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When a headache may not be just a headache

After surveying the damage done to your vehicle in the car accident, you probably counted yourself lucky. From the looks of your car, you may be amazed that you walked away relatively unharmed. You have some aches and pains, but that's expected. After all, you were in a car accident.

Fast forward a day or two, and you notice that you have a headache that doesn't seem to subside. You took over-the-counter medications for it, got some extra sleep and even had a little extra caffeine, thinking that would help. Unfortunately, the headache just keeps coming back, or perhaps it never really went away. You were just masking this vital symptom that could actually mean you need to head to the hospital.

Potential risks in parking lots this winter season

Why would motorists think that the general traffic rules do not apply in parking lots? Each year, thousands of injury-causing accidents occur in parking lots in Springfield and across Illinois and the rest of the United States. During the colder season, you and your family will be at an increased risk when you make your way across parking lots.

According to the National Safety Council, public opinion polls indicated that distractions are the primary cause of parking lot accidents. About two-thirds of respondents nationwide replied that they frequently make cell phone calls while they drive in parking lots.

The holiday season can be a dangerous time for travel

The Thanksgiving holidays are a time when people tend to travel to spend time with friends and family. Many families in Illinois will use the break from school and work to load up their cars and drive to visit loved ones, which means there are more people on the road during this week. Because of the increased number of travelers, Thanksgiving week can be a dangerous time to be on the road.

The day before Thanksgiving is a particularly busy travel day as people are rushing to get to their destinations before Thursday. Additionally, people tend to consume more alcohol during the holidays, which can lead to an increase in drunk driving. If you are planning to travel on these days, it is in your interests to be cautious and vigilant while you are on the road. 

How can Uber make self-driving cars safer for everyone?

Self-driving vehicles are a reality of the future. Many companies and automakers are working to be the first to develop an autonomous vehicle that is available to consumers on a widespread basis. Other companies, such as Uber, are working to develop self-driving cars for their own company advantage, such as using them for rideshare vehicles.

Recently, one of Uber's self-driving vehicles that was in the testing phase was involved in a crash with a pedestrian. This brought up many questions about how the company was going to address specific safety concerns with these vehicles. You may be one who shares concerns regarding the safety and necessity of these types of vehicles on Illinois roads, and you may wonder how companies making self-driving cars can ensure that human lives will not be at an unnecessary risk. 

Driving while drowsy: What you need to know

When you think about risky driving behavior, speeding or driving while intoxicated may come to mind. While those are certainly dangerous, one common risk that many people take every day is driving while drowsy. It's a behavior that is fully preventable and still claims too many lives on the nation's roadways.

If you or a loved one here in Illinois has ever been in a collision with a drowsy driver, you know all too well how unnecessary it is. Even so, in 2017, around 91,000 crashes involved a drowsy driver, and almost 800 people died in drowsy driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Exact figures are difficult to determine since researchers believe that drowsy driving is under reported. Fortunately, experts have advice on stopping these kinds of accidents and how to protect yourself.

Schools are open -- how safe are your children in school zones?

Parents in Springfield and other cities in Illinois will naturally be concerned about the safety of their children as they walk or ride in school zones. Regardless of the ages of your children, their lives will be at risk. It is the responsibility of both motorists and pedestrians to observe applicable transportation laws in school zones.

As students and their parents get into the routines of the new school year, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration released shocking data to underscore the dangers that are typical in school zones. From 2008 through 2017, as many as 264 children under the age of 18 lost their lives in accidents related to school transportation. These numbers include pedestrian and vehicle-related accidents.

Riding a motorcycle is fun but dangerous

Responsible motorcyclists recognize the dangers that come with riding bikes. If you are a motorcyclist enthusiast in Illinois, you will face some inherent risks that threaten your safety. Regardless of the number of years of experience you have, the risks remain the same. Many motorcycle accidents result from the negligence of other motorists, and the most valuable part of many years of experience is the ability to keep a proper lookout for potential dangers.

Both experienced and inexperienced motorcyclists typically find the exhilaration and freedom of the ride intoxicating. You will likely know that it is not only inexperienced riders who crash. Even riders with years of experience find themselves in the hospital with injuries as severe as those suffered by new riders.

You have reason to feel threatened by big rigs on the highways

Big rigs, including tractor-trailers, tankers, 18-wheelers and semis, can weigh up to 30 times as much as an average passenger vehicle. That gives you enough reason to feel threatened when you have to share the Illinois highways with them. Trucks are also typically taller, and the height of their ground clearance could allow under riding of smaller vehicles in rear-end or side-impact crashes.

Truckers who do not maintain safe following distances can cause serious accidents because their vehicles need a lot more space than cars to come to a halt. They need even more space in adverse weather conditions when roadways are wet and slippery. You should also keep that in mind and avoid joining highway traffic ahead of a big rig.

Varying damages may be pursued after a crash

Experiencing an injury-causing car accident can be both terrifying and frustrating. The accident may leave you with emotional scars long after the accident has occurred, and it can anger you if it was the result of another person's carelessness behind the wheel.

The good news? You have the right to seek monetary damages here in Illinois in this situation. Here is a look at a couple of kinds of damages you can pursue following your car collision.

Driving too fast is just one common cause of truck accidents

Many Illinois residents may not necessarily feel as if they are living on the edge when driving to work or are out running errands. However, driving is an immensely dangerous activity, no matter how commonplace it has become. You may not think of each hazard you face while on the road, but you certainly are more at risk than you may think.

Of course, most drivers understand the dangers that big rigs pose to other travelers. Any time you wind up behind or next to a semi-truck you may find yourself glancing over several times to make sure the truck driver does not try to change lanes abruptly, and you may try to get away from the vehicle as quickly as possible. These uneasy feelings are understandable as truck accidents can have devastating outcomes.

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