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Steps to Take After Being Involved in a Rideshare Accident

Published on Nov 12, 2020 at 8:34 pm in Rideshare Accidents.

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Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have made getting rides easier and more streamlined. Now, when you don’t want to drive to the airport or bar, or if you have had just a few too many drinks while enjoying a night out, you have more options than just calling a cab. Rideshare apps give you direct access to affordable transportation. But rideshare drivers are just like any other driver—they’re human, which means they can get into accidents, too.

When you’re riding in an Uber or Lyft and your driver gets into an accident that injures you, you might have the grounds to take legal action.

What Happens if a Rusted City Light Post Falls and Causes Injury?

Published on Nov 12, 2020 at 7:54 pm in Personal Injury.

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In March of 2020, a 25-year-old Chicago woman suffered from a serious concussion when a light pole that was rusted at its base started falling and crashed through her windshield. Originally, the Chicago Police tried to say that she crashed into the pole which caused it to fall, but the police report proves differently. CBS2 Chicago reports that rusted light poles are an issue that has been a danger in the city for years now, causing the poles to fall and potentially injure nearby pedestrians and motorists.

This wasn’t the first time that a rusted city light pole fell on its own and injured a citizen—just the most recent. In November of 2019, another woman was injured in the Loop by a falling light pole. CBS2 Chicago reports that there have been nearly 8,000 complaints of leaning or falling poles to the city since 2014. There have been almost 500 reports of property damage and 75 reports of injury from the rusted city light posts.

What Are Your Rights If You’re Injured in a High-Speed Police Chase?

Published on Nov 5, 2020 at 7:42 pm in Car Accidents.

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In Chicago, high-speed police chases that cause injuries are more common than in most other cities in the United States. Oftentimes, those who are injured in police pursuits aren’t even the violators that the police are pursuing. They’re often innocent bystanders, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists. In Chicago alone, there have been over 200 deaths caused by high-speed police chases since 1979, and over half of those killed were non-violators, according to research done by USA Today.

Who’s Liable for Injuries from Falling Overhead Compartment Luggage?

Published on Sep 24, 2020 at 7:32 pm in Personal Injury.

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Despite restrictions put into place by airlines, travelers are regularly hurt and injured by falling overhead compartment luggage. Size limits for carry-on luggage are meant to prohibit passengers from bringing on bags that won’t fit in the overhead bins, but size limits don’t stop the overhead compartments themselves from becoming unlatched during a flight or upon the plane’s landing. Additionally, it’s common for overhead compartments to become unbalanced when multiple heavy bags shift around in the compartment during flight. Both instances may result in injury despite airline restrictions.

Minor injuries are one thing, but who is liable when someone is seriously injured due to falling luggage? What about in cases where the luggage falls on another passenger when someone is stowing their bags? Determining liability can be complex in these situations.

Why Are Jackknife Truck Accidents So Dangerous?

Published on Sep 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm in Truck Accidents.

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If you were involved in a truck accident and are planning on pursuing legal action to seek compensation for your losses, one important consideration is the type of trucking accident you were in. Determining the type of crash that happened is crucial to the presentation of your case.  Most types of crashes are categorized by the angles at which the two vehicles first collided.

Jackknife truck accidents, which happen when the trailer of a truck swings out past the cab, are a type of common tractor-trailer accident. The name comes from the fact that when the trailer swings over, this leaves the truck in a jackknife or “V” shape since the two parts are still connected. These types of accidents are incredibly dangerous and have the potential to result in serious or even fatal injuries. There are a number of reasons as to why jackknifes are so dangerous, which is what we’ll take a look at below.

What Types of Cancer Can Zantac Cause?

Published on Jul 16, 2020 at 5:15 pm in Class Action.

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Zantac, a popular medication used to treat heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions that affect stomach acid is being taken off shelves. This brand name is for ranitidine drugs, which contain a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is a probable human carcinogen and has been linked to cancer.

What’s the “Move Over, Slow Down” Law?

Published on Jun 11, 2020 at 5:31 pm in Car Accidents.

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There are plenty of hazards that appear on the road while you are driving. Whether it’s an animal crossing accident, a flat tire, or your car breaking down, at some point you might have to pull over onto the shoulder, turn your four-ways on, and wait for help.

While you’re stopped on the side of the road in a situation like this, another motorist could cause an even worse situation if they drive too closely to you, are distracted, or if they’re impaired. This isn’t a unique and dangerous situation for regular motorists. When emergency vehicles or police officers are on the shoulder trying to do their jobs, they are also in danger.

While it’s common for most drivers to think that slowing down and moving over for cars, trucks, and emergency vehicles that are stopped on the shoulder is simply a courteous thing to do, you might be surprised to know that by law, you are actually required to do this in the state of Illinois.

Illinois Railroad Crossing Safety Tips

Published on Jun 11, 2020 at 5:15 pm in Train Accidents.

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When you’re in a rush to get to your destination, whether you’re in a car or walking, you might be less likely to pay attention to railroad crossings, and just speed right through them. But these aren’t areas to be taken lightly because one misstep could be deadly.

The Benefits of an Umbrella Auto Policy in Illinois

Published on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:25 pm in Car Accidents.

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As the owner of a vehicle, you know the importance of auto insurance. In the event your vehicle is damaged or you sustain injuries in an accident, your coverage or the at-fault driver’s coverage often determines whether you receive adequate compensation to recover physically, emotionally, and financially. But what happens if the at-fault-driver’s policy limits are exceeded and there isn’t enough coverage? In some cases, this could result in further legal action or debt; however, it doesn’t have to. Umbrella policies (and uninsured/underinsured umbrella policies) can provide a safety net in coverage. Let’s take a look at the benefits of an umbrella auto policy in Illinois.

School Bus Safety Tips for Chicago Drivers

Published on May 8, 2020 at 9:41 pm in Truck Accidents.

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Many children rely on the school bus to get to and from school. Illinois has enacted school bus safety laws to protect those children. When negligent drivers break the law regarding school buses, they may cause an accident and cause serious injuries to children. If you or a loved one has been harmed in an accident, the Chicago injury attorneys at Krzak Rundio Gorman, Injury Attorneys are here to hold irresponsible drivers accountable.

Before learning more about how we can help you, let’s take a look at the school bus laws in Illinois and the unique situations Chicago drivers should be aware of when they encounter a school bus on the road.

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