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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.

Deer crossing sign

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.

Top 5 Traffic Laws Broken by Illinois Drivers

Published on Sep 26, 2019 at 1:35 pm in Car Accidents.

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Plenty of drivers in Illinois follow the rules and do their best to not break traffic laws. But of course, nobody is perfect. Drivers break the law every day, and some don’t even know that they’re doing something illegal. Or worse—they don’t care.

If you’re a driver and you don’t know every state traffic law, you should read the Illinois Vehicle Code and Illinois traffic offense list to know more about rules you need to follow every time you’re behind the wheel. While there are numerous laws broken by drivers that we could cover, below are the top five traffic laws broken by Illinois drivers.

Deaths Caused by Drivers Running Red Lights at 10-Year High

Published on Sep 19, 2019 at 1:42 pm in Car Accidents.

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AAA recently published a study that claims deaths caused by drivers running red lights are at a 10-year high across the country. In 2017 alone, there were 939 deaths from running red lights, which is a 28% increase since 2012, as reported by AAA. Of those deaths, about half were passengers or people in other vehicles, not the driver running the red light.

The Danger of Internal Injuries After a Car Wreck

Published on Jun 20, 2019 at 3:31 pm in Car Accidents.

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After a car accident, you may not think that you’ve sustained injuries because you can’t see any bruises, lacerations, or other evidence of bodily harm. However, this doesn’t mean that you’ve avoided injury. It’s entirely possible that you have internal injuries, which can be more difficult to detect. You also may be feeling fine because you’re in shock, which will mask symptoms of injuries. Those who believe they’re uninjured may soon experience more serious symptoms later because the injuries have worsened.

When an injury progresses because it hasn’t been treated, the entire nature of the injury can change. Something that could have been treated and gone on to make a full recovery may now be something that will cause chronic problems for the rest of a person’s life. Injury recovery windows often change depending on how quickly care can be administered– especially when it comes to internal injuries. This is why it’s imperative for you to get to the doctor as soon as possible.

Let’s look into how dangerous internal injuries can be:

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