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As a motorcyclist navigating the roads of Illinois, it is a common misconception that cars are always to blame in motorcycle crashes. While it is true that car and motorcycle collisions can result in severe injuries and fatalities for motorcyclists, the assumption that cars are solely at fault overlooks the complexities of these accidents. Regardless of whether you were in a motorcycle or car accident, it is certainly worth contacting an experienced attorney trained in Illinois personal injury law to ensure you have the legal guidance you need to seek a positive outcome in your legal situation. 
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Wrongful death cases occur when a person’s negligent or intentional actions result in the death of another person. These cases require careful preparation and a strong legal strategy to ensure justice for the deceased and their surviving family members. If you are currently facing a wrongful death case and want to ensure your case is as strong as possible, discuss with your personal injury attorney in Illinois what steps you can take to pursue a favorable case outcome and compensation.
Step #1 – Establishing Liability
The first step in building a solid wrongful death case is to establish liability. This
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In today’s technology-driven world, distracted driving has rapidly become a leading cause of car accidents. Proving that a distracted driver caused your accident is a crucial element in seeking compensation. If you believe distracted driving was to blame for your accident and subsequent injuries, contact a knowledgeable attorney in Illinois to give yourself the most favorable opportunity to pursue compensation related to your injuries. 
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is a cause of many personal injury cases in Illinois, and is any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the road. Common distractions include texting, talking on
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Catastrophic injuries are life-altering and bring many challenges with them well into the future. Suffering a catastrophic injury not only affects not the victim, but also their family and friends. So how does one cope with such an extremely challenging experience? In all injuries of this magnitude, you should seek the best help you can. Though your life may never be the same, you will need to look to preserve your future interests. An aggressive personal injury attorney can fight on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation necessary to carry on no matter the severity of the injury.
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Losing a family member to the negligent act of another individual can send devastating ripples throughout your household. On top of the emotional turmoil, there is also the concern of financial matters. A wrongful death in Illinois can occur at any moment and understanding how to receive compensation for a loved one and for those left behind is critical during the healing process. An attorney with experience in wrongful death lawsuits can help you decipher the legalities and complexities that go into a wrongful death claim.
Illinois Survival Act
The Illinois Survival Act is meant to be a deceased person’s
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A multi-vehicle collision accident can be a scary experience for anyone. Attempting to unravel who is at fault for injuries sustained in the accident can be downright stressful. Multi-vehicle accidents are a complicated mess but, in Illinois courts, sorting out liability is done using the standard of modified comparative negligence. You will want to understand what this is, how to prove fault, and how to take action following an accident which makes it all the more important to secure an experienced attorney.
Modified Comparative Fault
Illinois uses modified comparative fault in injury lawsuit decisions for how damages are split.
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Pedestrian accidents can be devastating, and while severe injuries are often associated with high-speed collisions, it is important to recognize that even seemingly minor pedestrian accidents can result in injuries that may be worse than they initially appear. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident and are suffering from injuries, hire a lawyer in Illinois and review your options.
Three Factors That Contribute to Severe Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents 

  • Speed and impact – Although a minor pedestrian accident may involve a low-speed collision, the impact can still cause severe injuries. Factors such as the size and weight of

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    In Illinois, like most states, the rules of the road prioritize pedestrians. However, there are circumstances where pedestrians can be held partially or entirely at-fault for accidents, especially those involving vehicles. If you live in Illinois and were involved in an accident involving a pedestrian and you suffered injuries, it may be worth pursuing an injury claim. You have rights that you may not be aware of. Your attorney will work with you today to examine your case’s details while ensuring your rights are protected.
    Legal Framework in Illinois
    Illinois follows a modified comparative negligence system. This means
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    In the aftermath of a car accident, emotions can run very high, making it tempting to apologize, even if you were not at fault. While this may seem like a natural reaction to the accident occurring, doing so can be terribly detrimental and expose you to a slew of unintended consequences. Remember, if you have been in an accident, you want to safeguard your rights as soon as possible. This begins with saying nothing to hurt your case at the accident scene and calling a lawyer in Illinois to represent you in an injury claim as soon as you
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    Wrongful death cases are often emotionally gut-wrenching affairs, as pursuing justice for your loved one in the wake of their death can be difficult, especially as you try to juggle the emotional aspect of things with the legal side of things. If a wrongful death has happened to someone close to you, you may be wondering whether you are eligible in Illinois to pursue a wrongful death case on their behalf. If this sounds like your situation, contact a lawyer to see whether pursuing a case is an option available to you.
    Here is Who Can Pursue Wrongful Death Cases
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    If you have been injured in a car accident and are pursuing a personal injury case, it is natural to wonder about the likelihood of winning. While every case is unique and outcomes can never be guaranteed, providing insights into the factors that can influence the outcome of a car accident injury case is crucial for those injured in a car accident. If you are suffering from injuries sustained during a car collision, contact a lawyer in Illinois. You and your attorney will sit down, examine the case’s particulars, and formulate a plan to move forward with a strong
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    Truck accidents are some of the most devastating motor vehicle accidents that can occur on our roads. The size and speed of a truck can utterly obliterate most things in its path, such as regular-sized cars and more, making trucks among the most dangerous vehicles on the road. When pursuing a truck accident case, it is crucial to avoid common mistakes that can risk your chances of receiving fair compensation. If you were injured in a truck accident, contact an aggressive lawyer in Illinois to ensure that you know and understand your rights as you move forward with your case.
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    Catastrophic injuries are not a typical injury. For an injury to meet the criteria of being catastrophic, it needs to have a profound impact on the life of the injured person. Sometimes, the impact of an injury can be so profound, such as with a spinal cord injury, that individuals are unable to recover fully. However, this is not always the case. With the proper support and resources, there are indeed catastrophic injuries that you can slowly but surely recover from. 
    A critical factor in determining whether someone recovers from a catastrophic injury or not is whether they hire a
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    Losing a loved one due to another person’s negligence or wrongful actions is among the most devastating experiences someone can go through. In such cases, the surviving family members may wonder if they are entitled to automatic compensation through a wrongful death claim. Compensation in wrongful death cases is not automatic. If you need legal assistance in pursuing a wrongful death claim, contact an experienced lawyer to provide you guidance moving forward.
    Establishing Liability
    The first step in an Illinois wrongful death case is establishing liability. This involves proving that the negligence of someone else caused the death. It is
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    Rollover car accidents are among the most dangerous types of crashes, often resulting in catastrophic injuries and death. For many people, rollover accidents are something that only happens in the movies and are thought to be no real threat in real life. However, this is not the case. 
    If you were injured in a rollover accident, contact a qualified Illinois lawyer today to begin your pursuit of compensation. Legal professionals are ready to assist you and help you obtain compensation at this time when you need it most. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Illinois is
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    Pedestrian accidents are a significant concern worldwide, resulting in severe injuries and fatalities. Understanding the causes of these accidents is important for those who have been injured and are now seeking compensation. If you were a pedestrian involved in an accident and you suffered injuries, contact an attorney to learn more about your legal options. 
    Five Reasons Why Pedestrian Accidents Occur

  • Negligent or distracted driving – Taking your eyes off the road is never a good idea, especially when driving near pedestrians. Drivers who engage in activities such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, or adjusting the radio

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