One of the most common activities people, especially youth, participate in these days is an online viral challenge – specifically, an activity that social media users find entertaining, daring or outrageous. In the past, people have seen such challenges as the ice water challenge, which served the purpose of raising awareness for ALS, and the Tide Pod and cinnamon challenges, which seemed to have no purpose other than being funny to those who participated or watched – although both challenges were responsible for numerous injuries. Illinois residents may want to be cautious, however, as some of the dangerous actions associated with viral challenges can harm themselves or others.
At the Illinois Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we represent numerous car crash victims who have suffered grievous personal injuries as the result of their accidents. A traumatic brain injury represents one of the most potentially catastrophic injuries from which our clients suffer.
As people become more aware of the dangers involved in distracted driving, cellphone and vehicle manufacturers look for ways to lessen the amount of distraction drivers’ experience while on the road. Voice-activated technology is designed to perform certain tasks when drivers speak commands. For example, a car equipped with voice-activated technology would allow people to call a contact, navigate the radio and even compose a text all while driving. A study released by AAA found that even though voice-activated technology reduces the amount of cognitive distraction caused by cellphone use, it still creates a significant amount of distraction, which may lead to a devastating car accident.
As an Illinois driver, no one need tell you that car crashes happen all too frequently. Sometimes they can result in dire consequences. If you sustain a neck or back injury in your car crash, a good part of your body could become paralyzed, forcing you to spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.