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Chicago car accident attorney child safetyOn December 23, 2018, a car crash in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest side of Chicago resulted in the hospitalization of two children. The injured children, ages 3 and 10, were both rushed to Stroger Hospital. Fortunately, no one was fatally injured in the accident, but the crash did serve as a reminder of the risks that young children face when traveling in motor vehicles. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision, it is important to contact a legal team to learn about your options for receiving compensation for your damages. 

Simple Steps to Protect Your Children From Injury 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), transportation injuries are the most common cause of fatalities among children. While car crashes are often unavoidable, there are a few ways you can lower the chances of your children suffering severe injuries in a collision:

  • Buckle Them Up: Studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), found that the lives of more than 14,000 Americans were saved in 2016 due to the use of seat belt restraint systems. Despite the overwhelming evidence that seat belts can be key to avoiding serious injuries, almost 10% of Americans neglect to wear their seat belts. Next time you drive with your children, make sure that they are properly buckled in. 
  • Properly Use Booster Seats: For parents of young children, booster seats are needed to help children avoid injuries. When placing your child in their booster seat, make sure that they are in the seat correctly and that the seat is properly restrained. It is also important to ensure that the booster seat is the correct size. If your child grows out of a booster seat, yet they are still not big enough for a vehicle’s standard seat belts, it is important to purchase a larger sized seat. If your child is too small for their seat, return it and get a new one. Utilizing a booster seat that does not fit your child can put them at risk of serious injury. 
  • Avoid Distractions: Any parent knows how easy it is to be distracted by your children. When driving, distractions can come with severe consequences. Distracted driving is responsible for approximately 25% of all car accidents nationwide. Next time you drive with your children, avoid taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel, which could make the difference in avoiding a collision. 

Contact a Waukegan Car Accident Lawyer

At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our legal team is dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the compensation they deserve for injuries suffered in car accidents. If you or a loved one is injured in a motor vehicle collision, it is time to seek out legal assistance. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a Lake County personal injury attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303. 

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For most of those working in the greater Chicago area, commuting through heavy traffic is part of the necessary daily routine. While consistently dealing with traffic can bring complacency behind the wheel, rush hour driving can be quite dangerous. 

On December 20, commuters in Illinois were reminded of the increased risk that comes with heavy traffic, as a four-vehicle collision on the Kennedy Expressway resulted in the death of one man. If you regularly commute through heavy traffic to get to and from work, these simple tips could help you avoid a car crash

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Chicago car accident injury attorneyAccording to the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), 1.3 million people die in motor vehicle collisions each year. That staggering statistic consists of an average of 3,287 deaths each day. Here in the United States, an average of 2.35 million people are injured each year in motor vehicle collisions. 

Considering the incredible loss of life that occurs around the world due to motor vehicle collisions, it is easy to find yourself wondering what you can do to remain safe while traveling in a vehicle? Below are some simple tips that could help you and your family remain safe while driving this fall: 

Remaining Safe in Your Vehicle

With a staggering amount of reckless drivers on American roadways, remaining safe while driving is not always in one's own control. Still, here are a few ways you can decrease the risk of injury that you and your family face every time you travel:

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Posted on in Whiplash Injury

Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Rear-end collisions have long been a common type of car accident on the highways. They are more prevalent today than ever before, as we continue to see significant increases in rear-end collisions due to crowded highways, heavy traffic, and the rise of distracted driving incidents, such as texting while driving. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries drivers experience when involved in a rear-end accident, resulting from the forceful back-and-forth movement of the neck upon impact.

Injury Prevention Basics

More than two million Americans each year experience whiplash firsthand, but many drivers are unaware of some basic facts surrounding the condition. Whether you have recently been involved in a rear-end accident or you know someone who has, the following information is essential to whiplash awareness:

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Bicyclists in the state of Illinois, like bike riders all across the country, regularly enjoy the benefits of bicycle transportation to commute and for leisure, but bike accident statistics consistently show us that extra precautions need to be made to ensure rider safety. Bicyclist safety is just as important for driver and pedestrian safety, as it only takes one accident to impact anyone in the collision’s path.

The Big Picture

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the year 2013 alone, there were an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits as a result of bicycle-related injuries. Within the same year, there were over 900 bicyclist fatalities, and data from the year 2010 revealed those involved in non-fatal crash-related injuries incurred lifetime medical costs due to their accidents. Despite the fact that only one percent of all trips made in the United States are by bicycle, studies show that bike riders have an overall higher risk of injury and death, even more so than those operating motor vehicles.

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