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IL accident lawyerIf you have ever traveled on the interstate, you have likely seen a car stalled on the side of the highway and been thankful that it was not you. However, anyone could find themself in a similar situation, whether due to unexpected engine troubles, a blown tire, or some other cause.

Stalling on the highway is not just an inconvenience, it can also put you at risk of serious injury from passing drivers. Just last weekend, two people were injured in a collision on I-94 in Lake County after a woman’s vehicle broke down. You may be able to avoid similar injuries by understanding the safety precautions you should take if your own vehicle stalls.

What Should I Do If My Vehicle Breaks Down on the Interstate?

It is easy to be caught unaware if your car breaks down on the road. However, it is important to try to stay calm and consider taking the following actions to protect yourself and your passengers:

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IL accident lawyerRollovers are one of the most dangerous types of car accidents, accounting for 28 percent of vehicle occupant fatalities according to 2019 data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Though the majority of rollover accidents involve only one vehicle, there are plenty of cases in which a rollover is caused by a collision with another vehicle, or in which a vehicle rolls over into the path of another vehicle. If you have been injured in a rollover crash, an attorney can help you determine whether another party was at fault.

Common Factors in Rollover Accidents

Research from the IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers important insights regarding the factors that commonly contribute to rollovers. Understanding these factors may help you avoid an accident or better understand the circumstances leading to your injuries. For example:

  • Rollovers disproportionately affect occupants of SUVs and pickup trucks when compared to smaller cars.
  • Many fatal rollover crashes are the result of an impact to the front of the vehicle, either by another vehicle or a stationary object like a barricade or utility pole. However, a large number of rollovers are not caused by any impact at all. Some of these no-impact accidents happen when a driver attempts to avoid a collision with another vehicle and loses control.
  • A substantial portion of drivers in fatal rollover accidents are speeding or under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
  • Rollover accidents are also a risk for drivers of commercial semi-trucks, due to factors like speeding, driver error, and improperly loaded or secured cargo. Because of the size of the vehicle, a semi-truck rollover often harms occupants of other nearby vehicles as well.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If you have been injured because of a rollover accident, one of the most important things you can do is get medical attention right away. This helps you better understand the nature and severity of your injuries so that you can get the appropriate treatment, and it can also help in your pursuit of compensation for your medical bills. If you believe another driver or some other party may have been at fault for your injuries, you should consult with a personal injury attorney who can help you demonstrate negligence and represent you in a settlement or trial.

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IL injury lawyerMopeds and motorized or electric scooters are a common form of transportation and recreation for many people throughout Illinois, and they are increasing in popularity with the rise of e-scooter rental companies like Lime, Bird, and Spin. In fact, the City of Chicago has recently run e-scooter pilot programs, with signs pointing to a possible full-time adoption. However, traveling by e-scooter is not without its dangers, and it is important to know what you should do if you are injured while riding.

Requirements for Different Kinds of Scooters in Illinois

In general, vehicles that are considered to be mopeds or scooters are subject to the same Illinois traffic laws as bicycles. This means that if they are traveling on a public road, they should follow traffic signs and signals, stay to the right side of the road, travel in the same direction as other vehicle traffic, and yield the right of way when appropriate. They also must be equipped with a visible headlight and taillight at night, and they are only permitted to carry two people if the passenger has a seat and footrest. Motorized scooters with gas-powered engines must also be titled and registered.

In addition to these laws, there are different legal requirements for different types of scooters. Some motorized scooters are classified as motorcycles or motor-driven cycles based on the power of their engines, and drivers of these vehicles must have a valid Class L or Class M motorcycle license. Drivers of lower-powered mopeds, on the other hand, are only required to have a regular driver’s license.

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IL accident lawyerIf you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. However, a successful claim typically requires substantial evidence of the negligence at hand and the damages you have suffered. Depending on the situation, this can include physical evidence, photos and videos, documented reports, and more. Various types of witness testimony can also be invaluable when it comes to supporting your claim.

Witnesses to the Incident

Whether you have been injured in a car accident, a slip and fall, a dog attack, or some other situation, chances are that someone saw it happen. Eyewitnesses can help you establish the circumstances surrounding your injuries to determine whether they were caused by a negligent act or some other incident that would entitle you to damages. Eyewitnesses can include many different people, such as:

  • Friends, family, and acquaintances who were with you at the time of your injuries
  • People who were with the negligent party at the time of your injuries, as a passenger in the other vehicle
  • Bystanders in the surrounding area
  • Law enforcement officers who saw the incident happen or responded to the scene

Other types of witnesses can also help you establish the negligence of another party. For example, a person familiar with the other party could speak to a pattern of dangerous behavior similar to the act that caused your injuries. Expert witnesses like car accident reconstruction specialists can also speak to the likely causes and effects of a collision.

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IL accident lawyerAccording to recent estimates, more than 10 percent of Illinois drivers lack the liability insurance required by state law. When one of these uninsured drivers causes a car accident resulting in property damage—or worse, bodily injury—it can make the process of recovering compensation more difficult for the victims. Fortunately, Illinois government is taking steps to address the problem of uninsured drivers, including implementing a new electronic verification system to identify drivers who violate the state’s mandatory car insurance laws.

How Does the Car Insurance Verification System Work?

The Illinois Secretary of State’s new Illinois Insurance Verification System (ILIVS), goes into effect on July 1, 2021. All vehicles registered in Illinois will be subject to at least two annual checks, conducted at random intervals throughout the year, to determine whether they are covered by an active liability insurance policy. The verifications will be conducted automatically using records from auto insurance providers throughout the state.

If the office of the Secretary of State is unable to verify a vehicle’s insurance coverage automatically, the driver will be sent a letter requiring them to provide proof of insurance coverage within 30 days. If the driver cannot furnish proof, the vehicle’s registration will be suspended, and the driver will not be legally permitted to drive it until they obtain liability insurance and pay a reinstatement fee of $100.

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