Like many Illinois residents, you may enjoy the convenience and flexibility of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. However, you may wonder what happens if you get in a car accident while using one of these services. The insurance settlement process may be more complicated when an accident involves a ride-sharing service. At Mathys & Schneid, we understand that navigating the settlement process can be overwhelming, especially for those recovering from an injury. We have assisted clients in dealing with insurance companies following accidents with ride-sharing services.
There are many traffic safety guidelines that drivers need to follow, from the speed limit to stopping at stop signs. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to abide by these guidelines for various reasons, and in doing so they place lives at risk. In fact, some people may drive in the wrong lane because they are drunk, or because they were not paying attention. When reckless drivers move forward in the wrong lane, it can be extremely dangerous due to oncoming traffic and it may cause a devastating collision.
Is it really more dangerous to drive during the holidays in Illinois? For the most part, you probably would not notice a difference from one day to the next on wintry roads in the Chicago area. You still see people going to and from work, clogged highways and occasional collisions.
The dangers associated with drinking and driving are well known, and the risks of texting or talking on your cell phone while behind the wheel have gained much more exposure in recent years. Could there be, however, another form of reckless driving that may be equally as dangerous yet you and others in Naperville are unaware of? Indeed there is; eating behind the wheel is another major driving distraction, yet one that few appreciate.
Road construction zones are all but unavoidable in Illinois, and while these work zones can slow you down and make you late, they can also cause far more serious issues. Work zones are a common factor in many of the nation’s car accidents and associated injuries and deaths, and there are several reasons why work zones prove particularly hazardous for today’s drivers.
While most people in Illinois and throughout the midwest generally welcome the onset of summer with open arms, the reality of the danger that may await them should not be overlooked. Warm temperatures, sunny days, school breaks and more cannot prevent the fact that the summer holiday weekends, too many innocent people die in motor vehicle accidents.
If you are an Illinois driver involved in an auto accident, it can be an unnerving experience at best. Even in a minor accident where no one is injured, you need to do many things immediately so as to preserve evidence and allow your insurance claims process to begin and proceed as smoothly as possible. Knowing what steps to take after an auto accident can mean the difference between a relatively simple process and one that is fraught with mistakes, oversights and actions that inadvertently further complicate an already complicated situation.
Car crashes can, and do, cause all manner of injuries to the spine, neck, back, brain and other areas. In many cases, they also lead to emotional and mental issues. For example, someone who was hit by a car and needed to have a leg amputated could be dealing with depression and grief over the loss, plus lost income from work. Both drivers' insurance companies are avenues to turn to for help offsetting these costs, but what if the driver in your case is a hit-and-a driver?
The USA Today has reported that more than 35,000 people died in car accidents in the U.S. in 2016. This number represents a spike in deaths from motor vehicle collisions and leaves drivers in Illinois wondering what they can do to protect themselves on the road.
Many people overestimate their driving abilities. Part of this is due to different definitions of what being a "good driver" means, and another factor is being unable to recognize flaws in yourself that you would readily recognize in someone else.