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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 accident lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,A recent study has highlighted a new danger on the road: drugged drivers. The study found that of drivers who died in a car accident, 43 percent of drivers tested positive for drugs and 37 percent of drivers had alcohol in their bodies. The study was released by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Marijuana Is Commonly Found in Killed Drivers

Of the positive drug tests in this study, 35 percent signaled marijuana use by the driver. This does not come as a surprise since medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia and recreational marijuana is legal in eight states and DC. However, it is illegal to drive impaired in all 50 states. More Policies and Resources Needed to Combat Drugged DrivingExperts argue that the results of the study highlight the need for more training for police officers on how to spot drugged driving as well as additional methodologies and standards for determining if a driver is too impaired to operate a vehicle. For example, there is no analogous drug test comparable to the breathalyzer.

Study’s Conclusions Are Questioned by Some

Some road safety experts warn that the study may provide an incomplete picture. The study was conducted in part by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a nonprofit funded by alcohol distillers. In addition, the study admits that it did not test every driver who died behind the wheel, which limits the study’s persuasiveness. Also, there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to drugged driving prevention and testing. For example, the definition of impairment by drugs is not uniform. Detractors are worried that this study may take away from drunk driving awareness efforts, for which there is a well-studied need.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Automobile accident fatalities can be caused by a wide range of injuries, including head trauma and damage to internal organs, but severe bleeding is the number one cause. It is also fairly preventable, if immediate action is taken to control the bleeding. A city in Maryland has set its sights on giving the community the tools and resources it needs to take that action through the placement of “bleeding kits” throughout the community. But just how effective is this initiative likely to be? And will Illinoisans see similar initiatives in the near future?

“Stop the Bleed” Initiative

The “Stop the Bleed” initiative is based on one simple principle: stop the bleeding and potentially save a life. Education, resources (including posted signs), and kits that include everything needed to provide basic first aid to bleeding accident victims are all a part of the plan. More than 100 equipped kits are expected to be placed in community areas, including libraries, schools, and community centers, and senior citizen centers. Most will be placed near AED units that are already available.

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