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Waukegan personal injury attorneys, pedestrian fatalities, automobile accidents, pedestrian accident risks, pedestrian injuriesAccording to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) pedestrian fatalities rose by 11 percent from 2015 to 2016, and smartphone technology was considered the primary culprit.

As drivers and pedestrians continue to utilize their mobile devices while traveling, the fatality rate for pedestrians continues to climb. The 11 percent increase in fatalities from 2015 to 2016 marks the largest single year rise in the history of the United States. Equally concerning, the overall death count of just under 6,000 is the single largest annual pedestrian fatality count in over two decades. The commonly held notion that pedestrians are choosing a safer method of travel by electing to walk has become factually incorrect, as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than than automobile occupants to suffer fatal injuries each trip.

At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., our personal injury team has years of experience representing pedestrians involved in automobile accidents. If you or a member of your family are injured in an automobile collision, please contact an experienced Waukegan attorney group to discuss your case and legal options.


school bus accidents, Waukegan personal injury attorney, school-transportation crashes, public transit accidentsIn the span of one week, two Englewood bus accidents have reminded Chicagoans of the reality of public transit accidents. On Saturday, March 3, a negligent driver collided with a CTA bus early in the morning, and suffered fatal injuries. Less than one week later, six CTA bus passengers suffered injuries in another Englewood collision, as a white SUV collided with the Englewood bus on Wednesday, March 7. The collision directed the passenger bus into a tree before ultimately forcing the bus off the road and then colliding with a CTA bus stop shelter.

While the two instances were unrelated, the accidents serve as a reminder that bus collisions occur more regularly than many of us would assume. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, upwards of a 1,000 motor coach accidents occurred between the five year span between 2005 and 2010. In those accidents, over 500 passengers suffered injuries that required hospitalization, and just under 10 percent proved fatal.

If you or a loved one are injured in a passenger bus accident, you may have a number of legal avenues to pursue. Please contact our experienced Waukegan personal injury team today.


Posted on in Car Accidents

high speed winds, motor vehicle accident

The greater Chicago area experienced gusts of winds as strong as 50 miles per hour throughout the final weekend of February. According to ABC 7 Chicago, the damage was immense and a number of streets were temporarily shut down due to falling debris.

For drivers, wind represents one more dangerous element of driving throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Heavy winds can increase the likelihood of a driver losing control of his or her vehicle, thus increasing the likelihood of a side-swipe collision, a vehicle roll over, or even a head-on collision.


DUI, marijuana,Waukegan car accident attorneys, impaired driving

Most people relate driving under the influence to alcohol consumption. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), marijuana users are roughly 25 percent more likely to be involved in an automobile collision in comparison to drivers with no traces of marijuana in their system. Therefore, as recreational marijuana becomes more prevalent throughout the country, roadways are becoming increasingly more dangerous.

If you or a member of your family are injured in automobile collision due to another’s negligent driving or drug use, please contact an experienced and compassionate Waukegan personal injury attorney to discuss your case and your legal options.


Posted on in Bicycle Accidents

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Cycling is rapidly growing into a legitimate means of transportation in the United States. In metropolitan areas throughout the country, more and more commuters are electing to ride their bikes to work. Cities such as Portland, Oregon have even reprogrammed their traffic light infrastructures to encourage citizens to ride their bikes.

The benefits of biking as a means of commuting are easy to see: you save money that would be spent either on gas or public transportation, you get a workout before and after work, and you contribute to an environmentally sustainable future. However, cycling to work does come with risk.

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