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Crystal Lake IL pedestrian accident lawyerMost of us barely think twice when we cross a busy road. We assume that the drivers of the cars and trucks around us will follow traffic laws and operate their vehicles with attention and caution. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Distracted drivers and those under the influence of drugs and alcohol are the most likely to ignore traffic laws and put pedestrians in danger. Sometimes, a motorist strikes a pedestrian simply because the driver was not paying attention or did not see the pedestrian.

In 2019 alone, more than 6,500 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents in the United States, an increase of 5 percent compared to 2018 and 10 percent more than in 2017. In the same year, more than 100,000 pedestrians required emergency medical treatment for crash-related injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover compensation.

Reacting to a Pedestrian Accident

There are certain steps you should take after any car accident, such as calling the police and taking pictures of the accident scene as well as the damage to both vehicles. Doing these things, however, is often not possible if you have been injured as a pedestrian. There is a good chance that you will not be able to do much of anything until the situation settles down and you have been treated for your injuries. However, as soon as you have the opportunity, it is a good idea to contact an attorney who can help with your case.

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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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The warm weather months are a time for increased use of the roads by drivers and construction workers. Drivers are more likely to take road trips, while road construction crews need spring and summer to perform maintenance. When drivers and construction workers share the road, there is potential for disaster. A mistake by either side can cause serious injuries or death. Vehicle accidents in road construction zones may also result in criminal charges and personal injury claims. With all the factors involved in a construction accident, determining fault becomes complex.

Driver Liability

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, drivers are more often victims in road construction zone crashes than construction workers. Road construction can create narrowed or reduced lanes, and construction zones often have reduced speed limits for the safety of both the drivers and workers. Drivers in Illinois who neglect to slow down or avoid construction areas may face traffic charges and civil penalties:

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Phone Use Increases Risk of Car AccidentsIllinois law makes it illegal to use a handheld cell phone while driving, but how much safer are the roads? Statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation show that the number of fatal crashes have increased the past couple of years. Distracted driving is still thought to be a major cause of car accidents, and a recent study released by Cambridge Mobile Technologies suggests that phone use is a particular problem. The smartphone applications company conducted a national study of hundreds of thousands of drivers, which yielded the following data:

More Than Half of Crashes Result from Distracted Driving

Specifically, the study said that 25 percent of the drivers involved in crashes had been using their phone within a minute of the crash. Further breaking down the habits of distracted drivers, statistics showed:

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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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