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McHenry County criminal defense lawyerPolice interactions can make many people incredibly nervous – even if they have done nothing wrong. This may be a result of the many instances of police brutality that can be seen on the news or for more personal reasons. However, interacting with the police does not have to be a stressful ordeal. If you are ever stopped by police, it is important that you treat the officers with respect while simultaneously protecting your own rights. You should know how to safely interact with police and what to do if you have been arrested and accused of a crime.  

Do Not Give Police Officers a Reason to Be on the Defensive  

Police officers risk their lives every day in the course of their duties. Many officers have had co-workers or friends who have been injured or even killed while performing routine responsibilities such as traffic stops. One way you can make your police interaction less stressful for all parties involved is by following certain procedures designed to keep you and the officer safe. If you are pulled over by police, make sure you do the following: 

  • Keep your hands where officers can see them and do not make sudden or unexpected movements.

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Crystal Lake personal injury lawyerAlthough all motorists have a legal duty to drive in a safe manner, truck drivers have an even greater responsibility on the road. A fully-loaded tractor-trailer combination can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. At this size, a truck can cause devastating damage. If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, you may have considerable medical bills and other costs caused by the accident. You may also be wondering who is at fault for the damages you suffered.

Determining Fault in a Car Accident Involving a Commercial Truck

Truck accident liability may lie with a number of different parties depending on the circumstances of the accident, including the following:

  • Truck Driver or Trucking Company: Sometimes, fault lies with the truck driver himself or herself. If a truck driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, violating traffic laws, or was otherwise driving in a negligent or reckless manner, the driver or the trucking company he or she works for may be liable for damages.

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dangers of head injuries, head injuries, McHenry County Personal Injury LawyerThe news is increasingly filled with stories about the dangerous, lasting impact head injuries can have throughout a person's life. Actor Will Smith is starring a new movie called Concussion, that is scheduled to be released Christmas Day, 2015. The movie deals with the serious consequences of head injuries in the NFL. However, concussions and other head injuries do not only occur in the NFL. Every year 135,000 children and youth receive head injuries in sports through schools and private organizations. Car accidents are another major cause of head injuries.

Recent science has changed the way medical professionals treat concussions and head injuries. Still, many injuries continue to go undetected.

Signs of a Concussion

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your car gets hacked, McHenry County Personal Injury Lawyer, car accidentThe potential problem of hackers attacking cars has been a frequent concern; however, a recent experiment conducted by a pair of computer security experts, in which researchers remotely took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV, has again brought these concerns back into the public eye.

The experiment has brought up interesting legal implications—one of the easiest actions discovered in hack experiment was that a car accident can be caused by remotely interfering with a car's controls. These actions have led to the question, "Who is responsible for an accident if a car is hacked?"

The Recent Jeep Hack

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ban sledding, McHenry County personal injury lawyer, sledding accident, sledding safety, sledding safety tipsWith the year's first snowstorm on the ground, many children are going to be expectantly heading out to their local sledding hill; however, they may run into a problem. Cities across the country are banning sledding out of fear of being held liable for injuries that happen every year. Cities have a responsibility to protect their citizens and ensure people's safety on public land, so it is important for people injured in a sledding accident to understand their options. It is also important for people who go out sledding to understand ways to do it more safely to have an enjoyable winter.

Sledding Ban Trends

More and more cities are realizing that sledding is a surprisingly dangerous activity. Some reports suggest that over 20,000 children end up in emergency rooms every year as a result of sledding accidents. Cities are starting to take notice that they have to do something to keep kids safe, especially after multiple cities have been forced to pay multi-million dollar awards to the families of children that they did not adequately protect.

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