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How Common is Substance Use Among Truck Drivers?

 Posted on July 28, 2023 in Truck Accidents

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-2.jpgDriving a commercial truck takes skill and focus. Truck drivers must obtain a special license before they can begin performing the job. It is important for truck drivers to be sober while they are operating a massive vehicle capable of causing extreme harm to those around it. Making a single careless mistake while driving a commercial truck can cause devastation if the truck hits other vehicles or lands on a populated sidewalk. When a truck driver is under the influence of an illicit substance, they are far more likely to make a careless mistake. If you have recently been injured in a truck accident, drugs or alcohol could have been a factor in your crash. An attorney may be able to recover the results of the truck driver’s drug and alcohol screening in order to gain evidence that substances likely led to the accident. 

 

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If Your Fire Alarm Did Not Go Off During a Fire, it May Have Been Defective

 Posted on July 17, 2023 in Personal Injury

call our Orland Park personal injury attorneys todayFires can be incredibly dangerous. Fire can engulf a residential building in mere minutes, leaving the people inside precious little time to get out. When a fire alarm works properly, it can alert a building’s occupants very quickly after a fire breaks out, buying anyone inside more time to get to safety. Unfortunately, fire alarms do not always go off when they are meant to. There can be several reasons a fire alarm may fail. There is a possibility that the fire alarm itself was dangerously defective in some way. There are a number of types of defects caused by the manufacturer’s, seller’s, or installer’s negligence. If the fault in your detector originated with an error made by the manufacturer or seller, you likely have a claim in products liability. If the error was caused by improper maintenance, you may have a claim in premises liability.  If you or your children were injured or a close family member passed away because a smoke alarm failed to go off, you may be entitled to compensation and should contact an attorney promptly. 

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Common Swimming Pool Accidents and What You Can do

 Posted on July 06, 2023 in Personal Injury

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-7.jpgWith summer now in full swing, more people are looking to swimming pools and water parks as a way to cool off and enjoy the hot weather. Swimming can be excellent fun for children and adults, and also a great workout for those seeking more exercise. However, there is danger associated with swimming pools. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye when there is water involved. Sadly, children are very commonly injured in and around swimming pools. Of course, adults can suffer injuries around a swimming pool as well. Pools that are well-maintained, well-enclosed so that children cannot wander in, and guarded by a lifeguard are less likely to cause injury to those around the pool. If you or your child has been injured at a pool other than your own private pool, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney can help you determine whether you may have a premises liability claim. 

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Types of Catastrophic Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents

 Posted on June 29, 2023 in Motorcycle Accidents

Orland Park, IL Motorcycle Accident Injury LawyerThe number of people who enjoy riding motorcycles has grown immensely over the past couple of decades. It is estimated that there are approximately 8.6 million registered motorcycles in the United States, more than double what there were just 20 years ago. Although riding can be an enjoyable pastime, it is also one of the most dangerous, with a high risk of accidents and an even higher risk of catastrophic injuries and death in those crashes.

Motorcycle accidents often occur due to a combination of factors, such as high speeds, lack of protective barriers, and the vulnerability of the motorcyclist. The resulting injuries can be devastating, affecting not only the physical well-being of the victims but also their emotional, financial, and social aspects of life.

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How Does Driver Fatigue Cause Truck Accidents?

 Posted on June 20, 2023 in Truck Accidents

Glen Ellyn, IL Truck Accident Injury LawyersIn the trucking industry, drivers are often pressured to meet tight delivery deadlines, resulting in long hours of continuous driving with minimal rest time. These practices increase the risk of driver fatigue, which has been identified as one of the leading causes of truck accidents. Since commercial trucks are so much larger and heavier than other types of vehicles, accidents are likely to result in serious injuries to other drivers and passengers. Because of these risks, it is important to understand the dangers of truck driver fatigue and the options for people who have been injured due to truck driver and trucking company negligence.

How Fatigue Can Affect Truck Drivers

Drowsy driving is often compared to drunk or intoxicated driving. Fatigue can have many of the same effects on a driver as alcohol or drug use, and it can significantly increase the chances of a dangerous truck accident. The effects of fatigue include:

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Chronic Pain After a Car Accident: Your Legal Options

 Posted on June 07, 2023 in Car Accidents

Orland Park, IL Car Accident Injury LawyerChronic pain impacts every aspect of a person’s life. It is not only the physical pain that causes suffering, but also the stress, sleeplessness, unease, and despair caused by being in constant pain.  

