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It isn’t rare for the attorneys at Staver Law Group to represent clients in auto and pedestrian accidents. Chicago personal injury lawyer Jared Staver recently took on such a case. The victim was a 16-year-old boy in the Chicago area. After crossing into the street, a car struck the boy and severely injured him.
We often hear unsafe drivers being described as ‘reckless,’ but what exactly is reckless driving, and is it illegal? Under Illinois law (625 ILCS 5/11-503), a person commits reckless driving under the following circumstances: Driving a vehicle in a way that demonstrates willful or wanton disregard for other people’s safety or property Knowingly driving a vehicle on a grade or incline, such.
You’re driving home from a friend’s get-together on a Saturday night. From the rearview mirror, you notice a familiar vehicle behind you swerving from left to right and accelerating in an erratic manner. The car belongs to someone who also attended the party, and you recall the driver consuming more than a few alcoholic beverages.
Speeding is one of the top 25 causes of car accidents nationwide. From 2004 to 2013, an average of 31 percent of traffic fatalities were speeding-related. In Illinois, the rate of speeding-related fatalities is even higher at 42 percent in 2013 alone. The typical speeding accident happens from midnight to 3 A.M., and on non-interstate, local roads.
We’ve all been there — cruising down the road when suddenly another car cuts into our lane, or we’re stopped at a stop light and our heart drops as another driver barely misses hitting us from behind. Even worse — the driver doesn’t stop and we watch in horror as they inevitably collide with us. It can be frustrating — and even infuriating — to notice that the other driver who ...
Traffic violations often go hand-in-hand with car accidents, and often may play a role in causing an accident. Traffic violations can range from a speeding ticket to a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. Examples of common minor offenses include: Running a red light Running a stop sign Illegal turning Improper lane usage Failure to yield to right of way Howe ...
We frequently hear about head, spine, or back injuries resulting from an auto accident. However, severe collisions also increase the risk of damage to internal organs, and the devastating outcomes might only manifest well after the incident occurred. For instance, victims who suffer pelvic trauma or lateral compression from a head-on crash, bicycle collision, or rollover accide ...
Popular manufacturers like Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Ford recall millions of motor vehicles every year. Typically, a safety recall indicates that there was a flaw with a particular vehicle part that can endanger your safety on the road. Recent trending topics of concern include the national initiative to replace defective Takata airbags in over 19 million cars, as well ...
After a car collision, it can be unclear which driver was at fault. The other party’s insurance company has may deny your claim if they believe there is insufficient evidence to show their driver was at fault. In this event, third-party witnesses may be the key to winning the insurance dispute. If a discrepancy arises, insurance adjusters typically inquire whether any witnesse ...
The attorneys at Staver Law Firm recently represented a mother in an automobile accident in Chicago. On March 22, 2015, the 24-year-old African American woman was driving in her car with her 6-year-old son when she was approaching the intersection of Cermak and Harlem Road in North Riverside, Illinois.
We’ve all seen car hijackings go down in action flicks, but do they happen in real life? How would you recover from an injury sustained in a car hijacking gone wrong? According to the Department of Justice Statistics Bureau, approximately 34,000 carjacking incidents occur annually, with over 74 percent of these crimes involving weapons.
On May 15, 2015, a 37-year-old man from Woodstock, Illinois was involved in a head-on collision with a teenage drunk driver. The accident occurred on McConnell Road and Heron Way in McHenry County. The man sustained a right open traumatic knee fracture with associated femur and patella fractures which required surgical intervention. The teen was charged accordingly with DUI.
A 27-year-old woman was rear-ended on June 1, 2015 at the intersection of Pulaski Road and 55th Street in Chicago, Illinois. The accident was caused by a driver of a commercial insurance trucking company. With minor injuries, she presented herself to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment and was soon released.
In certain car accidents, it is not always immediately clear which driver is at fault. When you proceed to file a claim with the other person’s insurance carrier, they have the right to dispute and possibly deny your claim. It is important to understand the claims process beforehand and to gather substantiating evidence to defend your case.
The Chicago personal injury and car accident attorneys at Staver Law Group recently represented a 59-year-old man who was rear-ended in a three car pile-up. The accident occurred at the intersection of Normal Boulevard and 63rd Street in Chicago, Illinois. The retired man was taken by ambulance to St. Bernard Hospital where he received immediate treatment and was released later that day.
Staver Law Group has experience dealing with personal injury cases and often represents clients involved in auto and cyclist accidents. On July 9, 2015, a 37-year-old man was attempting to cross the crosswalk while riding his bicycle at the intersection of 25th Street and Cicero Avenue. Without warning, he was struck by a vehicle. The negligent driver failed to stop at a stop sign.
Imagine that you are cruising down I-90 in Chicago, eager to return home after a long day at work. As the oncoming traffic light turns red, you slow to a full stop. Suddenly the car behind you rear-ends your vehicle, causing your body to lurch forward. From the rearview mirror, you can see that your trunk door and bumper are badly damaged.
Chicago car accident attorney Jared Staver was recently contacted by a 34-year-old man from Cook County who had been involved in an automobile accident. On June 13, 2014, the man was traveling down Lincoln Highway when he was unexpectedly rear-ended by a woman traveling at a high-rate of speed. Our client’s truck was destroyed immediately upon impact. He was taken to St.
Emergencies can happen at any time on the road, so it never hurts to be prepared. Having an emergency car kit handy in your trunk will save you from potential headaches and unnecessary expenditures. You never know when an unforeseen problem such as a mechanical breakdown, dead battery, or car accident will arise.
When millions of people are visiting amusement parks — and billions of rides taken — it’s inevitable that some people are going to get injured. Family vacations should be a time to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with loved ones. The daily grind can be so stressful, and everyone needs downtown now and then.