptly stop, a motorcyclist can suffer serious injuries or death due to the impact of the rear-end collision.
  • Driver error - New or inexperienced drivers often make dangerous or hasty moves behind the wheel, and they may not notice a motorcycle rider next to them until it is too late.
  • Left-turn accidents - Right of way errors or misjudgments of distance while making a left turn are common causes of injury and death to motorcycle riders.
  • Hazardous road conditions - Uneven pavement, potholes, snow, and ice, in addition to inadequate signage, can cause a motorcyclist to lose control of his or her vehicle and veer into oncoming traffic or into a ditch.

Contact a Des Plaines Personal Injury Attorney

A motorcycle accident can cause catastrophic injuries to a rider due to the lack of protection on this type of vehicle. If you were hurt or your loved one died as a result of a motorcycle crash, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against any negligent parties. At Quinn Law Group, LLC, we understand how any type of accident can negatively impact those involved. Speaking to an accomplished Park Ridge personal injury lawyer as soon as possible can increase your chances of obtaining compensation. Attorney Patrick Quinn has more than 15 years of experience helping victims recover damages so they can move on with their lives. Call our office today at 847-232-7180 to set up your free consultation and learn more about the legal options available to you.

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IL injury lawyerPosttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is typically triggered as a victim or a witness of a devastating event. Symptoms can range from flashbacks to nightmares, and even debilitating anxiety. Although many people who suffer from PTSD have been involved in vehicle accidents or are victims of violent crimes, long-term care or assisted living residents can also develop PTSD over time. Nursing home abuse and neglect can leave a lasting effect on a patient, even leading to suicidal thoughts in some cases. A personal injury attorney can determine liability and hold negligent parties accountable for mental injuries such as PTSD.

Holding Liable Parties Accountable for Mental Injuries

When your relative reaches a point where they cannot live on their own, you entrust medical professionals and staff members to take care of them. Sadly, this is not always the case. A few of the ways that staff members can cause a patient to suffer from PTSD include performing the following acts:

  • Hitting, striking, slapping
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • Berating, demeaning, criticizing
  • Neglecting to provide adequate nutrition by withholding food or water
  • Failure to assist with basic hygiene care
  • Stealing money from a resident

Elder abuse is often underreported in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. In some cases, abuse and neglect occur because workers are understaffed and overworked. In other instances, nursing homes may fail to properly vet staff members and hire someone without doing a criminal background check, resulting in employing someone who has a history of abuse charges or convictions against them.

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IL truck accident lawyer width=Motor vehicle accidents can occur for various reasons, including inclement weather conditions, driver error, or mechanical failure. Although many of today’s cars and trucks have advanced technology aimed to prevent a crash, they may still happen, often resulting in serious and even fatal injuries. Certain in-car devices and systems can help in determining how or why a collision took place. In addition, other video footage near the scene or witnesses can provide crucial data regarding the events that led up to the incident. Gathering this important information can be essential when proving negligence and seeking damages in a truck accident.

Event Data Recorders

Event data recorders can include many different types of devices. According to the NHTSA, an EDR is a device that is installed in an automobile or a truck that records technical information (vehicle and occupant) for the seconds before, during, and after an accident. Part of an EDR’s recorded data reports on how and where a vehicle was driven. This may include speed, braking, steering, and more. Most EDRs can only store recorded data for a certain amount of time, so it is crucial to obtain it as soon as possible following an accident to increase the chances of receiving compensation if it shows that a truck driver acted negligently.

EDRs may record critical data, including any of the following:

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