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Crystal Lake burn injury lawyerEach year in the United States, approximately 210,000 vehicle fires occur on average, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. These fires claim hundreds of lives, injure thousands more, and cause nearly $2 billion in property damage.  

These disturbing numbers raise grave concerns about the severity, scope of injuries, and costs when victims suffer serious injuries or death in car fires. Not only is the permanent scarring from burns a constant reminder, but the pain endured, the medical care required, and the associated costs can be unimaginable.

Car Crashes and Burns in Illinois Accidents

A car accident alone is a terrifying experience, but the potential for sustaining serious injuries is worse. When considering the working parts of a vehicle, one can begin to understand how many different scenarios could play out and cause injury to an occupant. If your car ignites after an accident, your first priority should be to safely get out of a burning vehicle. Unfortunately, unpredictable and fast-moving fires can cause injuries such as:

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Overview of the Personal Injury Lawsuit Process in Illinois, personal injury, Crystal Lake personal injury lawyers, civil lawsuit, personal injury lawsuits, Civil Lawsuit ProcessWhen you or a loved one has been injured in a McHenry County personal injury accident, you want compensation – fast. Unfortunately, when the issue of fault is contested (that is, there is no agreement as to who is responsible for causing the accident) few of these cases are resolved quickly. Depending on the complexity of your case, the availability of witnesses and evidence to prove your claims, and the successfulness of settlement negotiations, it may take several months to over a year (or, in extreme cases, even longer than this) for your case to be resolved. Knowing the steps through which your case will progress can help you prepare for a process that can often seem frustratingly slow.

A Word About Settlements

At any time – even before a personal injury case has been filed – individuals who may have legal claims against one another may agree to settle their differences out-of-court. This is usually advantageous to an injured party in that the injured party is typically able to receive some amount of compensation (perhaps not as much as he or she needs or wants) more quickly than if he or she had insisted on a trial.

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comparative negligence, Crystal Lake personal injury attorney, pedestrian accident, traffic accident, car accidentWhen first learning to drive, some of us were told that a pedestrian “always has the right of way.” The import of this (misguided) statement is to suggest that when an Illinois motorist collides with a pedestrian, the motorist will always be considered “at fault” – and, hence, will always be responsible for the pedestrian's injuries and losses. This is not accurate, however: pedestrians can bear some responsibility for the injuries they suffer as the result of a pedestrian crash.

Illinois and the Modified Comparative Fault Rule

Each state handles the issue in a different manner. Illinois and approximately twenty other states have adopted a “modified comparative fault” rule. Under this rule, a pedestrian who is determined to be more than 50 percent responsible for causing his or her own injuries will not be permitted to recover any compensation at all from the allegedly negligent defendant.

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Spike in Illinois Traffic Fatalities, after an accident, car accident, Crystal Lake personal injury lawyers, Illinois traffic fatalities, personal injuryIllinois 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 9%.

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.

Illinois Traffic Fatality Statistics

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department store slip and fall, slip and fall case, Crystal Lake Personal Injury LawyersSlip and fall accidents are consistently one of the most common causes of personal injury in the United States. In fact, statistics compiled by the National Safety Council indicate that slip and fall accidents are responsible for almost nine million emergency departments each year. When slips, trips, or falls that result in injury are caused by someone else's negligence, injured victims are often legally entitled to financial compensation under Illinois law.

In order for people hurt in slip and fall accidents to recover, however, they must be able to establish that their accident was the result of someone else's negligence. In many cases, this requires the gathering of a significant amount of evidence. For this reason, it is critical for slip and fall victims to retain an attorney familiar with representing the legal rights of people hurt by the negligence of others.

There are several instances of property owner negligence that could potentially result in a serious injury-causing slip and fall accident. Some of the most common include the following:

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