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IL accident lawyerEveryone knows that using a cell phone while you are driving is unsafe. Taking your eyes off of the road or your hands off of the wheel for even just a few seconds can have disastrous effects. If you are traveling at 55 miles per hour and you look down at your phone for five seconds, you drive the length of a football field without looking where you are going. The National Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about 660,000 drivers are using a cell phone while driving on an average day. However, studies conducted by Zendrive suggest that the issue of distracted driving is a far greater concern than we ever realized. Even more alarming, the issue seems to be worsening.

Nearly 70 Million People Use Their Phones While Driving Everyday

Cell phones and other handheld electronic devices have become an essential part of most people’s lives. Whether it is reading a text message, replying to email, looking up directions, or finding the perfect song, we use our cell phones for multiple reasons throughout the day. For many, using a cell phone while driving is a very difficult habit to break. However, it is a habit that leads to thousands of severe injuries and deaths every day. According to Zendrive’s study, nearly 60 percent of car accidents involve cell phone use behind the wheel. Just under 17 percent of auto collisions studied involved cell phone use during the five seconds immediately preceding the collision. Zendrive estimates that almost 70 million people are using a cell phone while driving on any given day.

COVID-19 Pandemic May Be Increasing the Prevalence of Distracted Driving

Lockdowns and closings intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have dramatically increased our reliance on smartphones and computers. Millions of children are now attending school remotely through their computers and tablets. Adults across the country have traded conference rooms for digital meeting rooms through programs like Zoom and Skype. It may be for these reasons that the frequency of distracted driving accidents has increased. According to Zendrive, cell phone use behind the wheel increased dramatically in March 2020. There was a similar increase in other dangerous behaviors like rapid acceleration. According to the data compiled by Zendrive, Chicago ranks second out of all major U.S. cities when it comes to cell phone use while driving.

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IL injury lawyerIf you are like most people, you have probably fallen many times in your life. The unique thing about falling is that many fall accidents result in little more than small bruises while some fall accidents result in severe or even permanent injuries. Falling can lead to injuries to the head, brain, spinal cord, vertebrae, and more. Falls can cause broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and life-long pain. Often, a major fall accident is caused by environmental hazards like spilled liquids or cluttered walkways. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, you should know that you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Property Owners Have a Duty to Keep Premises Clear of Slip and Trip Hazards

According to Illinois law, property owners have a legal duty to keep their properties reasonably safe. These laws protect customers, clients, visitors, and anyone with a legal right to be on a property. Property owners cannot prevent every potential injury on their properties. However, they should take steps to reduce the chances of people being injured on their property to a reasonable degree. Environmental hazards that may lead to a slip and fall or trip and fall accident include:

  • Wet floors caused by spilled liquids, condensation, or leaks
  • Slippery floors caused by cleaners, soap, wax, or dust
  • Broken concrete and potholes
  • Uneven pavement
  • Loose or broken floor tiles
  • Torn carpeting and loose rugs
  • Debris or clutter in aisles, sidewalks, or walkways
  • Broken stairs and missing handrails
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Loose electrical cords

Seeking Compensation for a Slip and Fall Injury Caused by an Environmental Hazard

A slip and fall or trip and fall accident may lead to painful injuries and considerable financial harm. If a property owner or property occupier’s failure to remedy environmental hazards leads to a person’s injury, the property owner or occupier may be liable for damages. If you were injured in a preventable fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income from missed work, pain and suffering, and more.

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IL accident lawyerIllinois winters offer a variety of recreational opportunities including skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. While snowmobiles can be an exciting and fun mode of transportation, snowmobile accidents can cause serious injuries. If you or a loved one were harmed in a snowmobile accident, you may wonder who is legally responsible for the accident. Often, the question of liability in a snowmobile accident hinges upon negligence. If your snowmobile accident was caused by the negligent actions of another party, you may have a valid personal injury claim. You could be entitled to damages.

