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Illinois injury lawyerIf you have been injured in a car accident and would like to seek compensation for your damages, the other party’s insurance company will likely ask you whether you suffer from any pre-existing conditions. Even though you cannot receive compensation for a condition that existed prior to the accident, you may be able to collect it if you can prove the accident made your condition worse.

What Is a Pre-Existing Condition?

Pre-existing conditions can be physical or mental. Some examples of the most common pre-existing conditions are high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, herniated discs, back injuries, and depression. Often times, the trauma of car accidents aggravates these conditions.

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Illinois injury lawyerThe brakes are one of the most important components of your vehicle. When they are defective and cannot work properly, your risk of a car accident significantly increases. Let’s take a closer look at some dangerous brake statistics and the signs of bad brakes.

Dangerous Brake Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a survey in 2015 that states brakes were the cause of 10,000 of the car accidents that occurred between 2005 and 2007. This data shows that brakes contribute to thousands of accidents each year as well as thousands of injuries and deaths.

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Illinois car crash lawyerThere are many reasons that car accidents happen, but one major factor that is often overlooked is the prevalence of items on the road. A AAA study found that the number of auto accidents involving road debris has risen in recent years, and crashes related to debris are four times as likely to happen as non-debris crashes on interstate highways.

The study, which was performed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, examined data from 2011-2014, and it found that over these years, road debris was involved in an average of over 50,000 crashes each year. These crashes resulted in an average of 9,805 injuries and 125 deaths annually. This is a 40% increase from when the foundation first studied the issue in 2001.

What Causes Road Debris Accidents?

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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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DuPage County personal injury attorneyAuto accidents are among the leading causes of brain injuries, accounting for approximately 14 percent of all non-fatal concussions and about 26 percent of all brain injury fatalities. With more than 2.5 million cases per year, that “small” percentage equates to thousands of TBI sufferers each year. If you have experienced an auto-accident-related brain injury, the following information will help you understand the risks and your right to compensation.

Brain Injuries Are Often Lasting and Serious Injuries

Each year, around 2.5 million people visit the emergency room for a traumatic brain injury (TBI). More than 50,000 of those result in death. The remainder eventually recover, but to varying degrees and over an unpredictable timeline. Some take months; others take years. Then, there are those who never fully recover. Their memory or cognitive abilities may be permanently impaired, or they may suffer from sensitivity to lights and sound. Others are unable to read or long periods of time, or stare at a screen for more than a few minutes, which can greatly hinder their ability to work.

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