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Dangers of Fatigued Driving

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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.

Consequences of Drowsy Driving

The consequences of fatigued driving accidents can be severe. Drowsy drivers can fall asleep at the wheel, leading to catastrophic collisions. Even a momentary lapse of attention can cause a driver to veer into another lane, colliding with oncoming traffic, or rear-end another vehicle. Studies have shown that a person driving 55 mph who takes their attention off the road for even just five seconds will travel the length of an entire football field during those moments. Imagine the devastation that can occur during those five seconds of a drowsy driver whose eyes are shut. The high-speed nature of these accidents often results in more severe injuries compared to other types of collisions.


What is Seat Belt Syndrome?

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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%.


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.

Unfortunately, there are numerous distractions that can affect drivers and limit their ability to drive safely. These distractions may include:


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.


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.

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