Category Archives: Personal Injury

Hinsdale personal injury attorneyThese days, cell phones and mobile devices are on everyone’s radar as a dangerous distraction for drivers. Safety experts, however, are taking steps to increase awareness that loud music can also be a serious distraction that can lead to car accidents.

Loud Music Slows Reaction Times

A Canadian study found that a driver’s reactions time was reduced by an average of 20 percent when loud music was playing. This diminished reaction time could be fatal, even for those traveling at a moderate speed.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneyWhen you were in grade school, you may have played the game where you fervently attempted to walk on a cracked sidewalk without stepping on any cracks? You may have even joined in the sing-song chorus of “step on a crack, break your mama’s back!” Although this superstition is one of a long line of old wives’ tales, there is an increased risk of injury due to cracks in the sidewalk. Although it may not break your unsuspecting mother’s back, a crack in an unkempt sidewalk may, in fact, result in personal injuries.

Statistics of Sidewalk Injuries

Cracks, uneven payment, unexpected rises, potholes, debris, and ice and snow can all result in tripping, slipping, and falling on sidewalks. Although in many cases, a scrape or a bruise may be the worst of the injuries, other cases may cause broken bones, torn ligaments, concussions, or even death. According to federal estimates, the six most common causes of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries include:

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DuPage County car crash attorneysWhen they work properly, highway guardrails can have a tremendous impact on roadway safety. They can prevent rollover accidents and keep drivers from crossing over into oncoming traffic, both of which are among the most serious types of traffic accidents. However, a number of recent cases have raised concerns that certain guardrails installed across the country may actually do more harm than good.

The issue relates to the end cap used on many guardrails, which may cause the guardrail to buckle under the force of the impact and create a spike that can pierce the body of the car. Numerous accident victims nationwide have experienced these issues firsthand, resulting in more than a few fatalities and lost limbs.

The Technology in Question

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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyIf you or someone you love has been in an automobile accident, it is critical that you receive an examination from a qualified healthcare professional. This not only protects you in the event that a lawsuit or claim may be necessary but it also ensures that any injuries are promptly treated. In some situations, this can mean the difference between life and death, especially in the case of a traumatic brain injury.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is caused when one experiences a spike, blow, or serious jarring of the head. It causes the brain to swell, which can, in extreme cases, lead to death. In most other cases, however, traumatic brain injury causes issues with memory, cognition, coordination, and emotion. For example, a person with traumatic brain injury may:

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DuPage County personal injury attorneyEvery day, more than one million people use their smartphones to utilize the ridesharing service Uber to get them from where they are to where they want to go. Uber is just one of several similar app-based services that connects those needing a ride to private drivers willing to pick up passengers and take them to their destinations. While the term “ridesharing” may be a bit of misnomer—since the drivers were not already going to the destination and simply had an extra seat—there is no questioning the convenience and the popularity of such services. But, what happens if you are injured in an accident while riding with Uber? Does the company offer any protections?

A Complicated Situation

From the time you accept a ride with Uber until you get out of the vehicle upon reaching your final destination, your Uber driver is covered by Uber’s $1 million insurance policy. This insurance policy covers the driver's liability to riders and takes precedence over any personal auto coverage that they may have. Uber drivers are independent contractors—a reality which may affect the outcome of compensation that you can receive if an accident occurs and you are injured. However, you as the passenger are also covered under Uber’s liability coverage policy.

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