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IL injury lawyerSince the COVID-19 pandemic first began a few years ago, the number of people using alternative means for travel has significantly increased. Recreational vehicles are popular and the more that are on the road, the higher the likelihood of an RV accident taking place can be. Knowing how to properly maintain your RV and the safety precautions that should be taken are imperative to ensure the safety of you and your passengers.

Common Causes of RV Accidents

RVs tend to be more prone to accidents simply because of the size and weight of the vehicle. A few additional variables to always keep in mind when traveling include:

  • Speeding - Being aware of your speed at all times should always be a priority when driving an RV, give yourself additional time and space to stop.
  • Inexperienced Driving - Since no special license is required to operate an RV, the majority of RV drivers are inexperienced. This can lead to poor judgment and the wrong decisions being made on the road.
  • Blind Spots - Blind spots can be challenging when changing lanes or turning because of the contrasting blind spots you typically find on smaller vehicles.
  • High Winds - Sideway winds are the most dangerous, whether you are parked or driving on the road. Always be aware of wind speeds and the risk of driving in them.
  • Overloaded Loaded RVs - Overloading an RV is not only against the law but the driver could be held liable in the event of an accident if the vehicle is overloaded.

Maintaining your Recreational Vehicle

Knowing the safety checks to complete before getting behind the wheel is essential for keeping all travelers safe. Even though you may be renting an RV, you should perform a safety check prior to traveling each time. Basic checks may seem minor and tedious, but it can help keep you safe while on the road. Some of the safety measures that should always be considered include:

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IL injury lawyerFor many families, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other winter holidays involve alcohol. Whether it is eggnog, wine, or a special Christmas cocktail, many people enjoy alcoholic drinks over the holidays. Some parents find no harm in letting their teenagers share in the holiday spirits. However, letting your own child drink and letting someone else’s child drink are two different matters under Illinois law. Adults who let minors drink alcohol can face legal consequences under Illinois’s social host law.

Illinois Law Regarding Alcohol Consumption by Minors

In Illinois, you have to be at least 21 years old to drink. However, many parents wonder if they can let their underage children drink on special occasions. According to Illinois law, you may let your children drink alcohol if they are at home and under your supervision. You cannot let your children drink at a restaurant or bar. You also cannot let other people’s children drink. In fact, doing so can lead to significant legal consequences.

Homeowner Liability for Underage Drinking

You may decide that your underage child is mature enough to handle an alcoholic drink this holiday season. This is up to your discretion as a parent or legal guardian. However, parents who allow minors other than their own children to drink may find themselves in legal trouble. Providing alcohol to minors is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois. You can also face civil legal ramifications. Illinois’s Social Host Law makes adults responsible for injuries and deaths caused by underage drinking.

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IL injury lawyerDogs can be loving companions. However, they are also animals with sharp teeth and claws. Dog attacks are terrifying for the victim and can lead to long-term health complications. Tragically, some dog bite victims do not survive their injuries. Even more tragically, most victims of fatal dog attacks are children. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a dog attack, it is important to explore your legal options.

Is the Dog’s Owner Liable for My Medical Bills?

Dog bites are not only painful, they can also lead to significant medical complications. Nerve damage, puncture wounds, facial lacerations, and broken bones are just some of the injuries a dog bite victim may suffer. Many victims require extensive medical treatment including surgery and long-term ongoing treatment. Because dogs’ mouths are full of bacteria and other pathogens, dog bites can also lead to dangerous infections.

Each state handles dog bite liability differently. In Illinois, dog owners are liable for dog bite injuries if:

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IL injury lawyerPersonal injury law deals with injuries and property damage caused by negligent or unlawful actions. An individual may bring a personal injury claim after being hurt in a car crash, work accident, slip and fall, dog attack, or other injury-causing event. Wrongful death claims are usually brought by a close family member of someone killed in an accident caused by negligence or wrongdoing.

Money cannot make up for a serious injury or death. However, monetary damages may help cover the cost of medical treatment, vehicle repair or replacement, funeral and burial services, and other financial losses. Most of the time, damages are intended to compensate the victim or victim’s family for expenses. However, punitive damages are a separate category of damages that are awarded over and above compensatory damages.

The Purpose of Punitive Damages

Punitive damages do not compensate the victim for expenses like hospital bills or lost wages. Instead, punitive damages function as a financial penalty for wrongdoing and a deterrent for similar behavior in the future. Illinois law states that a court may award punitive damages if a defendant acted with “evil motive” or “reckless and outrageous indifference” to risk of harm with willful indifference to the safety of others.

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IL injury lawyerActions have consequences – even if they are unintentional. When a party acts irresponsibly or “negligently” and another party is harmed as a result, the negligent party may be liable for damages. This means that the party is responsible for compensating the injured party for the financial losses suffered as a result of the injury. Damages in a personal injury lawsuit involving a severe injury often include compensation for lost wages. Read on to learn how these damages may be calculated in a lawsuit.

Determining Lost Income from Missed Work

Car accidents, truck accidents, work accidents, defective product injuries, and negligent medical care are just some of the situations that can trigger a personal injury claim. Most of the people who file a personal injury claim must take some time off of work to recover from their injuries. They may also need to take off additional time off work in the future for follow-up doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, or other ongoing medical care.

In a personal injury claim, missed work may be compensable – even if the injured person uses sick days or other forms of paid time off to cover the missed work. Lost wages for an hourly worker are calculated by taking the worker’s hourly wage and multiplying it by the number of work hours missed because of the injury. For example, if the worker makes $30 an hour and missed 40 hours of work, his or her lost income would equal $1,200. If the worker is a salaried employee, lost income may be calculated by taking his or her yearly salary and dividing it by the number of work hours in a year. Then, that number is multiplied by the number of work hours the employee missed due to his or her injuries.

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