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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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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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Hinsdale car accident attorneySummer is a time for fun, recreation, and relaxation for many people. Baseball games, barbecues, or days at the beach can bring families and friends together in the sunshine and warm weather that has started to become more prevalent in Northern Illinois. Unfortunately, summer is also the setting for what the American Automobile Association (AAA) calls the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers.

Staggering Statistics

In each of the last five years, approximately 1,020 people have been killed in accidents involving teenage drivers in the 100-day stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That works out to an average of more than 10 fatalities per day in the United States. During the summer months, the number of average deaths in crashes involving teens increases by more than 15 percent over any other period of the year, due, in large part, to the increased amount of driving teens do in June, July, and August.

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taxi accident, DuPage County personal injury attorneysPersonal injury lawsuits are meant to compensate victims for their injuries, loss, and suffering. Unfortunately, even with a verdict, some companies find their way out of paying damages. Among the most recent to do so is The Yellow Cab Company which allegedly filed for bankruptcy immediately after being hit with a $26 million verdict. Even more concerning to many is that, despite filing for bankruptcy, the company plans to continue operating.

Victim Still Suffering a Decade Later

The plaintiff in the lawsuit against Yellow Cab was once a real estate attorney. He had been on his way home from a client dinner when his cab careened off the Ogden tollway exit and into a concrete barrier. He suffered extensive injuries, including brain damage, and allegedly has issues sleeping, suffers from anxiety and slurred speech. Essentially, his life was permanently altered by the crash.

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