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Safety Alert: Back to School Traffic Puts Kids at High Risk

School bells are ringing throughout the region and back to school means that parents, students, and community members need to make traffic safety a top priority. There is an increased risk of automobile accidents during this season and taking active measures to reduce the risk is crucial for reducing injury and fatality rates as kids […]

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The Risks and Realities of Rollover Accidents

It is important for Illinois drivers to be aware of rollover accident risks and to take precautions to avoid becoming seriously injured victims. Roughly 30% of all car accident fatalities are the result of vehicle rollovers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that these crashes cause approximately 10,000 deaths annually. Rollovers are also […]

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What it Means to Drive Stoned in Illinois

New DUI thresholds for marijuana may help define what it means to drive stoned in Illinois. Despite the recent law changes, however, the dangerous effects associated with operating a motor vehicle while stoned remain the same. Driving under the influence of mind-altering substances can significantly impair a person’s driving ability, raising the risk of a […]

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Tesla Misses IIHS’s Top Crash Rating Standards

Tesla’s all-electric luxury vehicles are popular among Chicagoans, but the vehicles didn’t pass one of the IIHS‘s five safety tests and missed the top safety designation given by the organization. The Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Impala, and the Ford Taurus all failed the same test and did not receive the Top Safety Pick Plus designation […]

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‘Textalyzer’ to Detect Cell Phone Use While Driving Under Consideration

A new device called a ‘textalyzer’ is being developed to help law enforcement officers detect whether or not drivers in accidents were distracted by texting, social media and other applications while they were driving, resulting in their accidents.Currently, law enforcement officers must get search warrants in order to search drivers’ phones, making it difficult for […]

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Illinois’ GDL Program Equals Safer Streets

Well known as a model for teen driving safety, the Illinois Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program has significantly reduced the number of fatalities associated with teen drivers since it was implemented in 2008. With approximately 60 percent fewer deaths, the GDL program is proven to be effective at making Illinois streets safer for motorists, cyclists […]

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Negligent Entrustment May Result in Rental Car Company Liability for Car Accidents

In most Illinois accidents involving rental cars, the rental car companies themselves will not hold liability except in certain rare cases. Rental car companies may hold a share of the liability if the accidents resulted from the companies’ negligence in maintaining their vehicles. They may also hold some liability if they negligently entrust the vehicles […]

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When to Call an Accident Lawyer

Irrespective of whether an injury is compensable through a personal injury lawsuit or workers’ compensation claim, the sooner an injured victim contacts a lawyer, the greater the recovery will likely be. From auto accidents to workplace injuries, getting the best medical care is crucial. One problem accident victims face is that insurance companies try to […]

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Two Big Changes to Driving Laws in Illinois Now in Effect

Nearly 200 new laws went into effect in Illinois on January 1 this year, making it important to know the most potentially relevant driving laws. This year, the state enhanced two existing laws regarding driving. While accident lawyers may help anyone affected by these laws, it is the responsibility of every Illinois driver to understand […]

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What Are the Important Safety Features in Your Next Car?

Once upon a time, Volvo took a risk and advertised its safety features. The campaign was derided at the time, when style, speed and price were the priority concerns to car shoppers. But over time the marketing strategy has worked and that is now a predominant identification with the Swedish carmaker’s brand. The company introduced […]