Category Archives: Personal Injury

DuPage County car crash lawyersAccording to the National Safety Council, 2015 saw one of the largest annual increases in U.S. traffic accident injuries and deaths in half a century. In total, an estimated 4.4 million were injured (2.3 million were serious injuries) and another 38,300 were killed. A number of factors are thought to be responsible, but all drivers are being encouraged to know how to accurately respond if and when they experience an accident. The following information can help you know what steps to take – and what not to do – if you are involved in an automobile accident.

Stay Calm and Check for Injuries

An accident is bound to shake you up, but it is important that you stay as calm as possible in the aftermath. You need to ensure that you are safe, that you are not seriously injured, and that the driver and passengers of the other vehicle have not been seriously injured. If you do, in fact, find that someone has been injured, do not move them (unless not moving them puts them in more danger) and immediately call 911. Stay with them, try to stop any bleeding if you can, and attempt to keep them calm. If you are the one injured, do not move unless you have to and, again, call 911.

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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyWhen you pay for healthcare coverage and are injured in an accident, like most Americans, you would likely assume that your health insurance would cover the medical bills and that your settlement would be free and clear (pending any applicable taxes, of course). That is, after all, why you pay for healthcare coverage. Yet, according to a news investigation, hospitals all over the country are refusing to bill the victim’s health insurance and, instead, are seeking compensation through their auto accident injury settlement. The end result is often a short-sided and unfair settlement for accident victims.

Why At-Fault Drivers Are Footing the Hospital Bill

Just as patients make agreements with their insurance companies regarding how much they will pay in exchange for lower-costing healthcare, physicians and hospitals make contractual agreements that predetermine how much they will be paid for services when they bill an insurance provider. These amounts, otherwise known as “allowable amounts,” are typically higher than the patient might have been able to pay for the service out-of-pocket, but are lower than the provider’s full fee. The remaining balance is then written off by the provider as a “contractual adjustment,” rather than being billed to the patient. This, too, is an agreement they make when contracting with an insurance company.

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Hinsdale personal injury attorneysFor decades, automakers and software developers have been working toward the reality of self-driving automobiles. Once merely a staple of futuristic science fiction, autonomous vehicles are now becoming part of the everyday traffic on American roadways. Recent events, however, have demonstrated with tragic clarity that self-driving vehicles are not without their risks. A number of accidents have been reported over the last several months, including one that resulted in the first autonomous vehicle-related death in the United States.

Fatal Crash in Florida

According to preliminary reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the May 9 crash occurred when a tractor-trailer attempted to turn left at a highway intersection in Williston, Florida. As the truck turned, a Tesla Model S sports car operating on “Autopilot”—Tesla’s self-driving feature—failed to notice the big rig and went under the trailer. The collision sheared the roof off of the car, killing the occupant in the driver’s seat.

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DuPage County auto accident attorneysOf all the drivers on the road, teens are the most prone to accidents. They are also more likely to succumb to the temptations of distracted driving, which can increase the severity of their accidents. In an attempt to reduce their risk, one insurance company is installing free drivecams that give parents the power to monitor their teen's driving habits.

How the Cameras Work

The two-way cameras record inside and outside of the cabin, as well as audio sounds. Though it is always recording, it only stores data if the car swerves or brakes too hard. This can not only give parents the ability to see what might have caused their teen to crash, should an accident occur, it gives them a way to monitor risky driving behavior. The knowledge that it is there also encourages teens to drive more sensibly. Ultimately, this could improve driving conditions for everyone.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneysWe have all been reminded time and again: “Put the phone down,” “Texting can wait,” and “Don’t text and drive.” It seems, however, that we cannot help ourselves. “This will only take a second,” we rationalize, as we fire off a quick message to a friend or family. A second, though, is all it takes for something tragic to happen, as texting-and-driving accidents can cause serious injuries and, in some cases, death.

While the phrase “texting and driving” has become commonplace, its specificity may offer what seems to be a loophole for some drivers. Though still illegal and extremely dangerous, playing a game or downloading music on a mobile device while behind the wheel is not technically texting and driving. Loopholes and technicalities, in such situations, are little more than excuses, and when a driver is distracted, either by a text message or mobile app, the outcome can be exactly the same.

Pokémon Go Distractions

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