If you or a loved one have suffered chronic pain because of your car accident injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury claim and recover financial compensation for your damages.

Monetary damages cannot take away your pain, but the compensation may cover the cost of pain-relieving medication and medical treatment, lost income from missed work, and other expenses. Bringing a successful personal injury claim can also provide a sense of justice and closure regarding the accident.

Personal Injury Claims in Illinois

When an injury is caused by another party’s negligence, that party may be liable for damages. In the context of car accidents, the liable party is often another driver. Negligent driving may involve texting while driving, speeding, failure to yield, intoxicated driving, or other forms of unsafe driving.

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Legal Options After a Trench Collapse at a Construction Site

 Posted on May 31, 2023 in Construction Accidents

Chicago, IL Construction Accident Injury AttorneyFew would argue that construction workers have a crucial role in society. Unfortunatley, although government regulations have been established to increase safety and reduce the chances of a construction accident, construction work is still one of the most dangerous industries. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that one out of every five workplace deaths occurs in the construction industry.

Trench collapse can be especially dangerous, resulting in catastrophic injuries and deaths. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a construction site trench collapse, you may be able to take legal action and recover financial compensation.

Trench Collapse Caused by Third-Party Negligence

In March of this year, two individuals were charged with first degree manslaughter after a trench collapsed on an employee and killed him. According to reports, there were no safety devices being used to hold the trench in place and prevent collapse. The trench had already collapsed twice on the day of the fatal accident, but actions were not taken to prevent another collapse.

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Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim if My Family Member Was Killed in a Fatal Motorcycle Crash?

 Posted on May 16, 2023 in Personal Injury

Chicago, IL Fatal Motorcycle Accident LawyersFor many motorcyclists, riding a motorcycle is not just a means of transportation. It is something that they look forward to all winter. Warmer weather in the Chicago area means that motorcyclists can finally get back to doing what they love most.

Sadly, severe and fatal injuries are not uncommon in motorcycle accidents. The motorcycle driver is not protected by the vehicle, and the small, slender nature of a motorcycle makes it harder to see by other drivers.

If your loved one passed away in a motorcycle crash, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf. However, you will need ample evidence and a strong case to successfully recover compensation through a wrongful death settlement or award.

Proving Liability in a Fatal Motorcycle Crash

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Motor Vehicle Accidents Resulting in Paralysis: Seeking Financial Compensation for Damages

 Posted on May 04, 2023 in Catastrophic Injuries

Cook County, IL Car Accident Injury LawyersModern vehicles are designed to keep the occupants as safe as possible and avoid serious injuries and fatalities during a collision. Unfortunately, some car accidents still result in injuries that change the course of a person's life forever.

If you or someone close to you suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis during a car crash, you may be unsure what to do next. One of the most important things to do at this time is to speak with a personal injury attorney who can help you determine whether you may have a valid claim for damages.

Spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis have a massive impact on an individual’s ability to earn a living and function on a day-to-day basis. Furthermore, the cost of medical care can be astronomical. A personal injury claim against the at-fault party may allow for the recovery of financial compensation for these and other expenses.

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The Catastrophic Consequences of Unbalanced Truck Cargo

 Posted on April 24, 2023 in Truck Accidents

Chicago, IL Truck Crash Injury LawyerWhen most people think about the causes of catastrophic commercial truck accidents, they picture an intoxicated driver, a semi-truck speeding out of control, or a truck with malfunctioning brakes. However, the causes of some of the worst truck accidents are sometimes as seemingly insignificant as loading too much cargo on one side of the trailer.

Proper loading and securement of truck cargo is essential for the safety of the truck driver, other motorists and passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. When freight is loaded unevenly or is not properly tied down in the truck, the truck can become off-balanced and harder to control. In some cases, a commercial truck may even tip over because of an unbalanced load.

If you or a loved one were hurt in a commercial truck accident, it is possible that improper cargo loading and securement played a role in the crash. The trucking company or the party who loaded the cargo may be liable for damages.

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