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McHenry County car crash attorneys, driver safety, illinois personal injury, car accident, inclement weatherA central and fundamental principle of Illinois personal injury law is this: if a person acts in a manner at odds with the manner in which an objective and reasonably careful person would have acted under the same circumstances, and in so doing the person causes injuries to another, the person may be held responsible for the injury victim's expenses and losses. What the “objective, reasonably-careful” person would have done in any given situation is always fact-dependent. In other words, what a reasonable person would have done while driving on a clear, summer day is not necessarily what the same person would have done in icy, slippery conditions.

Reasonable Steps for Remaining Safe in Winter Driving Conditions

Drivers need to take additional steps in order to remain safe while driving during ice storms and winter storms. Failing to take these steps is not only dangerous, but they can result in legal liability for the injuries and losses of another injured by the failure to take these reasonable and appropriate steps:

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The Many Dangers of a Highway Construction Site During the Holidays, holiday injury, personal injury, highway constructionNow that the holiday season is in full swing, there is a noticeable increase in the volume of traffic traveling along Illinois highways and roads. One might be forgiven for believing that transportation departments across the nation would be sure to wrap up any construction projects before this busy time of year; however, this does not occur. Highway construction projects can and do continue into the winter holidays, which means that motorists receive no respite from the dangers and headaches they bring. In fact, construction sites can be even more dangerous than normal.

Beware of These Construction Site Hazards This Holiday Season

Heavy machinery is not the only thing you need to worry about when traveling through construction zones in Illinois (or any other state). Beware of:

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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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statutes of limitations, McHenry County Personal Injury Attorney, car accidentIn the minutes, hours, days, and weeks after your car accident, you can take certain steps to help your case

At the Scene of Your Accident

  • The first concern you should have at the scene of the accident is your health. Before getting out of your car, be sure you have not sustained any injuries. If possible, stay in your car for a moment to evaluate your injuries, passenger injuries, and the condition of your car.
  • If you are able to get out of your car, call the police and emergency vehicles, if needed, to treat people at the scene. When in doubt, call an ambulance.
  • Next, trade information with the other drivers. Names, contact information, insurance details, driver's license numbers, and license plate numbers should all be recorded. Also, note the make and model of the cars. If any of the information does not match up, try to find out how the car driver and the insurance policy holder are related.
  • Take photos and videos that show the cars, any injuries, the roadway conditions, and the area in general.
  • Most important, do not discuss fault with anyone at the scene. Fault is a determination made by professionals. Drivers or passengers should not attempt to say who was at fault. When speaking about the accident before you speak to an attorney, speak only about the facts of the accident.

Days and Weeks After Your Accident

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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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