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Dangers of Fatigued Driving

 Posted on June 29, 2023 in Car Accidents

Will County Car Crash Injury LawyerFatigued driving accidents pose a significant threat on the roads, endangering the lives of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike. Operating a vehicle while fatigued can impair one's ability to concentrate, react quickly, and make sound decisions. The consequences can be devastating, often resulting in severe injuries and fatalities.

How Does Fatigue Affect a Driver’s Ability to Safely Operate?

When a person is fatigued, whether due to sleep deprivation, long working hours, or an untreated sleep disorder, their cognitive functions become impaired. Fatigue slows down reaction times, decreases alertness, and impairs judgment, making it difficult to respond promptly to changing road conditions or unexpected situations. In fact, studies have shown that driving after being awake for 18 hours is comparable to driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05 percent, which is nearing the legal limit in Illinois.

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What is Seat Belt Syndrome?

 Posted on June 22, 2023 in Car Accidents

Joliet Personal Injury LawyerThe term “seat belt syndrome” refers to injuries that can occur as a result of wearing a seat belt during a car accident. These traumas can be detected by seat belt marks on the body, such as harm to organs in the stomach, such as bowel perforations, and fractures in the vertebrae in the chest and lower back. These marks have become known as “seat belt signs” and are commonly present in emergency department cases involving internal injuries. 

How Does Seat Belt Syndrome Occur?

Seat belt syndrome is when the body experiences sudden deceleration forces, causing the spine to hyperflex around the lap strap. This can result in the intra-abdominal contents being crushed between the spine and the seatbelt. The fixed portions of the bowel are more vulnerable to injury as they cannot escape the high pressure, resulting in damage.

If somebody in the vehicle is not wearing a seatbelt, this increases the risk of injury or death by 40%. It is essential to put on seat belts in both the front and back seats as they considerably lower the risk of severe injury or death in case of an accident. Studies have shown that using lap and shoulder belts can reduce the risk of fatal injuries to front-seat occupants by 45%.

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Can a Distracted Driver Be Held Responsible for a Car Accident?

 Posted on June 16, 2023 in Car Accidents

Joliet Distracted Driving Accident LawyerDriving is a daily activity for most Americans, but unfortunately, the familiar routines people follow can put them at risk of being involved in car accidents. When people drive on the same roads or in the same areas every day, they may fail to fully pay attention to traffic and what is happening around them. They may become tempted to engage in other activities while driving, or they may let their minds wander, causing them to miss important details. Despite laws that prohibit the use of cell phones or other electronic devices by people who are in control of motor vehicles, distracted driving is still very common, and it can lead to serious accidents that may cause injuries to others. People who have been injured by distracted drivers will need to understand the steps they can take to address the damages they have suffered.

Addressing Different Types of Distracted Driving

To ensure that they will be able to remain in control of their vehicle, respond to changing conditions on the road, and avoid accidents, drivers should always be fully engaged in the act of driving. They must be able to pay attention to the road, remain in control of their vehicle, and respond to other vehicles, motorcycles, pedestrians, bicycles, weather conditions, obstacles in the road, or anything else that could affect them.

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What You Need to Know About Formal Driver’s License Reinstatement Hearings

 Posted on June 07, 2023 in License Reinstatement

Joliet Drivers License Revocation LawyerAlthough the terms “driver's license suspension” and “driver's license revocation” are sometimes used interchangeably in casual conversation, these are two completely different situations. If your driver's license is suspended, you will wait until the suspension is over, pay a moderate fine, and regain your driving privileges.

If your driver's license is revoked, you will have to take several additional steps to regain your driving privileges and get back on the road legally. Depending on why your driver's license was revoked, you will need to attend either an informal Secretary of State hearing or a formal Secretary of State hearing.

In this blog, we will discuss formal driver's license reinstatement hearings, what you can expect during a formal hearing, and how a lawyer can help you maximize your chances of license reinstatement.

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Can I Be Charged with Theft for Buying Stolen Property?

 Posted on May 31, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Joliet Theft LawyerIn today's modern world, there are more opportunities than ever to buy and sell items directly from other individuals. Many people purchase items on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, or even at garage sales and flea markets.

But what happens if you buy something that turns out to be stolen? In Illinois, buying or receiving stolen property can lead to criminal charges for receipt of stolen property. Many people are shocked to learn that they can face charges for theft even if they are not the person who actually stole the item.

If you are facing criminal charges for theft or possession of stolen property, it is crucial that you work with a criminal defense lawyer experienced in these types of cases.

What Counts as Receipt of Stolen Property?

The Illinois Criminal Code defines the elements needed to convict an individual of theft. Many different types of circumstances can lead to theft charges, and most involve taking another person's property by force or threat. However, Illinois law also makes it illegal to take control of stolen property If the person who possesses the stolen property knew it was stolen or “or under such circumstances as would reasonably induce him or her to believe that the property was stolen.”

