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Illinois injury lawyerChanging lanes carefully is one of the keys to safe driving. If you’re not careful while changing lanes, you may cause a serious car accident that can lead to severe injuries and even death.

Therefore, it is essential to always check your mirrors and look over your shoulder when changing lanes. It is also important to use turn signals so that other drivers know what you are attempting to do.

Since the poor management of blind spots often leads to lane change accidents, read on to find out how to handle blind spots and reduce your risk of causing one of these serious accidents.

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Illinois injury lawyerAlso known as clear ice, black ice is a thin coating of glaze ice on roads. It’s virtually transparent and often seen in the colder months. It usually forms on bridges, overpasses, the bottoms of hills, and anywhere where there is no sunlight. If you get into a car accident that was caused by black ice, you may be wondering who is at fault. Read on to find out.

Drivers are Responsible for Black Ice

As a driver, you are responsible for being aware of your surroundings and driving appropriately for all weather conditions. If you lost control of your vehicle and caused an accident because of black ice, you may believe that you should not be held liable.

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Illinois injury lawyerIf you get hurt in a car accident with a mail truck or another United States Postal Office or USPS vehicle, you may be wondering whether your car accident case is different than a typical one. Since the USPS is a federal government agency, there are different laws that apply to car accident cases that involve them. Let’s dive deeper into what these laws are and how they may affect you.

The Federal Tort Claims Act

In the event you are hit by a USPS vehicle that was driven by a USPS driver, the Federal Tort Claims Act or FTCA would apply to you instead of the typical Illinois car accident laws. The FTCA states that you can only sue the United States, not the USPS or the USPS driver who caused the accident.

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Illinois injury lawyerIf you are involved in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should not be liable. You have the right to collect compensation for your property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

In the event you were not wearing your seatbelt at the time of the crash, you may be wondering whether you can still recover fair and full compensation. Let’s take a closer look at Illinois seatbelt laws and how they can affect your car accident case.

Illinois Seatbelt Laws

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Illinois injury lawyerContrary to popular belief, it is necessary to file a police report after a minor car accident. In the event that you decide to seek compensation for your damages, a police report can help your case and increase your chances of collecting fair and full compensation. A police report can also protect your rights if you are deemed the at-fault driver. Let us dive deeper into what a police report is and why filing one after any type of car accident is important.

What Is a Police Report?

A police report is unbiased and provides an objective view of the various factors of a car accident. You can expect a police report to contain information such as the location and time the accident occurred, the damages and injuries that it caused, statements that identify witness information, statements of drivers that show their perspective of the accident, weather conditions and other environmental information from the time of the crash.

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