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Bicyclists Need to Document Accident EvidenceBicycles in Illinois have the same rights on the road as any other vehicles. So, when bicyclists are involved in road accidents, they need to treat it like they would as a driver. Bicycling accidents can cause serious injuries, especially if a motor vehicle is involved. Proper documentation of the incident can make the difference in a successful personal injury case.

Here are four steps cyclists should take to document their case after an accident:

1. Report the Accident to the Police and Your Insurance

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holiday injury, product liability, personal injury, law firm, Crystal Lake Personal Injury LawyersThe holiday shopping season can be hectic – and dangerous. Each year on Black Friday, news outlets across the nation report on injuries (and, in some cases, deaths) that result from individuals attempting to get a good deal on electronics or other gifts for family members and loved ones. However, as the holiday season wears on stores put on other sales and events designed to entice would-be shoppers to part with their hard-earned money. During these busy times, serious and debilitating incidents can occur in stores that make the holidays tragic, such as:

  • Head injuries or crushing injuries sustained after being struck by falling merchandise displays;
  • Being trampled by other shoppers during Black Friday sales or other sales events;
  • Being struck by moving machinery like forklifts and employees using pallet jacks; and/or
  • Purchasing dangerous or defective products that can cause burns, shocks, cuts, and other injuries to you and/or others in the family.

Thankfully for holiday injury victims, legal principles are not suspended during the holidays. Your Illinois holiday injury may be the fault of one or more negligent actors.

The Individual May Be Responsible

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dangers of head injuries, head injuries, McHenry County Personal Injury LawyerIf you are injured due to the negligence of another, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit that aims to get you compensation for your suffering from the people responsible.

One of the biggest obstacles in a personal injury lawsuit is showing that the person who was responsible for your injury had some sort of duty to keep you safe, or at least to avoid hurting you. While this aspect of a personal injury lawsuit is often one of the most complex pieces of the puzzle, there are some instances where it is very straightforward. One of these instances is when you can show that the person who hurt you was negligent per se.

Negligence Per Se

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Serious Brain Injuries After A Head-On Collision, Crystal Lake Personal Injury LawyerHead-on collisions are some of the most dangerous car accidents, capable of causing serious injuries and death. The force with which cars collide into each other can cause long lasting injuries, especially in the brain, neck, and back. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries are not uncommon in these kinds of accidents, and even though some people walk away from the accident feeling fine, they may later develop symptoms and complications that leave them with permanent injuries.

A traumatic brain injury can affect a person's life in many different ways, including impairing a person's short or long-term memory. A person who survives a head-on collision and is later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury may go through periods in which he cannot remember basic facts about history, current affairs, or his own life. Things that others may take for granted, such as remembering a child's name, how to walk, or operate machinery become difficult after some brain injuries.

A person who suffers from a traumatic brain injury may not be able to function at work or home as they did before the accident that caused their injuries. The person may have problems understanding directions, communicating with co-workers, focusing on tasks, and even reading and understanding written material. When these things happen, the person may lose his job or be forced to take a lower paying position that may accommodate his condition. Although people suffering from a traumatic brain injury may not be able to return to their former state of health, there are treatment options that can help them cope with their new lives.

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Illinois texting and driving, Crystal Lake Personal Injury AttorneyTexting and driving is a practice that has been responsible for numerous accidents across the United States, some of which have included fatalities. According to the United States Department of Transportation, a driver using a hand-held device while driving is four times more likely to get in a car accident.

When traveling at certain speeds, the time it takes to read a text can take the average driver's eyes off the road for the length of a football field. This is why texting while driving causes so many accidents—texting and driving is distracted driving and can be just a dangerous as drunk driving.

Illinois Law on Using Cell Phones While Driving 

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