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IL car crash lawyerTraveling by car has become a way of life for a majority of U.S. citizens; millions of people hit the road every day either as a driver or a passenger. However, how many of these motor vehicle occupants are involved in car accidents? Based on recent statistical trends, it is estimated that there are roughly 4.5 million people injured from car accidents in the United States per year, including about 40,000 deaths. These accidents can be physically and emotionally draining on all parties involved.

If you or a loved one is hurt in a vehicle crash, you might be entitled to compensation if the accident was due to another driver’s reckless behavior. Taking certain actions immediately following the accident can help with seeking damages.

Potential Injuries From a Vehicle Crash

The aftermath of an auto accident can produce lasting effects for every party involved, including serious injuries. Depending on the circumstances, some of the most common consequences of car crashes include:

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IL bike accident lawyerA popular mode of transportation these days are electric bicycles or “e-bikes.” Two basic types of e-bikes exist, throttle and pedal-assist, although many e-bikes have both. Pedal-assist e-bikes use a battery in addition to the power created by pedaling. E-bikes can reach speeds up to 27 miles per hour. Electric bikes are fairly inexpensive and many commuters see it as a convenient way to get to and from work without exerting much effort. However, there are unique dangers to riding this type of motorized bicycle. The higher speeds of an e-bike along with reckless driving behaviors of both cyclists and motorists can lead to significant injuries.

Common Types of E-Bike Injuries

The majority of e-bicycle accidents are due to negligence or recklessness. A variety of parties can be at fault, including other bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, or the manufacturers of the bike. There have been reported cases of serious injuries suffered while riding pedal-assist e-bikes due to faulty brakes, lithium battery, and fork failure. A slight tap of the brakes can cause them to lock up and send riders flying over the handlebars. Other causes of e-bike accidents can include reckless drivers who are intoxicated or looking at their phones or pedestrians who do not pay attention to where they are going and crash into the cyclist.

The types of injuries suffered by falling off an electric bicycle or being hit by a pedestrian, another cyclist, or a driver can include the following:

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IL injury attorneySummer is typically the time for construction on America’s streets and roads because of the nice weather. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Organization (NHTSA), work zones on U.S. roadways have become increasingly dangerous for both workers and motorists. A work zone is a designated area or stretch of highway or road where work takes place, typically to improve the pavement or roadway conditions. This may involve lane closures, detours, and tractors or equipment. Car accidents can happen at any time and anywhere, especially if there is a change in the normal flow of traffic. It is important to be even more aware when driving in work zones in order to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, you cannot control other drivers on the road who may not be paying attention.

Drive with Caution

There are steps a driver can take to be better prepared for traveling in work zones. Practicing safe driving tactics, such as slowing down, can help reduce the risk of being involved in a car accident. Here are a few other safety precautions every motorist should take during road construction season:

  • Expect the unexpected in designated road construction zones.
  • Be alert and pay attention to the signs.
  • Comply with the directions given by the flagger or electronic signage.
  • Be patient in road construction zones.
  • Use the “Take 10” technique to change lanes.
  • Slow down; do not drive too fast for conditions.
  • Drive defensively; other drivers can be reckless.
  • Do not follow the vehicle ahead of you too closely.
  • Obey the posted signs until you leave the work zone.
  • Plan ahead and leave early for your destination in anticipation of delays.

Most of the above safety tips are common sense, such as driving slower in work zones. The “Take 10” method to change lanes involves putting on your turn signal at least three seconds before beginning to change lanes and allowing at least seven seconds to complete the lane change while checking your side and rearview mirrors during the maneuver.

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IL accident lawyerLearning to drive is a rite of passage for young adults. In Illinois, new drivers must complete a required driver’s education class and accumulate a certain number of hours behind the wheel before they are issued a valid driver’s license, regardless if they are 16 years old or not. During the learning or practice phase, the student motorists carry a learner’s permit and are subject to restrictions such as who can be in the vehicle with them, curfew hours, etc. As with learning how to do any activity that is new, student drivers often make mistakes that can lead to car accidents. Even seasoned drivers can be involved in car accidents due to inclement weather or other reckless motorists, but what are the consequences if someone is injured in an auto collision that involves another driver who is on a learner’s permit?

Steps to Take Immediately Following a Car Crash

It is normal to feel shocked or panic when you are in a car accident. You may also be in a significant amount of pain. Try to remain calm so you can think clearly. Taking a few simple steps can increase the chances of a favorable settlement from a potential personal injury lawsuit. These steps include:

  • Pull over to the side of the road.
  • Call 911 if your injuries are severe and require immediate medical attention.
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver.
  • Write down the other motorist’s license plate number.
  • Take pictures with your phone of the damage to your vehicle.
  • Obtain any eyewitness testimonies if applicable.
  • File an official accident report with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

Illinois Driving and Insurance Laws

Under Illinois law, every driver is required to have auto insurance coverage up to a specific amount. This applies to those motorists driving with a learner’s permit as well as those who have been driving for many years. Generally, student drivers are covered through their parents’ auto insurance policy. A driver with a learner’s permit is not required to carry his or her own insurance policy as long as he or she is a minor. This is usually because the student driver is typically accompanied by his or her parent or another adult who is an insured driver.

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IL injury lawyerMany rear-end collisions are minor fender-benders that result in little to no vehicle damage and minor, if any, personal injury. However, some back-end accidents are much more severe. In many cases, the sudden, rapid, back-and-forth jolting of the neck during impact causes whiplash. When that occurs, tendons, bones, and muscles of the neck are put under extreme stress, resulting in multiple symptoms that can have lasting, long-term effects. If you are involved in a rear-end collision, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to understand your options for compensation. Note: If you are seriously hurt and need immediate medical assistance, always call 9-1-1 first.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Whiplash

When a rear-end vehicle collision occurs, whiplash symptoms can be intense and immediate. However, in some cases, the severity of symptoms is not immediately felt. Instead, they intensify over the course of hours or days. Frequently, those drivers or passengers rear-ended in a collision decline medical treatment at the scene, but later begin experiencing the full effects of whiplash.

Common symptoms of whiplash include:

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