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Illinois injury lawyerLeaving the scene of an accident is against the law in the state of Illinois. However, it is a common practice that drivers engage in because they are driving without insurance, are afraid of getting arrested for impaired driving, or do not have liability insurance coverage. If you are ever the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you should understand that the police play an important role in your case.

Gathering Information for Police

After a hit-and-run accident, you should gather as much information as possible to help the police. Some of this information includes license plate information, the make, color, and model of the car that fled the scene, and the description of the driver. You may not be able to gather all of this information so it’s imperative that you write down anything you can remember.

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Illinois personal injury attorneyAs the leaves begin to change in the fall, many people in the Chicago area are participating in harvest-themed activities and making visits to a nearby pumpkin patch, apple orchard, or corn maze. However, during this time of harvest, many farmers are hard at work in their fields, and drivers on suburban and rural roads are likely to encounter large, slow-moving farm equipment.

While being stuck behind a tractor or harvester can be irritating, people should be sure they are practicing safe driving around these vehicles, since their large size can make car accidents especially dangerous. Here are some tips for safe driving when sharing the road with farm vehicles:

  • Slow down - Farm equipment can enter a road unexpectedly from a field or driveway, so drivers should be prepared to slow down as soon as they see one of these vehicles on the road. Farm vehicles usually drive slowly, so drivers should be ready to slow down when approaching them and stay at a safe distance, since their operators may have limited visibility.
  • Watch for signals - The large size and irregular shape of farm equipment may make it hard for drivers to understand when these vehicles are making turns. Drivers may also confuse the flashing amber lights that mark the far left and right sides of farm equipment with turn signals. Be aware of when one of these vehicles may be turning, and watch for hand signals from the driver.
  • Allow for wide turns - Much like large trucks or buses, farm vehicles often require a large amount of room to make right or left turns. If one of these vehicles moves to the right or left, they may be preparing to make a turn rather than allowing space for you to pass.
  • Pass carefully - Always make sure there is enough space on the road to pass farm equipment, and watch out for obstacles like mailboxes or road signs. Do not speed past a farm vehicle, since the turbulence from your car may cause it to become unstable. When pulling in front of a farm vehicle, check your rearview mirror and give it plenty of space, since it will not be able to slow down quickly.

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Illinois accident attorneyAccidents caused by distracted driving have been on the rise in recent years, due to people using cell phones or texting while they drive. Thousands of people are killed and hundreds of thousands of people are injured every year in distracted driving accidents, and even though many states (including Illinois) have made using a cell phone while driving illegal, the rate of distracted driving accidents has not abated. As part of the continuing fight against distracted driving, law enforcement officers are considering some new ways to enforce the laws and improve roadway safety.

Technology that Detects Distracted Driving

Chicago aldermen recently moved to have police consider using “textalyzer” technology that will help detect whether drivers involved in injury-related accidents were using their cell phone before the accident occurred. Police officers would be able to use this type device to access the logs on a driver’s phone, which could show whether the phone was being used to send a text, make a call, write an email, or access an app immediately prior to a crash.

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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyLooking at an 18-wheeled commercial transport vehicle, you know that it has the potential to cause catastrophic damages if something goes awry. Looking at a school bus—the vehicle that children ride on five days a week throughout the school year—it is often seen as an icon of safety and security. These vehicles weigh anywhere from 6,000 to 33,000 pounds, with the traditional style weighing in at a whopping 26,000 pounds—13 tons! Compare this to a regular passenger car weighing around 3,000 to a maximum of 6,000 pounds. If the two collide, a school bus has the capability of demolishing a passenger vehicle based on weight alone. With great risks come great responsibility leaving bus operators responsible for upholding the law and maintaining the safety of both the passengers on board and other drivers on the road. What requirements are in place to avoid a school bus accident?

Bus Operator Responsibility

The operator is the bus driver. However, there is more to driving a bus then pressing the gas pedal and brake when necessary, maneuvering roadways, and opening and closing a door. The list is comprehensive, and if the driver fails to observe any item on the list, they are negligently putting safety at risk. A few of the requisites mandate that a bus operator:

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DuPage County personal injury attorneyBy now, we have all heard about the dangers of concussions and brain injuries. We realize the importance of seeking prompt medical care following an accident in which head injuries are suspected. We have seen one competitive athlete after another struggling to deal with and ultimately succumbing to problems associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), following long careers of repeated hits to the head and often multiple concussions.

With all of the caution and warnings—not to mention increased technology in helmets and protective gear—many parents and youth sports coaches are confident that they can prevent most concussions and effectively limit the damage when one does occur. A new, small-scale study suggests, however, that the dangers may be even worse than most people realize.

Changes Without a Diagnosable Traumatic Event

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