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What is 'negligence per se' and why is it important?

A previous post on this blog discussed how many truckers in Illinois are prohibited under federal law from texting and driving or even using their cell phones in most circumstances. Likewise, the state law of Illinois also prohibits all motorists from most types of cell phone use and all texting and driving.

Truckers prohibited from texting and driving

Most Granite City, Illinois, residents recognize that texting and driving is dangerous behavior. Someone who is, for instance, talking on his or her cell phone or checking his or her email while driving is obviously not able to pay full attention to that and watching the road. The end result of this ill-advised multitasking could be a serious car crash.

What is 'proximate cause' in an Illinois personal injury case?

Those who are hurt in accidents, especially those accidents that occur on public roads, often face a tough period of life after the injuries. Between medical treatment costs, the pain and stress of being injured, the time lost from a job, and the expensive and time-consuming process of physical or occupational rehabilitation, it is easy for such victims to give up hope. However, they should remember that, depending on the circumstances of the accident, they may be entitled to compensation for these and possibly other costs.

What is 'cause-in-fact' in Illinois personal injury?

The last few weeks, this space has been covering various elements of Illinois negligence cases, as these are the kinds of cases that are most often seen in the context of personal injury. We've covered the basic structure of negligence cases, and the concepts of legal duty and breach thereof. We also touched on the idea of 'reasonable person' in the context of medical malpractice. The next major part of building a personal injury case based on negligence is causation.

What is 'negligence' in Illinois?

Being seriously injured is no fun at all. Unfortunately, many Illinois residents likely have had to deal with the pain and discomfort that comes with having an injury. It can create a feeling of helplessness, lead to expensive medical bills and lost wages at work, and just generally keep a person from living their best life. When such injuries are the fault of someone else, such as the result of a car accident caused by another driver's carelessness, injured individuals may wish to remember that they may have a legal right to compensation.

Inexpensive fix to semi-trucks may save lives in car accidents

A personal injury case in Illinois involving a truck and car often involves victims suffering catastrophic injuries and even death. Results may be tragic when an 80,000-pound truck collides with a passenger vehicle. Truck guards, a relatively simple and inexpensive device that prevents cars from being wedged underneath the truck, can help save hundreds of lives in this country from these accidents. But, as of right now these truck guards have not been mandated.

Product liability lawsuits require extra planning

Consumers can face long-term consequences such as medical expenses or lost wages when a defective or malfunctioning product injures them. These have been publicized in personal injury or product liability lawsuits involving Takata airbag failures and GM's defective ignition lawsuit.

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