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Joliet animal attack lawyerNo one ever thinks their sweet, docile family dog will bite someone. However, the reality is that animals are unpredictable. This can range from uncharacteristically chewing a shoe or relieving themselves in the house to biting another person or animal. Getting bitten by a dog is a shocking and stressful situation. Educating yourself for the worst possible scenario that can occur around a dog will alleviate some of the anxiety in the case of a dog bite.

One out of five dog bites requires medical care. There are an estimated 4.5 million people bitten by dogs in the United States each year. Half of those victims are in between the ages of five and nine years old, and these cases often occur because children may not understand proper boundaries with animals. A serious dog bite may end up on the news, and the owner may face criminal charges or a lawsuit in civil court. 

Do Not Provoke 

A dog may bite a person as a defense mechanism when they feel provoked. Someone else’s dog may respond differently than yours to actions that are intended to be playful. A dog who has been abused may be especially sensitive to physical and verbal cues. Avoid yelling or screaming around a dog, hitting them, or staring. These actions may provoke a dog to bite you or increase the severity of an attack. 

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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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Joliet IL auto accident lawyersWhile school-transportation-related accidents account for only a fraction of the fatal crashes each year (0.35 percent), they are often extremely devastating. This is because the victims in these accidents are often children. Even more tragic is that some never make it home. It is this very thought, and the ever-increasing prevalence of traffic crashes, distracted driving, and flat-out careless driving that has some parents pushing for cameras on school buses. They want to know that negligent drivers who choose to ignore safety rules around buses are held accountable. 

School Transportation Crash Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the majority of school transportation accident fatalities are experienced by the drivers of other vehicles (71 percent). Pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-occupants account for another 21 percent of all school-transportation-related crash victims. Passengers who were on the bus or school transportation vehicle made up the remaining eight percent of victims.

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Joliet dog bite injury lawyersWith summer in full swing, more people are out and about, and where there are more people, there are inevitably be more dogs. It is this increased time and exposure that makes summer a peak time for dog bites. Know what to do if you or your child suffer a dog bite injury this summer, and understand what your rights are as a victim under Illinois state law.

Illinois Dog Bite Injury Law

When it comes to dog bites, Illinois is a “strict liability” state. This essentially means that, if a dog bites, the owner is fully liable. The owner cannot use the argument that they had no prior knowledge of violent tendencies or warning signs that injury-causing behavior might occur. In fact, the only defense they may have is if the dog was intentionally provoked, or if the victim was trespassing on private property without the owner’s permission. Both defenses burden the owner with a submission of proof.

Joliet personal injury attorney, drivers and social media useA study conducted by AT&T revealed that despite all the warnings, drivers are not heeding the dangers when it comes to engaging in some kind of use with their smartphones when they are supposed to be focused on the road.

Until recently, most of the focus on distracted driving revolved around texting and driving. However, the AT&T survey revealed that almost half of the participants regularly access their social media accounts while driving.

The results of the distracted driving behaviors survey broke down as follows:

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Joliet personal injury attorney, truck accident, truck drivers and sleep apneaA new study recently issued by researchers from the Virginia Technical Institute reveals that tractor trailer drivers who suffer from sleep apnea and fail to follow a treatment program are five times more likely to be involved in a serious truck accident.

A person suffering from sleep apnea typically has pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while he or she is sleeping. These pauses can last up to one minute. In one hour, these pauses can occur up to 30 times. With each pause, a person who is in a deep sleep shifts into a light sleep. This continual sleep interruption leaves the individual feeling exhausted the next day because he or she was not getting a good quality night’s sleep. Estimates are that more than 25 million people suffer from the chronic disorder.

One of the most common treatment methods for sleep apnea is positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. Auto-adjusting machines blow streams of air through a mask that the sufferer wears while he or she is sleeping.

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Joliet personal injury attorney, brain injury awarenessNational statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have reached epidemic proportions. According to the CDC, more than 50,000 people die every year from causes associated with TBI. Almost 2.2 million people are treated at emergency rooms for an injury to their brain, and approximately 280,000 people end up hospitalized because of serious TBI.

These numbers do not include people who develop a concussion from their head injuries, but do not seek treatment, or if they did, then TBI was a secondary diagnosis. If all those victims were included, then the CDC puts the number of people in this country who sustain brain injuries every year at over three million.

In the past fifteen years, the cost of TBI—between medical treatment and lost wages—amounts to over $60 billion.

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