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Gurnee car accident child injury attorneyOn Monday, October 1st, 2018, three Illinoisans were tragically killed in a car crash in Cook County. One of the victims was a three-year-old child. This most recent accident reminded everyone in the greater Chicago area of the inherent dangers that young children face while traveling as passengers in motor vehicles. 

In the vast majority of automobile accidents, the negligence of one driver is the cause. If your child is injured in a car accident, it is time to seek out quality legal representation. 

Child Injuries in Automobile Accidents 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children under the age of 12 face increased risk of severe, and even fatal, injuries in motor vehicle accidents. An alarmingly high number of children suffer serious injuries in car accidents each year throughout the United States. In 2016 alone, 128,000 children ages 12 or younger suffered serious injuries in automobile collisions, and over 700 children were killed. The staggering number of child injuries and fatalities is in large part due to the small stature of children and their susceptibility to severe injuries in a motor vehicle collision. 

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Protecting Yourself After a Car Accident Involving a Taxi

Libertyville taxicab accident attorneyOn Saturday, September 2nd, 2018, multiple pedestrians were injured after a taxicab collided with a SUV ride-share service vehicle near Navy Pier. The accident, which occurred around 4:30 p.m., was the fault of both drivers, as the ride-share driver was cited for running a red light, and the taxicab driver was issued two citations. In all, eight people suffered injuries that required hospitalization. Fortunately, none of the injuries proved fatal. 

While this latest taxicab accident may come as a surprise to some, taxicab collisions are fairly common throughout the United States. Here in the state of Illinois, taxi accidents occur at an alarmingly high rate. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were approximately 5,271 taxicab accidents throughout the state of Illinois in 2015 alone. While only three people ultimately suffered fatal injuries in collisions involving taxicabs in 2015, more than 1,000 people (including over 150 pedestrians ) were injured to the extent that they required hospitalization. If you or a loved one is injured in a collision involving a taxi, it is critically important to find a trained legal team to represent your best interests. 

Ensuring Justice for You and Your Family 

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision involving a taxi, it is likely that either the taxi collided with your vehicle or you, as a passenger within the taxi, were struck by another vehicle. In both cases, there are a few simple steps you can take to help ensure that you and your family receive the legal compensation you deserve.  

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Illinois personal injury attorney, Illinois car accident attorney, Illinois wrongful death lawyer,It is no secret that car accidents are extremely expensive, for all parties involved, especially if someone is killed. According to AAA, the average cost of a single motor vehicle fatality is $6 million, when accounting for property damage, lost household production, medical costs, and highway delays. Accidents that resulted in serious injury averaged $126,000. In 2011, car accidents accounted for nearly $3 billion in urbanized areas alone, more than three times the cost of traffic delays in the same time period. This number was a vast increase from 2005, the last time that statistics were compiled, when the average cost of a single traffic fatality amounted to almost half that, $3.24 million. The average cost of a car accident that resulted in a serious injury came to significantly less as well, $68,170.

One reason that car accidents are so costly, of course, is the insurance claims. According to the Insurance Research Council, the average collision claim in 2012 was nearly $3,000, while the average liability claim for bodily injury was nearly $15,000. This is bad news for drivers. According to a recent report, filing any auto insurance claim of $2,000 or more now results in a driver’s insurance premium being increased by 41 percent on national average. Bodily injury claims can increase a premium payment by as much as 45 percent.

The average car insurance premium in the U.S. is $815. This means that if a driver has an accident, he or she is facing an additional $330 annually in his or her premium payment. One analyst noted that many drivers are unaware that making an insurance claim will affect their finances for years to come. If a driver makes a second insurance claim, his or her premium will skyrocket a whopping 93 percent by national average.

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In early January, an 18-year-old woman walking in Chicago’s Chinatown was hit by a car and sustained serious injuries, according to the Chicago Tribune. The driver of the car stayed at the scene of the accident after the crash, and the woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Unit is investigating the incident, though no foul play seemed to be involved. Still, it is a tragic accident that highlights, again, just how often pedestrian accidents occur on the streets of Chicago.

According to Chicagoland’s Active Transportation Alliance, merely crossing the street in the Windy City could be the most dangerous activity that residents do all day. In October of last year, as a result, the Alliance launched Safe Crossings, a “pedestrian-focused campaign designed to raise awareness about intersection safety.” Lists were compiled upon the suggestions of more than 800 residents to pinpoint and make suggestions for the city’s 10 most dangerous intersections and the 10 most dangerous intersections in suburban Cook County. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Transportation head Gabe Klein announced a similar initiative in May of last year to reduce the number of traffic fatalities to zero by 2022.

Regardless of the city’s goals to make it safer for pedestrians, being hit while walking is still a very serious concern. If you hit a pedestrian while behind the wheel, the most important thing to do is to stay at the scene, like the driver who hit the 18-year-old in Chinatown earlier this month. Lawsuits are civil, not criminal, matters, and a driver can be sued for hitting a pedestrian even if the driver was not in the wrong.

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Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, car wrecks,A woman had to have her hand amputated after a grisly crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway and the man responsible was held in lieu of $100,000 bond after leaving the scene of the accident, according to news reports. The man was driving very fast when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the woman’s car. Her vehicle flipped, landing on its hood. Two witnesses saw the responsible man stop and run toward the scene of the accident, but he left before officers arrived. One possible reason why the man initially approached the accident and then fled the scene is because he had been drinking or otherwise had reason not to be driving. Results of a DUI test administered to him after his arrest were not immediately available.

If you are in a motor vehicle accident, no matter who is at fault, the most important step is to stay put, providing you are not in danger by doing so. Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime that oftentimes carries a heftier sentence than whatever caused the accident in the first place. According to DeadlyRoads.com, Illinois state law clearly states that in the event of an accident that has caused injury or death to anyone involved, drivers of both vehicles are required to stay at the scene of the accident. If a person leaves the scene, he or she has a half hour grace period in which they are required to report the accident and state his or her involvement in it. Any person who fails to comply “shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony,” according to Illinois State Law.

Regardless of the harsh penalties for hit-and-runs, statistics point to the fact that these types of accidents are on the rise. Statistics show the number of hit-and-run crashes increased from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,393 in 2010 and then again to 1,449 in 2011. Despite the fact that the number of overall traffic deaths decreased 4.5 percent from 2009 to 2011, there was a 13.7 percent increase in hit-and-run deaths.  AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety President and CEO Peter Kissinger has stated the problem is bigger than most people are aware.

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