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joliet car accidentThe winter months are upon us, and this is the perfect time of year for anyone who thrives in colder temperatures. From snow and sleet to ice, the winter season can be very enjoyable when you are prepared. Similarly, driving in the wintertime is manageable when you are properly equipped for the road conditions. But if you do not know what to expect and you head out on the road without preparation, you risk getting injured in a car accident.

Invisible Ice, Snow, and Sleet on the Road 

It is imperative to practice safety measures all year, but prioritizing safety is especially important during the winter months. The weather plays a key role in many seasonal accidents, particularly when it comes to sleet, ice, and snow on the road. 

As a driver, not all of these conditions are easy to detect, namely black ice and sleet. It is advisable to look into proper protocol when it comes to driving along ice, sleet, or snow. For instance, do you know what to do in the moment if your car begins sliding along a sheet of ice? 

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joliet truck accident lawyerTrucks play a critical role in U.S. commerce. In fact, it could be said that if trucks ground to a halt, the American economy would grind to a halt as well. Although the economic benefit is undeniable, there are negative externalities to having so many large trucks on the road. For example, thousands of Americans are injured or killed in large truck accidents annually. Of course, many of these crashes involve a truck colliding with another vehicle. However, in other instances, the damage is not caused by the rig itself, but by what is inside of it. Semi-truck cargo spills are responsible for serious traffic accidents on Illinois roads every year. When a truck loses the cargo it is hauling, the potential for destruction is immense. The cargo could pose a hazard to other vehicles, and the truck may become imbalanced and either tip over or enter a jackknife. Victims are often left with debilitating injuries and may take months or even years to recover from. Additionally, they could face other obstacles, like medical debt and job loss. Although their circumstances are often dire, they may have legal recourse if the crash was a result of negligence or wrongdoing.

Who Could Be Liable for Truck Cargo Spill Accidents?

When people think of liable parties in the truck accident context, they tend to think of the driver; however, many different parties may actually be liable.

For example, if a driver was frequently told by the trucking company to disobey Hours of Service rules limiting a driver’s daily road hours, the trucking company may be liable. If the crash was caused by defective equipment such as defective tiedowns, the company that designed, manufactured, or sold the equipment may be liable. Though rare, if poor road conditions caused the truck driver to lose control and the cargo to break loose, the government agency responsible for road upkeep may even be liable for damages.

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joliet drunk driving lawyerPenalties for driving under the influence (DUI) in Illinois often include the loss of the driver’s driving privileges. A driver’s license suspension or revocation can make it difficult to get to work and fulfill other important responsibilities. Fortunately, some drivers are able to regain their driving privileges and get back on the road safely. To do so, they may be required to install a blood alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID).

To start the car, they must register their blood alcohol content (BAC) using a breathalyzer attached to the BAIID. If their BAC is too high, the BAIID will prevent the car from turning on.

When Is a BAIID Required?

A license suspension usually follows a DUI. With most suspensions lasting a minimum of one year, courts understand that being unable to drive for such a lengthy period of time may cause some defendants undue hardship. For this reason, some defendants are granted the opportunity to apply for a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP), which allows them to drive the duration of the revocation period.

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joliet personal injury lawyerProperty owners have certain obligations under Illinois Law. They must create a safe environment free of dangerous conditions for all who enter the premises. If a visitor is injured by a hazard on their property, they may be liable under Illinois premises liability law.

There are ways the property owner can escape liability. If the hazard can be considered “open and obvious”, the property owner may not be at fault. The property owner may argue that the victim should have been aware of the dangerous condition and avoided injury. However, the open and obvious rule has its own exception called “the distraction exception.”

What Is the Distraction Exception?

The distraction exception creates a cause of action against the property owner, even if the victim was injured by a hazard that was “open and obvious.”

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joliet workers comp lawyerAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 2 million people are injured at work every year, and over 1 million people will miss work because of a workplace injury.

Most of these injuries are caused by falls, slips, and collisions. However, some incidents are much more subtle; in fact, thousands of workers suffer serious harm just breathing the air around them. The culprit? Toxic gases and chemicals.

Despite advances in safety precautions and more stringent regulations, thousands of workers suffer health complications due to chemical exposure annually. According to the National Safety Council, harmful substances were responsible for over 30,000 non-fatal injuries and over 600 fatalities.

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