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On March 15, a fatal auto accident occurred when two teenage drivers collided on Route 12, near Wauconda in Lake County. According to the Wauconda Police Department, an 18-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and collided with a Ford Focus, which was driven by a 16-year-old. The two 14-year-old passengers in the Focus were seriously injured, while the 16-year-old driver passed away.

For parents throughout the state of Illinois, the accident served as a tragic reminder of the risks that teenage drivers face.

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Lake County Car Accident Lawyers

On February 25, three men stole a motor vehicle in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. After the theft, the driver collided with two vehicles in the South Side’s Jackson Park. Local police have yet to release information related to injuries. The man was apprehended on-site and is now in custody. 

For drivers throughout the greater Chicago area, the accident served as a reminder of some of the extreme hazards that occur on our roadways. Not all reckless drivers are fleeing from the scene of a crime, but all are incredibly dangerous. In order to ensure the safety of you and your family, it is important to know how to recognize signs of reckless driving and how to react. Also, if you or a loved one are injured in a car accident caused by a reckless driver, talk to a personal injury attorney who can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve for a full recovery.

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Chicago car accident attorney child safetyOn December 23, 2018, a car crash in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest side of Chicago resulted in the hospitalization of two children. The injured children, ages 3 and 10, were both rushed to Stroger Hospital. Fortunately, no one was fatally injured in the accident, but the crash did serve as a reminder of the risks that young children face when traveling in motor vehicles. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision, it is important to contact a legal team to learn about your options for receiving compensation for your damages. 

Simple Steps to Protect Your Children From Injury 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), transportation injuries are the most common cause of fatalities among children. While car crashes are often unavoidable, there are a few ways you can lower the chances of your children suffering severe injuries in a collision:

  • Buckle Them Up: Studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), found that the lives of more than 14,000 Americans were saved in 2016 due to the use of seat belt restraint systems. Despite the overwhelming evidence that seat belts can be key to avoiding serious injuries, almost 10% of Americans neglect to wear their seat belts. Next time you drive with your children, make sure that they are properly buckled in. 
  • Properly Use Booster Seats: For parents of young children, booster seats are needed to help children avoid injuries. When placing your child in their booster seat, make sure that they are in the seat correctly and that the seat is properly restrained. It is also important to ensure that the booster seat is the correct size. If your child grows out of a booster seat, yet they are still not big enough for a vehicle’s standard seat belts, it is important to purchase a larger sized seat. If your child is too small for their seat, return it and get a new one. Utilizing a booster seat that does not fit your child can put them at risk of serious injury. 
  • Avoid Distractions: Any parent knows how easy it is to be distracted by your children. When driving, distractions can come with severe consequences. Distracted driving is responsible for approximately 25% of all car accidents nationwide. Next time you drive with your children, avoid taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel, which could make the difference in avoiding a collision. 

Contact a Waukegan Car Accident Lawyer

At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our legal team is dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the compensation they deserve for injuries suffered in car accidents. If you or a loved one is injured in a motor vehicle collision, it is time to seek out legal assistance. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a Lake County personal injury attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303. 

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Chicago whiplash injury lawyer rear-end accidentWith winter driving conditions comes a higher likelihood of car accidents. Due to the icy roads, rear-end collisions are among the most common car accidents that occur during winter months. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), upwards of 1.7 million rear-end collisions occur throughout the United States each year, and these collisions account for approximately 40% of all annual motor vehicle accidents. Due to the sheer number of these accidents, it is important to know what types of injury risks they can present. The most common injury suffered during a rear-end collision is whiplash. 

Why Whiplash Can Cause Concern

Whiplash injuries can occur in even the most minor of rear-end collisions. Whiplash is defined as a process in which a rapid back and forth movement caused by extreme force results in injury to the neck. Whiplash can lead to chronic neck pain, severe stiffness, and painful headaches. While many people believe that whiplash injuries have a limited impact on one’s life, these injuries can come with a number of painful symptoms that can result in the loss of work hours and expensive physical therapy. From blurred vision to cognitive difficulties, whiplash injuries can change a person’s life for extended periods of time. Do not take a whiplash injury lightly. 

Steps to Take After a Rear-End Collision

In the aftermath of any automobile accident, it is important to know how to react. After an accident, barring severe injury, you should take pictures of all vehicles involved in the collision and exchange insurance information with the other drivers. In rear-end collisions, it is extremely important to receive medical treatment as soon as possible, even if injuries are not present immediately after the accident. Symptoms of whiplash injuries can be delayed, and they may not appear until hours or even days after the initial impact. What may seem like a minor whiplash injury could in actuality be a severe spinal injury that will have a long-term impact on one’s health. 

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Chicago car accident attorney marijuana duiWhen most people think of driving under the influence, they think of drivers that have made the decision to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car. In reality, a substantial number of DUI arrests involve drivers under the influence of legal or illegal drugs. Throughout the United States, nine states have legalized recreational marijuana, and an additional two states have initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana on the ballot this fall. Here in the state of Illinois, medical marijuana was legalized in 2013, through House Bill 1. The bill allows those who have medical marijuana permit to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. 

Proponents of legalized marijuana cite the reduced number of arrests for minor drug possession and boosted tax revenue as reasons for legalization. However, those that oppose legalized marijuana will have a new talking point this voting cycle: legalized marijuana appears to have led to a clear increase in Lake County motor vehicle accident attorney

Legalized Marijuana Endangering Drivers 

According to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motor vehicle collision insurance claims were up by 6% in states in which recreational marijuana has become legal. The study was conducted through a comparison of vehicular collision insurance claims in a number of states with legalized marijuana (Colorado, Oregon, Washington), as opposed to states that have declined to legalize marijuana. An additional study conducted using data from the Highway Loss Data Institute found that police-reported crashes rose in the same states by 5.2% post-legalization.  

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