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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyThese days, cell phones and mobile devices are on everyone’s radar as a dangerous distraction for drivers. Safety experts, however, are taking steps to increase awareness that loud music can also be a serious distraction that can lead to car accidents.

Loud Music Slows Reaction Times

A Canadian study found that a driver’s reactions time was reduced by an average of 20 percent when loud music was playing. This diminished reaction time could be fatal, even for those traveling at a moderate speed.

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Hinsdale personal injury attorneysIn many car accident situations, it is very clear which driver was as at fault. For example, you may be driving along just under the posted speed limit when, seemingly out of nowhere, another driver on a cross street runs a red light and slams into your car. That driver would almost certainly be at fault for the accident and potentially liable for any injuries you sustained. What if, however, the driver ran the red light and hit you, but you were texting while driving and, therefore, did not react in time to avoid the accident? If you have been injured in accident such as this, you may share in the liability for your own injuries

Determining a Percentage of Liability

When multiple parties are each partially to blame for car accident that resulted in bodily injury, it is us to the parties involved—or the court if the case goes to trial—to determine which portion of responsibility should fall on which party. As you might expect, those whose actions or negligence which are considered to have contributed more to the accident will be assigned a higher percentage of liability, while actions found to be less significant will have a lower percentage assigned.

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Hinsdale car accident lawyerThe minutes that follow a collision can feel like a blur. Once the accident happens, your mind and body are wrestling with shock and the compelling need to take some sort of immediate action. What you do not do after a car accident, however, can be just as important, if not more so, when it comes to protecting your best interests.

Here are five things that a driver should never do after a crash:

1. Hit and Run

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DuPage County personal injury attorneySustaining an injury in a car accident as a result of another person’s negligence can be stressful and overwhelming; especially if the injury is a catastrophic injury. Catastrophic injuries include a wide range of serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, or any other injuries that are permanent in nature. In some cases, the injuries sustained may not be noticed until after the accident, which can lead to the injury getting worse and more difficult to treat.

Unnoticed Problems Go Untreated

A delay in seeking medical attention is sometimes caused by the lack of symptoms following an accident. For example, a person who suffers a traumatic brain injury in a car accident may not think to seek medical attention if all they have is a slight headache at the scene of the crash. They may think that they can take a painkiller, get some sleep and be okay. However, concussions and traumatic brain injuries are not always immediately symptomatic. Indications that a serious injury has occurred may not be seen until hours or days after the accident, which may cause the brain injury to become worse, or may cause death.

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DuPage County auto accident attorneysOf all the drivers on the road, teens are the most prone to accidents. They are also more likely to succumb to the temptations of distracted driving, which can increase the severity of their accidents. In an attempt to reduce their risk, one insurance company is installing free drivecams that give parents the power to monitor their teen's driving habits.

How the Cameras Work

The two-way cameras record inside and outside of the cabin, as well as audio sounds. Though it is always recording, it only stores data if the car swerves or brakes too hard. This can not only give parents the ability to see what might have caused their teen to crash, should an accident occur, it gives them a way to monitor risky driving behavior. The knowledge that it is there also encourages teens to drive more sensibly. Ultimately, this could improve driving conditions for everyone.

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