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IL injury lawyerSevere and fatal truck crashes can happen in the blink of an eye. Few videos demonstrate the immediate chaos of a semi-truck crash better than a recent video of a fatal Illinois truck accident. The video shows the semi-truck careen into oncoming traffic before bursting into flames. Sadly, the October 5, 2021 accident left the 34-year-old truck driver with fatal injuries. Paramedics pronounced the driver dead at the accident scene. Truck crashes like these are not uncommon in Illinois and victims are often left with gruesome injuries that require long-term medical treatment.

Truck Accident Liability Is Not Always Clear

Crashes involving large commercial trucks can be caused by any number of factors. Sometimes the truck itself is the underlying cause of the accident. Trucks that have not been properly serviced may contain weaknesses that make an accident inevitable. Manufacturing or design defects in the truck’s tires, steering mechanism, brakes, or other truck parts can also cause preventable truck crashes.

The truck driver, or more likely, the driver’s employer, may be liable for truck crashes called by driver negligence. Fatigued driving, distracted driving, and intoxicated driving may all contribute to a truck collision. In some truck crashes, several different parties share responsibility for the accident. Determining who is legally responsible for a truck crash and gathering evidence of that party’s negligence is a huge component of building a strong truck accident claim.

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sugar grove injury lawyerSuffering injuries from an accident can have a devastating impact on your livelihood. Whether the accident involves a car crash, a slip and fall, or another incident, unexpected injuries can have profound financial and non-financial consequences. Pursuing a personal injury claim greatly focuses on negligence and holding the at-fault party accountable. However, when both involved parties share the responsibility, the case can become complex. Illinois follows a legal doctrine called comparative negligence in shared-fault accidents. The laws regarding comparative negligence should be thoroughly considered when pursuing a personal injury claim in Illinois.

Understanding Comparative Negligence

One of the most conflicting tasks after a traffic accident is determining who was responsible for the crash. In some cases, the fault is very obvious, however, when it is not as apparent, it can complicate the accident further. The concept of comparative fault, or comparative negligence, comes into play when both parties involved share the responsibility for the accident, specifically when people or property is damaged as a result.

Some states apply pure comparative negligence, however, Illinois has adopted a new standard for recovering damages after an accident, referred to as modified comparative negligence. Modified comparative negligence is the most popular approach to establishing fault after an accident and determining recoverable damages. This legal doctrine states that a party will not receive compensation if they are found to be equally negligent or more negligent for the resulting injuries or property damage than the other liable parties. If the injured party is less than 50 percent responsible for the injuries, the recoverable amount is reduced by the degree of the receiving party’s negligence. 

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Sugar Grove IL car accident lawyerDistracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eight people are killed every day in the U.S. in collisions with distracted drivers. If you were injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer about your legal options.

Why Distracted Driving is Dangerous

Distracted driving occurs when drivers engage in any activity that diverts their focus from the road. Common distractions that drivers are faced with include talking on the phone, reading text messages, changing the radio station, and reaching for items in the vehicle.

When drivers take their attention off the road for any reason, they cannot see other vehicles and hazards on the road. For example, if the vehicle in front brakes suddenly, the distracted driver may not notice in time to avoid crashing into that vehicle.

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Sugar Grove premises liability attorneySlip and fall accidents are much more common than you would think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 8 million recorded hospital visits for fall injuries in 2019, making falls the leading cause of emergency room visits. Though it may seem extreme, falls can actually result in serious injuries, like broken bones, traumatic brain injuries or other soft tissue damage. To claim compensation for these injuries, you must be able to prove that the property owner was negligent. This can be a challenging feat, but an Illinois premises liability attorney will be able to help you make that determination. 

Defining Negligence

There are various definitions to the word “negligence,” but it has a specific definition in the legal world. Illinois law states that negligence occurs when a person fails to do something that a “reasonably careful” person would do. Negligence can also occur in the opposite situation, when a person does something that a “reasonably careful” person would not do under the same circumstances. The law does not, however, provide a definition of a “reasonably careful” person and leaves that to the discretion of the judge and/or jury. 

How to Prove Property Owner Negligence

A successful slip and fall injury case will be able to prove that the property owner was negligent and liable for your injuries. In these types of cases, you hold the burden of proof and are responsible for proving the negligence of the property owner. To do this, there are certain criteria that must be met before you can make the claim of negligence. Your attorney will build a case to prove each of following:

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Kane County personal injury attorney car accident

More than 5 million auto accidents occur in the United States each year. In those crashes, over 1.5 million people are injured. Some injuries are minor, but others can have a significant impact on the life of the victim. Sadly, not all of these severe injury victims will receive compensation. This is because far too many of them do not seek treatment until it is too late. If you are involved in a vehicle collision, it is extremely important to know how to avoid the same troubling fate.  

Adrenaline and Injury Symptoms

When a crash happens, the body of a person who was involved usually becomes flooded with adrenaline. The release of adrenaline tends to create the “fight or flight” response. It also redirects the body’s attention away from registering pain to a large extent. This natural response to trauma can mask the symptoms of an injury, leading the victim to believe they are fine. Even more troubling is that, even when symptoms do start to manifest, victims may not directly attribute them to the accident. If they continue to overlook the connection and never seek treatment, their risk for long-term complications and even death can increase dramatically. 

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