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Illinois auto accident injury lawyersMotor vehicle crashes are one of the leading cause of both death and injury in the United States. It is also one of the most common reasons that people visit the emergency room. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 2.5 million of all non-fatal crash injuries are seen in emergency rooms each year, with around 7.5 percent resulting in hospitalization for the victim. What are the injuries most commonly seen, and what can injured victims expect over the next few weeks and months? The following information explains.

Most Commonly Sustained Auto Accident Injuries

Although every crash is unique, as are the injuries most commonly associated with them, some injury types are more frequently seen than others. These include:

  • Head injuries (traumatic brain injury),
  • Facial injuries,
  • Soft tissue injuries,
  • Whiplash,
  • Spinal injuries,
  • Sprains,
  • Strains,
  • Broken bones,
  • Lacerations,
  • Contusions, and
  • Abdominal injuries.

Many of these injuries do eventually heal, but some can result in death or long-term complications (i.e. head injuries, abdominal injuries, spinal injuries, etc.). Moreover, even a seemingly minor injury can result in serious complications or fatality. Examples might include an abdominal bleed that initially appeared to be nothing more than a bruise or a laceration that gets infected (which can lead to more serious complications, including sepsis).

Dealing with Car Crash Injuries

Because injuries can be more serious than they initially seem, accident victims are encouraged to always visit the emergency room after a crash. This step can reduce the risk that the victim will suffer devastating health effects from an insidious injury or delayed symptoms while also ensuring that the injuries are attributed to the accident, rather than some other event. Injured parties are encouraged to follow up with the recommended providers and specialists.

As victims obtain treatment, they are encouraged to keep a detailed record of any medical expenses that they incur (including transportation costs and expenses for medical equipment), as these can be used by an attorney to calculate how much a victim may be owed in compensation.

Contact Our Joliet Auto Accident Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, do not speak with the insurance companies. Instead, refer them to Tedone & Morton, P.C., where your best interests and right to pursue full and fair compensation will be protected. Skilled and experienced, our Plainfield, IL car crash injury attorneys can handle all the details so that you and your family can focus on healing. Call 815-666-1285 and schedule your consultation with our offices today.


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vanLarge families, tour groups, and others depend on 15-passenger vans every day. Although they are convenient because they make it easy to transport many individuals, they can be hazardous and lead to serious accidents. Let's dive deeper into the dangers of 15-passenger vans and what can be done to increase their safety.

What Makes 15-Passenger Vans Dangerous?

Since 15-passenger vans are large in size, they can easily overload with passengers, baggage, and equipment. When overloading arises, these top-heavy vans may lose stability and roll over. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA discovered that the risk of rollover greatly increases when the number of passengers goes from fewer than five to more than 10.

How to Increase Safety of 15-Passenger Vans

There are several ways drivers of 15-passenger vans can increase safety. Here are some tips:

  • Do not speed: Speeding and sudden maneuvers can cause 15-passenger vans to crash. Therefore, it is crucial to drive slowly and understand that additional braking time is needed.
  • Inspect tire pressure: Poorly inflated or worn tires can lead to loss of control and prompt a rollover accident.
  • Gain experience: It takes time to get used to driving a 15-passenger van. Drivers should gain experience before transporting large groups.
  • Wear seat belts: Drivers should not start driving until all passengers have put on their seat belts. Believe it or not, the NHTSA found that a passenger in a 15-passenger van who is not wearing their seatbelt is three times more likely to get killed in a crash than a passenger who is wearing their seat belt.
  • Refrain from overloading: There should never be more than 15 people or cargo loads on a roof of a 15-passenger van.

How a Joliet Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer Can Help

If you sustain an injury or lose a loved one in a crash that involves a 15-passenger van, consult a Joliet motor vehicle accident lawyer right away. They can perform an investigation and determine who is at fault. In the event the negligence of another party played a role, a lawyer may be able to help you obtain compensation for your damages. The compensation can ease the financial burden associated with medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact a Joliet Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Involved in a crash with a 15-passenger van? Reach out to our experienced Joliet car accident lawyers immediately. Call us at 815-666-1285 for a free, no-obligation consultation.


accidentAfter a motor vehicle accident, most victims decide to pursue compensation to cover their damages. By receiving compensation, they can move on with their life without any debt or financial hardship. If you hope to collect fair and full compensation after an accident that was not your fault, be sure to avoid the following common mistakes.

Not Calling the Police

Calling the police is one of the most important steps to take after a motor vehicle accident. A police officer can file a detailed police report, which can be used to support your case.

Waiting to Seek Medical Attention

Even if you believe you are fine or your injury is minor, you should visit the doctor right after the crash. A doctor may identify an injury that you may have missed. Waiting to seek medical attention after an accident can devalue your claim.

Admitting Fault

Although it may be difficult, do not apologize or admit fault after the accident. By doing so, you can take responsibility for a crash that was actually caused by someone else's negligence. If you admit fault or say you are sorry, an insurance adjuster can use this information against you.

Failing to Keep Records

Following an accident, you should take the time to record what happened. Take pictures of the accident scene, all vehicles involved, and any injuries you have sustained. Also, keep track of your medical bills as well as any information you receive from the liable party's insurance company.

Accepting a Settlement Right Away

You should understand that insurance companies, just like other businesses, are dedicated to making money. Therefore, the responsible party's insurer will likely call you right after the accident and offer you a settlement.

While it may be tempting to accept this settlement and move on, doing so can lead to financial problems down the road because the settlement will likely be lower than you deserve.

