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IL injury lawyerElectric scooters or “e-scooters” have been quickly gaining popularity in the last few years. These small vehicles allow individuals to navigate the streets of Chicago and other U.S. cities without needing to drive their own car or hail a taxi cab. Unfortunately, e-scooters have been causing significant problems for pedestrians and bicyclists who are sharing the sidewalks or roads with these vehicles. If you or a loved one were injured in a scooter-related accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You could be compensated for your medical bills, property damage, lost income, and other costs.

Negligent Scooter Riders

There is no doubt that scooters offer some benefits to riders. They are small, inexpensive, and more environmentally-friendly than automobiles. Unfortunately, the misuse of e-scooters has caused considerable problems for other scooter riders as well as non-riders. Because scooters are smaller than motorcycles and cars and do not reach high speeds, some riders underestimate the potential risks of riding a scooter. Many scooter riders are unfamiliar with the scooter and do not know how to operate it safely. They may also use the scooter while under the influence of alcohol and drugs or attempt to drive the scooter while simultaneously using their cell phone.

Discarded Scooters Present a Hazard

Scooters have also caused non-rider injuries when they are not in use. One of the perks of using a scooter is that the rider is not expected to return to the scooter to its original location after using it. This has led to scooters being carelessly discarded on sidewalks and streets. Bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and other scooter riders may collide with or trip over discarded scooters. This can lead to significant injuries.

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IL injury lawyerMost people assume that items purchased from a retail store or online retailer will work the way they are intended to and will not cause them harm. While this is true for the majority of consumer products, there are times that a defective or malfunctioning product causes a consumer to be injured or even killed. If you were hurt or you have lost a loved one and you suspect that a defective product is to blame, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Product Liability Basics

Products may contain three main types of defects under Illinois product liability law:

  • Design defects: A design defect occurs before a product is manufactured. The inherent design of the product may be flawed in some way that makes the product dangerous – even when it is used as intended. A design defect will be present in an entire line of products.
  • Manufacturing defects: A manufacturing defect occurs when something goes wrong during the manufacture or construction of a product. The defect may only affect some of the products.
  • Inadequate consumer warnings: “Failure to warn” defects stem from a product containing inadequate warnings about potential hazards or insufficient instructions on how to the product safely.

If a defective product leads to someone’s injury or death, the company responsible for the defect may be liable for the harm caused by the defective product.

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IL injury lawyerMany parents struggle to find the balance between being too strict and too lenient when it comes to parenting their child. Some parents allow their child a few sips of alcohol before they are old enough to drink legally while others prohibit underage drinking entirely. In Illinois, supplying a minor with alcohol is not only a question of morality, but also legality. A parent who supplies alcohol to a minor may be held liable for injuries, deaths, or property damage caused by the minor’s intoxication. This “social host liability law” often applies to damages caused in a drunk driving accident but it may also apply to injuries and deaths involving fireworks, slip and fall accidents, or alcohol poisoning.

Illinois Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act of 2004

On June 15, 1997, a 16-year old was encouraged by two young adults to consume an entire bottle of potent Goldschlager liquor. The teen began vomiting profusely and quickly fell unconscious. She eventually passed away from alcohol poisoning. The teenager’s mother brought a wrongful death claim against the adults who encouraged her to drink but the claim was dismissed by the circuit court of Cook County. As a result, Illinois passed the Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act. Under this act, an individual over 18 years of age who serves alcohol to a minor can be held legally responsible for injuries or property damage caused by the minor’s impairment.

The Illinois Liquor Control Act also includes a section addressing adults who provide minors with alcohol. Under the Liquor Control Act, a person over 21 years old who purchases or rents a hotel room or other commercial property for the purpose of underage drinking may be liable for injuries caused by the underage drinkers’ intoxication.

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IL car accident lawyerLosing a spouse in a fatal car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident is a nightmarish experience to endure. Not only must the surviving spouse deal with profound grief and sorrow, he or she must also deal with the financial fallout caused by the death. If you have lost a spouse in an auto accident, you may be unsure of how you will pay for your loved one’s medical bills, funeral costs, and other expenses resulting from the death. You may also worry about how you will pay your mortgage and other bills without your loved one’s financial support. A wrongful death claim may enable you to recover financial compensation for these and other expenses.

What Is a Wrongful Death?

Illinois law allows surviving family members to bring a wrongful death claim and pursue damages if their loved one’s death was:

  • Caused by another party’s negligent or wrongful act and
  • Had the deceased person survived, he or she would have been entitled to bring a legal action for damages
  • A wrongful death claim can be thought of as a personal injury claim that is brought on a deceased person’s behalf. A successful wrongful death claim may be possible if your spouse died in a car accident involving:
  • Distracted driving including texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Road defects
  • Vehicle defects
  • Other types of negligence

Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim

A wrongful death claim is a civil claim that may or may not accompany criminal charges against the at-fault driver. Not only can a wrongful death claim enable you to recover possibly financial compensation, it can also help hold a negligent or reckless driver accountable for the harm he or she caused. Though a wrongful death claim, you may be entitled to compensation for:

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IL accident lawyerEven mild-mannered individuals sometimes experience aggravation or anger behind the wheel. Traffic jams, inattentive drivers, and other frustrations can make driving an exasperating experience. However, when a person allows their frustration to turn into road rage, dangerous or even deadly traffic accidents can result. If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident caused by road rage, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim. You could be entitled to compensation for your vehicle damage, medical expenses, missed work, pain and suffering, and more.

Car Accidents Involving Reckless Driving

Reckless driving puts the lives of other motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists in danger. Because of this, reckless driving is a criminal offense in Illinois punishable by heavy fees and possible jail time. According to the Illinois Vehicle Code, a person commits the offense of reckless driving if he or she:

  • Drives with an intentional or reckless disregard for the safety of people and property or
  • Uses an incline to cause a vehicle to become airborne

Reckless driving may include traveling at speeds well above the posted speed limit, swerving between lanes without signaling, performing stunts like “donuts” on public roads, and driving aggressively.

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