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crystal lake car crash lawyerThe National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that left turns account for 22 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. If you were injured in an accident caused by a driver who made an improper left turn, you may be entitled to receive compensation. It is in your best interest to discuss your case with a skilled Illinois vehicle accident lawyer promptly.

Why Left Hand Turn Accidents Are Dangerous

Making left-hand turns is a necessary part of driving. However, if they are not done correctly, left-hand turns can contribute to vehicle collisions. Here are a few reasons why these turns can be dangerous.

  • Blind turns - When you are about to make a left-hand turn, you must look for vehicles coming from both the left and right. However, if your view is obstructed, it will be more difficult for you to do this, increasing the risk of a car accident.

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crystal lake distracted driving lawyerIn the 80s and 90s, the message toward drivers was aimed at lowering the number of people killed by drunk drivers. In today’s world, drinking and driving is still something we educate drivers about. However, another danger that may not be as obvious lurks in the shadows: distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 3,100 people killed in distracted driving accidents in 2019. If you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, understanding what caused the accident may help you obtain compensation.

Types of Driving Distractions

When you think of a driving distraction, your mind likely jumps to a cell phone or other electronic device. While these are some of the most common distractions for drivers, there are many different types of distractions that a variety of things can cause. For example, things both inside and outside of the vehicle can pose as distractions. There are three main types of distractions that a driver can face:

  • Manual Distractions: A manual distraction causes you to take your hands off of the steering wheel. In many cases, manual distractions can intersect with other types of distractions and include actions such as reaching for a dropped object or adjusting your mirrors or controls.

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McHenry County personal injury attorneyThe temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and the days are getting longer in Illinois. You know what that means—road construction season is back in full swing. Construction zones can be dangerous places for drivers, pedestrians, and construction workers alike. According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 39,000 construction zone motor vehicle crashes that resulted in injuries across the country in 2019. Understanding the cause of these accidents can help prevent them from happening in the future.

Causes of Illinois Work Zone Accidents

Many of the factors that can cause accidents in a work zone are similar to the causes of accidents that occur anywhere else. Some of the most common causes of work zone accidents in Illinois include:

  • Speeding: In most work zones, the speed limit will be significantly decreased to account for all of the changes in the roadway. Violating a work zone speed limit in Illinois can result in significant traffic penalties, but it can also result in serious traffic accidents. Some work zones involve shifting lanes in the road or even workers present directing traffic, both of which could contribute to an accident if a speeding driver is not careful.

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McHenry County pedestrian accident lawyerNearly everyone is in a situation at some point throughout the day that puts them in danger of being hit by a car. As a pedestrian, being hit by a car can be severely damaging, if not fatal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 76,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents across the country in 2019. In addition to that, there were more than 6,200 people killed as pedestrians in a car accident.  Pedestrians are at risk of suffering severe injuries, like broken bones or brain injuries, when hit by a car, mostly due to the sheer difference in mass and size between the person and the vehicle. In many pedestrian accident cases, the pedestrian is able to receive some sort of compensation, which can come in many forms.

Types of Compensation in a Pedestrian Accident Case

When you file a lawsuit against a person for any type of accident, you will need to address the amount and types of compensation that you are seeking to recover. When you are unexpectedly injured, the types of losses you experience can be widespread. In a personal injury case, you can recover many of these losses, which include:

  • Medical expenses - An award for any medical expenses you incurred would include any expenses you paid relating to emergency room visits, doctor’s visits, hospital stay costs, surgeries, prescriptions, and physical therapy. However, it is important to note that your medical insurance provider may expect reimbursement for any costs that they paid toward that medical care.

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McHenry County personal injury attorneyTruck accidents are common on the roads in Illinois, and they can occur very suddenly. Many times, drivers of smaller vehicles are left with serious injuries without even knowing how the truck accident happened. It is true that the cause of an accident is not always easily identifiable, and it often requires an extensive investigation. An experienced personal injury attorney can conduct this investigation and collect evidence to help you claim the full compensation you deserve. Below are some of the most common causes of truck accidents in Illinois.

Drowsy Driving

Truck drivers must meet very tight shipping deadlines, and to do that, they need to be on the road as much as possible. Federal regulations outline the hours of service during which a truck driver can remain on the road, as well as when they must take breaks. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore that rule in order to meet their deadlines. Other times, a trucking company may actually offer incentives for drivers to ignore those rules. When this happens, truck drivers can become fatigued and make mistakes that result in an accident.

Impaired Driving

For many, it is unfathomable that anyone would drive while impaired, much less the driver of a commercial truck. Unfortunately, truck drivers do sometimes get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, perhaps even thinking that these substances will help them stay awake. Impaired driving is always very dangerous and reckless behavior. When truck drivers engage in this behavior, it causes some of the worst truck accidents.

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