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Factors to consider in a wrongful death pedestrian accident case

Although it isn't possible to right the wrong of a pedestrian dying due to the negligence or wrongful behavior of a reckless motorist, Illinois courts will strive - as best they can - to make surviving family members whole. That said, measuring damages relating to the loss of a loved one in a Chicagoland pedestrian accident is never a clear-cut process in a wrongful death lawsuit.

In damage valuations associated with wrongful death cases, Illinois courts will focus on determining the "pecuniary losses" suffered by close family members of the pedestrian who died. Pecuniary losses relate the loss of support, services, future inheritances, the cost of funeral expenses, and other categories of losses depending on the unique circumstances of the case.

Avoid drunk driving crashes by spotting intoxicated drivers

Many Illinois motorists frequently find themselves driving late at night due to their work schedules or type of employment. Although roads in Chicagoland tend to be less congested during the early morning hours, more drunk and intoxicated motorists also tend to be on the road at these times. These drivers make driving late at night extra-dangerous. It's important for late-night drivers to learn how to spot drunk drivers, so they can take evasive action to give these accident-prone motorists plenty of leeway.

Here's what to look for when spotting an intoxicated motorist:

Things you can do to avoid a bike crash

Bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Since cyclists don't have any exterior protection -- aside from a helmet hopefully -- getting struck by a vehicle can easily end in catastrophic injuries for the bicyclist, and zero injuries for the motorist.

Due to these risks, cyclists need to do everything possible to stay safe and avoid such incidents. Most bicyclists know to wear a helmet and use lights and reflectors on their bikes, but are you following these bike safety tips for car accident avoidance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?

Understand the many potential causes of a pedestrian accident

As a pedestrian, you can never lose sight of the fact that some drivers don't pay attention to what's happening around them.

Consequently, there is always the possibility of being in a vehicle-pedestrian accident. Due to the fact that pedestrians don't have much (if any) protection, the end result can be serious injury or even death.

Should Chicago turn to Denmark as a role model for bike safety?

Tragic "dooring" accidents are catching Chicago bicyclists off-guard left and right. With the city's horrible bicycle safety statistics, Chicago is clearly lacking when it comes to keeping pedal-powered bikers free from harm. On the other hand, Denmark, and its capital city of Copenhagen, both boast envious bicycle safety records.

Could Chicago learn a few things about bike safety from its Nordic friends? The answer to this question is probably "yes."

Distracted drivers endanger people on bicycles

Those who ride bicycles on public roads accept the risk that comes with sharing the space with much larger and heavier passenger vehicles. Even if a cyclist wears a helmet to reduce injury risks, the potential for severe, disabling and even fatal injuries is always just a few seconds away. Whether you ride a bike for your commute to work or just enjoy cruising around town on two wheels on the weekend, you need to stay alert to stay safe.

Sadly, awareness and remaining alert are two issues for many people in motor vehicles. People often choose to drive distracted, which can create a lot of risk for everyone else on the road. For those on bicycles, which offer little physical protection in the event of a collision, the distraction of a driver could result in terrible injuries.

3 ways to prevent dooring crashes

You love riding your bike, but you know there are hazards each time you hit the road. One such hazard is dooring. If a driver doesn't see you, he or she could open a door into your lane and cause a head-on collision. Many cyclists are badly hurt in these crashes, while others are killed.

As someone who also drives a car, there are things you can do to prevent these types of crashes. Use these tips to keep others safe and to educate those around you on safer ways to drive, park and get out of a vehicle.

Drunk drivers are liable for car accident damages

If a drunk driver causes a fatal or injurious collision in Illinois, the driver will be financially responsible to pay for the damages suffered by the people he or she injures. These damages will include the costs of medical care, property damage, lost income and other economic and noneconomic losses stemming from the accident.

If you or your loved one was injured or killed in a drunk driving vehicle crash, you may want to know the following:

Bicycle crash statistics: Another reason to wear a helmet

Bicycling is one of the healthiest fitness activities you can engage in. However, if you're involved in an accident on your bike, you might not survive -- especially if the accident involves getting struck by an automobile.

A quick review of the most recent bicycle accident statistics will reveal just how dangerous bicycling can be. For the reasons that follow, if you don't already wear a helmet when you take to the streets on your bike, you might want to consider heading to your local bicycle store to buy a helmet immediately.

The most important elements of a pedestrian vs. car accident

There are several important factors that can help or hinder a pedestrian's ability to pursue a vehicular accident injury claim. These factors deal with whether the motor vehicle driver was at fault or negligent in the collision.

The question of negligence usually is foremost in determining whether the pedestrian has a viable claim for damages. Essentially, negligence in this context means that the motorist did not act reasonably to protect others from foreseeable dangers.

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