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Crystal Lake Real Estate Attorneys

Ideally, buying or selling a home should be a simple, straightforward process. In reality, however, that is often not the case. Due to major legal and regulatory changes in recent years, real estate has become a complex area of the law. Along with federal and state laws, there could be municipal and county laws that will impact the transaction. In fact, many different issues may arise during the course of even a typical real estate matter. To better prepare yourself to handle these issues, consider consulting an attorney even before you sign a contract to sell or purchase a property. Be sure to work with an attorney who is specifically experienced with real estate matters, and also knowledgeable about the area where the property is geographically located.

Crystal Lake Personal Injury Attorneys

Illinois is currently experiencing a spike in traffic fatalities. According to Randy Blankenhorn, head of the Illinois Department of Transportation, 534 car accident fatalities were reported in the state during the approximate first half of 2016. In contrast, there had only been 492 by that point in 2015, a difference of nine percent.

This phenomenon is occurring in urban, suburban, and rural areas alike. It has been attributed to multiple factors, such as low gas prices and milder winter weather leading to more drivers on the state's roadways. As a motorist, it is important that you are always aware of the hazards facing you on the roadway. Whether there are 100 other vehicles on the road with you or only one other, you can take steps to reduce your chance of being involved in a car accident and potentially suffering an injury or losing your life.

McHenry County Car Accident Lawyers

Safe driving practices and safety features in vehicles can prevent car accidents. Although this sounds simple, it is important to remember that safety features in cars and new safety technology can only help a driver who uses them correctly and otherwise takes steps to ensure his or her own safety. In other words, your vehicle may be equipped with sensors that notify you when another vehicle is in your blind spot, but they cannot prevent you from colliding with that vehicle.

Although cell phones are often cited as a safety hazard for drivers, they can be used to help keep a driver and his or her passengers safe. There are numerous apps in existence today that can help a driver avoid dangerous behaviors, like talking on the phone and text messaging while driving. There are also apps that can help parents track their teen drivers' speeds and driving choices as well as notify individuals if their loved ones are involved in car accidents. These, alongside external tech devices like hands-free headsets and ignition interlock devices, can be used to reduce the number of car accidents that occur each year and ultimately, save lives.

McHenry County Personal Injury Attorneys

As most motorists know, using a cell phone while driving is not considered safe. This is why many states, including Illinois, have laws in place that prohibit text messaging and the use of a phone without a hands-free device for drivers. The ban on cell phone use while driving extends to the use of smartphone apps like Facebook and Snapchat, which require users to engage with the app using both their eyes and their hands.

In particular, Snapchat has been the subject of scrutiny by Illinois personal injury lawyers and safety activists because of its "speed filter" feature. The feature allows users to display the speed at which they are moving when they snap their photos. Using Snapchat requires intense concentration, which takes drivers' eyes off the road and their hands off the steering wheel. One recent case involving Snapchat's speed filter took place in Georgia, where an injured victim alleged that he was hit by a driver who was driving more than 100 miles per hour, recording her recorded speed with the apps' speed filter feature. Any time a driver's attention is taken off the road, a car accident can result. Often, car accidents result in serious injuries and death.

McHenry County Car Accident Attorneys

Your vehicle is equipped with headlights and other features for your safety as well as the safety of other motorists and pedestrians. But are these features enough? According to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only one of the 31 vehicle models studied had headlights that it could rate as "good." Only 11 of the vehicles earned a rating of "acceptable," meaning that more than half of the vehicle models studied had headlights that were not bright enough to make the cars visible from 330 feet away.

The only vehicle that was rated "good" was the Toyota Prius V. However, this was only when the vehicle was equipped with headlight assist and LED lights. With regular halogen headlights, the Toyota Prius V earned a rating of "poor." This means that many cars are on the road with headlights that put them at risk of being involved in a collision. Most car accidents occur at dawn and dusk or at night, the times of day when visibility is low. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and even other motorists can crash with a vehicle that has headlights that are too dim, causing one or more of the parties involved to suffer injuries. If you are injured in a car accident due to low visibility or any other reason, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim.

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