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If your family is one of many in Chicago that will be packing up the car and heading out on a road trip, you should always realize the importance of safety before and during your trip. Here are some safety tips for your summer trip:

  • Plan – Road trips can take you into new territory, so it’s always helpful to familiarize yourself with the route ahead of time. You can also plan when you may stop and where you can stay along the way. Program a GPS or other navigational tools ahead of time so that you don’t have to do so while driving.
  • Inspect your car – Always have your vehicle inspected and tuned up before a road trip to prevent any unexpected problems. You want to ensure your brakes and tires are in good condition and will last for a long trip.
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bicycle accidents

According to the U.S. Census Bureau,1 the percentage of people who bike to work in Chicago increased from .5 percent to 1.3 percent between 2000 and 2010. Getting to work is just one reason to ride a bike, however, and people throughout the area ride a bike for recreation and exercise as well. As a result, there are thousands of bicyclists riding throughout the area at any given moment.
While the health, financial, and environmental benefits of bicycling are undeniable, riding a bike also puts you at risk of involvement in accidents that can cause serious injuries, including TBIs,2 broken bones, and serious tendon and ligament strains and tears.
The things that you say and do after an accident can have an impact on your ability to recover compensation. Here are three things you should NOT do after involvement in a bicycle accident in the Chicago area.
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There are many challenges on the road today, and since you definitely want to avoid being a car accident victim, you need to be aware of all potential hazards. This post will look at articles that provide background on various types of auto accidents and what to expect on the road.

5 Recent Car Accident Victim Posts 10 Disturbing Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

Drunk driving is a major contributor to auto accidents in the U.S. This article provides drunk driving accident statistics that we all should be aware of. Here is a sample:

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child injury Recent research has found that inflatable bounce houses, which are more popular than ever at children’s parties, fail to keep kids safe. According to NPR, 30 U.S. children a day are treated in emergency rooms for broken bones, sprains, cuts and concussions from bounce house accidents.

Bounce Houses Often Do Not Keep Kids Safe: Notable Findings

In a study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and his colleagues found the following startling information on bounce houses and kid’s injuries:

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spinal cord injury Injuries to areas of the spinal cord are typically caused by a sudden and severe impact to the spine, and can lead to life altering disabilities. These injuries can come from many sources, such as auto accidents, workplace accidents, and even slip and fall accidents.

Types Of Damage To Areas Of The Spinal Cord

The spinal cord consists of nerves that run down the spinal column from the brain to your lower back, delivering information that enables you to move and feel. When an injury occurs to the spinal cord, this vital information may no longer reach below the site of the injury, and the closer the injury is to the brain, the more areas of the body may be affected.

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workplace injury
For people injured in an accident where another party’s negligence was involved, relief is often only found in resolution of the case. Part of this resolution comes in the form of case settlements, which can ease the pain, stress, and uncertainty about the future.

The attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C., handle many cases involving various types of personal injury claims, such as car accidents, work injuries, slip & fall, nursing home abuse, and wrongful death cases. Millions of dollars have been recovered for clients and their families. The following are a few of the most notable recent settlements made by our law firm


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Bikers Riding
Mitch Lucker, frontman of the metal band ‘Suicide Silence’, died after a Halloween motorcycle accident in Orange County.

According to the LA Times, the 28 year old singer crashed around 8:55 p.m. Halloween evening while driving his black 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Lucker hit a light pole, flinging him from his bike, and his motorcycle kept going down the street, striking a Nissan pick-up truck. Lucker suffered fatal injuries from the crash, while nearby trick-or-treaters and those inside the vehicle avoided injury.

Mitch Lucker Motorcycle Accident in L.A.: A Common Tragedy

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personal injury lawsuit
“How long does it take to settle a personal injury lawsuit?” This is a question almost every accident victim wants to know the answer to. Knowing how long your case may take is important, because most plaintiffs are undergoing challenging and costly treatments for the injuries they sustained during the traumatic accident. Therefore, along with putting the accident and legal matters behind them, receiving compensation to cover bills is foremost on the typical personal injury victim’s mind.

How Long Does It Take To Settle A Claim? There Are Many Variables.

The truth is that there are numerous variables that must be taken into account. Every case is unique and therefore it can be difficult to generalize a timetable.

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A monumental child sex abuse report was released this week detailing decades of abuse by the Boy Scouts of America organization. Allegations chronicle years of abuse on the part of scout leaders, and a poor and often negligent sexual abuse reporting system on the part of the organization.

In fact, the Boys Scouts of America have been working very hard to keep this history of child sex abuse private. According to the New York Times, “Officials with the Boy Scouts fought in the courts for years to prevent the release of the documents — more than 15,000 pages detailing accusations of sexual abuse against 1,247 scout leaders between 1965 and 1985, with thousands of victims involved, perhaps many thousands — contending that fear of breached confidentiality could inhibit victims from reporting other instances of abuse.”

Dave Abels of Abels & Annes, P.C. recently commented on this contention about confidentiality: “I personally feel that’s a ridiculous argument, as the names of victims are not being released, and the release of these documents could encourage many victims to come forward. Often victims of abuse bury their issues for years due to embarrassment or other reasons. Victims are more likely to suffer from depression, are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, and are more likely to attempt to commit suicide.”

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Texting while driving has become a major danger on the roads of America. Cell phones are now ubiquitous, and despite laws popping up all over the country banning texting in your vehicle, people have great difficulty ignoring their mobile devices while behind the wheel.

The attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. have seen the aftermath of this dangerous practice on many occasions. In fact, a recent settlement was achieved for a client who was injured in a car accident by a driver who was texting while driving.

Texting While Driving Accident:

In this case, due to distraction caused by texting, the defendant failed to notice that traffic had halted for a turning vehicle and thus failed to remain in her lane, swerved across the center line and veered into the highway’s eastbound lane. This led the defendant to strike our client’s vehicle in a head-on collision. The force of the collision was so great that our client hit his head on the inside of his vehicle and hit both knees on the steering wheel.