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car accident lawyerWhen a manufacturer designs and produces a product that eventually makes its way to the public, the public trusts that the product has gone through rigorous safety testing and that stringent quality controls are in place during the manufacturing process. That is not always the case and many products end up being recalled. Vehicles are one of the most common products recalled each year. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, millions of recalled vehicles are never repaired but are still on the roads, creating a dangerous situation for both the vehicle’s driver and everyone they share the roads with.

Vehicle Recalls

A vehicle can be recalled in a number of different ways. Sometimes, the vehicle manufacturer discovers the defect – either on their own or through warranty claims filed or complaints from customers and/or vehicle dealers – and voluntarily issues the recall in order to repair the issue. In other cases, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) receives complaints from consumers and will conduct an investigation that eventually results in the recall.

Once a recall is issued, all vehicle owners are supposed to be notified in writing, explaining details of the recall and what steps they need to take to get their vehicle repaired. The NHTSA has reported in the past that approximately one-third of owners fail to get their vehicles repaired. The older a recalled vehicle is, the less likely it will be brought in for repairs. This is often due to the vehicle manufacturer’s inability to contact the owner because they have an old address or the vehicle has been sold to someone else. There are also many owners who choose to ignore the recall notices they receive.

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joliet injury lawyerFriday, September 17, 2021, is National Concussion Awareness Day. Concussions are one of the most common types of injuries a person can suffer in an accident. Even what appears to be a minor blow or bump to the head can result in a concussion. Unfortunately, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can leave the victim with long-term and, in some cases, even permanent damage.

Concussion Facts

Any type of accident can result in a concussion, including sporting and recreational activities, vehicle accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Whenever there is a blow to the head or any sudden movements that causes the head to jerk back and forth, there is a risk of the brain getting jerked or bounced around in the skull. This movement can cause the chemicals in the brain to change and damage brain cells. This damage can have a significant impact on the victim’s personality and physical and cognitive abilities.

Symptoms of a concussion are often not always evident immediately following the accident. This is why it is critical for a victim to seek out medical attention right away, even if the injury appears to be a minor one. A doctor will evaluate the victim and determine if there are any signs of a concussion or other brain injury and provide details on what other symptoms to watch out for.

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joliet truck accident lawyerBeing involved in any type of vehicle accident can result in a victim suffering serious injury, however, accidents involving tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks often result in catastrophic injuries, usually for the occupants in the other vehicle. The size and massive weight of commercial trucks can do significant damage to a passenger vehicle in a truck accident, leaving the vehicle’s occupants vulnerable to severe injury and death.

Truck Accident Statistics

It is estimated that about 70 percent of all goods transported in the United States get to their destinations by truck. The considerable number of large trucks on the nation's roads appear to confirm this statistic. That number also means that there is a high potential for truck accidents.

According to data collected by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 75 percent of all fatal passenger vehicle accidents involve a large truck. In 70 percent of all fatal truck accidents, the victims are the passenger vehicle occupants. More than 5,000 people are killed in truck accidents each year.

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illinois car wreck lawyerFor years, there have been jokes about how bad women drivers are. This idea has been bandied about for the past century, becoming the topic of many stand-up comedian routines and sit-com television shows. The truth, however, according to multiple studies, is that men appear to be the poorer drivers, responsible for many more vehicle accidents than women.

Bad Driving Behaviors

Many studies have been done that conclude that male drivers have a higher traffic accident rate than female drivers. One of the main causes for the discrepancy is that males tend to engage in bad driving behaviors, such as speeding, aggressive driving, and driving under the influence, more than women. Male drivers are also more likely not to wear a seat belt.

Statistically, when it comes to bad driving behaviors, the rate of men who engage is higher than women in just about every area:

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truck crash lawyerThe trucking industry is vital to our modern way of life. Unfortunately, accidents involving large trucks often cause catastrophic and even fatal injuries. If your loved one was killed in a truck accident, it is important to know your legal options. Legal action cannot bring back your loved one. However, a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable party may benefit you and your family in several ways.

Holding the At-Fault Party Answerable for Your Tragedy

The loss of a loved one is devastating regardless of the circumstances. Losing a loved one in a preventable auto collision is especially tragic. Human error is the most common contributor to large truck crashes. Distracted driving, fatigued driving, speeding, and unsafe lane changes are just some of the issues that can lead to a fatal truck accident. Trucking company negligence in the form of negligent hiring practices or insufficient truck maintenance may also cause truck crashes.

A wrongful death lawsuit allows you to hold the liable party accountable for the devastation your family is suffering. A wrongful death case is sometimes brought in conjunction with a criminal case, but criminal charges are not a prerequisite to a successful wrongful death action.

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