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Frequency of Vehicle Crashes Reaches Peak During AugustWinter seems like the most dangerous time of the year to drive because of the potential for hazardous weather. However, more traffic crashes occur during the summer. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that August has on average the most traffic crashes and fatalities of any month. There is a combination of factors that may account for the high number of crashes in August:

  1. More Drivers on the Road: Summer is the most popular season for people to travel because of the weather and summer break for children. With people traveling more often and higher congestion on the roads, the number of traffic crashes will naturally increase as well. Winter conditions may be more dangerous, but people are likely to avoid driving during a snowstorm unless it is necessary.
  2. More Pedestrians and Small Vehicles: People take advantage of the warm weather for more than driving. People are more likely to walk or bicycle to places as a mode of travel. There are also more children playing outside and possibly near streets. A driver may not see pedestrians and small vehicles, resulting in the driver either striking the person or swerving to avoid a collision.
  3. Less Cautious Drivers: Though winter weather makes roads hazardous, it also makes drivers more alert. On a clear summer day, drivers may be less cautious because they are not worried about the weather affecting the driving conditions. This can cause drivers to make careless mistakes or become distracted. People are also more likely to drink alcohol and drive during the summer because of the numerous recreational events.
  4. New Drivers: Summer is a common time for teenagers to take their driver’s education class. By August, some of them may have already received their driver’s license and are enjoying their new freedom. However, becoming a skilled driver takes years of experience. Teenage drivers are more likely to make mistakes, especially when in situations that require quick responses.
  5. Back to School: The beginning of a new school year is a readjustment for local drivers. There are groups of children walking to and from school and school buses congesting the roads. Drivers may initially be out of the habit of watching for these obstacles, which may cause an accident.

Recovering from Injuries

Whether as a pedestrian or driver, being involved in a traffic crash can potentially result in serious injuries. A McHenry County personal injury attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can help you receive injury compensation from the party at fault in your accident. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.

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Pedestrians Often Share Fault When Injured While Walking on HighwaysA group of marchers shut down a section of the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago on July 7 to protest the violence occurring in the city. While the protest gained national media coverage, it also drew the attention of state officials, who warned of the dangers of pedestrians walking on major highways. The Illinois State Police threatened to arrest anyone who walked onto the expressway as a matter of public safety. This policy was consistent with state laws, which largely prohibit pedestrians from walking on highways. Because of the law, a pedestrian who is injured while walking on a highway often shares liability when filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Pedestrian Laws

Laws that prohibit pedestrians on highways are meant to protect all parties on the road. Because of the high speed at which vehicles are driving, pedestrians are more likely to be killed or severely injured when hit by a vehicle. Drivers may also suffer injuries or vehicle damage as a result of colliding with a pedestrian or swerving out of the way of a pedestrian. Illinois allows pedestrians to walk on or along highways in limited situations:

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Fireworks Negligence Can Cause Personal Injury CasesTechnically, there are no legal fireworks for sale in Illinois. Items such as sparklers and smoke devices are legal because the state does not consider them consumer fireworks. However, the law does not stop Illinois residents from purchasing fireworks in other states and having amateur Fourth of July fireworks shows outside their homes. Residents are required to have an explosives license to purchase and use fireworks because of how dangerous they are for everyone near them. Even the legal items can be harmful if used irresponsibly. You can file a personal injury lawsuit if you were injured in a fireworks accident due to someone’s negligence.

Injury Risk

Burns are the most common injury associated with fireworks because of their incendiary and explosive nature. Hands are particularly vulnerable because of the danger in lighting fireworks. The resulting injuries can require fingers to be amputated. Other common injuries include:

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Check Lease When Claiming Landlord Premises LiabilityThere are three factors that a personal injury claimant must prove in a case of premises liability:

  • The defendant owed a duty to maintain the safety of the property;
  • The defendant neglected its duty in the upkeep of the property; and
  • The negligence is responsible for the injury that the plaintiff suffered.

In a landlord-tenant relationship, the lease will often spell out each party’s responsibility for upkeep and safety. If a tenant is injured due to unsafe conditions on the rental property, he or she should examine the terms of the lease to understand whether the landlord can be held liable for the injury.

Duty Owed

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Illinois Motorcycle Fatalities Rising Despite Decrease in CrashesThe Illinois Department of Transportation is reporting an unusual trend in regards to motorcycle accidents. The number of crashes involving motorcycles has decreased by nearly 1,000 since 2004, but the number of motorcycle crashes that end in fatalities has slightly increased. IDOT estimates that there were 162 fatalities that resulted from motorcycles crashes in 2017, the highest single-year number on record. The 2017 increase in Illinois goes against an overall decrease across the U.S. A mix of factors may help explain why Illinois has not seen a decline in motorcycle fatalities.

Rider Protection

The decreased number of motorcycle crashes suggests that rider safety in Illinois is improving. This could be attributed to:

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