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How do safety-related defects affect your car?

As a resident of Illinois who frequently uses a car, you are putting yourself at risk any time you deal with a manufacturing defect. If these defects affect crucial parts of the vehicle, it is considered a safety-related defect, which can lead to potentially devastating crashes and widespread auto recalls.

Illinois' problem with drunk and speeding drivers

Residents in Illinois unfortunately know that every time they get in their vehicles, go out for a bike ride or a walk or even just attempt to cross a street, they face the risk of being hit by a reckless driver. From people who choose to drive while texting or when they are too tired to people to refuse to find other modes of transportation when they want to drink, there seems to be no end to the factors that contribute to so many serious and even fatal accidents on area roads and highways.

Wrong-way accident on Ill. interstate involves multiple vehicles

Studies by agencies such as the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have indicated that accidents resulting from a driver traveling the wrong way are relatively rare. Of all the high-speed collisions that occur on divided highways across the United States, wrong-way crashes account for only about 3%. Nevertheless, they are the most likely to result in injury and death. A wrong-way accident north of Farmersville, Illinois, on Interstate 55 resulted in the deaths of two drivers and involved five vehicles altogether, one of them a Megabus carrying 54 passengers. 

Fatal Illinois multi-vehicle accident results in charges

A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 in Effingham County, Illinois, that occurred late Saturday morning had far-reaching consequences. Not only did it claim three lives and send three other people to the hospital, but it also necessitated the closure of all lanes of traffic for several hours. This action essentially trapped motorists who had the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time in their vehicles on the interstate with temperatures outside in excess of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. 

How to spot the signs of road rage

If you are like many other Illinois drivers, you are used to sharing the road with a multitude of motorists, all rushing to get to their destination. At some point in time, you may have gotten irritated with other drivers on the road, especially if you were late to work or an appointment. Road rage is common on Illinois roadways and on roads across the United States. In fact, AAA reported that nearly 80% of drivers have admitted to driving aggressively within the last year. The problem lies in the fact that aggressive driving can be deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 56% of fatal motor vehicle accidents were the result of excessive speeding, which is one type of aggressive driving behavior.

When a car accident results in a serious burns

At the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid in Illinois, we represent numerous people who have received injuries as the result of a car crash. Should you become the victim of a fiery crash, the burns you receive could result not only in enormous pain, but also in months, if not years, of surgeries and skin grafts to attempt to minimize the scarring.

Ride-sharing may complicate car insurance claims

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.

Driving in the wrong lane

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.

How dangerous is driving during the holidays?

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.

Just how dangerous is eating while driving?

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. 

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