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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 injury lawyerGetting injured on someone else’s property can be a complicated situation. If it happens at a place of business, you may have no qualms about taking action to hold the property owner responsible for your damages. However, if it happens while you are visiting the home of a friend or family member, you may be more conflicted. Fortunately, there are ways of obtaining the compensation you need without causing financial hardship to someone you care about.

Common Causes of Injuries in the Home

There are a number of situations in which you may be injured at another person’s home. Some of these situations may be caused by a homeowner’s negligence, while for others, the fault is less clear. Common examples include:

  • Slip and fall accidents - Slip and fall injuries can happen on wet or cluttered floors, icy walkways, stairs, and in showers, and a variety of other areas in and around a home.
  • Dog bites - Unfamiliar visitors in a home can cause a dog to feel threatened, and even a dog with no history of violence can lash out and injure a guest.
  • Swimming pool accidents - In the summer months, swimming pool injuries are common due to falls, chemical contamination, unsafe use of slides and diving boards, and accidental drowning. Young children are especially at risk.
  • Collapsing decks or railings - When the structure of an elevated deck or balcony is compromised, or when the railing on a stairway or upper floor is unstable, serious fall and crush injuries can occur.

Sources of Compensation in Homeowner Liability Cases

Often, when an injury happens in someone’s home, the homeowner’s insurance policy will cover some or all of the damages. There are two types of coverage that may apply. One is medical payments coverage, which can take effect no matter who is at fault for the injuries, but usually has a relatively low policy limit. The other is liability coverage, which tends to have a significantly higher policy limit but requires you to demonstrate that the homeowner is liable for your injuries.

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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 lawyerGiven the prevalence of dogs as pets in Illinois and throughout the U.S., along with their reputation as friendly and loyal companions, it can be easy to forget that they are also capable of causing serious injuries. You may be fortunate to have nothing but positive interactions with dogs throughout your life, but all it takes is one attack to threaten your immediate health and even your long-term well-being. If you suffer from ongoing complications related to a dog bite injury, you may be entitled to substantial compensation from the dog’s owner.

Possible Long-Term Effects of Dog Bites

Many dog bite injury victims are able to make a full recovery after receiving treatment. However, severe injuries may cause harm that lasts for months, years, or indefinitely. Some possible long-lasting complications include:

  • Infection - Many people associate rabies with animal bites, but bite wounds can also become infected with other diseases, including tetanus and staph. When an infection spreads throughout the bloodstream, it can become difficult to control, and an injury victim may need significant ongoing treatment.
  • Scarring and disfigurement - Even after healing, deep bite wounds can leave visible scarring that permanently alters the victim’s appearance. Dog attacks can also cause facial disfigurement or result in the amputation of fingers or limbs.
  • Impaired mobility and bodily functions - Many different complications from dog bite injuries can result in limited mobility, including excessive scar tissue, muscle damage, nerve damage, broken bones, and loss of digits or limbs. Head and facial injuries can also affect a person’s ability to see, speak, eat, breathe, and perform many regular brain functions.
  • Mental injuries - Some dog bite injury victims suffer from anxiety and depression related to the effects of their injuries. Others suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder that may trigger panic attacks and other adverse effects when they encounter dogs in the future.

Recovering Damages

In Illinois, a dog owner is strictly liable for injuries caused by their dog without provocation, meaning that they can be held responsible for all of the victim’s damages. For a dog bite victim suffering from long-term complications, these damages may far exceed the costs of their immediate medical care. When filing a personal injury claim, victims should consider future costs of surgeries, medication, therapy, and rehabilitation, as well as impairments to their earning ability. They should also consider the effects of the physical and mental pain and suffering caused by their injuries.

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IL injury lawyerThis Fourth of July weekend will be a time of celebration for many people, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted holiday plans in 2020. In the midst of this celebration, however, it is important to keep your safety in mind. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July also tends to come with a spike in certain types of accidents that can result in serious injuries. You should do your best to prevent and avoid these accidents, but know that a personal injury attorney can help if you do suffer injuries.

Common Causes of Injuries on the 4th of July

Many popular Fourth of July traditions contribute to the increased risk of injuries on and around the holiday. Some of the most common causes of injuries include:

  • Fireworks accidents - According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over 15,000 people required emergency treatment for injuries related to fireworks in 2020, primarily for burns, eye injuries, and hand injuries. If you choose to light fireworks yourself, the CPSC recommends safety precautions like keeping a bucket of water nearby, lighting only one item at a time, and avoiding picking up fireworks that do not fully ignite.
  • Drunk driving accidents - Many Fourth of July celebrations include alcoholic beverages, and unfortunately, some people choose to drive under the influence. The National Safety Council reports that hundreds of people die in fatal car accidents on Fourth of July weekend each year. If you can avoid driving, especially late at night, you have a better chance of avoiding a serious crash.
  • Boating accidents - Illinois residents often take advantage of the long weekend and warm weather to boat on Lake Michigan, Fox

What to Do If You Are Injured on the Fourth of July

If you are injured due to one of the above causes, or any other reason, this Fourth of July weekend, you should be sure to get the medical care you need. If someone else is responsible for your injuries, like a drunk driver or boat operator or a person lighting fireworks irresponsibly, you may have a case for compensation through a personal injury claim. An experienced attorney can help you take the necessary steps to recover financially for your damages.

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