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Can Continuous Flow Intersections Prevent Collisions?

Published on Aug 14, 2020 at 7:07 pm in Car Accidents.

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Our intersections in the United States mostly follow a traditional model. This means that all the roads meet and face a signal with four phases—two for left turns and two for going straight through the intersection. These signals can cause traffic to back up, and also create accidents when drivers run red lights for both turns and through movements alike. Is there a way to reduce traffic and prevent collisions? Continuous Flow Intersections, or CFIs, could be a solution.

Steps to Take If You Witness a Car Accident

Published on Aug 6, 2020 at 6:05 pm in Car Accidents.

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Being in a car accident is scary. Witnessing a car accident can be nerve-wracking as well because you might want to help those involved but don’t know how and end up doing more harm than good. Since the people involved in the accident could be injured and unable to contact emergency services, your help could be crucial in saving them from their situation. It’s important to know the steps to take if you witness a car accident so you can help anyone involved while keeping yourself out of harm’s way.

Over 300,000 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Illinois in 2017, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, so you should know what to do just in case you witness one of those crashes. Here’s what you should do to help if you witness a car accident:

Who’s Responsible for an Accident Caused by a Traffic Obstruction?

Published on Jun 25, 2020 at 6:28 pm in Car Accidents.

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Roadways are intended to be used for vehicles in constant motion. When one driver stops, goes below the speed limit, or has an accident that blocks the roadway, this obstructs traffic and can create more accidents. That’s not the only way that traffic can be obstructed, though. Sometimes construction can cause traffic obstructions, or debris can fly onto the roadway and block traffic. No matter what’s blocking the roadway, anything in the road when it’s supposed to be clear can cause a serious accident.

When you’ve been in a car accident caused by a traffic obstruction, you might be wondering who was at fault. Car accident cases alone can be complex. Hiring a Marion, IL car accident lawyer from Prince Law Firm will help you through the claims process and ensure that your wreck is fully investigated so you can get justice for an accident you didn’t cause.

What You Need to Know About Highway Work Zones in Illinois

Published on May 28, 2020 at 7:20 pm in Car Accidents.

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Highways get a lot of use, so it makes sense that they start to break down or need updates to better fit the traffic in the area. When that happens, work zones are set up so workers can fix the road. Some drivers get frustrated while going through work zones and end up speeding or driving recklessly, but that’s dangerous for everybody on the road.

Drivers who get overwhelmed by highway work zones can cause car accidents by driving recklessly, negligently, or by rubbernecking. In 2017, there were over 700 fatal work zone crashes in the United States, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Over 90% of those crashes killed drivers and passengers in motor vehicles, but they also killed pedestrians, cyclists, and workers.

A car accident in a work zone can be catastrophic to everyone involved, especially highway workers who do not have the added safety of being inside a car. When you’re not sure who to turn to after your auto wreck, you can count on Prince Law Firm to stand by your side. We can help you recover after an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Most Common Road Hazards in Illinois

Published on Apr 16, 2020 at 7:21 pm in Car Accidents.

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Driving anywhere requires your full attention, and Illinois is no different. Whether you’re in the city or a more rural area, you’re bound to come across some road hazards in our state. Even though you can’t avoid road hazards, you can be more prepared for them just by being aware that they exist. If you get into an auto wreck because of a road hazard, you might want to file a claim against whoever caused that obstruction from negligence.

Depending on the type of road hazard that caused your car accident, you could have a suit against a private company or the government. Either entity can be intimidating to be up against, which is why you’ll want Prince Law Firm in your corner. Our car accident lawyer can help you fight against the negligent party who caused your collision and get you the compensation that you deserve for your damages.

Determining Fault in Accidents Involving Backing Up

Published on Apr 10, 2020 at 4:21 pm in Car Accidents.

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Backing up a car is a maneuver that takes patience, awareness, and the driver needs to adapt to the situation they’re in. While backing out of a driveway into an empty street can be a simple task, backing out of a parking space in a busy lot can be a bit more difficult. Unfortunately, if someone acts negligently and isn’t careful, they can cause a car accident. If this has happened to you, seeking legal options can help you recover the injuries and damages you’ve suffered.

Prince Law Firm has an experienced Marion car accident lawyer who will defend your rights. When we begin investigating your case, we’ll start with figuring out the series of events or actions that happened that resulted in a car accident. Let’s take a look at the situations where back-up accidents can arise.

What Information Is Obtainable from a License Plate Number After a Crash?

Published on Mar 12, 2020 at 5:33 pm in Car Accidents.

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After a car accident, like a hit-and-run, sometimes all you have from the driver at fault is their license plate number. You might want their name, address, and phone number so that you can hold them responsible for their actions. But can you get the driver’s personal information based on their plate?

As an average person, in short, the answer is no. You most likely don’t have direct access to the databases that hold information about drivers. Even though you can’t get anything directly, there are legal ways to find out who is responsible for a car crash based on their plate number.

What Types of Collisions Occur on Interstate 57 in Illinois?

Published on Feb 27, 2020 at 8:04 pm in Car Accidents.

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Most drivers in Marion use I-57 on a regular basis. While it may allow some drivers to avoid city traffic and get on a road that’s a straight shot to their destination, there are also additional dangers with taking the interstate. Not only will there be city traffic, other drivers passing through Illinois may take this road, including large vehicles like trucks. When drivers don’t pay attention to the road, they can cause accidents. Since interstates typically have more vehicles traveling at high speeds, innocent drivers can sustain serious injuries. Let’s take a look at some of the accidents that have occurred on I-57.

Can an Uninsured Driver Receive Compensation for a Car Accident Injury?

Published on Nov 27, 2019 at 1:39 pm in Car Accidents.

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Uninsured drivers may drive without coverage for many reasons. They may have a lapse in car insurance because of missing a payment or their policy ran out. Some may forget to renew their policy. However, in the state of Illinois, it is illegal to drive without car insurance. If someone without car insurance is in an accident, they may not know what to do next, especially if they weren’t at fault. When these matters become complex, having the expertise of a Prince Law Firm lawyer can help.

While being an uninsured motorist who wasn’t at fault for an accident can be a nerve-wracking situation, it may benefit you to learn more about auto insurance laws in Illinois.

How Often Do Serious Injuries Result After Animal Crossing Accidents?

Published on Nov 14, 2019 at 8:01 pm in Car Accidents.

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Even though we like to think vehicles are the only things allowed on roadways in North America, there’s usually nothing stopping wildlife from crossing roads, highways, and interstates. In Illinois, you might encounter smaller animals like foxes, raccoons, and skunks that don’t do a lot of damage if you accidentally hit them with your car. But bigger animals like bobcats and deer can be deadly if you collide with them.

Just over a million car crashes a year are caused by animal crossings, as reported by the Insurance Information Institute (III). The Federal Highway Administration further elaborates that up to 10% of collisions with wildlife result in injuries to drivers and passengers, which equals out to about 100,000 injuries per year. Most times these injuries are minimal, but sometimes they are serious or deadly.

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