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Chicago car accident injury lawyerEvery year, Americans spend more than one million days recovering from injuries sustained in car accidents. The consequences of a motor vehicle collision can vary in severity, from minor injuries to fatalities. Regardless of the initial impact of an injury, it is important to recognize that car accidents can come with life-long ramifications. The potential long-term impact of a car accident may include permanent physical injury, costly physical therapy, loss of work hours, and psychological stress. 

Common Severe Injuries in Motor Vehicle Collisions

Some of the most impactful car crash injuries may not seem very severe at the time of the accident, but they can have delayed symptoms of varying pain and medical concern. Below are some of the most common chronic injuries that result from car accidents:

  • Whiplash: Whiplash is the common term for the muscle, tendon, and ligament damage that victims may suffer due to the sudden movement which often takes place when vehicles collide. Whiplash injuries can occur without the presence of immediate symptoms, but they can cause ongoing pain for months and even years, requiring significant physical therapy and impacting a victim’s emotional well-being. 
  • Rib Injuries: Bruises and fractures of the ribs are quite common in motor vehicle collisions, even when utilizing proper safety equipment. Rib injuries can actually be caused by the impact of a seatbelt restraint system or the sheer force of an airbag. These can be some of the most painful injuries to cope with, as victims often face extreme pain when breathing, talking, and turning their torso. If you experience rib pain in the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision, it is critically important to inform medical personnel as soon as possible. Severe rib injuries can cause fatal complications, such as punctured lungs and internal bleeding. 
  • Head Trauma: Much like whiplash injuries, traumatic brain injuries can come with delayed symptoms. However, the long-lasting implications of head trauma can be especially problematic. Severe head injuries can lead to brain damage, changes in cognition, and loss of balance. Even the most minor car accidents can cause concussions, which often lead to painful temporary symptoms such as headaches, loss of vision, and sensitivity to light. Symptoms of head injuries can linger for months and cause further damage down the road if they are not treated appropriately. 

Contact a Lake County Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a member of your family have been injured in a car accident, it is possible that you or your loved one could face long-lasting symptoms. The injuries described above are just a few examples of the types of damages that can result in months of expensive physical therapy, lost income, and pain that can last for years. At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our legal team has years of experience helping victims recover compensation that addresses the physical and emotional trauma of a motor vehicle collision. To set up a free consultation with a Waukegan car accident attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303.

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Lake County car accident wrongful death attorneyThroughout the past few decades, a variety of organizations have been working diligently to decrease the number of traffic fatalities in the United States. From Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an organization founded in 1980 to increase awareness of teenage driving while under the influence of alcohol, to advertisement campaigns like “Click It or Ticket,” which hopes to incentivize drivers to buckle their seatbelts, these organizations have made monumental strides in decreasing deaths on American roadways.

Despite these efforts, traffic fatalities continue to rise here in the state of Illinois. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were over 1,000 car accident fatalities statewide in 2016 alone. Despite increased statewide initiatives to decrease drinking and driving, as well as other forms of dangerous or reckless driving, 2016 marked the deadliest year on Illinois’ roadways since 2008. Why the rise?

Increases in Reckless Driving Statewide

In spite of harsh criminal punishments and the aforementioned anti-drinking and driving initiatives, drunk driving continues to be a challenging issue for law enforcement officials throughout the state. According to the Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics report, over 800 Illinoisans were killed in drunk driving accidents throughout 2014. In all, drunk drivers were responsible for 30.4% of highway fatalities in 2014.

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Chicago car accident lawyer nighttime driving safetyRecently, on the night of July 29, 2018, six tragic, fatal injuries occurred in motor vehicle collisions throughout the city of Chicago. One accident occurred when a woman was ejected from her motorcycle. Another accident occurred after two teenagers crashed on the Far South Side; both teens were killed. The only connection among these fatal accidents is that they all occurred in darkness.

According to the National Safety Council, the risk of fatal motor vehicle collisions is three times higher at night than in the daytime. Despite the fact that far fewer drivers drive during the night that at daytime, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that approximately 49% of all traffic fatalities occur at night. If you plan to drive in hours of darkness, practice extreme caution.

Staying Safe While Driving at Night 

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Gurnee aggressive driving accident attorneyA recent high-speed crash on Chicago’s North Lake Shore Drive is just the latest example of car accidents caused by aggressive driving in the state of Illinois. The accident, which occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, August 13, ultimately injured seven people. The driver, a 28-year-old man driving a Honda Accord, was traveling at speeds well above the speed limit when he lost control of his vehicle and ran into an embankment. While no one was killed in the collision, the accident serves as a reminder of the tangible dangers of aggressive driving.   

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” Studies conducted by the NHTSA found that aggressive driving played a significant role in over half of all highway fatalities from 2003 to 2007. 

Identifying Aggressive Driving 

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Chicago rear end collision lawyerIn 2017 alone, over 37,000 Americans were fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions nationwide. An even greater number of Americans were severely injured in automobile collisions but fortunately survived without suffering fatal injuries. One of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents are rear-end collisions, with roughly 1.7 million occurring in the United States each year. 

A rear-end collision occurs when the front bumper of one vehicle collides with the back of another vehicle. While these types of collisions infrequently result in fatal injury, the damage to the vehicle that is struck and its occupants can be substantial. However, in many rear-end collisions, the harm to both the vehicle and the injured occupants can be difficult to detect at first. If you or a member of your family are involved in a rear-end collision, you should be sure to understand your options for pursuing compensation for your damages.

Common Rear-End Accident Injuries 

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