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Waukegan personal injury attorneys, motor vehicle accidents, pregnant women and car accidents, car accident risks, car accident injuriesEach year, as many as 3,000 fetal deaths occur due to motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Even at low estimates, fetal death rates quadruple the fatality rates of children ages four and younger in motor vehicle accidents. In the greater Chicago area, a recent fatal motor vehicle accident reminded us of the dangers pregnant women and their unborn children face in automobile collisions.

On Monday May 22, a Carpentersville woman and her unborn child were killed after her Toyota Corolla was struck by a GMC Yukon. The Yukon pinned the Corolla against a utility box on the side of Golfview Lane in Carpentersville. Only after applying hydraulic tools were emergency personnel able to extract the victims from the Corolla. The additional four passengers in the Corolla were taken to the hospital and are now in stable condition.

This incident highlights the increased dangers that pregnant women face while driving and riding in motor vehicles. Every year, more than 116,000 pregnant women are injured in motor vehicle collisions throughout the United States. If you are injured in an automobile collision, contact our knowledgeable team of Waukegan personal injury attorneys today.

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motor vehicle accidents, Lake County personal injury attorneys, elderly drivers, fatal car accident, car accident statisticsAn elderly Lisle man suffered fatal injuries after a collision late Tuesday night on Ogden Avenue. The accident occurred when the man, who was driving a blue Nissan Rogue, crossed into the other lane of traffic and collided with a black Acura. Both Acura passengers remain in critical condition. The fatal accident serves a somber reminder of the risks elderly drivers face, as the 74-year-old man falls within an age demographic of drivers that disproportionately face risk of fatality while driving.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), elderly drivers face higher risks of fatal motor vehicle accidents than all age demographics other than teen drivers. In 2015 alone 240,000 elderly drivers suffered fatal injuries throughout the United States. If you or a member of your family are injured in an automobile collision, contact our experienced team of Waukegan personal injury attorneys to discuss your case today.

Why Are Elderly Drivers at Risk?

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Waukegan personal injury attorneys, backover collisions, backover fatalities, backover accidents, car accident injuriesA recently passed federal mandate that requires all newly assembled vehicles to have a back-up camera is aimed at lowering the number of backover fatalities and injuries. Every year, as many as 15,000 people throughout the United States are injured in backover accidents. Additionally over 200 people are killed in motor vehicle backover accidents throughout the country each year. Backover accidents are defined as accidents in which the driver fails to notice a person behind their vehicle and reverses over the victim.

Backover accidents, much like many types of accidents, disproportionately impact children as well as the elderly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that children under the age of five account for just under one-third of all backover fatalities. Additionally, adults over the age of 70 account for over 25 percent of all backover deaths.

Avoiding Backover Collisions

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whiplash injuries, minor car accidents, motor vehicle collision, Waukegan personal injury attorney, motor vehicle accidentsEvery year an average of 2.35 million Americans are injured in car accidents throughout the nation. Of those accidents, less than an average of 40,000 prove fatal. Every day minor accidents occur on American roadways. From minor rear-end collisions to non-severe side-swipe accidents, car accidents of limited impact are increasingly common in the United States. Still, some of these accidents perceived as minor, can have major implications on the impacted vehicle and its occupants.

Even in the most minor of vehicular collisions, receiving legal guidance can prove to be of the utmost importance. Minor collisions, can cause substantial damage to vehicles and occupants. For victims, even if injuries are not present at the scene, pain can be hidden by shock, and some of the most severe injuries, such as head trauma, can be hidden by delayed symptoms. If you or a member of your family is involved in a motor vehicle collision, contact our experienced team of Waukegan personal injury attorneys.

Minor Injuries with Major Problems

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Waukegan personal injury attorneys, motor vehicle accident, rollover accidents, deadly car accidents, car accident injuriesA recent rollover accident has once again showcased the inevitability of tragic rollovers. The driver, a 22 year old Aurora man, was charged with driving under the influence after his vehicle rolled off the road. Fortunately, the driver is in stable condition and no additional vehicles were involved in the accident. Still, in the last month alone, the greater Chicago area has witnessed a number of deadly and severe rollover accidents. 

Unsurprisingly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that rollover accidents are the second most deadly form of vehicular accident, behind only head-on collisions. Because of the violent roll of the vehicle, passengers are likely to suffer severe head and neck injuries. Moreover, those not wearing seat belt restraint systems commonly suffer fatal injuries. If you or a loved one are involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffer injuries due to another driver's negligence, contact an experienced and knowledgeable Waukegan personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

Causes for Rollover Accidents

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