325 Washington St., Suite 302, Waukegan, IL 60085
Search
Salvi & Maher, L.L.C.

Call Us847-662-3303

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Youtube

Hablamos Español

Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in driver negligence

IL accident lawyerEveryone knows that speed limits are posted for a reason. The risk of a car accident resulting in serious injury or death increases as the speed of the vehicle increases. However, this does not stop a large percentage of drivers from driving above the speed limit.

Automotive technology has changed dramatically in recent decades. While self-driving cars are still a rare sight, more and more standard vehicles are coming equipped with technology like adaptive cruise control. Although this technology is intended to make driving safer, a recent study suggests that drivers are actually more likely to speed when their vehicle is equipped with this technology.

Safety Benefits May Be Overshadowed by Driver Negligence

Approximately three million people are injured in car accidents each year in the United States. These injuries incur more than $75 billion in medical bills and lost productivity. It is in everyone’s best interests for drivers to drive cautiously and follow traffic laws. Adaptive cruise control adjusts the vehicle’s distance from the vehicle in front of it and reduces the need for the driver to manually adjust the cruise control setting as traffic patterns change. Technology like adaptive cruise control and automatic lane-centering is designed to help drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, stay safe, however, it may have the opposite effect.

...

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over a third of U.S. adults are sleep-deprived on a regular basis. Experts suggest that adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night, but many of us are getting far less than that. Sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on concentration, reaction time, and coordination. Driving while sleep-deprived dramatically increases a person’s chances of being involved in an auto accident. According to research from AAA, missing just one or two hours of sleep doubles a driver’s chances of being involved in a car crash.

Drowsy Driving Thought to Be a Factor in 20 Percent of Fatal Car Accidents

When a driver is too tired to drive safely, he or she does not only put his or her own life at risk, he or she also endangers the lives of other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. Sleep-deprived truck drivers are especially worrisome. Although federal law mandates that truck drivers get a certain amount of sleep and take regular rest breaks on the road, many drivers do not adhere to these standards. Drivers may be expected to meet tight deadlines and may therefore skip sleep in order to meet these deadlines. Some truck drivers and trucking companies even falsify log books in order to conceal the fact that truck drivers drive while dangerously sleep-deprived.

Lawsuits Involving Sleep-Deprived Drivers

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident involving a driver who fell asleep at the wheel or was too sleepy to drive safely, you may be considering bringing a personal injury claim against the negligent party. Proving that a driver was too sleepy to drive safely can be difficult, but a personal injury lawyer can help. A lawyer can examine evidence, collaborate with experts such as accident reconstructionists, interview witnesses, and take other steps to gather support for your claim. Though a personal injury lawsuit you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you experienced as a result of the accident including compensation for medical bills, lost income, future medical costs, reduced employability, pain and suffering, and more.

...

Waukegan personal injury attorneys, distracted driving, texting and driving, driver negligence, dangerous drivingIn 2016 alone, 37,461 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. The staggering number represents a 5 percent increase from 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of the nearly 40,000 traffic fatalities in 2016, the NHTSA estimates that just under 10 percent can be attributed to distracted driving. In all, 3,450 Americans lost their lives in distracted driving accidents throughout 2016.

Distracted driving is defined as an activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road, such as having a conversation with a passenger, eating a meal, or sending a text message. If you or a loved one is injured in a motor vehicle accident and believe distracted driving was the cause, contact our experienced team of Waukegan personal injury attorneys to discuss your case and your options.

Consider the following tips to help ensure you do your part to help end the distracted driving crisis in our country. 

...

holiday season drunk drivers-Lake CountyHoliday festivities are in full force as the New Year approaches. While families and friends come together for the holiday season, alcoholic beverages often accompany the parties. But as you and your loved ones bring in the new year, watch out for impaired drivers on the roads. Additionally, if you or a member of your family are injured in a collision involving negligence or alcohol impairment, contact a Lake County personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and options available for recovery.

Drinking and Driving Kills

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 29 people die in drunk driving accidents every day throughout the United States. While fatal collisions involving alcohol impairment have steadily decreased over the last three decades, drunk driving accidents still result in more than 10,000 fatalities annually.

...

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer,There are countless reasons for motorcycle accident crash and fatality statistics, and identifying fault can sometimes be extremely difficult. Fingers are pointed and blame is placed on one or more drivers, but no matter who causes an accident, all motorists are equally responsible for their own safety out on the highways. Drivers need to be familiar with their vehicles, how they operate, and actively practice safe driving techniques to maintain accountability on the roads.

Whether you are a new motorcycle owner or have been riding for some time now, it is important to know your bike and how to handle it on the open road. The more comfortable you are with your bike and how it rides, the better chance you have at operating it safely while remaining both vigilant and defensive.

Spend Time in Your Garage or on the Driveway

...
Avvo Elite Lawyer 10 Best 2016 ASLA 2017 Nation's Top One Percent American Justice Institute Top 10 Chicago Bar Association DuPage County Bar Association Illinois State Bar Association Kane County Bar Association Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Lake County Bar Association McHenry County Bar Association Workers Compensation Lawyers Association Martindale Hubbell 2018 Martindale Hubbell 2018
Back to Top