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IL crash lawyerOne of the most common types of car crashes in the United States is rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions may not seem very dangerous, but they can cause extensive damage to your vehicle and injuries ranging from whiplash to broken bones and even death in some situations. In most cases, it is fairly easy to determine who is at fault in a rear-end collision. In other cases, assigning responsibility for the accident is not so easy. If you are in any type of car accident, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Determining Fault

Securing legal representation is crucial after a rear-end collision. It can get very expensive very quickly for needed repairs on your vehicle and medical bills and/or lost wages from your injuries. You and your attorney will discuss what happened during the accident and determine if the other person is liable for the damages you have sustained. Basically, there are three different options when it comes to assigning fault in a rear-end collision:

Rear driver is at fault: In a majority of rear-end collisions, the driver in the back is the responsible party. Many times, rear-end collisions occur because the rear driver is not paying attention to the road. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of rear-end collisions.

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IL car accident lawyerEach year, thousands of people die in fatal car accidents in the United States. According to data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 37,000 people were killed in traffic accidents and nearly 3 million more people were injured in 2017. Being in a car accident is a frightening and traumatizing experience. Those who are lucky enough to walk away from a car accident can suffer serious, life-altering injuries that can affect their quality of life. These injuries do not always show up right away; it can day takes, weeks or even months for a car accident injury to fully manifest itself. If you have been in a car accident, you should keep an eye out for these common delayed symptoms:

  • Headaches: It is not uncommon for a person to develop persistent headaches days after the crash took place. While it is common for headaches to be a delayed symptom of a concussion or whiplash, it can also be a sign of a more serious problem, such as a blood clot in the brain or a critical injury to the neck or brain.
  • Neck pain or stiffness: One of the most common injuries that occur because of car accidents is whiplash. The classic symptom of whiplash is pain or stiffness in the neck. Sometimes, this can take hours or even days to show up and can last for months or even years after the accident.
  • Numbness: Feeling numbness in any part of your body can be a scary experience. Numbness in the arms and hands is another symptom of whiplash that can be delayed. If this occurs, it is a good indication that you experienced a severe whiplash injury and could even indicate damage to the spinal column.
  • Back pain: There are a lot of components that are located in the back. The spinal column contains the spinal cord and has soft discs in between the vertebrae. There are also quite a few muscles, ligaments and soft tissues located in the back that allow for movement. Any of these things can become damaged in a car accident, resulting in pain.

Changes in personality or physical processes: Another very common injury that can arise from a car accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The most common TBI is a concussion, but any type of brain injury is possible from a car accident. Problems with vision and hearing, difficulty remembering things or focusing or changes in mood or personality can all point to a TBI.

Injured in a Car Accident? Contact a Park Ridge, IL Car Accident Injury Lawyer Today

Car accident injuries can range from being minor scratches or bruising to serious injuries like concussions and major lacerations. If you have been hurt in a car accident, it is imperative that you go to a hospital, even if you have a minor injury or you “feel fine.” If you do not go to a hospital and develop symptoms later, it may be harder to recover compensation. At the Quinn Law Group, LLC, we understand that injuries sustained from a car accident can last for years or even a lifetime. That is why our skilled Glenview, IL car accident injury attorneys will fight to make sure you get the compensation that you deserve. Call our office today at 847-232-7180 to schedule a free consultation.

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IL injury lawyerFiling and winning a personal injury case is no easy feat. There are many legal steps you must go through, paperwork that must be filled out, meetings with your attorney, doctor’s visits, court appearances; the list goes on. After all the time and effort you put into succeeding in a personal injury lawsuit, the last thing you would want to do is to ruin it by somehow decreasing your credibility or having your case thrown out completely, yet it is not uncommon for this to happen. Even just a simple slip of the tongue can affect the outcome of your personal injury case. If you are pursuing compensation for an injury, make sure you do not make these common mistakes.

Not Following Doctor’s Orders or Attending Appointments

Right after you are injured, you should get emergency medical attention if necessary, but you should at least visit a doctor to begin a record of medical treatment. Your doctor will give you a plan of action for your recovery and it is important that you follow his or her instructions. Your medical records will be used in your case and ignoring the doctor’s orders or skipping appointments can make it seem like you may not be as injured as you say you are.

Posting About Your Case on Social Media

In today’s day and age, social media is a big part of many people’s daily lives. It can only feel natural to share your experiences on your Facebook or Twitter feed, but this can actually be detrimental to your case. If you reveal the wrong details to the wrong people, your case can be greatly impacted. For example, if you claim that you have been unable to work during your recovery, yet you or someone else has posted photos of you spending time outside of the house, your credibility may be decreased.

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IL crash attorneyOne of the great dangers that plague today’s world for a majority of Americans is car crashes. The latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that the leading cause of death in 2016 for children who were 10 and 11 years old and young adults ages 16 to 22 was motor vehicle crashes. Nearly 7.3 million police-reported traffic accidents occurred in 2016, injuring more than 3 million people and killing nearly 37,500 people. Getting into any car accident is a serious matter, even if nobody was hurt. Apportioning fault is a big part of ensuring you get the compensation you deserve from any damages to your vehicle or injuries you sustain from a car accident. But how is fault determined in these cases?

Violation of a Traffic Law

One of the easiest ways to determine who is at fault for a car accident is whether or not either party violated a traffic law. Every person on the road has a duty to follow all traffic laws and to refrain from actions that endanger others on the road. If it can be proven that one party violated a traffic law and that violation led to the collision, that party may be held liable for the damages from the accident.

Type of Collision

The next thing that your attorney, insurance agent, judge and any other person involved in making the decision as to who is at fault will look at is the type of collision that occurred. Certain types of collisions can make it easy to see who was at fault for the collision. For example, a rather common type of collision is a rear-end collision. Most people would agree that the person who hit the car in front of them is mostly responsible for the accident, rather than the driver who was hit.

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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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