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Motor vehicle accidents: 1 killed in crash involving semi

Due to the substantial increases in size and weight, drivers of commercial vehicles must allow additional time to slow down upon approaching a halt in traffic. Those who fail to allow sufficient time and space to stop run a greater risk of creating an unfortunate scenario, as motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers can have cataclysmic consequences. A recent accident involving a semi has reportedly claimed the life of one person in Illinois.

Authorities say they responded to reports of the accident on a recent Tuesday afternoon. Initial investigations indicate the crash occurred after the driver of a tractor-trailer failed to slow down for a sudden halt in traffic. The truck reportedly proceeded to crash into the rear of a nearby car and the impact of the crash forced the car to be caught between the truck and a second semi before being forced off the road.

Did something go wrong when you went to the doctor?

When you go to the doctor, you expect that the care you receive will help you get better, not make your condition worse. While most doctors are careful and provide adequate care, medical mistakes do happen occasionally. In most cases, these types of errors are preventable. People who experience medical mistakes of any kind may find that they have to deal with additional pain, more treatment and a longer recovery.

Illinois hospitals, doctors and other types of medical facilities have systems in place designed to prevent mistakes and oversights. However, there is always room to improve and review existing systems to make sure that nothing is missing that could protect patient safety. If your condition got worse as the result of subpar care or a medical mistake, you do not have to suffer in silence. It is possible you are the victim of malpractice.

Motor vehicle accidents: Failure to yield prompts major crash

Failing to yield to oncoming traffic prior to navigating a left turn can be dangerous under any circumstance. Motor vehicle accidents that occur when a vehicle suddenly crosses into the path of another car run the unfortunate chance of placing the safety of all parties involved at risk. As many as three people reportedly suffered serious injuries in a recent collision involving a similar scenario in Illinois.

The accident is said to have taken place at around 4:45 p.m. on a recent Monday. According to authorities, initial investigations suggest that the incident took place as the driver of a westbound vehicle was attempting to navigate a left turn. This vehicle crossed into the path of an oncoming vehicle in the process, subsequently resulting in a major collision.

E-scooter maintenance: Who is responsible?

Electric scooters, or e-scooters, are becoming an increasingly common means of transportation across Chicago and many other major U.S. cities. However, as more and more riders suffer serious injuries while riding these scooters, important questions are coming to light about who is responsible for injuries riders suffer. Many riders, and potential riders, of e-scooters also have questions and concerns about who is responsible for maintaining e-scooters and making sure they remain intact and safe to ride.

According to CNN, a recent incident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, highlights some of the many dangers associated with e-scooter use in America. Law enforcement officers in that city obtained surveillance videos of the man in question intentionally tampering with e-scooters around the city, and videos show him cutting numerous scooter brake lines, which can make them exponentially more dangerous and, in some cases, completely unusable.

Motor vehicle accidents: 2 killed in head-on crash

The untimely loss of someone close is something no family should have to endure. Those who lose loved ones in motor vehicle accidents may find the experience difficult to accept, especially when the loss comes at the hand of another party's negligent actions. Two individuals have died following a recent multiple-vehicle accident that is said to have taken place in Illinois.

According to reports, law enforcement agents responded to the scene of the crash at around 11 p.m. on a recent Thursday. Authorities say the accident took place when the driver of a car crossed into oncoming lanes while attempting to pass a tractor-trailer. The car reportedly proceeded to collide head-on with an oncoming van and the impact of the crash forced the first car to spin out of control and slam into the side of the tractor-trailer shortly thereafter.

Establishing a credible witness in a car accident claim

Car crashes are an unfortunate reality, even for vehicles traveling down residential streets, which was the case when two cars collided on Newman Street in Mansfield. Three people had to go to the hospital for injuries, including a burglary suspect. 

To have the best chance of getting all the compensation you need to fully recover, you may need to establish a car accident claim. This requires you to bring evidence to the table. One of the best pieces of evidence you can have is witness testimony. However, simply having someone who witnessed the crash is not enough. You need to establish the individual as a credible witness to help bolster your claim. 

The true impact of driver fatigue

Illinois residents who hit the road may find themselves having to share with others who are not in the best state of mind or body. For example, fatigued or drowsy driving is an increasingly prevalent issue amongst drivers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that fatigue is a condition that affects the body and mind. A fatigued driver can nod off while driving or be unable to operate their vehicle safely and efficiently enough to avoid dangerous situations. For example, they may be unable to brake if a car in front of them stops suddenly. Additionally, the mind becomes more easily distracted when tired. It is hard to focus on the road when your attention gets drawn away so easily.

The Importance of Using Health Insurance after a Car Crash

The days and weeks after a car crash can be incredibly stressful. You're going to have questions about your injuries, your car, and most importantly, how to get everything back to normal. Usually, the car insurance for the at-fault driver will call you and promise that they will "take care of everything" and to "send the bills" in for them to pay. It's just what you need to hear.

The problem is, the insurance company knows it's just what you need to hear. The insurance adjuster isn't going to tell you that the medical bills you submit likely won't be paid until after you sign a release. This means that if your medical care goes on for months, your bills will be left unpaid and your doctors will be left unhappy. This is where health insurance should be used to cover your medical bills. By doing so, you'll prevent the added stress of unpaid medical bills and, with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, likely receive more money from any settlement with the car insurance company.

How deadly is truck driver fatigue?

Illinois residents like you share the road with many vehicles of all shapes and sizes. However, some of the most dangerous ones are trucks. We at the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are here to help explain why truck driver fatigue can be so dangerous.

Truck drivers are responsible for massive, heavy and unwieldy vehicles. It takes a lot of concentration and expertise to maneuver them properly and safely on the roads, especially on freeways where everyone is moving quickly and incidents can happen in the blink of an eye. This is exactly why being exhausted can be so deadly. Without a driver's ability to remain fully alert and keep their attention on the road at all times, a single mistake can lead to huge pile-up collisions simply due to the size of these vehicles.

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