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Can Police Officers Get Workers’ Compensation for PTSD in Illinois?

 Posted on May 19, 2023 in Personal Injury

Joliet Workplace Injury LawyerFor law enforcement officers, exposure to stressful and traumatic events is not uncommon. Police officers may witness drug overdoses, violent car accidents, child abuse, or any number of grisly scenes. Many officers are injured or killed in the line of duty, which can also have a profound psychological impact on the entire police force.

Fortunately, Illinois law allows police officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by trauma they experienced on the job to receive compensation through workers’ compensation.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Can Be Debilitating

When most people think about workers’ compensation coverage for a work injury, they imagine broken bones or back injuries. However, some of the worst injuries are invisible. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological condition that a person can develop after experiencing or witnessing a shocking or traumatic event.

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How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me After a Hit-and-Run Crash?

 Posted on May 16, 2023 in Personal Injury

Joliet Car Crash Injury LawyerBeing the victim of a hit-and-run accident is a shocking and frightening experience to go through. A car crash is already traumatic, but when the other driver flees the scene, it can make the victim feel as if he or she has no options.

If you or somebody you care about was hurt in a hit-and-run accident, you may be able to secure financial compensation for vehicle repairs, medical expenses, and other damages – even if the other driver is never identified.

A personal injury attorney advocates on behalf of injured individuals. If you are facing medical bills and other expenses, a lawyer experienced in hit-and-run accidents can help you understand your options for seeking compensation, and fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible.

Helping You Hold the Driver Accountable

Nowadays, police have sophisticated methods of finding and prosecuting hit-and-run drivers. They may be able to evaluate vehicle debris at the crash scene, traffic camera footage, or dash camera footage to identify the driver. If the police are able to locate the hit-and-run driver, a personal injury attorney experienced in car accident cases can help you bring a claim against the driver.

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Are Blood Alcohol Tests Ever Wrong?

 Posted on May 05, 2023 in DUI

Joliet Criminal LawyerIllinois law considers a driver to be intoxicated per se, or intoxicated according to the law, if he or she has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater. A blood alcohol concentration of over the legal limit is not always required for a drunk driving arrest, but having a BAC over the limit will certainly make it much harder to beat a DUI charge.

There are two main ways that police officers and prosecutors demonstrate a driver's intoxication level: breath alcohol tests and blood alcohol tests. Blood testing is generally considered to be he most reliable way to determine a person's blood alcohol concentration. However, it is possible for a blood alcohol test to be incorrect.

Contamination of the Blood Sample

Blood alcohol tests involve using a syringe to draw a small quantity of blood from a person's body. Next, the blood is tested in a laboratory to determine the amount of alcohol in the sample. If the blood sample is contaminated, this can throw off the results. For example, if the person who administers the blood test uses an alcohol swab to clean the area and does not let the alcohol dissipate before conducting the blood draw, some of the alcohol may get into the blood sample, artificially increasing BAC.

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Reasons Why You Need an Illinois Workers' Compensation Lawyer

 Posted on April 27, 2023 in Workers' Compensation

IL injury lawyerA workers’ compensation claim can be a complex and confusing process. If you have been injured on the job, it is essential to seek legal representation to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you may be entitled to. Today, we are going to unpack the reasons why it is essential to hire legal counsel as you go about pursuing compensation for your work-related injury.

What Can Happen if I Do Not Have a Lawyer?

Many things can go wrong, including:

  • You may not receive the compensation you deserve – If you do not hire legal representation, you may not receive the compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries. Insurance companies frequently try to minimize the amount of compensation they pay out and may pressure you to accept a settlement that is less than what you are actually entitled to. An attorney can ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries, including pain and suffering, medical expenditures, and lost income.

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The Phenomenon of False Confessions in the Criminal Justice System

 Posted on April 20, 2023 in Criminal Defense

IL defense lawyerFalse confessions, or confessions to crimes that an individual did not commit, are well-known in the justice system. While it may seem strange or counterintuitive for someone to confess to a crime they themselves were not responsible for, there are several reasons people do so. For anyone charged with committing a crime, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to ensure your rights are protected. It is vital to speak with law enforcement only if an attorney is present, as this may reduce the likelihood of getting stuck in a vulnerable position, which can lead to false confessions.

Reasons Why False Confessions Occur

The following are reasons why false confessions occur, including:

  • Coercion and duress – One of the most common reasons people confess to crimes they are not responsible for is coercion and compulsion. This can include physical coercion, such as torture or abuse, or psychological pressure, such as threats, deception, or intimidation. When an individual is subjected to this kind of treatment, they may feel that confessing to a crime is the only way to end the abuse or to protect themselves or their loved ones.

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