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Schaumburg rear-end collision injury lawyer

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), approximately 1.7 million rear-end collisions occur throughout the United States, each and every year. Unfortunately, many of these collisions can result in serious injury to those involved. Of the 1.7 million rear-end crashes each year, an average of 500,000 results in injury to a passenger. After suffering an injury in a rear-end collision, it is critically important to know what steps to take next. Seeking medical attention if necessary is first and foremost, then contacting a personal injury attorney is essential for recovering damages. Below are some of the most common injuries associated with rear-end collisions, and how an individual can secure injury compensation in the aftermath of a crash. 

Common Rear-End Collision Injuries 

When seeking injury compensation in a personal injury case, the severity of the injuries suffered will play a significant role in how the judge ultimately decides the amount of compensation to be awarded. Whiplash, or a neck sprain, is the most common injury that occurs in rear-end collisions. The long-term symptoms of whiplash can range from headaches to neck stiffness and dizziness. In more severe cases, rear-end collisions can result in spinal fractures or traumatic brain injuries. A spinal fracture can leave a person unable to work and thus unable to provide for his or her family. Traumatic brain injuries can cause irreparable damage to the brain, and change a person’s life forever. 

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Arlington Heights car accident lawyer teen driver

It is no surprise that many teens will be involved in a car accident at one point or another; however, these accidents are often more than just a fender bender. According to the CDC, 2,433 U.S. teens (aged 16-19) were killed in 2016 and 292,742 were treated in ERs across the nation for injuries caused by car crashes. Driver education classes are required by schools in an effort to reduce such injuries and fatalities. Despite this curriculum, young adults remain six times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults. In many cases, these accidents occur because of lapses in judgment that can be attributed to decisions made without much driving experience. A young driver’s inexperience can often lead to serious car accidents, resulting in significant injuries or even death. 

Common Risk Areas

There are a few safety measures that young drivers tend to ignore:

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In the Blink of an Eye

A billboard advert for a small, country hospital once read that “the only life you want, is the one you had.” We have all seen similar advertisements for health and life insurance - a grieving widow, a person walking down a flight of stairs with one foot hovered precariously over a misplaced toy car. The phrase “Life comes at you fast” could accurately be changed to “Life and death come at you fast.” For two unfortunate individuals in early December of 2018, this was certainly the case.

A girls' basketball team was driving home on a bus late one evening in December when a semi truck that was coming down the wrong side of the road collided with them on Interstate 74. Two men were killed at the scene, but the rest of the girl's team and their chaperones were left without serious injuries.

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What Kind of Car Accident is the Most Deadly?

Any car accident can be deadly. Whether a car accident results in fatalities depends on a variety of factors, including the speed at which it happened, the angle at which it happened, whether the drivers and passengers in the vehicles were wearing seat belts, the age and overall fitness levels of the drivers and passengers, and whether there were additional issues that made the collision worse, like a slick roadway.

When a victim dies in a car accident, his or her loved ones can pursue monetary compensation for their damages related to the death through a wrongful death claim. Additionally, any individual injured in a collision can pursue compensation for his or her damages through a personal injury claim.

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Why Summer is the Most Dangerous Time of Year for New Drivers

The 100-day span from Memorial Day to Labor Day is often known as the “100 Most Dangerous Days for Teen Drivers.” This is because statistically, this is the time of year when teenage drivers are most likely to be involved in car accidents and suffer injuries. In the summer, teen driver deaths are about 15% higher than they are during other times of the year.

There are a few reasons why teen car accidents spike during the summer months, and there are a few ways that you, as a parent of a teenage driver, can reduce your child's chance of being involved in one.

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