Category Archives: Personal Injury

DuPage County personal injury attorneysSpring has arrived in Northern Illinois, which means that an increased number of cyclists will be taking to area roadways for exercise, recreation, and commuting purposes. Weather permitting, the greater Chicago region is a beautiful setting for bike riders, and thousands will soon be enjoying the freedom offered by the pedal-powered machines. Much of our current society, however, functions on the mechanical engine and the automobile, and serious accidents can occur when drivers fail to see cyclists amidst the sea of moving cars.

The Law

In Illinois, bicycling is very popular in the spring, summer, and early fall, yet injuries are often rampant. A personal injury lawyers can help assist you, in recovering compensation for an injury suffered in a bicycle accident. The question often turns to the potential to recover damages, including pain and suffering, from your insurance carrier or the insurance carrier of the individual who caused the injury. If you are covered by an auto insurance policy, you may be able to recover for either personal injury protection (PIP) or uninsured (UM) benefits depending on your policy. In addition, you may be able to recover for your medical bills, lost wages, and other injuries.

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DuPage County personal injury lawyersIf you have been hurt by another vehicle colliding with yours, does the word “accident” accurately describe the situation? Probably not, especially if the other driver was fully at fault for the crash. Many believe that the continued use of the word only serves to benefit personal injury defense attorneys and insurance companies. In fact, grass-roots efforts are underway to educate the public on the misleading use of “accident” and the impact that language can have on public perception.

Subconscious Assumptions

Over the last couple years, two New York-based advocacy organizations hae joined forces to launch a campaign discouraging the use of the word. Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives began an online pledge drive to eliminate the presuppositions created by the word “accident.” “An ‘accident’ implies that nothing could have done to prevent [it],” said Amy Cohen, founder of Families for Safe Streets. By referring to a crash as an accident, the groups maintain, it creates the perception that nobody should bear responsibility. In many cases, a party can and should be held responsible for causing the collision.

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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyLooking at an 18-wheeled commercial transport vehicle, you know that it has the potential to cause catastrophic damages if something goes awry. Looking at a school bus—the vehicle that children ride on five days a week throughout the school year—it is often seen as an icon of safety and security. These vehicles weigh anywhere from 6,000 to 33,000 pounds, with the traditional style weighing in at a whopping 26,000 pounds—13 tons! Compare this to a regular passenger car weighing around 3,000 to a maximum of 6,000 pounds. If the two collide, a school bus has the capability of demolishing a passenger vehicle based on weight alone. With great risks come great responsibility leaving bus operators responsible for upholding the law and maintaining the safety of both the passengers on board and other drivers on the road. What requirements are in place to avoid a school bus accident?

Bus Operator Responsibility

The operator is the bus driver. However, there is more to driving a bus then pressing the gas pedal and brake when necessary, maneuvering roadways, and opening and closing a door. The list is comprehensive, and if the driver fails to observe any item on the list, they are negligently putting safety at risk. A few of the requisites mandate that a bus operator:

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DuPage County personal injury lawyersAccording to data from Distraction.gov, the Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving, there were more than 3,000 deaths and some 431,000 injuries caused by distracted driving in 2014. That was the same year that Illinois enacted its hands-free cell phone law which required drivers to use their phones hands-free—i.e. Bluetooth, speakerphone, etc.—or face a fine. Sadly, Illinois police say the ban has done little to improve safety on the road and that most drivers continue to ignore the ban. What does this mean for other motorists, particularly when it comes to the risk of experiencing an auto accident injury or wrongful death?

Understanding the Distracted Brain

Despite popular belief, humans are not efficient at multi-tasking. Instead, when the brain is required to manage more than one task at a time, it switches from one train of thought to the other rather. So, for example, if you are driving and texting, your brain places more focus on the act of texting while you are inputting your message and then returns its focus to the road. There is one caveat, however. The brain does not always shift quickly from one task to the next. Fatigue can further slow the transition. Considering that most Americans do not get anywhere near enough sleep, it is perhaps fortunate that there are not more distracted driving accidents than the current numbers show.

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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyWith the spring season now upon us, people throughout the region will undoubtedly be looking to stretch their legs and leave winter behind them. Stores and retail outlets are likely to see a boost in sales over the next few weeks and months, but with more customers out and about, there will also be an increased risk of shopping injury. Wet floors, tripping hazards like extension cords, and falling merchandise can all pose serious threats to shoppers. Fortunately, the legal system provides protection—known as premises liability—for those injured on the property of another. At its most basic, premises liability laws require landowners to make sure that their property is safe for other people to enter, but other complications do often arise.

Shopping Injuries

Although people do not often think of shopping as a dangerous activity unless they are lining up for a Black Friday sale, even “normal” shopping can result in a variety of injuries. The most common injuries are the result of slips and trips due to puddles, tripping hazards or poorly maintained floors. These sorts of shopping hazards can result in sprains, bruises, broken bones, and back injuries, but shoppers can experience even more severe injuries.

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