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Rockford dangerous airbag injury attorneysAirbags represent an extremely important advancement in the field of automotive safety. During an accident, the airbag deploys in less than a second to cushion the passengers and prevent them from hitting their head on the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield. While these devices are estimated to prevent vehicle occupant death by approximately 30 percent, airbags can also cause serious injuries during a crash. If you or a loved one suffered an airbag-related injury in a car accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages.

Injuries Caused by Airbag Deployment

Airbags often prevent much more serious and even life-threatening injuries from occurring during a crash, however, these devices do not prevent injuries entirely. An airbag works by using an ignitor to fill the bag with gas such as argon or nitrogen during a crash. The chemicals contained in an airbag can cause lung problems or burns. The bag may also cause injuries including to the eyes, face, torso, and arms including abrasions, lacerations, and fractures. If you suffered injuries in a car accident because of a functioning airbag, the party responsible for the accident is likely liable for your injuries. The liable party may be another driver, the employer of the driver, a commercial business like a trucking company, or even a government entity.

Injuries Caused by Defective Airbags

Airbags do not always work as intended. The most infamous example of airbag malfunctions is a defect that caused some Takata airbags to explode or underinflate during a collision. Over 400 injuries and 26 deaths have been linked to Takata airbags installed in dozens of different makes and models of passenger vehicles. Airbag defects that can cause injuries include:

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Rockford personal injury attorneysWinter weather is in full force in the Rockford area, and icy roads and deep snow can make driving a treacherous task. “Pile-ups” or car accidents involving multiple vehicles are not uncommon during this time of year. These accidents cannot only lead to painful and often deadly injuries, they also present complex legal and financial issues. If you or a loved one were involved in a multi-car accident, you may have concerns about liability and damages. Will you be expected to pay for other motorists’ damages? Will you be compensated for your own damages? Read on to learn more about the unique issues involved in multiple-vehicle accidents.

Establishing Fault for a Multiple-Car Collision

Accidents involving three or more vehicles can cause severe and deadly injuries as well as costly property damage. Before a car accident victim can recover financial compensation for their damages, the liable party must be established. The greater number of factors that contributed to an accident, the harder it is to establish fault. A multiple car accident may involve situations such as:

  • A vehicle rear-ends another vehicle and causes it to collide with a third vehicle.  
  • Two vehicles collide and one of the vehicles is pushed into oncoming traffic where a secondary collision occurs.
  • Drivers swerve to avoid stopped vehicles on the road, fallen truck cargo, or other obstacles and cause an accident.
  • Establishing fault in accidents such as these is much harder than establishing fault in accidents involving only two motorists. Fault for a multi-car pile up may lie with one or more drivers, a commercial company such as a trucking company, or even a government entity such as a city or state.

Shared Liability in Pile-up Accidents

In many multiple-vehicle accidents, there is more than one liable party. Illinois follows a legal doctrine called “modified comparative negligence” in car accident injury cases involving shared liability. If a party is found to be more than 50 percent at fault for an accident, that party is prohibited from recovering compensation for damages. If the party is less than 50 percent responsible for the accident, the amount of compensation he or she may be entitled to is reduced by his or her portion of fault.

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Winnebago County truck accident lawyersBeing involved in a serious truck accident can leave an individual injured, in pain, and with a massive financial burden. If you were injured in a truck accident or your loved one was killed in a fatal truck crash, you may be able to hold the at-fault party accountable for the damages incurred by your truck accident through a personal injury claim. However, to do so, you will need to prove that the actions taken by the truck driver, trucking company, or other negligent party caused your injuries. There are many different types of evidence that a personal injury attorney may use to prove the elements needed to secure compensation for you.

Event Data Recorders

Many modern vehicles, including most commercial trucks, are equipped with technology that records vehicle information. An event data recorder (EDR) or accident data recorder is similar to the “black box” of an airplane. The majority of commercial trucks have such a device. EDRs record information about how and where a vehicle was driven. Information about speed, acceleration, braking, steering, and more may be gathered from an EDR. This data can be extremely useful in a truck accident claim. However, many EDRs only store vehicle information for a certain period of time. Gathering this data before it is deleted or recorded over is crucial.

Dash Cameras and Red-Light Cameras

More and more drivers are installing dash cameras on their vehicles. If you or the other drivers involved in the truck accident have a dash camera, this footage may be a valuable source of information about the circumstances of the accident. Even if the vehicles directly involved in the accident are not equipped with dash cameras, it is possible that eyewitnesses to the accident may have captured part of the accident on their dash cameras. Red-light cameras are another potential source of information about the accident. However, obtaining camera footage and other types of evidence is often difficult – especially if the evidence vindicates your claim. Your attorney may use a “subpoena duces tecum” or other strategies in order to compel parties to surrender evidence in your truck accident claim.

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Rockford personal injury attorneysMost people would agree that traffic can be a major source of frustration and anger. However, part of being a good driver is not letting negative emotions lead to unsafe driving. “Road rage” can lead to severe or even deadly car accidents. If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident caused by road rage, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages.

Some Sources Say Road Rage is on the Rise

“Road rage” or intense anger behind the wheel can be caused by countless situations. Being tailgated, driving behind someone traveling well below the speed limit, running late, and many other factors can increase a person’s frustration and cause them to experience road rage. Some instances of road rage turn into physical altercations. Other times, an angry driver may intentionally drive in a dangerous manner or even try to run another driver off the road. One study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that aggressive driving increased by a factor of 500 percent within a single decade. Other studies have showed that a significant percentage of drivers admit to dangerous behaviors such as intentionally tailgating other vehicles.

Seeking Damages Though a Personal Injury Claim

If another driver’s unsafe driving has led to an accident in which you or a loved one were harmed, you may be curious about your legal options. One option is to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury claim. Bringing a claim against the at-fault driver may enable you to recover compensation for your damages or costs. 

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Rockford personal injury attorneys Truck accidents often lead to catastrophic consequences. If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a truck accident, you may be desperate for answers. You may have questions about how the truck accident occurred, who is legally responsible for the accident, and how you will pay for the massive costs incurred by the accident. Truck accident liability is often complex. The liable party may be the truck driver himself or herself, the trucking company, or a number of other parties. In some cases, a truck accident stems from inadequate truck maintenance and the party responsible for compensating the truck accident victims is the party who failed to properly maintain the truck.

Accidents Caused by Failure to Properly Maintain a Commercial Truck

We often assume that truck accidents are caused by driver error, however, there are many cases in which a truck driver is not the liable party in a truck accident claim. If the truck malfunctioned, improper truck maintenance could be to blame your accident. Truck companies have a legal duty to ensure that their trucks are regularly inspected and maintained. Inadequate truck maintenance can lead to dangerous defects, including:

  • Tire blowouts
  • Bald tires
  • Brake failure
  • Steering system failure
  • Broken tail lights or headlights
  • Trailer detachment
  • Defective securement devices

Proving a Truck Accident Was Caused by Poor Maintenance

Through a truck accident injury claim, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs caused by you truck accident. You may be compensated for your past medical bills as well as the future medical costs you will encounter because of your injuries. You may also be compensated for your property damage, lost income from missed work, future lost income, and reduced earning capacity. Damages in a truck accident injury claim may also include intangible losses such as your mental anguish and pain and suffering. A wrongful death claim may enable you to hold a negligent trucking company accountable for your loved one’s death and recover compensation for your loved one’s lost income, medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and more.

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