Snowmobile Injuries Caused by Negligence

Thousands of snowmobile accidents happen in the United States each winter. It is estimated that accidents involving snowmobiles result in 14,000 injuries and 200 deaths each year. Snowmobile accidents can lead to fractures, internal organ damage, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and other catastrophic injuries. These injuries may leave a snowmobile accident victim disabled or disfigured for the rest of his or her life. Many snowmobile accidents are preventable. Some snowmobile accidents are caused by snowmobile drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other times, driver inexperience or inattention causes an accident. Snowmobile accidents may also be caused by poorly maintained trails or paths. Manufacturing defects within the vehicle itself may also be to blame for an accident.

Determining Who is Liable for a Snowmobile Accident

If another party’s negligent or illegal actions caused your accident, you may be entitled to damages. However, you and your attorney will need to prove that the party’s actions were negligent and that this negligence led to your injuries. The liable party may be the company that designed, manufactured, or sold the snowmobile. Liability may also fall to the owner of the snowmobile or the party who was in charge of keeping the vehicle maintained. Another snowmobile driver, a driver of another type of vehicle, or the owner of the property on which you were riding may also be liable for your accident. It is possible that you share liability for your own accident. Fortunately, Illinois is a modified comparative negligence state. This means that you may still be able to recover damages even if you share fault for the accident.

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IL injury lawyerWhen most people think about car accidents, they picture accidents that occur on highways and roads. However, many car accidents occur in parking lots. Motorists in parking lots are often traveling at lower speeds than they would on the road, but serious and even deadly parking lot accidents still occur. If you or a loved one were hurt in a parking lot accident, you may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury claim.

Liability for a Parking Lot Collision

A parking lot accident can leave an injured person with expensive medical bills, vehicle damage, and other costs. Before you can seek compensation for a parking lot accident, you and your attorney will need to establish how the accident occurred and who is at fault. Liability for a parking lot accident claim can fall to a number of parties. Often, another driver is at fault. However, if the parking lot accident was caused or exacerbated by defects with the parking lot itself, the owner of the parking lot may also be liable. It is also possible that the injured person shares fault for the accident. Fortunately, Illinois is modified comparative negligence state. This means that you may still be entitled to compensation for an accident even if you contributed to the accident. As long as you are not more than 51 percent at fault, you may still be able to recover partial damages.

Proving the Elements Needed to Win Your Claim

There are four main elements in a parking lot accident claim. First is that the defendant owed a duty of care. All drivers have a duty to watch out for pedestrians, yield the right-of-way when appropriate, and drive in a safe, responsible manner. The second element is the breach of duty. Next is causation. You and your attorney will need to show that the defendant’s actions caused your injuries. Finally, you will need to show that you sustained damages. Damages may include vehicle damage, medical bills, lost income from missed work, and more. Evidence such as security camera footage, police reports, eyewitness statements, and medical records are often used to establish each of these elements in a personal injury claim.

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IL injury lawyerElectric scooters or “e-scooters” have been quickly gaining popularity in the last few years. These small vehicles allow individuals to navigate the streets of Chicago and other U.S. cities without needing to drive their own car or hail a taxi cab. Unfortunately, e-scooters have been causing significant problems for pedestrians and bicyclists who are sharing the sidewalks or roads with these vehicles. If you or a loved one were injured in a scooter-related accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You could be compensated for your medical bills, property damage, lost income, and other costs.

Negligent Scooter Riders

There is no doubt that scooters offer some benefits to riders. They are small, inexpensive, and more environmentally-friendly than automobiles. Unfortunately, the misuse of e-scooters has caused considerable problems for other scooter riders as well as non-riders. Because scooters are smaller than motorcycles and cars and do not reach high speeds, some riders underestimate the potential risks of riding a scooter. Many scooter riders are unfamiliar with the scooter and do not know how to operate it safely. They may also use the scooter while under the influence of alcohol and drugs or attempt to drive the scooter while simultaneously using their cell phone.

Discarded Scooters Present a Hazard

Scooters have also caused non-rider injuries when they are not in use. One of the perks of using a scooter is that the rider is not expected to return to the scooter to its original location after using it. This has led to scooters being carelessly discarded on sidewalks and streets. Bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and other scooter riders may collide with or trip over discarded scooters. This can lead to significant injuries.

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