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Hands-free calling while driving: not as safe as you might think

In a previous post, we discussed the new law in Illinois that prohibits cellphone use while driving. Under the law, drivers are not allowed to do anything that involves holding their cellphone in their hand anytime they're on the road.

Your child’s trip to school may be more dangerous than you think

Mornings on a school day are always hectic. You’re rushing your child out of bed and out the door. If you’re lucky, they remembered to grab their lunch and backpack in the process.

What happens if your child gets injured on a school bus?

In early May of this year, a school bus with about 40 first-grade students on board was traveling down Illinois Route 133. Out of nowhere, an oncoming car veered into the bus’s lane. This resulted in what Shane Gould, president of Gould Bus Company, called “one of the worst crashes he has seen in decades.” Thankfully—and due in large part to the veteran bus driver’s quick reflexes—the most severe injury was a broken nose. But the situation could’ve been much worse.

Resisting the urge to check your phone while driving

Smartphones have drastically changed how we—as a society—interact with each other. The majority of us rely on our phones as our primary form of communication. Many of us maintain entire relationships through social media and text.

During the shutdown, federal employees at higher risk of injury

This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the 30th day of the partial government shutdown. For the last month, upwards of 800,000 federal government employees and contractors have either been without a job or been forced to work without pay.

The dangers of using social media after an accident

We’ve published many posts on the dangers of using your cell phone while driving. With smartphones giving drivers unlimited connectivity, texting or checking social media while driving has become alarmingly common. This trend has led to a surge in devastating accidents on Illinois roads.

Thanksgiving: Wonderful and dangerous

Everyone knows they’re coming. In fact, the holidays are almost here. Thanksgiving is just days away. Many regular readers of our O'Fallon, Illinois, Personal Injury Law Blog will be traveling across the state or into neighboring Missouri to get together with family and friends for turkey dinners, laughter and love.

After a car crash, settling too quickly can cost you.

You’re driving to pick up your kids after school. The roads are icy, but you’re being careful and driving slowly. The driver in the left lane, however, isn’t. As he accelerates to pass you, he fishtails and collides with your front bumper—sending you spinning into a ditch.

How to best prevent injury in car seats

Most new parents already know the basics about transporting their babies by car: use a car seat, and face it towards the back. However, car seat safety guidance is becoming more sophisticated as crash tests are starting to account for changing factors as your baby grows.

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