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driving safely, Waukegan personal injury lawyer, motor vehicle safety, Waukegan car accident, work zoneEveryone deserves to stay safe when they are using the road, and that includes both drivers and people working in construction zones. There are over 4,800 car accidents in work zones every year in Illinois, and road construction workers are especially vulnerable in car crashes, since they do not have protection against large, fast-moving vehicles.

One small mistake by a driver can result in a serious crash and major injuries to everyone involved. The consequences of hitting a construction worker are severe; doing so may result in up to $10,000 in fines and 14 years in prison.

In order to provide a safe environment for everyone on the road, drivers should follow these tips when driving in construction zones:

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Lake County motorcycle accident attorney, motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, sharing the road, motorcycle safetyWhen you drive, you have to share the road with a wide variety of other vehicles, and it is always good to remember that everyone has an equal right to safety on the road. This includes not just standard four-wheeled vehicles and large trucks and buses, but also motorcycles.

Motor vehicle accidents can be especially deadly for motorcyclists, since they do not have the protection of a large vehicle or safety features such as seat belts and airbags.

When you drive, it is important to practice good driving habits which will help protect not only your own safety, but the safety of everyone with whom you share the road. Unfortunately, many drivers do not drive as safely as they should around motorcycles, since their small size can make them harder to see.

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,As the summer begins, many families are going on road trips or driving to another state for a weekend getaway. Because of the increased number of vehicles on the road for vacation travel, most car accidents occur during the summer months. Therefore, if you are planning to go on a long-distance road trip, you may want to think about the kind of car you drive. Is your vehicle safe enough to drive for hours on the freeway? What can you do to avoid a car accident? Taking into account these questions is essential to your and your family’s safety.

Some of the tips and precautions you should take before and during your road trip include the following:

  1. Schedule a car maintenance. Battery checks, tune-ups, and oil changes can prevent your vehicle from breaking down while driving. Cars are susceptible to hot weather and long hours on the road, so you should have your vehicle serviced before embarking on your road trip.
  2. Check your tires. Punctured or inflated tires on the freeway can cause an unseemly accident. Therefore, it is imperative you check your car’s tires before setting out on your road trip.
  3. Stay alert while driving. Long road trips can become tedious. If you are driving for several hours, make sure you stop to take breaks and refresh. Avoid becoming too exhausted by alternating driving every few hours with someone else. Drowsiness while driving can cause car accidents, so make sure you and the other driver are well-rested. If you are driving for 24 hours or more, stay overnight at a motel or hotel.
  4. Avoid driving recklessly. Speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence are all driving behaviors that can lead to car crashes. Oftentimes, drivers speed during traffic when they are stressed or irritable. Therefore, it is imperative you ask another driver to take over the steering wheel if you become tired or drowsy.
  5. Drive a vehicle that is equipped with a rear camera. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is requiring that by 2018, all new vehicles have backup cameras installed in them. In 2010, the NHTSA issued a report which states that about 15,000 people are injured and 210 people are killed in vehicle backup accidents every year. If you are planning to purchase a new vehicle this summer, make sure it is equipped with a rearview camera.
  6. Check for vehicle recalls. With all the vehicle safety recalls in the news, it can be difficult to keep track of which cars require repairs. You can check if your vehicle has been recalled by entering its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on NHTSA’s website.

Driving for long hours during the summer months can dangerous if you do not have the proper safety measures in place. However, sometimes accidents are inevitable. If you were involved in a car accident as a result of another driver’s negligence or as a result of a vehicle malfunction, contact the professional Lake County personal injury lawyers at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C.. Call us at 847-662-3303, or contact us via email.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer,In 2014, over 2,500 motorcyclists were injured and over 100 killed in motorcycle accidents. These injuries and fatalities accounted for nearly 14 percent of all fatal vehicle accidents, and four percent of crashes involving injuries across the state of Illinois. Just recently, a Naperville man was killed when he drove his motorcycle into the back of an SUV on I-55. While the number of motorcyclists killed decreased by over 22 percent from 2013 to 2014, the number of those injured decreased by less than one percent.

With warmer weather on the horizon, many bikers will pull their motorcycles out of storage to get out and enjoy the roads. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety reported that 86 percent of fatal crashes involving motorcycles occur between May and September. In 2014, there were no fatal crashes in January or February, but the number increased every month from March to September.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer,There are countless reasons for motorcycle accident crash and fatality statistics, and identifying fault can sometimes be extremely difficult. Fingers are pointed and blame is placed on one or more drivers, but no matter who causes an accident, all motorists are equally responsible for their own safety out on the highways. Drivers need to be familiar with their vehicles, how they operate, and actively practice safe driving techniques to maintain accountability on the roads.

Whether you are a new motorcycle owner or have been riding for some time now, it is important to know your bike and how to handle it on the open road. The more comfortable you are with your bike and how it rides, the better chance you have at operating it safely while remaining both vigilant and defensive.

Spend Time in Your Garage or on the Driveway

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