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Illinois ranks high nationally in number of dog bite claims

If you live in Illinois and have ever had the unfortunate experience of suffering a dog bite from someone else’s animal, you are not alone. According to 2014 numbers, Illinois ranks fourth in the nation in terms of the number of dog bite claims filed, with insurance agencies in the state paying an average of $34,894 per claim. At the Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we understand that considerable expenses often result from dog bites, and we have helped many dog bite victims across the state seek appropriate compensation for their injuries.

Risk for truck drivers is not lost on the IDOT

CBS Chicago reported on a March 1, 2018, accident that involved three semitrucks and four vehicles. One person died as a result of the collision, and Illinois Interstate 290 closed for half a day while first responders worked the scene. Because the crash caught fire and caused a fatality, the National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate. They are hoping to determine what triggered the deadly collision.

The significant dangers of driving under the influence of drugs

There are many factors that could place Illinois drivers at a higher risk of being involved in a car accident. Inexperience, alcohol and distraction can make a driver more likely to cause an accident, as well as drugs. Even prescription drugs can affect the way a person is able to operate a motor vehicle. Regardless of the type, a person affected by drugs could be a danger to everyone on the road.

What are the most important things to after a car crash?

As an Illinois driver, you know that auto accidents happen far too frequently. If you have one, there are certain things you should and should not do immediately afterward. As FindLaw explains, the most important is to stay at the scene. If you leave before law enforcement officers authorize you to do so, they may charge you with leaving the scene or even with hit-and-run.

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