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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.

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IL accident lawyerBeing the victim of a rear-end collision can be a shocking experience to go through. Most victims are not aware of the imminent danger they are facing until seconds before the crash. Many suffer neck injuries such as whiplash, head injuries, facial lacerations, and other painful and debilitating injuries. If you or a loved one were hurt in a rear-end accident, you should know that you may have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost earnings, physical pain, disfiguration, and more.

What You Must Prove to Get Compensation for Rear-End Collision Injuries

The purpose of auto insurance is to compensate car accident victims for their damages. However, the compensation available through the at-fault driver’s insurer may be insufficient. In cases such as these, the injured party may choose to file a personal injury claim.

The four basic components that you must prove to get compensation through a personal injury claim include:

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IL injury lawyerIf you are like most people, you probably get lost in your thoughts from time to time. Whether you are thinking about a work obligation, family issue, or simply your grocery shopping list, getting lost in thought or “daydreaming” happens to everyone. However, when a motorist daydreams while driving, the consequences can be deadly. Inattention is consistently associated with an increased chance of being involved in a motor vehicle collision. In fact, some studies suggest that daydreaming behind the wheel is an even greater issue than cell phone use behind the wheel.

Study Shows that One in Ten Fatal Collisions Were Caused by Daydreaming

By the time a motorist has been driving for a few years, driving becomes second nature. Most drivers do not have to consciously think about applying the brake when they see brake lights ahead or flipping the turn signal when changing lanes – they simply do it automatically. Unfortunately, this automation can lead drivers to become disengaged from the driving process.

Drivers who are lost in through or dreaming are more likely to make driving mistakes that cause an accident. One study conducted by Erie Insurance Group found that over 60 percent of fatal accidents were attributed to daydreaming. Other forms of distracted driving including using an electronic device or reaching for items in the vehicle also lead to a high percentage of injury-causing and deadly auto accidents.

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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 lawyerRear-end crashes may be caused by countless reasons. In the vast majority of cases, the car behind the car that was rear-ended is at fault for the accident. When a vehicle is struck from behind, the vehicle occupants may be seriously injured – even if the rear vehicle was traveling at a relatively low speed. Neck injuries, head injuries, facial lacerations, broken bones, and many other injuries may result from a rear-end collision. If you were hurt in a rear-end accident, you may have a right to financial compensation.

Injuries Common Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end accidents can lead to injuries including:

  • Neck injuries such as whiplash
  • Damage to the spine including cervical spine injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Facial lacerations
  • Injuries to the chest
  • Broken bones

These injuries may be excruciatingly painful. They may also prevent the injured person from being able to work, complete household chores, or carry out everyday tasks. The injured person may be left with steep medical bills and other costs. If you were hurt in a rear-end accident, a personal injury claim may allow you to recover compensation for the financial costs incurred by your car accident injuries.

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