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wrongful-deathThe death of a human being as a result of the negligent acts of another person is referred to as wrongful death. Wrongful death can change the lives of surviving family members forever by leaving them with emotional challenges and a financial burden. Some of the most common accidents that may lead to wrongful death cases include:

Car Accidents

Car accidents are the most common cause of wrongful death. They are often caused by speeding, distracted driving, reckless driving, drunk driving, and road defects.

A driver's negligence is usually to blame in fatal car accidents. However, if a fatality occurred because of road defects, the city or country may be at fault.

Truck Accidents

Since trucks are heavier and larger than regular cars, accidents that involve them are more likely to lead to fatalities. Aggressive driving, drowsy driving, driving in inclement weather conditions, driving with an overweight load, and mechanical defects can all play a role in wrongful death caused by a truck accident. The truck driver and/or the truck company may be responsible.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents often arise when drivers do not see motorcyclists because they are speeding, do not check before changing lanes, or engage in other negligent behavior. Road defects and other types of hazards may also lead to motorcycle accidents.

Pedestrian Accidents

Sadly, pedestrians do not have protection when they are struck by a motor vehicle. Therefore, their risk of getting killed is high. Reckless driving, a lack of walkways for pedestrians, and low visibility may all lead to fatal pedestrian accidents.

Medical Malpractice

The majority of medical professionals provide patients with the highest quality of care. Sometimes, however, medical professionals take the lives of patients because they cut corners or do not follow proper procedures. Misdiagnosis, delayed or improper treatment, surgical errors, and birth injuries are all examples of medical malpractice issues that may cause fatalities.

Workplace Accidents

Workers in mining, construction, manufacturing, and transportation have higher instances of workplace deaths. Workplace deaths may also occur in an office setting or outside of work if an employer places an employee in a risky situation.

Defective Products

When products are sold to the public, they should be safe for users. When a product manufacturer or another party brings a hazardous product to market, wrongful death may occur. For example, if an automaker constructs a vehicle with a defective part, an individual who purchases and drives it may get killed.

Contact Our Will County Wrongful Death Lawyers

If you have lost someone you love because of someone else's negligence, reach out to our highly skilled Will County wrongful death lawyers.  Call the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. today at 815-666-1285 for a consultation.


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shutterstock_759611494In November 2017, Tesla unveiled its plans to engineer electric semi-trucks. These innovative electric semi trucks are a significant advancement in the transportation industry because they can reduce truck accidents and create safer roadways.

Well-known companies such as Walmart, Pepsi, Sysco, and Meijer have already placed orders for these trucks. Let's dive deeper into what you can expect from these new electric semis and how they can impact truck driving and the economy.

Hauling Capacity

A heavy battery that is used to power an electric vehicle can reduce the amount of cargo a semi is capable of hauling. According to Tesla, the new electric semi class will be able to haul a significant amount of weight at highway speeds for up to 500 miles on one battery charge. Following a 30-minute recharge, the truck will be able to travel another 40 miles.

Tesla's hauling capacity will make it possible to carry large loads in a timely fashion for a fairly inexpensive price. This may convince fleets to shift from diesel to electric. If this happens, fleets may be forced to rework their routes to make sure that batteries can be recharged.

Safety Amenities

It is clear that Tesla did not skimp on safety amenities when it engineered its electric semi-truck. The smaller, sleeker cab allows for optimal visibility and does not obstruct the truck driver's view as much as a traditional cab. In addition, the truck was designed with self-driving capabilities which may reduce the number of truck accidents that occur as a result of human error.

Possible Problems with Electric Semi-Trucks

While there are a variety of benefits of Tesla electric semi-trucks, there are some issues as well. These trucks lack a sleeper cab which many truck drivers depend on because it allows them to avoid hotels and easily follow hours of service regulations. Although Tesla has stated that their electric semis will not eliminate the need for truck drivers, fleets, unions, and lawmakers are worried that this will not be the case.

Contact Our Joliet Truck Accident Lawyers

Hopefully, Tesla's electric semi-trucks and other advances in technology will reduce truck accidents. Unfortunately, for now, they continue to remain a serious issue. If you have been injured in a truck accident that was caused by someone else's negligence, we encourage you to contact our highly skilled Joliet truck accident lawyers at 815-666-1285 for a free consultation. We may be able to recover compensation on your behalf.


shutterstock_738738481According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 34,439 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2016. If you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, you are likely experiencing grief, loss, and sadness.

You may also be stressed and unsure of how to cope with the medical bills, funeral expenses, and other costs you have been left with. Find out how a wrongful death claim can improve your situation by easing some of your financial burden.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death is a death that occurred after an injury that was caused by the negligence of another person. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to compensate surviving family members for the damages the death of their loved one has caused. These damages include medical bills, funeral expenses, emotional distress, loss income, loss of companionship, and loss of pension and retirement benefits.

