When someone decides to send a text message while driving, one of two things usually happens. First, they may just not understand that it's dangerous at all. Second, even if they do know it's dangerous, they think that they can do it fast enough to eliminate that danger.
It is always tragic when a child is killed in a motor vehicle accident. When Illinois parents send their children to school in buses, they expect these vehicles to be safe enough to protect their children in a collision. Unfortunately, as a recent incident illustrated, not all accidents involving school buses are minor.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you may already feel overwhelmed and hopeless at how long it seems to take to recover. To you, your injuries seem severe and, at least for now, life-changing. However, you and other residents of Illinois should understand the term “catastrophic injuries” when it comes to the legal system.
It may still feel like summer to most people, but school starts for children across Illinois at the end of August. While this can be an exciting time for students – or the day many children have dreaded all summer – it can also be a dangerous time, as drivers everywhere must become accustomed to seeing children walking, riding their bicycles or waiting at the side of the road for their buses to pick them up.
If law enforcement officers charge you with reckless driving after an Illinois motor vehicle accident or one of the other drivers sues you for causing it, you may wish to obtain the services of a professional accident reconstruction expert to find out exactly how the accident occurred so you can refute these charges.
Every two minutes in the United States, someone is injured in an automobile accident involving a drunk driver, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Approximately one-third of all drunk drivers arrested are repeat offenders. In fact, the average drunk driver has driven more than 80 times before being arrested for the first time. As a motorist, you navigate alongside drunk drivers regularly and may not even know it. People who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking put lives in danger and are at risk of causing a major accident.
Although it is widely known that distracted driving causes serious car accidents, injuries and deaths, people continue to engage in these hazardous behaviors while behind the wheel. Even though it is against the law to use a hand-held cellphone in Illinois and in many other states across the nation, drivers continue to manipulate their cellphones to call, text and message friends. To take it a step further, motorists also take ‘selfies’ while driving and continue on to post them to social media sites.
Should one of your close relatives die in Illinois as the result of a motor vehicle accident, you can sue the person responsible for your loved one’s untimely and wrongful death. One of the things you can sue for are damages to compensate you for loss of consortium.
Many people in Illinois may hear about how strict the law is when it comes to drunk driving, especially if a serious accident occurs due to the actions of an impaired driver. The definition of strict may well be subjective as some people may think that the laws are not strict enough or perhaps that they are not always evenly applied. The reality is that it can be difficult to assign a value on a human life which makes it difficult to determine an appropriate penalty for someone who makes a decision that ends up claiming the life of another person.
Road construction workers encounter a number of hazards every day. Not only can this be a physically demanding job, but they may also be exposed to extreme temperatures and other job-related hazards. Moreover, they may find themselves in the middle of a traffic accident, which could occur for various reasons. Whether they are struck by one of their co-workers who is operating a truck, or they are hit by a negligent driver, someone who works on a road crew may be injured or even killed in a traffic collision.