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DuPage County personal injury attorneyWhen a person who has been drinking gets behind the wheel of a car or truck, he or she is playing a very dangerous game in which there are no winners. If the person gets home safely that night, it reinforces the erroneous belief that it will be okay to drive drunk again at a later time. If the person is involved in an accident, however, the results can be devastating to the driver and innocent victims.

Local officials believe that this was exactly the scenario that claimed the life of a 9-year-old Aurora girl this past weekend. One man was taken into police custody and is now facing several felony charges, including aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of the accident which killed the young girl and injured at least two others.

Tragedy in Aurora

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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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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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punitive damages, DuPage County personal injury attorneyWhen you have been injured in a car accident or any other type of accident for which another party was responsible, you have the right to collect full reimbursement for your losses. The law in Illinois, as in most other states, also allows you to seek additional compensation in some cases based upon the actions and intent of the liable party. In certain situations, you may be able to collect punitive damages that are designed to punish the person or entity who caused your injuries and to deter others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.

Compensatory Damages

The most basic premise of personal injury law is that you deserve to be made financially whole—to the extent possible—when you have sustained injuries as the result of someone else’s actions or negligence. In most cases, this means that the liable person or entity would be required to compensate you for:

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car accidents, fault, DuPage County car accident lawyersWhen you are injured in any type of motor vehicle accident, every detail of the events leading up to the accident can be extremely important in recovering compensation for your injuries. Most people understand the necessity determining fault, at least as far as insurance companies and claims are concerned, but when injuries are part of the equation, the process can become even more complicated.

What Is Fault?

In Illinois, as in just about everywhere else, a determination of fault assigns responsibility for causing an accident. Fault may lie solely with one party, or it may be shared among multiple parties, including other drivers, pedestrians, and even automakers and parts manufacturers. When one driver clearly makes a mistake which leads to a crash, assigning fault is fairly easy. In other cases, multiple mistakes by several drivers, combined with road and weather conditions and other variables beyond anyone’s control can create difficulty in determining who should be paying for what.

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