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  • Can I get compensation for my lost income if my Rockford car crash injury affects my job?

    Yes. If you are injured by a negligent driver, you have a right to request that the driver (or his insurance carrier) pay for any economic losses that resulted from the car accident. This includes any wages that you were not paid because of your injuries. The lost income damages will be added to your economic damages along with compensation for your medical expenses, property damage and pain and suffering.

    In order to receive compensation for lost income, you will have to provide documentation. In most cases, this is easy to do. You need a letter from your employer listing the number of hours of work you missed due to your injury (or medical appointments) and the amount you would have been paid had you worked those hours.

    If you are self-employed, providing documentation of lost income is more difficult. You will have to gather evidence of contracts or work orders that you weren’t able to complete because of your injury. You may also use past invoices or your past tax returns to estimate this amount. Your accident attorney will be able to help you come up with an approximation of your lost income.

    The insurance company won’t offer the lost income compensation. You have to ask for it.

    Wondering about the true value of your Rockford car accident case? Contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. Ask to schedule a free case evaluation. Our attorneys will be able to tell you if the insurance company is undervaluing your claim.

  • I understand that distractions are a common cause for teen driving accidents in Gurnee. How can I help to ensure that my teen will not become distracted while driving?

    Car accidents caused by teen drivers are very common in Illinois. Unfortunately, these accidents often result in serious physical, emotional, and financial damage. It is important that a teen driver takes every necessary step he can in order to remain safe while on the road.

    One of the most common causes for a teen accident is for the teen to become distracted while driving. An accident involving a distracted driver often results in serious damage and injuries because the distracted driver has little time to react.

    It is important that all teen drivers know how to prevent themselves from becoming distracted behind the wheel. Three ways this can be accomplished are:

    1. Stay hands-free. Teens seem to be on their phones endlessly. This often continues into the car while driving. Studies have shown that texting while driving can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. If a teen driver feels it is necessary to respond to a text or call immediately, she should first pull off the road.
       
    2. Don’t be a rubbernecker. Most teens are inquisitive and like to see what is going on around them. They often do this on the road as they gawk at accidents, breakdowns, and construction.
       
    3. Keep passengers under control. Many teen drivers often have young passengers with them while driving. It is important that everyone in the vehicle knows the importance of remaining calm while on the road.

    If you or your family has been involved in an accident, contact an experienced Illinois car crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham to seek compensation. Call 866-625-2299 today for a free case evaluation.

  • I love to do my holiday shopping at big outlet malls like Gurnee Mills. But the parking lot is a zoo. I am worried that I’ll be injured in a Gurnee parking lot crash. How common are Illinois parking lot crashes?

    According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one out of every five car accidents happens in a parking lot. Gurnee Mills is always crowded. During the holiday shopping season, parking lots are especially busy, increasing the likelihood of a parking lot crash. Here are some tips that can help you avoid Gurnee parking lot crashes while you finish your holiday shopping:

    • Always wear your seat belt. Buckle up, even if you’re just straightening out your parking. Since most parking lot crashes involve low speeds, wearing your seat belt could be enough to protect you from injury if another driver hits your car.
    • When possible, avoid shopping on weekends. Gurnee Mills is always busiest on Saturday; this is especially true during the holiday season. If you can, shop on a weekday morning. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the available parking.
    • Check your blind spots. Properly adjusting your mirrors will minimize your blind spots, but you should manually look over your shoulder every time you pull out of a parking space. Be extra careful to check for any children in the area.
    • Choose a “good” parking spot. Look for a parking spot that gives you plenty of space to maneuver. The extra space is worth walking a little farther. When possible, choose a parking sport that allows you to pull out into the travel lane instead of backing out.
    • Center your vehicle in the parking spot. Parking on or over the line increases your chances of being hit by another driver.
    • Use your signals. Using your signals is just as important in the parking lot as it is on the highway. Your signals let other drivers and pedestrians anticipate your moves and plan accordingly.

    While most parking lot accidents happen at low speeds, serious injuries do happen. If you are injured in a parking lot accident this holiday season, contact the Illinois accident injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham. Our top-rated car crash attorneys can help you get the fair settlement you deserve. To learn more, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims or call 800-800-5678.

     

  • What are some of the signs that the Gurnee auto accident I was involved in was caused by a fraudulent act?

    Accidents are called “accidental” for a reason—it’s because they were done in an unintentional manner. The other driver would never intentionally cause an accident, right?

    Wrong. There are drivers on the road who try to take advantage of other drivers. They cause an accident and make it appear as if the collision was the other person’s fault, in order to defraud the insurance company.

    This practice is both unethical and illegal. These predators are seeking payment from your insurance company of others involved. If you are involved in an accident and believe that the other driver caused the accident on purpose, it is important to know what to do.

