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The week of October 18-24th is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and in recognition of this, our lawyers would like to urge all parents and guardians of teen drivers to take some time to sit down and discuss safe driving habits.

Young drivers between the ages of fifteen and twenty years old are killed by traffic accidents more than any other cause. In fact, trip-for-trip, drivers under the age of twenty are involved in three times as many fatal accidents as all other drivers combined. Yet, a recent survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that only 25% of parents nationwide reported having a serious talk with their kids about safe driving. For this reason, the NHTSA has introduced the “5 to Drive” campaign, which outlines 5 of the most important topics to discuss with new drivers:
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While green initiatives calling for better fuel efficiency and more concern for the environment may be slimming down the number of large vehicles on the road, the American automotive market is notorious for it’s love of the SUV. It’s not uncommon to hear people justify purchasing a larger vehicle with the sentiment that it provides greater safety for their family and themselves. However, in reality, larger high-riding vehicles are no safer than smaller cars for their occupants, and they often pose a much greater danger to other drivers in motor vehicle accidents.

At least 8 people were injured Monday morning after a two-vehicle rollover crash turned into a five-vehicle accident on Interstate 57 near the South Side of Chicago.
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A recent article by the Chicago Tribune has reported that a police officer was injured in a car crash in downtown Chicago on Lake Shore Drive. His squad car and another car collided in the Loop in the evening at Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street, according to a spokesperson for the Chicago police. The officer needed treatment at nearby Northwestern, but fortunately the injuries were not life-threatening. Occupants of the other car refused medical treatment, according to the fire department.

While this article does not make it clear whether either party was negligent or whether either party was at fault or shared the blame, collisions involving police and other first responders are common, often due to the nature in which they travel . Oftentimes they must travel at high speeds to respond to urgent calls, so motorists should be watchful and understand how to operate when sharing the road with police and other first responders. This includes yielding to them and pulling over. Not only does this keep our emergency responders safe, but it is the law to do so too. Keeping them safe and free from harm keeps them on the roads and in the neighborhoods keeping members of our community safe as well.

In Illinois it is the law to yield to emergency vehicles, per Public Act 93-0173. Under Section 5, 625 ILC 5/11-907, the law states that “(a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making the use of audible and visual signals….(1) the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection…” By adhering to these laws when in the presence of emergency vehicles, our roads are kept safer, and officers can go about their duty and responding to emergencies.
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While it is always upsetting to see news of large and serious car accidents, it is especially disheartening to learn of accidents close to home. It is far too often that motor vehicle accidents occur in and around Chicago are the cause of serious personal injuries or deaths. By sharing and discussing this news, we our law firm hopes to educate and inform our readers about the dangers that exist on Chicago roads, and what we can do to work together to stop these accidents from occurring.

According to recent news by the Chicago Tribune, an Englewood neighborhood multi-vehicle accident hospitalized five people. The accident involved three vehicles and resulted in serious injuries for three of the victims involved. The accident occurred near West 71st Street and South Wentworth Avenue, according to the Chicago Police Department. One of the passengers required airlift to a local hospital for emergency care. Another was ejected from a vehicle and needed emergency care as well. These two have been listed as being in critical condition. The police described the accident as two of the cars colliding into each other and then careening into the third vehicle involved.
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It’s been a rainy April in Chicagoland. Now the grass is getting greener, and flowers and trees are in bloom, as nice weather is breaking through. However, rainier weather means wet roads and decreased visibility. Therefore, it’s important that drivers act with extra safety and caution when on the roads to prevent car accidents. Heavy rains can make roads slippery and for it to be harder to see. While we understand that rain cannot keep people from their everyday obligations like work and school, we do stress to take higher precautions than normal when driving. Remember to slow down and give yourself extra time to get to your destination.

According to an article by ABC 7, rainy Chicago weather led road closures and traffic collisions. As rain fell throughout the Midwest, especially over the Chicago area, accidents occurred. This includes a semi-truck that jackknifed on I-94. The driver was trapped in the wreckage, but emergency responders were able to get him out. In another crash that occurred on I-57, a person was thrown from a car. Additionally, several vehicles were recently involved in a crash that closed Cicero Avenue on Chicago’s northwest side from Montrose to Lawrence.
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When people choose to drive recklessly or act with road rage, they need to realize that their actions have real consequences. When they act in this way, their actions are not just isolated projections of what they are feeling, but negatively impact other people when they make the roads an extremely dangerous place to be as a driver or passenger. Simply because a driver may have issues in their own lives, does not mean the driver should release this anger through reckless driving, nor should others on the road become such a frustration that feelings are taken out on others on the road. If this is the case, an individual should not be behind the wheel of a vehicle. People should only drive when they are calm and collected and can devote their attention to the road and acting safely.

