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Joliet semi-truck accident lawyerGetting into an accident on the road is a common fear for drivers. Sharing the road with a semi-trailer truck can make drivers especially nervous. Commercial trucks are large and intimidating, even at a distance. Most truck drivers are responsible on the road, but human error and mechanical problems often lead to dangerous truck accidents

How Common Are Truck Accidents?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 475,000 reported crashes in 2016 that involved large trucks. Truck accidents are most common in rural areas, with 61% of fatal crashes involving a truck occurring in that kind of environment. The second most common area in which truck accidents occur are interstate highways. 

No one ever imagines that they would get into an accident with a truck, but preparing yourself for what to do after a collision with a tractor-trailer truck can save lives and help you preserve your right to receive compensation for your damages. Be sure to take the following steps if you have been in a truck accident: 

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Joliet car accident injury attorneysWhen it comes to accidental deaths and injuries in America, one thing is certain: auto accidents are a major contributor. What is less clear, however, is whether self-driving cars or technology-based safety features are worth the money. The following examines these two purported safety options, and explains how injured victims can pursue compensation if an accident occurs.

Self-Driving Cars – A Promise Unfulfilled?

It seemed that every major technology company was in a race to develop and release the first fully automated car. They claimed that these vehicles could save lives, and that they would potentially eliminate driver-based accidents. Unfortunately, as these cars take to the road, it appears these promises may remain unfulfilled. 

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Will County car crash lawyersAll states, including Illinois, require that drivers carry auto insurance. Sadly, there are still situations in which you may experience a crash with an uninsured driver. For example, you might crash into someone who is driving a stolen car, or a person who is explicitly excluded from the vehicle owner’s policy. Do you have any recourse in such a situation? What can you do about your medical bills? The following explores the answers to these questions, and more.

Assume Nothing of the Other Driver

Many people automatically assume that an uninsured driver is a “poor” driver - one who cannot afford to pay out for medical expenses, property damage, or other losses experienced by the victim. This is not always the case, however. The driver who hit you could have been a young teen with a history of driving recklessly, so their parents took them off the policy to avoid liability but can and do have the means to cover your losses. Or the person that hit you could have non-liquid assets that a judge might consider sell-worthy to cover your expenses. Either way, talk to an attorney before you simply move forward with filing a claim against your own insurance company.

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Joliet auto accident lawyersFall is animal breeding season, and that means there will be more deer out on the roads. This can be dangerous for drivers, particularly from October to December. Thankfully, you can avoid an automobile accident by knowing how to reduce your risk of hitting a deer this season. Also, should you experience a deer-vehicle accident, it is important to know your rights. The following information explains further.

Understanding the Risk

State Farm Insurance ranks Illinois as 32nd in the nation for deer-vehicle accidents. Overall, this places the average driver’s risk at about a one in 192 chance of collision. Of course, not all collisions are major – some result in little more than vehicle damage. Sadly, though, others may experience serious injury or even fatality because of a deer-vehicle collision. As such, it is important for drivers to do everything in their power to avoid an animal accident.

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Will County personal injury lawyersAccording to the National Safety Council, approximately half of all teenagers will experience an automobile accident before they graduate high school. Some of them will away. Others will suffer severe injury or fatality. Thankfully, parents can minimize their child’s risk by staying involved. The following provides information on how to keep your teen safe while on the road.

Continue Riding with Your Teen

Statistics indicate that teens who continue driving with their parents in the car are less likely to experience a crash than those who have little to no driving time with an adult after obtaining their license. There may be several reasons for this, like teens being less likely to engage in risky behavior if they have a parent in the car, and more practice time with an experienced adult. Whatever the reason, the reduced risk makes spending time in the car together well worth the effort.

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