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Posted on in Speeding

Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,The Illinois State Police report an overwhelming number of alarming statistics regarding speeding and its impact on car accidents and injury throughout the state, drawing our attention to the ongoing need to reduce speeding behaviors on our roadways. According to their statistics, approximately 32 percent of all fatal crashes are speed-related, and the number of vehicles operating at 65 mph or higher has increased over time, which has resulted in higher crash impact incidents and a significant increase in fatalities.

Tollway Speed Study Findings

Speeding is especially problematic on our Illinois tollways. A surplus of vehicle traffic operating at such a fast pace, particularly during rush-hour times, creates a prime opportunity for collision and injury. Still, many drivers choose to drive over the limit in an effort to get to where they need to be. The Chicago Tribune revealed a tollway report that found that only one in 20 people obey a 55 mph speed limit on tollways. Even worse is the finding that the average driver speed on tollways floats in the mid to high seventies.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Pedestrians are already at a high risk of mortality when involved in an automobile accident, but a recent study suggests that wheelchair users are especially vulnerable. This new information encourages drivers to be more aware of pedestrians in wheelchairs. It also highlights the need for added diligence in creating safer areas for all pedestrians.

The Devastating Statistics for All Pedestrians

In the United States, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed in automobile accidents each year. Another 76,250 are injured each year on roadways. They are especially vulnerable when weather conditions become hazardous, and when distracted drivers fail to pay close attention to the non-vehicle members out and about each day.

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Posted on in Bicycle Accidents

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Although the cooler weather has arrived, many bicycle enthusiasts are still pedaling away on Lake County roads. However, one news story highlights just how dangerous recreational bike riding can be no matter how experienced the rider.

A North Carolina man recently traveled to France, where he competed in a 750 mile race with 6,000 other bicyclists. The man came back to America with not a scratch on him from that competition. However, shortly upon his return home, he was riding his bicycle when a vehicle struck him. Luckily, he was not injured in the accident. Unbelievably, less than a week later, the man was riding his bike, this time on his way to work, when he was again struck by a vehicle whose driver was not paying attention to the road. This time, the man was not so lucky. As the car hit his bike, the man went flying over the handlebars and smashed into the ground. He suffered a broken elbow.

Despite being as experienced as he was, the man still became a victim. According to national statistics, each year, there are approximately 50,000 bicyclists who are injured in bicycle accidents with motor vehicles. Approximately 750 of those victims die from their injuries. The majority of those fatal accidents – about 70 percent – occur in urban areas. Nationwide, Florida falls at number one, with approximately 110 deaths occurring in that state each year. Illinois hovers at around the tenth position, with approximately 27 bicycle accident fatalities occurring each year.

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Posted on in Car Accidents

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,A recent study found that people who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are more likely to experience episodes of road rage. The study was conducted by doctors from St. Michael&s Hospital in Toronto and published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

There were approximately 4,000 drivers, between the ages of 18 and 97, who participated in the study. Drivers who had suffered from at least one TBI reported an increased number of road rage incidents than those drivers who had not suffered from any type of head injuries. The study defined TBI has one where the victim had lost consciousness for at least five minutes, or had been hospitalized for a 24 hour period.

For the study, road rage was defined as incidents where the person made threats to physically harm another driver or passenger, or had made threats to damage another driver’s vehicle.

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Posted on in Car Accidents

IllinoisIf you have experienced the death of a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you will likely see a long, daunting road to emotional recovery. Couple this with the unexpected financial burdens of the death of a loved one, and it can seem like an impossible recovery. Funeral costs alone can be enough to make a family suffer terrible financial hardship — the average cost of a traditional funeral can be upwards of $10,000, including embalmment, casket, and cemetery services. While a life insurance policy may defray some of these costs, if the person died because of another person’s negligence, the surviving family may be eligible for a wrongful death lawsuit.

One example of when a wrongful death lawsuit may be applicable is after a car accident. Wrongful death lawsuits can have large payouts for surviving family members. In one recent lawsuit settled in California, a 13-year-old girl was awarded $150 million after she watched her family burn to death in a highway crash. The accident, which occurred in 2009, was ruled to be the fault of a truck driver who had illegally parked on a highway shoulder. The young girl, then 9, watched her family burn to death after the SUV they were in got trapped under the rig.

The payout in a wrongful death settlement is determined on a case-by-case basis. Often in a wrongful death lawsuit, economists are called as expert witness and make a suggestion for the payout determined by a calculation of net income. Net income of the deceased is considered so that survivors can experience the same standard of living they enjoyed before the death of their loved one.

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