According to an article by CBS Chicago, a woman has been charged with murder after a drunken fight with her husband, followed by a five-car crash that killed a pedestrian on the south side of Chicago. She got into a fight with her husband in the early morning on the 5500 block of South State Street, according to police. Her husband took off from the argument, and she followed him in another vehicle, intentionally crashing into it. This caused her husband’s vehicle to strike at least three other vehicles, ricochet off of a light pole, and then strike a pedestrian who was standing on the sidewalk. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital and later died as a result of injuries from the collision. The woman was then arrested and charged with first-degree murder, aggravated DUI, and reckless homicide as a result of the pedestrian accident.
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Car accidents are traumatic events for victims and their families when they involve victims who suffer personal injuries or death. These accidents also take away the safety of other people on the road and make them vulnerable, especially as we all see more and more accidents in news headlines. This is especially true when there are hit-and-run accidents. In instances such as these victims are left helpless and wrongdoers avoid being held accountable. Unfortunately, these hit-and-run accidents happen every day in our Chicago neighborhoods.

In recent news by CBS Chicago, a pregnant woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver in the Englewood neighborhood. The accident occurred in the early afternoon in the 6000 block of South Halsted Street. The woman, a pedestrian, was crossing Halsted while carrying clothes to the laundromat down the street when a speeding car struck her in the crosswalk. Several witnesses ran to the woman’s aid, and she was brought to a local hospital, but unfortunately died several hours later. What’s worse is that this driver never stopped after hitting the woman, and was only taken into custody after being pulled over a mile away in the 5300 block of South Union Avenue. The victim was already a mother to a five-year-old.
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Frontal air bags first became a standard automotive safety feature in the 1980s, and while they were certainly a good start, original air bags still had some functional issues to work out in order to improve occupant safety. They deployed in a uniform manner regardless of the occupant, and this frequently caused injuries, and in rare cases even fatalities among children and smaller adults.

Air bags have come a long way since then, and today the sophisticated sensing systems utilized by advanced frontal air bags are far more efficacious in protecting drivers and front seat passengers. Still, no matter how smart your air bag is, it is important to remember that these devices are only supplemental restraint systems. To ensure that you and your passengers are as safe as possible, there are several other key safety precautions that should be utilized in a complementary fashion:
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As personal injury lawyers, we have spent more than 20 years fighting for the rights of victims killed or injured in Illinois car accidents, and we have recovered more than $520 million in compensation for clients who have experienced hardships because of a negligent or reckless driver.

Car accidents can cause all sorts of debilitating injuries, affecting virtually every part of the body. In some cases these injuries can alter a victim’s quality of life for years, and in others, they are completely permanent. What follows is a list of some of the most common car accident injuries, and a brief description of why they are so debilitating for victims.
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Every year, roughly 6 million car accidents occur around the United States, injuring some 3 million Americans. According to the statistics, about 2/3rd of these individuals’ injuries will never fully heal, serving as a permanent hindrance that will completely change their way of living. As Chicago car accident lawyers, we understand that the effects of traffic fatalities and traumatic injuries are diverse and far-reaching, deleteriously affecting individuals, families, and communities alike. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Unfortunately, head injuries, nerve damage, spinal cord paralysis, broken bones, or even losing the use of a limb are all very real outcomes in violent automobile accidents. For individuals who have spent their lives pursuing in depth knowledge related to fields like business, technology, or medicine, a head injury could prevent them from returning to their job, and in jobs that require physical labor or exertion, virtually any serious injury could mean losing thousands of dollars in wages. This is just one example of the many burdens that victims must deal with, and it is also illustrates why choosing the right law firm matters when pursuing a lawsuit.

Together, our personal injury lawyers possess over 130 years of legal knowledge and experience. We are proud of the diverse collection of talent found within our law firm because this directly translates to our success in securing the best possible results for every client we take on. We know that for victims, the most important and pressing matter is getting their medical bills, insurance costs, lost wages, and future healthcare expenses covered, and since 1992, our staff has helped thousands of individuals do just that.

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