Category Archives: Personal Injury

Hinsdale personal injury attorneyParking lots and garages can be dangerous for pedestrians, who have to navigate tight confines while sharing the space with much larger vehicles. Slip and fall accidents often occur in poorly maintained parking lots, and the hazard is compounded by the number of surrounding cars, whose drivers often do not pay adequate attention to those around them.

Pavement Hazards

Slip and fall injuries are frequent occurrences in parking lots and on sidewalks. Common hazards include:

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Hinsdale car accident attorneyBy now, most motorists are now aware of the Takata airbag recall. Nearly 30 million cars in North America alone have been recalled due to factory-installed airbags that inflate explosively and cause shrapnel from internal components to hit drivers in the face. The defective airbags have been decisively linked with at least ten deaths and dozens of additional injuries in related auto accidents. Recently, the National Highway and Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) announced that airbag manufacturer will be responsible for supporting the recall of between 35 million and 40 million additional vehicles over the next three years. The NHTSA is requiring cooperation from Takata as part of an amended consent order between the Japanese supplier and the agency. While the recall is an effort to increase safety, it also highlights the risk for serious injury or death to millions of American drivers.

Defective Airbag Inflators

The root of the current issue is the airbag inflator, which utilizes a chemical propellant to quickly inflate the airbag in the event of a crash. Over time, exposure to temperature and humidity changes can cause the propellant to degrade, leading to unpredictable, explosive deployment of the airbag. The explosions are strong enough to break pieces of the airbag housing loose, sending metal fragments flying into the face of innocent drivers.

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Hinsdale drunk driving accident attorneyThis coming Monday, our great nation will celebrate its 240th birthday. No country or institution is perfect, but we are fortunate to live in a land that recognizes personal freedom and the value of hard work. Regardless of your political leanings or who you will be voting for in this November’s presidential election, take some time this weekend to appreciate the liberties offered by the United States of America. It is important, however, to do so safely and without putting others at risk. If you are going to drink during Independence Day celebrations, do not get behind the wheel; avoid a DUI by designating a driver or finding another way home.

Deadly Dangers

The Fourth of July is among the deadliest days of the entire year as a result of alcohol-related car accidents, second only to New Year’s Eve. An estimated 40 percent of all traffic fatalities around Independence day involve at least one driver with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.8 percent. That number, sadly, is even higher among younger drivers. Nearly 60 percent of drivers between age 18 and 34 killed in traffic accidents around the Fourth of July in 2014 were legally drunk.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneysIt has probably happened to you. You are driving behind another vehicle that seems to be operating rather erratically. The car keeps speeding up, slowing down, or drifting to either side of the travel lane. When you finally are able to get safely get around the car, you cannot help but to glance at the driver to see what caused the trouble, expecting to see him or her engaged in sending or reading a text message. Instead, you watch the driver seeming to talk to him- or herself, gesturing and reacting, despite being alone in the car. Then it dawns on you: the driver is in the midst of a phone conversation using a hands-free device.

Drivers are constantly reminded about the dangers of cell phone use while driving and are strongly admonished to avoid texting while driving, which is also illegal in most states, including Illinois. However, thanks to the rise in onboard vehicle technology and Bluetooth devices, many drivers do not realize that hands-free phone conversations are often just as dangerous as holding the phone to their ear.

Distracting Conversation

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DuPage County personal injury attorneysDespite taking all necessary precautions, many cyclists are tragically injured in collisions involving another vehicle. These types of bicycle accidents can result in severe and often permanent or life-threatening injuries.

Common Injuries

The type and seriousness of the injuries sustained by a cyclist depends largely on a series of factors, including:

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