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Joliet personal injury attorneysCertain parts of the country are notorious for extreme weather as the seasons change. For example, winter made an early entrance in Illinois with a snowstorm on Halloween this year. When roads become slick with ice and snow, drivers need to adjust their driving habits accordingly. It takes motorists longer to stop with any precipitation on the pavement. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, severe weather is a factor in almost 500,000 crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths each winter. 

If drivers are distracted or choose to speed despite the conditions, this behavior can have significant consequences, including serious car accidents. These crashes can involve minor to fatal injuries. In some cases, the collision could have been avoided if it were not for another driver’s negligent behavior. 

Steps to Take Behind the Wheel in Bad Weather

Although driving in the winter should include common sense, such as slowing down, some people disregard the weather conditions and still drive like the roads are clear and dry even when they are slick and icy. 

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Joliet car accident lawyer

The Chicago metropolitan area is among the most congested in the United States. The average driver spends an extra 111 hours in the car each year because of traffic. Along with the millions of cars on our roadways each day also comes an increased risk of car accidents and potential injury.

Some car crashes are minor, while others result in severe injuries with long-term effects or even permanent disability to drivers and occupants. Anyone injured in an auto accident should first seek medical attention for a complete diagnosis. If your accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, the next step is to contact a skilled personal injury lawyer who can fight for the compensation you deserve. 

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Will County car accident attorneyA car accident is an overwhelming experience for most people. Many accident victims find that it is difficult to maintain rational thought following the crash, or even for days and weeks later. However, taking immediate action can make a difference between winning and losing a personal injury case. That is, the decisions you make can mean the difference between being compensated for your medical costs and being required to pay for them on your own. If your injuries are so severe that you are unable to complete any of the suggested tasks, your attorney can rush to the scene to gather any evidence available.

Why Photos and Videos Are So Important

Today, everyone has the potential to be a photographer due to the availability of camera technology on our smartphones. When it comes to a car accident, the camera may be the last feature you think of on your phone. However, after you contact the authorities and seek any necessary medical attention, use the camera and video function on your phone to capture photographic evidence of the scene. This compelling evidence can be used to demonstrate how the accident happened, who was at fault, any damages incurred, road conditions, and more. Most importantly, photographs can provide details of any injuries sustained and any negligence on the part of the other driver.

Capturing Helpful Evidence

As a general rule of thumb, it is better to have too many pictures than not to have enough, but it is essential to have the right images to build substantial evidence to support your case. Take as many pictures as you can, because you never know what evidence you may capture without realizing it. You should try to capture information about anything related to the accident, including photos from multiple angles. Suggested subjects include:

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