Not Hiring an Attorney

To increase your chances of securing the maximum compensation you may deserve, you should seek legal representation. A motor vehicle accident lawyer can investigate your case and communicate with insurance companies on your behalf. This way, you will not miss out on money and can focus on what matters most: recovering.

Contact Our Joliet Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

If you have been hurt in a car accident that was caused by another party's negligence, reach out to our Joliet motor vehicle accident lawyers. Call the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C., today at 815-666-1285 for a consultation.


Joliet auto accident lawyersDriving in snow, ice, and sleet can be dangerous. In fact, those who do not have experience with slick roads are encouraged to avoid driving whenever possible, but if you are required to go out into the weather, there are some tips you can use. If applied consistently, they could reduce your overall odds of a crash this winter season. Learn more about them, and what to do if a motor vehicle accident does occur, with help from the following sections.

Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

Vehicles that are not adequately cared for are less likely to perform in slick driving conditions, so be sure to prepare your vehicle before you venture out. Change tires that are worn, replace your battery if it is low, and have your brakes checked. You may also want to apply tire chains if you live in an area with heavy snowfall. Fluids should also be checked to ensure that your vehicle runs properly in the colder conditions.

Practice Driving in Low-Risk Areas

When you first start driving in the snow and ice, you may fail to accurately gauge stop times and your ability to maintain control. The best way to overcome these issues is to practice driving in low-risk areas. Parking lots are ideal, but only if they are mostly deserted. Streets with little traffic may also suffice, but travel with extra caution until you get used to how your vehicle handles – each one is different, but there are some general rules.

First, vehicles do take more time to stop when the roads are slick. Also, if you go to stop and your brakes grind or fail to respond, try tapping them gently, repeatedly, until your vehicle slows down enough to stop. Give yourself more following distance and accelerate slowly, as you may be more likely to slide your vehicle if you try to go too quickly.

Pack a Winter Emergency Kit in Your Vehicle

A winter emergency kit can ensure that you are prepared in the event of an accident. Pack flares, sand or cat litter for traction, blankets or additional winter clothing, a first aid kit, a spare charger for your phone, a flashlight, and extra food and water. Keep it in your vehicle at all times and replenish it if you need to use any of the supplies.

Injured in an Accident? You May Be Owed Compensation

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you could be owed compensation. With more than 60 years of experience, Tedone & Morton, P.C. can examine your case to determine what options may be available to you and your family. Get the skilled representation you deserve. Contact our Joliet motor vehicle accident lawyers for a personalized consultation today. Call 815-666-1285 today.


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Joliet car crash attorneysLearning to drive is not just a rite of passage for teens; it is also a necessary skill that they must learn before they leave home. Sadly, driving also places them at serious risk for death or injury. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens, and 34 percent admit to driving distracted in the past month. Being that distraction can increase their risk of an accident by as much as 400 percent, parents are encouraged to use every strategy possible to reduce the risks of driving distractions for teens. The following tips can give you a place to start.

Start by Setting a Good Example

In a survey from TeenSafe, 40 percent of teens stated that they had been a passenger in a vehicle where the driver was using their smartphone. Sadly, some of those users may have been the teen's own parent. In such situations, the double-standard can cause a teen to completely disregard the rules of safe driving. In contrast, setting the example can reduce your teen's risk of driving while distracted. At the very least, seeing you mute, put away, or turn off your phone while driving may weigh on their conscience heavily enough that it encourages them to change their own poor driving behaviors.

Continue Supervised Driving Practice

Although distracted driving is an obvious cause of teen crashes, their lack of experience is actually a bigger factor in their high risk of an accident. Even when they are driving responsibly, someone may pull out in front of them, or they may have an animal run in front of them. Because they are still learning to drive – and therefore, how the vehicle responds to sudden motion or when pushed to its limits – they may overcorrect, under-correct, or even cause the vehicle to topple over.

Thankfully, parents can reduce the risk of such incidents happening to their teen by continuing their supervised driving practice, even after they receive their license. This time in the vehicle encourages them to act more responsibly, even when you are not there, and it gives them more time to practice and learn with an experienced driver in the car. These positive effects can ultimately decrease your teen's risk of an accident, even when they are driving alone.

Hold Your Teen to a Safe Driving Contract

While applications and other forms of technology can give you information about your teen's driving habits, they cannot enforce safe driving practices. Only you – the parent – can do that. Start by ensuring your teen knows the rules of the road. Even better, write out a contract, have them review it, sign it, and return it as a “binding document.”

If your teen breaks the rules of the contract, you can easily deliver the pre-determined consequence. If they object, just remind them that they did sign the contract. Studies suggest that parents who do this are significantly decreasing their teen's risk of an accident because, clearly, they want to drive. By having clear consequences for breaking the rules of the road, parents encourage teens to drive safely so they can maintain their driving privileges.

Was Your Teen Injured in an Accident?

When teens experience auto accidents, they are often seen as the negligent driver, but this is not always the case. In fact, teens may have been acting responsibly, only to encounter a negligent driver they were not experienced enough to avoid. Protect them from denied and reduced claims in these situations by contacting an experienced attorney for assistance.

At Tedone & Morton, P.C., we aggressively protect the rights of auto accident victims. Seasoned and knowledgeable, our Joliet car crash attorneys will not let someone else's pre-determined notions about teen drivers stand in the way of fair compensation. No matter what the circumstance, we pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Start by scheduling a personalized, no-obligation consultation. Call 815-666-1285 today.


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