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Posted on in Hit-and-Run Accidents

Lake County Personal Injury AttorneysEarlier this month, a man was charged in a hit-and-run crash that occurred last summer which ultimately resulted in the death of a 64-year-old man. The accident happened in Cook County’s Cragin neighborhood when the driver struck a pedestrian while traveling at almost twice the speed limit. The driver, who continued home after the accident, was caught largely due to surveillance footage and the cooperation of an eyewitness. 

This tragic accident is a reminder to Illinoisans that hit-and-run accidents do occur. Here are some important steps you should take if you are involved in a hit-and-run collision

Immediate Action 

In the aftermath of a hit-and-run crash, it is important to act as quickly as possible. Your ability to react to the accident, contact medical professionals and law enforcement, and gather information can make all the difference in ensuring your physical well-being and helping build a case against the perpetrator.  

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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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Illinios accident lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,Traffic accidents are a significant issue in Illinois. In 2015 alone, there were more than 313,000 motor vehicle crashes.

There are several state laws that address the issue, but one law stands out from among the rest — the prohibition of driving in the left lane except for overtaking and passing other vehicles. The reason Illinois and a few other states have enacted this law is because it is believed that driving slower than the speed of traffic in the left lane can lead to accidents.

Driving slower than other drivers while in the left lane can cause traffic accidents because when slow drivers are in the left and right lanes of a highway, faster drivers have to maneuver between the cars and change lanes several times, which increase the likelihood of an accident.

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Posted on in Car Accidents

Illinios auto accident lawyer, Illinois car crash attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,No matter what the circumstances surrounding a car accident may be, one thing is certain: Everyone is stunned in the moments following a collision. Whether you were alone at the time of the impact or you were the passenger in someone else’s car, shock takes over as you begin to process what has just taken place. Even the most minor fender-bender can wreak havoc on one’s nerves, but minor and severe accidents alike all require the driver - and any passengers involved - to be vigilant immediately after the crash. More often than not, your attentiveness in the moments following the accident can make a big difference when it comes to protecting your rights later on.

Acting Quickly

Understandably, not every driver is able to make sharp observations or think critically in the moments directly after a crash. Due to the shock and any immediate needs that demand your attention, such as moving the car off the highway or tending to injuries, you may not have the chance to assess the scene and take notes. A few simple observations, however, can help tremendously in your case, should you experience injury of any kind.

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Posted on in Car Accidents

Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,By 2020, 10 million self-driving cars will hit the roads. Many drivers see easy commutes and the ability to relax while driving in their futures. However, a study conducted by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute finds that there have been more car accidents involving vehicles equipped with autopilot technology than there have been with conventional cars.

Because self-driving vehicles are relatively new, many drivers do not understand what legal options they have when they are in accidents that involve automated cars. While studies show that most accidents involving vehicles with autopilot technology are the fault of the vehicle’s driver or other drivers, there have been car accidents that resulted from defects in such cars.

Sometimes, it is unclear if the vehicular defects, negligence on the part of the driver, or negligence on the part of other drivers caused a car crash. While there may be a strong product liability case if - for example - the car’s accelerator malfunctioned, the case may not be as clear-cut if the accident was primarily caused by a manufacturer’s failure to warn consumers about its product’s features.

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