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IL accident lawyerMotorists driving on public roads have a legal “duty of care” to the people around them. This means that drivers have a legal obligation to follow traffic laws and drive in a reasonably prudent manner. Driving with “willful or wanton” disregard for others’ safety is considered reckless driving. If your family member was killed in a reckless driving accident, it is important to know your rights. You may be able to hold the driver civilly accountable for your loved one’s death in addition to any criminal consequences the driver faces.

Criminal Penalties for Reckless Driving That Results in a Person’s Death

Reckless drivers do not usually intend for anyone to be injured or killed. Nevertheless, driving at excessive speeds or with gross negligence can lead to criminal charges. In Illinois, a motorist who causes an accident that results in death may be charged with reckless homicide. This Class 3 felony is punishable by a jail sentence of up to five years. Criminal charges brought by the state against the reckless driver may get justice for your loved one, but criminal charges do not address the damages suffered by the surviving loved ones. In addition to criminal charges, you may also be able to bring a civil claim against the reckless driver.

You May Bring a Wrongful Death Claim Against the Driver

Whether the reckless driver faces criminal consequences for your loved one’s death or not, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the driver. A wrongful death claim is a civil claim that is brought by a personal representative of the deceased person instead of the state. A wrongful death claim may benefit you and your family by:

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IL crash lawyerIf you or a loved one were involved in a serious auto accident, you probably have questions about your legal rights. You may already know that a personal injury claim may allow you to recover financial reimbursement for your medical bills and other damages, but you are unsure of what your case is worth. You may ask, “How much compensation am I entitled to through a personal injury claim?” The exact amount of compensation that an injured person may be able to recover after a car accident varies dramatically from case to case. The amount you may be entitled to will likely be influenced by the severity of your injuries, whether there is shared liability for the accident, and several other factors.

The Severity of Your Injuries and Your Prognosis

In a car accident injury claim, damages often include medical bills, future medical care, and other injury-related expenses. If your injuries required significant medical treatment such as surgery or specialist treatment, this would likely increase your potential payout. If your injuries require ongoing care such as physical or occupational therapy, this too will likely increase the value of your claim. The severity of your injuries will probably affect the amount of work you will need to miss and therefore increase the amount you may be entitled to for lost income. Catastrophic injuries and injuries resulting in permanent disability often lead to higher payouts. However the severity of your injuries and your prognosis are just some of the many different factors that can influence the value of your claim.

Shared Liability for a Car Accident

If your actions partially caused the accident or worsened the injuries resulting from the accident, this may heavily influence your payout. Illinois is a “modified comparative negligence” state. This means that if an injured person is considered 50 percent or more at fault for the injury-causing incident, he or she is barred from recovery. If there is shared liability but the injured person’s fault is less than 50 percent, the damages he or she may be entitled to are reduced proportionate to his or her share of fault.

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IL accident lawyerIf you are like most people, you probably deal with tiredness and fatigue from time to time. Studies show that most of us do not get as much sleep as we need. When a driver feels too sleepy to drive safely or starts to nod off at the wheel, he or she should pull off of the road and rest. Sleep deprivation can cause reduced concentration, shortened reaction time, cognitive lapses, and inattention to the road. If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident caused by someone who was sleepy or even asleep at the wheel, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages.

Sleep Deprivation’s Effect on the Brain

You may be surprised to learn that many experts consider drowsy driving to be just as dangerous as drunk driving. This is because the effects of sleep deprivation can be similar to the effects of alcohol. Being sleepy makes us slower to respond and less capable of sound decision-making. Sleep deprivation can mean the difference between avoiding a collision and being involved in a serious auto accident.

Drowsy Driving Crash Statistics

In one recent study, researchers found a profound connection between sleep deprivation and auto accidents. Adults are supposed to get 7-9 hours of rest on average. According to the study, individuals who slept only 5-6 hours the night before were twice as likely to be involved in an accident. Sleeping just 4-5 hours quadruples your chances of being in an accident. If a driver has slept less than 4 hours in a 24 hour period, he or she is a staggering 12 times more likely to be in a crash.

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IL injury lawyerBeing involved in a car accident can leave major physical and psychological damage. Car accidents caused by distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), speeding, reckless driving, and other forms of negligence can lead to brain injuries, spine and neck injuries, broken bones, post-traumatic stress disorder, and much more. Injured parties may need expensive medical treatment and be left unable to work, enjoy hobbies, or care for their children. If you or a loved one suffered “whiplash” or other injuries during a car accident caused by the careless or criminal acts of another, a personal injury claim may enable you to recover compensation.

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Whiplash is a term used to describe a neck injury caused by sudden force. During an auto accident, the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the neck may be stretched out in an unnatural way. This hyperextension can cause pain and stiffness in the upper back, neck, and shoulders, headaches, dizziness, and tingling and numbness of the arms. Difficulty concentrating, problems with sleep, memory loss, tinnitus, and fatigue may also be caused by a severe whiplash injury. However, these symptoms are often not immediately noticeable. Pain and other symptoms may develop hours or even days after the accident. Symptoms caused by a neck injury like whiplash typically last for a few weeks but may persist for several months or several years. Many people underestimate the damage caused to their body after being in an auto accident. Even a seemingly minor accident can cause damage to tissues, muscles, and connective tissues. This is one reason why it is so important to get medical treatment after being involved in a car accident.

Proving Soft Tissue Injuries Such as Whiplash is Often Challenging

Unlike a broken bone, a soft tissue injury such as whiplash will not show up on an x-ray. Therefore, proving that the injury has occurred is often quite difficult. Insurance companies may use this as an excuse to offer a settlement that does not even come close to compensating the injured person for his or her damages. If you have suffered a neck injury that has caused you financial hardship, the best way to recover compensation may be to file a personal injury claim. An experienced injury attorney will help you gather evidence that supports your claim. Expert witnesses such as doctors or medical specialists may also be called upon to confirm the extent of your injuries.

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Waukegan Hydroplane Car Accident Lawyer

Summer thunderstorms can be dangerous, and not just because of the risk of being hit by lightning. Heavy rainfall can result in reduced visibility, slippery pavement, standing water, an/or driver fatigue on Lake County roadways. Not surprisingly, storms generally cause the number of car accidents to rise. According to the US Department of Transportation, one in seven motor vehicle accidents and injuries can be traced to wet pavement. 

Who Is At-Fault in a Weather-Related Accident?

In order to claim compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident, you have to determine which driver was at fault and prove that their negligent behavior caused the accident. 

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