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See a doctor after a vehicle crash, even if you feel OK

If you are the victim of a minor vehicle crash, you may walk away feeling like there is nothing wrong with you other than jangled nerves.

However, you should seek medical attention promptly. First, you could have an underlying injury. Second, a medical report provides essential information when filing a claim for compensation.

FMCSA studies show how fatigue figures into truck crashes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducts studies about such subjects as driver fatigue to better understand and prevent truck-related crashes.

Commercial truck drivers work long hours, and while the fatigue associated with this type of work schedule can be a contributing factor in truck-car accidents, FMCSA researchers drill deeper into the causes.

Brake failure a frequent cause of commercial truck crashes

Commercial trucks are some of the largest and heaviest vehicles on the roadway, and driving them safely requires two key components: a safe, properly functioning truck and an experienced, highly trained truck operator. Unfortunately, brake failure is a common cause of today’s commercial truck crashes, and while some brake failures result from faulty parts or mechanics, other instances of brake failure develop because of truck driver error.

Getting a large truck from the top of a steep hill to the bottom requires more than just brakes – it requires using those brakes correctly, and part of that means not relying exclusively on brake performance to slow and ultimately stop a commercial truck.

The extraordinarily high costs of a TBI

Should you become the victim of an Illinois car accident, one of the most catastrophic injuries you could receive is a traumatic brain injury. As its name implies, a TBI causes what could be severe injury to your brain when the impact of the crash makes your head and neck jerk violently back and forth, consequently causing your brain to likewise rattle back and forth within your skull.

Depending on the severity of your TBI, you could suffer lifelong symptoms such as the following:

  • Vision problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Speech problems
  • Mobility problems
  • Cognitive problems
  • Psychological problems

When settling an accident claim does not make sense

Few things can ruin your day faster than a car accident. For fender benders, automobile collisions are often a minor inconvenience. In a major accident, however, you may receive long-term injuries that could plague you for the rest of your life. 

Car accidents are on the rise across Illinois. While you may drive responsibly, you likely cannot eliminate your chances of swapping paint with another vehicle. Following an accident, an insurance company may pressure you to settle the claim quickly. While settlements are often advantageous, they are not appropriate in every instance. 

Car accidents: protecting children from fatal injuries

More and more often, media attention focuses on the causes of accidents, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted driving and drowsy driving. This is a good thing, and it is important to also emphasize the outcomes.

One of these that happens far too often is the serious or fatal injuries children suffer in motor vehicle crashes.

Car accidents can exact a unique toll from children

If you, an adult, are hit by another car, you are likely to experience a range of emotions. This is true whether you are injured. You might find yourself reliving the moment of the crash for a few days or even weeks and could be nervous about driving for a while. You have suddenly been confronted with mortality and are unsure of what to make of it.

Children tend to have emotional reactions as well, but these feelings can be quite deep and intense compared to those of adults. In some cases, they even rise to the level of PTSD (they can for adults, too). It is important to check on the emotional health of your child after a car accident.

Catastrophic bridge accident causes physical and emotional trauma

In March, a well-publicized tragedy occurred when a pedestrian bridge under construction in Miami, Florida, collapsed over a busy roadway. You and other Illinois residents may be interested in learning how construction accidents can affect non-workers in the wrong place at the wrong time, as well as the potential for long-term physical and emotional damage.

You may be familiar with this story, in which six people were killed – one was a construction worker, and the other five were people stopped in their vehicles at a red light beneath the bridge. Investigators are still unsure of what exactly caused the collapse of nearly 960 tons of concrete and metal onto the roadway, which flattened the cars underneath.

3 essential tips for winter driving in Chicago

Winter is well underway, which means driving in Chicago just got tougher. Whether you have lived here for years or are new to the area, it is always good to be aware of some essential winter driving tips.

When everyone else is freaking out, getting stuck in the snow and causing car crashes, you can be confident in your ability to navigate through Chicago even when it is snowy and icy. Brush up on these guidelines to handle winter driving conditions without a problem.

What are some causes of serious truck accidents?

If you have ever found yourself surrounded by semi-trucks on the expressway, you know how scary it can feel to be dwarfed by these giant rigs. The combination of trucks' heavy weights and high speeds plus your car does not always make for a good result.

Commercial truck drivers are held to high safety standards, but serious accidents continue to happen. Here is a look at some of the most common causes of truck accidents and what you can do to stay safe when driving around trucks:

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