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What are delayed symptoms?

After a car accident in Illinois, you could be suffering from a serious injury and have no clue. That is because you may experience delayed symptoms. According to Patch, delayed symptoms of an injury often occur days after a car accident. They do not show up right away due to the chemicals your body releases to help give you energy to get through the harrowing experience.

It is your body's natural response to release chemicals that will give you energy in a situation where your life is threatened, such as an auto accident. Once released, these chemicals block your pain receptors so you do not feel anything. After the chemicals naturally drain from your system, the pain receptors are unblocked, and you start to feel the effects of the accident.

The texting driver next to you hit your car: Now, what?

Just driving to the grocery store or picking up your children from school may feel like you're laying your life on the line because traffic gets so chaotic and drivers so reckless, when all you're trying to do is get from point A to point B, safely. You already understand that you can't control the actions of every single Illinois driver that crosses your path; however, you shouldn't have to fear for your life (nor your children's) every time you drive.

When you least expect it, a vehicle may appear to come out of nowhere and collide with your car. If you later learn that the driver of the other car was drunk or texting at the time of the accident, you may understandably feel upset and frustrated, knowing your injuries could have most likely been avoided had the other motorist acted more responsibly behind the wheel.

Why do big trucks crash so often?

Why do big trucks crash so often?

With the numerous freeways and interstates in Illinois, drivers of smaller vehicles are required to share the roads with large tractor-trailer trucks on a daily basis. As GTG Technology Group points out, given that the average 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while your passenger vehicle weighs about 4,000 pounds, it is not difficult to see that you are at far greater risk of catastrophic injury or death when one of these behemoths crashes.

Can an Illinois child support order be changed?

An Illinois court order requiring a parent to pay monthly child support can seem like an additional expense beyond one’s ability to cover. If this describes the situation of you or someone you know, you be wondering whether you petition the court for a modification of your support obligation. A modification to a child support order in Illinois depends, among other things, whether there has been a change in circumstances that a court would consider substantial.

Illinois courts are interested in fairness, equity, and accurate fact-finding. This is true in the case of child support modification cases as well as any, as illustrated by a recent opinion issued by the Second District Appellate Court of Illinois. In that case, after the parties entered into an agreement for joint parenting of their three minor children, the court ordered joint custody.

Understanding the new Illinois divorce laws

On January 1, 2016, sweeping changes went into effect regarding the way in which Illinois couples obtain a divorce. As reported in the Chicago Tribune, this was the first time in 40 years that Illinois divorce law had been significantly updated.

The biggest change is that Illinois has now become a no-fault state. The Illinois Bar Journal explains that now there is only one ground for divorce:  irreconcilable differences that have caused the marriage to irretrievably break down. No longer does the spouse seeking the divorce have to prove fault on the part of the other spouse such as cruelty, adultery or bigamy.

How can you care for animal bite scars?

Illinois residents who have been victims of dog bites will know that the pain can continue long past the initial attack. For example, many victims are left with unpleasant or even disfiguring scars, reducing your quality of life. Fortunately, there are possible ways to minimize and care for animal bite scars that may help reduce the appearance and formation of scars.

EverydayHealth shows different steps that can be taken to help reduce the chances of scarring, or to minimize their appearance later on. This includes eliminating factors that can contribute to discoloration, like exposure to the sun. You should also prevent yourself from giving into bad habits that may increase your chance of scarring, like picking at scabs or healing skin. Try not to rely on topical ointments or lotions that promise to heal scars, either. None of these over-the-counter fixes have been proven effective in clinical trials.

Cat bites may be more dangerous than you think

Since the majority of animal bites to humans involve dogs, many people don't realize that bites inflicted by cats can actually be more dangerous in some situations. While physical injuries will likely be more severe if you have been bitten by a canine, feline injuries more often land Illinois victims in the hospital. We at the Law Office of Kerley and Associates can help you ensure that you get the help you need if you find yourself with a bite from a cat or any other animal.

According to the Animal Medical Center, dog bites make up 70 percent of the emergency room visits for animal bites, but a full one-third of those who are bitten by a cat require hospitalization. While there are fewer bites from felines, these injuries are much more likely to result in the need for additional medical treatment. 

Did your evening stroll land you or your child in the hospital?

Illinois pedestrians are always at risk for injury. However, you and your loved ones should be able to enjoy an evening walk together without worrying that a reckless motorist is going to cause you harm. Perhaps you love to take your toddler to the local park after supper and prefer to get some foot exercise to get there rather than take your car.

You may also be one of many state residents who loves to get a close-up look at local wildlife, such as birds, fish or even the neighbor's dog. If so, traveling by foot may be your favorite means of transportation. There are several things you can do to increase your chances of reaching your destination safely if you choose to walk to where you are going at the time.

How much will a car accident cost you?

If you have recently been involved in a car accident in Illinois, you have likely wondered how much the damage is going to cost you. While an attorney can help you fight to get the payment and compensation you deserve, it is wise to be aware of the most common costs you can incur and the unlikely places those damages can come from. 

According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, the most expensive accidents are those that result in the death of one of the vehicle occupants, but even non-fatal crashes can incur hefty financial charges. 

Jackknifing dangers

Any type of car accident in Illinois can be dangerous, but those involving large trucks are more likely to result in serious or fatal consequences. One cause of trucking accidents is jackknifing, something that often results in a forceful crash. If you or a loved one were injured or killed in an accident caused by a truck that jackknifed, we at the Law Office of Kerley and Associates can ensure that you get the help and compensation you deserve.

According to, there are several different factors that can cause a truck to jackknife. The physical, environmental factors of the area you are in may be one of the biggest culprits. Strong winds can cause a truck's trailers to begin swaying and be pushed off-balance. Ice on the road can also cause wheels to slide, especially if it is on a curve.

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