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Waukegan Car Accident LawyerSummer time means more vacationers on the roadways of Lake County. You can expect to see more passenger trucks and SUVs pulling trailers of all kinds: boat trailers, camper trailers, horse trailers, and “toy” trailers hauling four-wheelers and dirt bikes. Drivers who are not used to towing a trailer can cause serious car accidents, particularly if they are careless or negligent in understanding the rules of safe trailer towing.

If you have been injured in an accident involving a vehicle towing a trailer, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for assistance. There are many ways the driver of a passenger truck towing a trailer can be found negligent in causing a collision, thereby making you eligible for personal injury compensation.

Towed Trailers Need Special Tires, Require Slower Speeds

Special Trailer tires. Standard car tires have more flexible sidewalls to allow for a more comfortable ride. Trailers, however, require Special Trailer (ST) tires with stiffer sidewalls that help reduce trailer sway. A driver towing a trailer with the wrong type of tires carelessly creates an increased risk of an accident. The trailer may start fishtailing, causing the driver to lose control, possibly tipping the trailer over, and causing a serious accident.


car accidents, Pokemon Go, Waukegan car accidents lawyers, distracted driving, smartphones and car accidentsA recent study published earlier this month by Purdue University’s professors of finance and management, Mara Faccio and John McConnell, estimates that the popular augmented reality game, Pokemon Go, is responsible for about 145,000 car accidents in the first five months after its release in 2016. Of those car accidents, approximately 29,000 people were injured and 250 people were killed.

The study also shows that the accident frequency rate was almost 27 percent higher at intersections located within 100 meters of a “PokéStops” (referring to landmarks or public places where gamers can obtain collectibles to help them progress in Pokemon Go) as compared to other street intersections.

The study was conducted in Tippecanoe County, Indiana and the report suggests that the cost of users playing the popular virtual reality game while driving in the county is between $5.2 million to $25.5 million within the first five months following the game’s release. The cost includes vehicular damage, personal injuries, and the human lives lost in the car crashes caused by the drivers or passengers playing Pokemon Go.

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