    Three signs that may indicate that a driver has caused or is attempting to cause a fraudulent accident in Illinois are:

    • Intimidation. It is important for the fraudulent person that you admit fault of the accident. It is common for these individuals to try to use intimidation to make you admit that you were at fault.
    • Slow vehicles. The person trying to cause an accident may be driving at a slow rate of speed. This is often done in order to try to get another vehicle to rear-end them.
    • Lane changing. As the driver attempt to cause an accident, they may be seen making frequent lane changes.

    If you feel that you have been a victim of a fraudulent car accident, contact the police as well as your insurance company. You may also seek compensation by contact a Gurnee auto accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 866-625-2299 today for a free legal consultation.

     

  • Can I recover for car accident injuries caused by a driver who was legally taking medicinal marijuana? Should I talk to a Bloomington car accident attorney?

    In August 2013, Illinois became the 19th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. The law, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2014, has strong supporters and strong opponents. However, there is one thing that many supporters and many opponents can agree upon and that is that nobody wants to see an increase in serious car accidents injuries or fatalities because of the new law.

    It remains against the law to drive under the influence of marijuana in Illinois. That includes drivers who are taking marijuana legally for medicinal purposes and not for illegal recreational purposes. If you are injured by a driver who was legally taking medicinal marijuana, then it is important to talk to a Bloomington car accident lawyer about the accident, about your injuries, and about your potential recovery.

    A Bloomington car accident attorney will fight hard for your fair and just recovery of damages for things such as medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, suffering, and other losses that you incurred as a result of the accident.

    For more information, we encourage you to contact an experienced Illinois car accident attorney today via this website or by calling 309-827-4800 or 866-532-4800. We also invite you to read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, to learn more. We wish you the very best in your recovery.

  • My son is a brand new driver. He says that it’s safe to listen to music while he drives and that he’s not distracted, but I am concerned. Who is right? What should I advise him to do if he is involved in an Illinois car accident?

    You are right to be concerned about distractions if your teenager is a new driver. Distracted driving accidents can be serious, life-changing, and even life-ending crashes. As a parent, you want to do everything that you can to have your child avoid such a crash.

    That said, you and your child may both be right about listening to music in the car. Some research indicates that listening to music is not a distraction. However, changing radio stations or playlists can be distracting, because it may cause your child to take his eyes of the road, his hands off the wheel, and his concentration away from driving safely.

    Accordingly, it is important to talk to your child about the risks and to set guidelines with your child about how music will be used in the car when he is the driver. It is also important to talk to your child about what to do if an accident occurs.

    An accident may or may not be your child’s fault. Either way, it is important for your child to call the police, get immediate medical help, and to call you. Then, if you believe that your child was hurt by someone else’s negligence, you can call an Illinois car accident lawyer at 309-862-4800 or 866-532-4800. We also invite you to download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, to learn more about what to do after a crash.

  • Who should I call if I’m hurt in a Rockford car accident while pregnant?

    It can be scary enough to be in a car accident when you aren’t pregnant. It can be downright terrifying to be in a car accident while you are pregnant. How do you know that your unborn baby is really okay when you can’t see or touch him?

    Since you may not be able to know whether your unborn child is okay right away, it is important to call your doctor as soon as possible. If you are taken to the emergency room then it is important to request that you are seen by an OB/GYN and to call your regular doctor. Prompt medical care may be important for you, your baby, or both.

    While your doctor is one important call that you should make, it may also be important to call:

    • 911 or local first responders. This will alert the police to the accident so that an investigation may be done—and more importantly, allow medical first responders to come and help you get to the hospital as quickly as possible.
    • Your partner or a loved one. It may be important to contact the baby’s other parent who someone who can support you during this difficult time.
    • An experienced Rockford car accident lawyer. Your lawyer may be able to help you get the recovery that you deserve after an accident.

    For more information about what to do after an Illinois car accident, please call a Rockford car accident attorney today at 815-877-3900 or 800-390-6350.

  • Does multitasking increase my risk of a Gurnee automobile wreck?

    Indeed it does.

    Many Americans feel that they don’t have enough time in a day to complete what they need to do. It is a very on-the-go society that we live in. Most would say at some point during the day they multitask. We see people constantly on their phones texting and talking. Fast food restaurants are now a booming business, as people just want a quick bite.

    Multitasking can definitely help complete daily tasks. It can also be very dangerous if done while driving a vehicle. Recent facts have proved that multitasking while driving is unsafe. Some of these facts are:

    • Cell phone usage. Studies have shown that using a cell phone while driving quadruples the risk of being involved in an accident. 
    • Time distracted. The average driver spends half the time behind the wheel in a distractive manner.
    • Children and distractions. Drivers who have children in the vehicle are four times more distracted than when the passengers are adults. They are eight times more distracted with infants as with other passengers.
    • Dangerous distractions. Texting is not the only dangerous distraction while driving. Eating, smoking and changing the radio can be just as dangerous as texting.

    If you have been involved in a distracted driving accident you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Gurnee car crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham for a free case evaluation. Call today at 847-625-5500 or toll-free at 866-625-2299 and our Illinois personal injury law firm will send you a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims.