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How serious is a whiplash injury?

When you become the victim of a car crash in Illinois, particularly one in which a negligent motorist rear-ends you, you have a very high risk of sustaining a whiplash injury. As Spine-Health.com explains, a whiplash occurs when the force of the impact of the other car hitting yours makes your head and neck suddenly jerk backward and forward. These extremely quick, violent movements put enormous stress on your cervical spine

Why is nighttime driving so dangerous?

As an Illinois motorist, you may have places to go and errands to run even after the sun has set for the day. Bright headlights and streetlights illuminate the roadways of Illinois so that motorists can continue to navigate their way throughout the state. The trouble lies in the fact that more people are killed while driving at night than those driving during the daytime. According to the National Safety Council, you are three times more likely to be killed in an accident while driving at night. Understanding what causes this increased death rate may help to minimize your chances of being killed or injured in a nighttime car accident.

When a car wreck leads to catastrophic burns

Here at the Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we know the dangers you face when driving on Illinois’ streets, roads, highways and freeways. Motor vehicle accidents happen all too often, and when they do, you could receive catastrophic burns as the result. Per the American Burn Association, 3,275 Americans died following fiery crashes in 2016 alone.

Are self-driving cars really safe?

For years, Illinois drivers and others across the nation have dreamed of owning a car that will drive them wherever they need or want to go all by itself. If you are one of those people, your dream is still quite far from a reality. While a few auto manufacturers such as Tesla produce partially self-driving cars, their safety record is dubious at best.

How to avoid distracted driving

With the month of April behind, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2018 campaign is also in the rearview mirror. The Daily Journal reported on Illinois law enforcement personnel's efforts to cut down on distracted driving in their issuing of "more than 18,000 warnings and citations" for the offense in 2017.

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.

How to minimize the dangers of driving in fog

Some road hazards, such as black ice, make the surface of the road itself harder for motorists to drive on. In other cases, however, the street is perfectly fine, but with a dense fog in front of your windshield, you find it harder to see while driving on an Illinois road. A heavy fog can obscure approaching vehicles and land obstacles and increase the danger of a car accident. Still, there are ways motorists can decrease the dangers of getting into a fog-related auto accident.

Hands free phones may still distract you on the road

A cell phone in the hand of a motorist is a recipe for increased risk of an auto accident on Illinois roads. This is why some people consider a hands free phone, which allows a motorist to keep both hands on the wheel while holding a conversation, as a viable safety alternative. However, some studies show that hands free phones are not a cure for distracted driving.

What is black ice?

Illinois roads in wintertime can put motorists increasingly at risk of a road accident due to snowfall and ice. However, there is one particular road danger that many Illinois drivers may not be aware of. Black ice, like other slippery surfaces, is a road hazard that can result in car accidents and personal injury to motorists. 

Could your child’s coat reduce car seat effectiveness?

One thing you probably do every time you get into the car is put your child in his or her car seat. You know it is required by Illinois law, but more importantly, you know it is essential to keeping your child safe in the event of a crash. Unfortunately, what you may not realize is another thing you do to keep your child safe--putting him or her in a warm winter coat--could drastically reduce the effectiveness of the car seat to keep your child safe.

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