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Chicago car accident injury lawyerEvery year, Americans spend more than one million days recovering from injuries sustained in car accidents. The consequences of a motor vehicle collision can vary in severity, from minor injuries to fatalities. Regardless of the initial impact of an injury, it is important to recognize that car accidents can come with life-long ramifications. The potential long-term impact of a car accident may include permanent physical injury, costly physical therapy, loss of work hours, and psychological stress. 

Common Severe Injuries in Motor Vehicle Collisions

Some of the most impactful car crash injuries may not seem very severe at the time of the accident, but they can have delayed symptoms of varying pain and medical concern. Below are some of the most common chronic injuries that result from car accidents:

  • Whiplash: Whiplash is the common term for the muscle, tendon, and ligament damage that victims may suffer due to the sudden movement which often takes place when vehicles collide. Whiplash injuries can occur without the presence of immediate symptoms, but they can cause ongoing pain for months and even years, requiring significant physical therapy and impacting a victim’s emotional well-being. 
  • Rib Injuries: Bruises and fractures of the ribs are quite common in motor vehicle collisions, even when utilizing proper safety equipment. Rib injuries can actually be caused by the impact of a seatbelt restraint system or the sheer force of an airbag. These can be some of the most painful injuries to cope with, as victims often face extreme pain when breathing, talking, and turning their torso. If you experience rib pain in the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision, it is critically important to inform medical personnel as soon as possible. Severe rib injuries can cause fatal complications, such as punctured lungs and internal bleeding. 
  • Head Trauma: Much like whiplash injuries, traumatic brain injuries can come with delayed symptoms. However, the long-lasting implications of head trauma can be especially problematic. Severe head injuries can lead to brain damage, changes in cognition, and loss of balance. Even the most minor car accidents can cause concussions, which often lead to painful temporary symptoms such as headaches, loss of vision, and sensitivity to light. Symptoms of head injuries can linger for months and cause further damage down the road if they are not treated appropriately. 

Contact a Lake County Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a member of your family have been injured in a car accident, it is possible that you or your loved one could face long-lasting symptoms. The injuries described above are just a few examples of the types of damages that can result in months of expensive physical therapy, lost income, and pain that can last for years. At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our legal team has years of experience helping victims recover compensation that addresses the physical and emotional trauma of a motor vehicle collision. To set up a free consultation with a Waukegan car accident attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303.

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Chicago bike accident lawyerRecently, a man was killed in Chicago’s West Humboldt neighborhood in a hit and run accident. The man was found fatally injured with his bicycle was lying next to him. A witness to the accident said that she saw the 42-year-old man riding his bike just minutes before the collision. The accident reminded all Illinoisans of the reality that bicyclists face increased risk of severe and even fatal injuries in collisions with motor vehicles

Bicycle Accidents Statewide 

The huge size and weight differential between bicycles and cars often results in serious harm to cyclists who are involved in a bicycle accident. In the state of Illinois, bicyclists face increased risk of injury due to inclement weather, as well as the urban nature of many of our roadways. In a study conducted in 2014 by the Governors Highway Safety Association, Illinois ranked fifth among all states in bicycle injuries. Since the study was conducted, not much has changed. In 2016 alone, over 3,000 Illinoisans were injured while riding their bicycles. Additionally, 20 bicyclists suffered fatal injuries throughout the state in 2016. 

Nationwide Bike Injuries

Tragically, bicycle injuries are a massive issue throughout the entire country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bicyclists face a much higher risk of fatal injury than those traveling within motor vehicles. In 2015 alone, more than 1,000 Americans were killed in bicycle accidents. Even more alarming is the fact that an incredible 467,000 American cyclists suffered severe injuries throughout 2015. 

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Chicago Semi-Truck Accident Injury AttorneysA recent tragedy in the Chicago area reminded us of the constant dangers semi-truck drivers face every time they start a shift. On Tuesday, September 11th, a semi-truck crashed into a Lansing apartment building, injuring themselves and one resident. The accident occurred prior to 8:00 a.m. on Torrence Avenue, south of 184th Street. While the truck driver was not fatally injured in the accident, his injuries did require hospitalization.

The accident was the latest in a long line of semi-truck accidents. In 2016 alone, over 4,400 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents throughout the United States. If you or a family member are involved in a motor vehicle collision, it is paramount to speak with a legal professional.

Semi-Truck Crashes Rising Nationwide

Despite mandated testing that all drivers must pass before operating a semi-truck, accidents involving semi-trucks continue to rise. According to the Department of Transportation, semi-truck fatalities have risen 29% since 2005. In 2016, the Department of Transportation found that there was a nearly 2% increase in semi-truck fatalities, in comparison to 2015.

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Chicago car accident injury attorneyAccording to the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), 1.3 million people die in motor vehicle collisions each year. That staggering statistic consists of an average of 3,287 deaths each day. Here in the United States, an average of 2.35 million people are injured each year in motor vehicle collisions. 

Considering the incredible loss of life that occurs around the world due to motor vehicle collisions, it is easy to find yourself wondering what you can do to remain safe while traveling in a vehicle? Below are some simple tips that could help you and your family remain safe while driving this fall: 

Remaining Safe in Your Vehicle

With a staggering amount of reckless drivers on American roadways, remaining safe while driving is not always in one's own control. Still, here are a few ways you can decrease the risk of injury that you and your family face every time you travel:

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Lake County car accident wrongful death attorneyThroughout the past few decades, a variety of organizations have been working diligently to decrease the number of traffic fatalities in the United States. From Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an organization founded in 1980 to increase awareness of teenage driving while under the influence of alcohol, to advertisement campaigns like “Click It or Ticket,” which hopes to incentivize drivers to buckle their seatbelts, these organizations have made monumental strides in decreasing deaths on American roadways.

Despite these efforts, traffic fatalities continue to rise here in the state of Illinois. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were over 1,000 car accident fatalities statewide in 2016 alone. Despite increased statewide initiatives to decrease drinking and driving, as well as other forms of dangerous or reckless driving, 2016 marked the deadliest year on Illinois’ roadways since 2008. Why the rise?

Increases in Reckless Driving Statewide

In spite of harsh criminal punishments and the aforementioned anti-drinking and driving initiatives, drunk driving continues to be a challenging issue for law enforcement officials throughout the state. According to the Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics report, over 800 Illinoisans were killed in drunk driving accidents throughout 2014. In all, drunk drivers were responsible for 30.4% of highway fatalities in 2014.

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