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LOMBARD

900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

BLOOMINGDALE

134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761

ST. CHARLES

333 N. Randall Road, Suite 104, St. Charles, IL 60175

Phone: 630-443-0600

CHICAGO

105 W. Madison Street, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 630-932-9100

NAPERVILLE

1730 Park Street, Suite 202, Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: 630-420-1000

Personal Injury

Bloomingdale truck accident lawyerAccording to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were approximately 450,000 police-reported traffic accidents involving large trucks in 2017. Of these documented crashes, roughly 344,000 resulted in at least one person experiencing some sort of personal injury. Due to the large size of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, if an injury or wrongful death does result from a truck accident, the victim is often the individual that is in the opposing vehicle. As of recently, there has been an increased effort placed on determining what can cause these dangerous crashes and how they can be prevented. Financial compensation may be awarded to the victim of an auto collision.    

Critical Events

Among the many variables that can lead a truck accident, the actions or factors that make an auto collision unavoidable are known as critical events. According to the FMCSA, there are three types of critical events that are most commonly involved in collisions:

  • Running out of the travel lane
  • Loss of vehicle control due to shifting cargo, systems failure, or traveling at unsafe speeds
  • Colliding with the rear end of another vehicle in the truck’s travel lane

Critical Reasons

Simply put, the critical reason for a truck accident is the immediate explanation of the critical event. Driver error, vehicle failure, or environmental conditions could be the explanation behind a crash. In many cases, the cause of the critical event can be related to a decision that was made by the driver, such as speeding or tailgating. The FMCSA categorizes a critical reason as:

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Naperville car accident lawyer driver fatigueIn this day and age of advanced technology, there has been an emphasis placed on our well-being. Safe driving measures, specifically, have been of great interest to both federal and state governments across the country. One of the most notorious dangerous driving behaviors that causes thousands of car accidents each year is operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Increased focus has also been placed on other reckless behaviors, such as distracted driving and speeding. Recently, however, a trend of drowsy/fatigued driving has been scrutinized as an additional form of unsafe driving.

What Is Drowsy Driving?

Simply put, drowsy driving occurs when a person gets behind the wheel of a car when they are tired. Although everyone experiences fatigue differently, it is always considered unsafe to drive a vehicle if you are sleepy. Not all drowsy drivers will fall asleep at the wheel, but the likelihood of an accident does increase. If you are driving while you are tired, your senses are not as alert, your brain functions a little slower, and you could end up in a serious accident.

How Big of an Issue Is Drowsy Driving?

An alarming 60 percent of drivers have reported that they have operated a vehicle while feeling sleepy. Even more concerning, over 40 percent of drivers have admitted to “nodding off” or falling asleep while driving at some point throughout their driving history. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were an estimated 91,000 traffic crashes involving drowsy driving in 2017. These numbers are likely much higher than reported because of the lack of knowledge and ability to measure this behavior.

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Naperville car accident attorneyThe moments immediately after a car accident can be stressful and confusing. You may not know exactly what happened or what you should do next. One of the first things you should do is assess yourself and any of your passengers for obvious injuries and call 911 if anyone needs immediate medical attention. Next, you should call the police. Some people may think that calling the police after a traffic accident is unnecessary if the injuries or damages are seemingly minor, but there are a number of reasons why you should always call the police following a collision.

Damages to Your Vehicle Could Be Extensive

You can never be certain of the extent of the damages to your vehicle upon first glance. Even if no paint is chipped and no parts are visibly broken, your vehicle could still have suffered damage that could be expensive to repair. Even a minor accident could damage the body of the vehicle or any of the complex sensors in newer vehicles. If you did not call the police to the scene of the accident, you may be unable to establish fault for the collision, it may be difficult to get insurance companies to cover the costs of repairs.

Your Injuries Could Be Worse Than They Appear

Most people who get into car accidents do not realize the full extent of their injuries until days or even weeks after the accident. When a particularly stressful or intimidating event happens, a hormone called adrenaline is released into your bloodstream. This hormone has multiple effects on your body, including increased heart rate, dilated pupils, and increased sweat production. One of the more concerning effects, however, is a decreased sense of pain. If the full extent of your injuries does not become apparent until well after the accident, you may struggle to address the costs of your medical treatment. Calling the police can help solidify the fact that your injuries were caused by the car accident.

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DuPage County car accident attorneyDriving can be a difficult task that requires a good deal of multi-tasking, and despite popular beliefs, humans are actually not very good at doing more than one thing at once. Nevertheless, most Americans will drive a vehicle at some point in their lives. Although operating a car or truck can be difficult at first, it will become second nature once a driver spends enough time behind the wheel. However, drivers can also become so accustomed to the act of driving that they do not pay full attention to what is happening on the road around them, and serious car accidents can occur as a result. While lane change or merging accidents may not be the most serious types of collisions, they can cause significant property damage and injuries, and if you have been involved in this type of accident, you should be sure to work with an attorney to determine how to recover financial compensation. 

What Causes a Lane Change or Merging Accident?

Merging and lane change accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence on our roads. These kinds of crashes occur when one vehicle is already in a lane, and another vehicle collides with them while attempting to change lanes or merge onto a highway. Common causes of lane change and merging accidents include:

  • The merging vehicle was entering the highway too quickly or too slowly.

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Lombard, IL auto accident attorneyObtaining a driver’s license is a rite of passage for many teens in the United States. Although teenagers are often eager to get behind the wheel, they may pose a significant danger to both themselves as well as other motorists and pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,255 teen drivers involved in fatal car crashes in 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Why is it that teen drivers are more susceptible to car accidents?

Inexperience on the Road

Teenagers do not have years of driving experience like most adult motorists do. Even after they have earned their driver’s license, teen drivers are still learning the rules of the road and how to react to certain driving conditions. For example, a teenage motorist may not know how to handle his or her car in heavy traffic or during a snowstorm. Due to their lack of knowledge and understanding, teenagers may be at a higher risk for auto accidents and injuries.

Distracted Driving

Vehicle accidents involving teenagers often occur because of activities that caused drivers to pay less than full attention to the act of driving. NHTSA statistics show that more than 220 teen drivers were killed in car accidents involving distracted driving in 2017. Visual, manual, and cognitive distractions may cause a teen motorist to lose concentration. Actions such as using a cell phone, talking to passengers, changing the radio station, and eating or drinking can all divert a teen driver’s attention away from the road. 

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