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fatal car accidents, Lake County car accident lawyer, opioids, drugged driving, Waukegan car accident attorneyEveryone is aware of the danger that drunk driving poses to people on the road, but many people may not realize that prescription painkillers can be just as dangerous.

As the use and abuse of opioids has increased in recent decades, the number of drivers killed in car accidents while under the influence of these drugs has also seen a major increase.

Study Shows the Impact of Opioids on Car Crashes

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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 injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,While many of us would like to have stunning new rims for upgraded tires as well as visually attractive trim work to make our vehicles stand out on the road (and make them easily identifiable in a crowded parking lot), sometimes there is added value and security in the basic model. Although legal, with each modification made to a factory car, comes the potential for an accident. Not only are many of the aftermarket car parts not up to the standards of the original manufacturer, creating inevitable accidents when they malfunction, but some are also downright flashy and distracting to drivers on the roads. At what point do these parts go from being a vehicle enhancement to liability in a car accident? OEM Versus Aftermarket The vehicle industry breaks into the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and the secondary parts manufacturers, aftermarket. If you take your car to the dealership for repair, you are getting the original parts intended for the vehicle. If you take it anywhere else, you are getting cheaper, and perhaps sub-quality parts. Once drivers begin adding custom parts and colors to their vehicles, the accessories start leaning toward distracting other drivers. How Can Parts Be A Distraction It would seem that the flashy colors would make all other drivers aware of the presence of a vehicle, reducing the likelihood of its involvement in an accident. However, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction. While most believe that preoccupation is always electronics related (which can occur, too), there are several causes of distracted driving. The five most prevalent causes of distracted driving include:
  • Cell phone usage,
  • Reaching for an object inside the vehicle,
  • Looking at something or someone else’s car outside the window,
  • Reading, and
  • Makeup application.
Paint Jobs and Fancy Accessories Causing Accidents

It is within the legal rights of a vehicle owner to paint their car and add modifications. However, Illinois does have regulations about lights, sounds, and parts that may distract or blind other drivers. If you were involved in an accident that involved a vehicle with aftermarket parts, it is advisable to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney to discuss your options. If you would like to speak with a Waukegan, IL car accident attorney, Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. is available to help. We proudly offer four convenient locations and a free consultation to assist you. Call us today at 847-662-3303 to schedule a visit today.

Sources:

http://www.nsc.org/DistractedDrivingDocuments/Cognitive-Distraction-White-Paper.pdf

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,The parents of a young man who was killed in a fatal crash caused by speeding released a video he was recording at the time of the crash. The family hope that the shocking footage will help convince young people to slow down and help save lives.

The crash occurred in Sussex, England. The 21-year-old victim, who was a passenger but owned the vehicle, was recording the video as his 20-year-old friend, who was unlicensed, hit speeds of 90 mph. According to the coroner’s report, the two were highly intoxicated on drugs. They can be heard in the video prodding each other. The passenger says to his friend, “You’re doing 90 boy, slow down,” and seconds later the car crashed into the wall of a church. The two were killed instantly.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of young people in this country. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4,000 teens between the ages of 15 through 20 are killed every year in car crashes. Another 250,000 are seriously injured.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,As explained in a previous post, victims of motor vehicle accidents can file claims for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include lost wages and medical expenses, while non-economic damages involve the pain and suffering the victim has had to live with since being injured in the accident.

Pain and suffering is not only the physical pain a car accident victim endures from their injuries, but can also include the psychological and emotional pain the victim is struggling with. This can include symptoms such as anxiety, depression, fear, and insomnia.

It is very unlikely a victim could receive pain and suffering damages if they have not sought any medical treatment. This is why it is important to see a medical professional immediately after an auto accident. Victims should also keep a log documenting their symptoms, as well as any medical treatment they receive.

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