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Lake County Wrongful Death Lawyer

Nothing compares to the pain of losing a family member. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon on our roadways. More than 40,000 Americans lost their lives in car crashes in 2017, and the vast majority were caused by driver negligence. While moving forward after a family member is tragically killed is incredibly difficult, facing the financial problems of life without a spouse or parent can compound the difficulty. 

If your loved one was fatally injured in a car accident, it is critical to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. An experienced legal team can help you and your family receive the compensation you deserve. 

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Illinios auto accident lawyer, Illinois car crash attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,As the state of the economy improves, gas prices decrease, and more Americans head back to work, morale throughout the country rises. Unfortunately, there is something else rising as well – traffic fatalities. In fact, statistics suggest the state of Illinois is experiencing the highest number of traffic deaths since 2008. What does this mean for drivers and other road users? The following explains.

The Trend of Rising Traffic Fatalities in Illinois

Records obtained by the Chicago Tribune show that traffic fatalities in Illinois have been rising for some time now. In 2013, crashes raised by 4 percent, reaching an average of 782 incidents per day and just a little more than 1,000 deaths for that year (1,043). Numbers decreased slightly in 2014, but not by much (898 deaths for the year). This year, the number of deaths has already reached 958 and is expected to exceed the 2013 total. Only time will tell, though, if the deaths will surpass those from 2008.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,All new technologies carry the risk of running into unforeseen problems. New phones, new computers, and new software systems all release updates as issues arise, and many companies release new technology under a Beta testing phase, which tells consumers that not all kinks have been worked out yet. In most circumstances, unforeseen issues merely cause annoyances or bugs that make systems less efficient, but rarely do they cause actual harm. With a motor vehicle, however, any malfunction carries a much higher risk of a car collision. With a semi-autonomous car, a malfunction can result in death.

Tesla Model S Fatality Occurs in Florida

An Ohio man was an early adopter of new technology, including the semi-autonomous car. He purchased a Tesla Model S, one of the first cars to introduce a driver assistance feature, Autopilot, that allows drivers to cruise hands-free while the car essentially takes over. Autopilot can keep drivers in their lanes, swerve to avoid collisions, and brake when cars ahead slow down via its adaptive cruise control system.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Fatal automobile accidents in Illinois are on the rise, law enforcement officials say, and many of them could have been prevented. Cell phone use (otherwise known as distracted driving) is thought to be a major contributing factor, but failure to use seatbelts are also said to be responsible. As such, police are asking everyone – drivers, pedestrians, and passengers – to follow the rules of the road and, above all else, buckle up when on the road.

Five Deadly Months in Illinois

Although 2016 is not even half over, Illinois has already seen 356 auto accident fatalities for the year. Of those, nearly 300 were automobile drivers or passengers, 50 were pedestrians, and 4 were bicyclists. If the current trend continues, it could place 2016’s traffic fatalities above last years – a five-year record high of 998 traffic deaths. Thankfully, there is still time to turn things around, and one factor that every passenger can control (even those who are victims in accidents).

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Often when we hear about the impact speeding has on car accident statistics, we typically associate crashes with other vehicles on the roads. While speeding undeniably causes numerous pile-ups and other vehicle-to-vehicle collisions, it also poses a serious threat to pedestrians and those using other modes of transportation.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are at risk anytime they encounter traffic, but speeding drivers place them at an even greater risk. Before you put the pedal to the metal, consider these eye-opening facts according to the Illinois State Police:

  • Speeding is the cause for approximately 32 percent of fatal crashes;
  • It is often only one single vehicle that is responsible for a speed-related crash - it only takes one driver to cause serious damage; and
  • Since 1992, speed has been found to be one of the biggest factors in fatal crashes caused by driver error.

A significant percentage of speeding drivers who have caused collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians have been found to be driving under the influence. When it comes to speeding-related injuries and fatalities, though, the reason for a lead foot is never excusable. Willfully speeding, whether under the influence or not, can mean tragic consequences.

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