How to File a Wrongful Death Claim

If your loved one was wrongfully killed in a motor vehicle accident, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim. You should begin by filing a petition with a local court and attending the hearing that will be scheduled. At the hearing, you will need to establish several elements in order to recover compensation for your damages. These elements include:

  • Proving that the defendant owed your family member a certain level of care and they failed to live up to that duty.
  • Establishing that the accident in question was the cause of your family's death.
  • Proving that the death of your family member is directly correlated to your financial losses.

In addition, you may contact the negligent party's insurer and prove that your loved one's death was caused by the individual they were insuring and you have suffered damages as a result. If you choose to do this, you will need to provide the insurer with medical bills, expert testimony, accident reconstruction, and other evidence. This evidence will prove that you are entitled to compensation for your damages.

Reach Out to Our Experienced Joliet Wrongful Death Attorneys

While no amount of money can bring your loved one back, compensation can provide you and your family with closure and justice. If you have lost a family member in a motor vehicle accident that was not their fault, call our Joliet wrongful death attorneys today at 815-666-1285 for a free consultation.


Joliet personal injury lawyersCar crashes can occur for any number of reasons, including those related to the environment, road conditions, or vehicle, but it is human error that causes the most accidents. The following outlines the most common human-related accident causes and explains what your rights are after an accident occurs. You will also learn where to find quality assistance with your claim.

Most Common Human-Related Causes

The data comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analysis of 5,471 crashes, all of which occurred between July 2005 and December 2007. While they examined other various causes of accidents, those related to humans were broadly divided into four broad categories: decision errors, recognition errors, performance errors, and nonperformance errors.

Approximately 41 percent of all errors were classified as recognition errors. These included accidents caused by distractions (internal and external), inadequate surveillance, and inattention to their surroundings. Another 34 percent were related to decision errors, which included driving too fast for road conditions, taking a curve too quickly, improper or illegal maneuvers, and misjudgment of a gap or the actions of another driver. Performance errors, such as those related to poor directional control or overcompensation, accounted for about 10 percent of all accidents, and nonperformance issues, such as falling asleep at the wheel accounted for about 7 percent of all human-related accidents.

Inadequate Surveillance May Be More Common Than Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents in the United States. In fact, the NHTSA study determined that at least 11 percent of all crashes could be attributed to internal distractions, such as eating or using a cell phone behind the wheel. This issue has also rapidly increased since the end date of the study, which was in 2007. The NHTSA study found that inadequate surveillance was an even bigger problem.

Inadequate surveillance issues, such as looking but not seeing another driver, or failed to recognize when it was safe to make a maneuver, accounted for some 20 percent of all crashes, the researchers said. This is also a common issue discussed in motorcycle accidents, which is why the slogan “Look Twice for Bikes” has become such a touchstone for the community.

What the Data Means for Accident Victims

Human error is exceedingly common in car crashes. As such, all car accident victims should ensure they know and understand their rights; this includes their right to pursue compensation. The Joliet car crash lawyers at Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. can help you exercise this right. We will also protect your best interests and seek the most favorable outcome possible in your case. Call 815-666-1285 and schedule a personalized consultation to learn more.


distracted driving, cell phone, Illinois personal injury attorneyOver the last several years, advocacy groups and lawmakers have worked together to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving, particular in regard to texting while driving. Even wireless service carriers like Verizon and AT&T have joined the conversation to eliminate unnecessary driver distractions, and to reduce the number of distracted-driving accidents each year. A new study suggests, however, that a mobile device can cause serious distractions even when it is not in your hand or in your field of view.

You've Got Mail, or a Call, or a Text

According to researchers at Florida State University, cell phone notifications are enough to pull a driver's focus away from operating the vehicle. In fact, the study found that the distractive effects of simply hearing an alert were comparable to actually using the device for voice conversation or to send text messages. “The level of how much it affected the task at hand was really shocking,” said FSU research coordinator Courtney Yenhert, a contributor to the project.

Published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, the study made some very interesting observations on the psychological and attentional impact of waiting and anticipation. Many people, it seems, are affected by mere thought of someone trying to reach them by text, email, or phone. Participants in the study were found to be three times more likely to make a mistake in an attention-demanding computer task after receiving—not responding to—an unexpected cell phone notification than those who did not receive such an alert.

Distracted and Dangerous

A study such as this one cannot pinpoint exactly what causes the distraction. It may be the idle wondering about the nature or importance of the alert, or possibly the mental reminder to check on the notification at some future point. Whatever the case, all it takes is a single moment of inattention and the results can be catastrophic. With more than 3,000 people killed and over 400,000 injured every year in distracted driving accidents, simply turning the phone off may be the safest option.

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, you deserve quality representation from a team of attorneys who understand how to get results. Contact the experienced Joliet personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. today for a free consultation. We will review your case and can go right to work in the pursuit of compensation for your injuries.


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