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.
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.
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.
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.
It is rare to think that a car will not stop for you, as a pedestrian walking down the sidewalk. Unfortunately, this does happen.
Plane crashes don’t happen very often. But whenever they do, they make national headlines. Imagine if a mid-range commuter jet crashed every week—each time killing all of its passengers. It would be terrifying. People would be too afraid to fly.
You’re driving home after a long day at work. The weather is pleasantly cool, the wind is in your hair and your favorite band is playing on the radio. You’re looking forward to getting home and having dinner with your family.
Drunk driving-related accidents are on the rise across the country. One issue in determining whether you're capable of driving after a few drinks is understanding your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In Illinois, if your BAC is 0.08 or above, you are considered drunk in the eyes of the law. If you get caught driving in this condition, you could be charged with a DUI--resulting in license suspension, jail time and/or steep fines.
If a driver runs into you and then speeds away without stopping to exchange insurance information, this is known as a hit and run accident. In most cases, the driver who speeds away is typically the at-fault party, and you could be entitled to compensation for any injury you incur.
Drunk driving has been a growing problem across the nation. It is one of the leading causes of injury and death on the road. In Illinois alone, drunk driving kills around 300 people each year.