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Arlington Heights motorcycle accident injury lawyer

If a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, it is likely that the injuries suffered will be severe. Even with the use of a helmet, motorcycle crash injuries can be life-changing and even deadly. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are much more common than most people think. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,172 motorcyclists were fatally injured in collisions throughout 2017. In the aftermath of a motorcycle collision, one of the most important steps one can take is hiring an experienced personal injury attorney. It is important to examine the factors leading to a motorcycle accident to determine how injury compensation is ultimately decided. 

Seeking Compensation as a Motorcyclist 

Some of the most common motorcycle injuries range from minor bone fractures to significant spinal cord damage and head trauma. Recognizing the severity of these injuries and recovering the compensation a rider deserves can be critical to maintaining a person’s financial well-being. That being said, the process of securing compensation as an injured motorcyclist can often be complicated. 

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Palatine car accident with uninsured driver lawyer

Like most states, auto insurance is a requirement for all motorists in Illinois. Not only will this help protect the driver, but it also protects others on the road if the driver is at fault for a car accident. According to the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois’ mandatory auto insurance is one of the most significant consumer protection measures in the country.

What Are the Illinois Laws for Auto Insurance Coverage?

Illinois law requires drivers to carry their insurance card in their vehicle at all times, showing it to law enforcement officers upon request. Because this is a legal requirement, the consequences are fairly steep if someone drives without proof of insurance. For motorists who are stopped for a traffic violation or involved in a collision without the ability to provide evidence of their insurance, an officer may suspend the driver’s license plates and charge a minimum fine of $500 for driving uninsured. For those people driving with suspended license plates for a previous insurance violation who are convicted for a second time, their fine increases to a minimum of $1,000. 

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Palatine e-scooter accident lawyer

Electric scooter companies have been all over the news throughout the last year as e-scooters have flooded city streets and college campuses, becoming one of the latest versions of “ridesharing.” Much like Uber and the branch companies that followed suit, Bird started the e-scooter craze and inspired many others to follow in their footsteps. Their e-scooters are known as “Birds” and first debuted in Santa Monica in 2017. The devices lay along the road, with no docking system, to allow consumers to easily hop on a Bird, ride it to the location of their liking, and leave it anywhere in the city. A free app allows individuals to pay for the distance they travel. The convenience of the device and enjoyment of the ride draw people to this alternative form of transportation. Since Bird’s success, other companies such as Lime have joined the streets, further growing the e-scooter business. However, people should be aware of the potential for injuries when using these devices.

When Did E-Scooters Come to Chicago?

Like many large cities, Chicago is currently testing the scooter phenomenon. The city is running a pilot program to see if the scooters work well on its streets. In mid-June, 2,500 of the transportation devices were placed on the streets of Chicago, with 10 companies participating in the trial.

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Schaumburg car accident injury attorney

Drunk driving is illegal in all 50 states. In Illinois, a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) cannot exceed 0.08 percent. According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 47 percent of Illinois motor vehicle fatalities involve alcohol. Due to the risks that come with drunk driving, people who commit the offense of driving while under the influence (DUI) may face criminal penalties, and they may be held responsible for injuries caused to other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians. In some situations, other parties may also be liable for injuries in drunk driving accidents.

Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Everyone has heard that drinking and driving is a dangerous combination; however, many people would not be able to give accurate information on how alcohol consumption can affect driving abilities. Response time and coordination are both affected as alcohol is added into the mix. A driver's reaction time becomes slower, making it difficult to engage the brakes quickly to avoid hitting another vehicle or pedestrian. With a lack of coordination, drivers can put everyone at risk. A motorist needs sharp motor skills, such as eye, hand, and foot coordination to properly react to unexpected instances. Excessive drinking can greatly impair an individual's vision. Whether the road ahead is slightly blurry or appears to be spinning, a person cannot adequately drive without clear vision. 

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Schaumburg defective drug attorney

Everyone has seen the medicine commercials that read off the laundry list of negative side effects that prescription drugs can have on those who take them. While it is unlikely for a drug to have zero side effects, these potentially dangerous effects should be recognized and mitigated before the drugs are released to the public. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the completion of clinical trials on new drugs to keep individuals from falling victim to dangerous side effects. However, some pharmaceutical companies have failed to provide the public with the truth about the drugs they manufacture. Defective drugs can cause emotional, physical, and/or psychological injury.

Common Types of Drugs Found to Be Defective

If a drug’s side effects are not properly conveyed to the public, the drug is considered defective. The following are common medications whose negative side effects have deemed them defective on many occasions, resulting in court proceedings for the injured parties:

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