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Illinios accident lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,Traffic accidents are a significant issue in Illinois. In 2015 alone, there were more than 313,000 motor vehicle crashes.

There are several state laws that address the issue, but one law stands out from among the rest — the prohibition of driving in the left lane except for overtaking and passing other vehicles. The reason Illinois and a few other states have enacted this law is because it is believed that driving slower than the speed of traffic in the left lane can lead to accidents.

Driving slower than other drivers while in the left lane can cause traffic accidents because when slow drivers are in the left and right lanes of a highway, faster drivers have to maneuver between the cars and change lanes several times, which increase the likelihood of an accident.

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Illinios auto accident lawyer, Illinois car crash attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,No matter what the circumstances surrounding a car accident may be, one thing is certain: Everyone is stunned in the moments following a collision. Whether you were alone at the time of the impact or you were the passenger in someone else’s car, shock takes over as you begin to process what has just taken place. Even the most minor fender-bender can wreak havoc on one’s nerves, but minor and severe accidents alike all require the driver - and any passengers involved - to be vigilant immediately after the crash. More often than not, your attentiveness in the moments following the accident can make a big difference when it comes to protecting your rights later on.

Acting Quickly

Understandably, not every driver is able to make sharp observations or think critically in the moments directly after a crash. Due to the shock and any immediate needs that demand your attention, such as moving the car off the highway or tending to injuries, you may not have the chance to assess the scene and take notes. A few simple observations, however, can help tremendously in your case, should you experience injury of any kind.

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Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,By 2020, 10 million self-driving cars will hit the roads. Many drivers see easy commutes and the ability to relax while driving in their futures. However, a study conducted by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute finds that there have been more car accidents involving vehicles equipped with autopilot technology than there have been with conventional cars.

Because self-driving vehicles are relatively new, many drivers do not understand what legal options they have when they are in accidents that involve automated cars. While studies show that most accidents involving vehicles with autopilot technology are the fault of the vehicle’s driver or other drivers, there have been car accidents that resulted from defects in such cars.

Sometimes, it is unclear if the vehicular defects, negligence on the part of the driver, or negligence on the part of other drivers caused a car crash. While there may be a strong product liability case if - for example - the car’s accelerator malfunctioned, the case may not be as clear-cut if the accident was primarily caused by a manufacturer’s failure to warn consumers about its product’s features.

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Illinois accident attorney, Illinois pedestrian accident lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,Have you been injured by a car or bicycle as a pedestrian? Such an accident can leave pedestrians severely injured and may result in death. The good news is that Illinois law is often on the side of the pedestrian. In many circumstances, a pedestrian has the right of way, and it is the fault of the driver if a pedestrian is hit.

How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents?

According to the most recent data available, there are 4,637 pedestrian-involved accidents a year in Illinois. Of these, the Illinois Department of Transportation reports that 126 were fatal. A vast majority of the accidents occurred on city streets in urban areas.

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,No matter where in the world we are commuting, whether we are traveling by car or by foot, there are certain areas on and around our roadways that tend to be hot spots for car accidents and pedestrian injuries. Traffic intersections remain at the top of the list when it comes to these problematic areas. Thankfully, there are multiple engineering efforts in effect on behalf of our roadway officials and experts, such as special geometric designs and the utilization of various traffic control devices. These efforts work as preventative measures to reduce accident and injury at our intersections, and they are ever-evolving, with new designs and strategies introduced periodically. Your Role in Intersection Accident Prevention Along with these collision prevention efforts, drivers and pedestrians are left to do their part in taking a proactive role in their own safety. Intersections will always be hazardous due to the nature of their surroundings. Pedestrians and motorists meet and converge at traffic signals for a number of activities, naturally producing opportunities for collision. There are certain steps we can take, however, that lower our chances of accident or injury significantly. Remaining alert as we drive or pass through an intersection is our very best defense against experiencing an accident. Here are some common hazards that signal danger as we approach an intersection and how to spot them sooner, rather than later: Drivers failing to yield - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that a common cause of angle and turning crashes at intersections are caused by the failure to yield to oncoming vehicles. Flashing Yellow Arrow signals (FYAs) have been implemented to address this problem. Watch out for drivers who are speeding through these flashing lights and failing to yield to you as you move in their direction. The moment you see this, slow down immediately and approach the signal with extreme caution. Aggressive behaviors - Be on the lookout for any signs of other drivers displaying erratic or aggressive behaviors. For example, if you see someone speeding, tailgating, or swerving impulsively as you approach a busy intersection, slow down, do not make eye contact, and do not challenge the driver in any way. These are signs of angry, intoxicated, or unstable driving, and should be avoided at all costs. If you feel you are in serious danger or that the lives of others are in danger, do not hesitate to pull to the side of the road and notify the authorities. Incorrect (or lack of) use of designated crosswalks - Another hazard to watch out for is a pedestrian crossing the road where no marked crosswalk exists or using a crosswalk incorrectly, such as walking when the signal tells them not to. Pedestrians who fail to obey the intersection signals and signs place everyone who crosses their path at risk for accident and injury. When you witness this, make sure you are not speeding and that you are prepared to stop suddenly.

If you have had the unfortunate experience of being involved in any kind of intersection-related collision, it is important to speak with a qualified Lake County car accident attorney to arm yourself with the resources you need to protect your rights in a court of law. The moment you are injured, call Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 and ask for a personal consultation.

Sources:

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/

https://idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/safety/roadway/index

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a112.pdf
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