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6 Tips for Motorcycle Accident Prevention

It's not a surprise that riding a motorcycle is one of the most dangerous places to be. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are almost 28 times more likely to die in a crash. However, practicing motorcycle safety can prevent your risk of being involved in an accident. Follow these tips to stay safe on your two-wheeler:


1. Get Licensed and Practice

Illinois motorcyclists must pass both a written and on-bike riding exam before receiving a motorcycle license, but that's not all you should do. Practice makes perfect. Driving a car and driving a motorcycle are two completely different experiences that require different knowledge and skills, so make sure you know your stuff.


2. Check Your Bike Before You Ride

A bike requires the same maintenance as a car. Before every ride, you should check your tire pressure, brakes, headlights, fluid levels, etc. to ensure a safe ride.


3. Wear a Helmet

Prevent brain injury by protecting your head with a full-face Department of Transportation approved helmet whenever you ride.


4. Wear the Right Gear

Your arms and legs should be completely covered during a motorcycle ride to not only protect you in the event of a crash but to prevent dehydration caused by the wind and direct exposure to the sun. It's also wise to wear bright colors to make sure you are seen by other motorists.


5. Obey Traffic Laws

Make sure to obey all speed limits, signs, traffic lights, etc. Drive responsibly by keeping enough space between your bike and other vehicles, proceeding with caution at intersections, etc.


6. Don't Drive Under the Influence

Steer clear of drugs and alcohol, as they can impact your coordination, balance, vision, reaction time, and overall judgment, all of which are necessary to operate any type of vehicle.


McCarron Law Firm is here to help in the event of serious motorcycle accidents and fatalities. If you or a family member has been seriously injured from a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced auto accident attorney who can make sure that you know your rights, will utilize the law to protect your interests, and help you receive the maximum compensation possible. Don't worry, don't wait. Just call. 309-820-1010 

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Can Technology Reduce Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents in the U.S. Over 3,000 people are killed in distracted driving accidents every year with cellphone use topping the list of common causes. But can one of the most common causes of distracted driving actually be used to avoid it? Cellphone blocking technology might be the solution.


What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts your attention from the task of operating a vehicle. There are three types, including:


1. Manual – causes you to take one or both hands off the wheel (eating, drinking, smoking, etc.)

2. Visual – causes your eyes to wander from the road (checking GPS, changing the radio station, etc.)

3. Cognitive – causes your mind to lose focus on driving (talking to someone in the vehicle, daydreaming, alcohol/drug use, etc.)


How Can Cell Phone Blocking Technology Help?

Cellphones have greatly improved our lives, making communication faster and more efficient. However, they have also caused a serious problem behind the wheel, causing all three forms of distracted driving. Fortunately, the development of cell phone blocking technology in recent years has become a form of distracted driving prevention.


This technology can be activated in a variety of ways including adding it to your wireless cell phone plan, downloading an app onto your phone, or installing a device in your vehicle. Most often these are apps for smartphones that can block texts and calls or help you receive and send messages in a less distracting manner while driving. Most of these apps are designed for teenagers, but can be helpful for any driver.


What If I Already Have Hands-Free and Voice Control?

Most people don't understand the dangers still posed when using hands-free and voice control features. Studies have shown that drivers who use hands-free or voice control features "look at" things but don't actually "see" them. This is referred to as "inattention blindness." Although you're not touching your phone while driving, your mind is still occupied by the conversation you're having or the task you're performing and doesn't fully process its surroundings.


Have you recently sustained a severe injury in a car accident due to distracted driving? Are you questioning if you need a lawyer's help? It's not uncommon for a person involved in a car accident — even one who is seriously injured — to not completely understand his or her rights. That's why McCarron Law Firm is here for you 24/7. Call today at 309-820-1010 or visit our website to schedule your free consultation. 

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5 Most Common Causes of Spinal Injuries

Spinal injuries consist of damage to any part of the spinal cord or surrounding nerves, which can cause symptoms such as complete or altered loss of movement and sensation to heat, cold and touch. Spinal injuries can be separated into traumatic and nontraumatic depending on the severity. Most often these injuries result from a traumatic blow to the spine, like a car accident, which can crush or dislocate the vertebrae. However, there are several other common causes to note, including:


1. Car Accidents

As previously mentioned, car accidents top the list of most common causes of spinal cord injuries, accounting for almost half of all reported cases. This is mostly due to high-impact crashes, which can quickly and severely damage the vertebrae, ligaments, and disks of the spine.


2. Falls

Falls are among the most common workplace accidents, especially for those who work in the construction or manufacturing industries. Spinal injuries can often be a result of falling from an elevated area onto a hard surface.


3. Violence

According to Mayo Clinic, gunshots, knife wounds, and other types of assault account for approximately 15% of all spinal injuries.


4. Sports and Recreation

Contact sports such as organized and recreational football can often result in spinal damage, making up approximately 10% of all spinal cord injuries. More than half of all catastrophic sports injuries affect the cervical spine.


5. Diseases

There are a variety of diseases that can also cause severe damage to the spine. Some of these include arthritis, cancer, disk generation, osteoporosis, and multiple sclerosis.


Have you recently sustained a spinal injury in a car or work accident? Accidents that result in neck and back injuries can change your life forever. Personal injury attorney, Joe McCarron is available to you 24/7 and will work with you and for you to obtain the proper compensation. Call our office at 309-820-1010 or schedule an appointment online

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Winter Weather Can Cause Car Accidents & Injuries

Ok, Bloomington-Normal friends, it's freezing out there. And looking at the local weather forecast, it won't be warming up for quite some time. While schools may be canceled, most will still have to button up and hit the road for work, groceries, and the many other responsibilities of the adult world. So, what should you know to avoid car accidents and injuries during severe winter weather?


Check the Weather

First, take a minute to listen to current winter weather conditions. Go to WJBC.com and check out the local weather along with local road conditions. It might be wise to change or delay plans.


Be Prepared

Second, if you have to venture out, be prepared. Make sure that your phone is charged, you are stocked up on warm blankets, and your car's tank is full. Also, if your car is unreliable, this is certainly not the time to go for a drive.


Reduce Your Speed

Third, take it slow. Reduce your speed significantly and assume that the road beneath you is icy. Prepare to stop at lights and signs significantly earlier than you typically do, and always pump the breaks gently to avoid sliding and collision.


Here at McCarron Law Firm, we're hoping the little groundhog will have some good news! However, he's not the most reliable guy. So, stay safe! If you do run into trouble and a car accident has left you seriously injured, call our office at 309-820-1010. We're available 24 hours, seven days a week to offer injury compensation results for those in need. Thank you and stay warm! 

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The Problem with Drugged Driving

It's easy to forget that driving under the influence pertains to more than just alcohol. We've all heard about the dangers of drunk driving, but the less discussed topic of drugged driving is just as hazardous. Although it's obvious that illegal drugs impair driving ability, some might not understand the harmful effects of prescription medications. Drug use and abuse are becoming even more common within the United States, with legal marijuana and opioids topping the list.


Medical Marijuana

After alcohol, marijuana is the most common drug found in drivers involved in car accidents. So far, thirty-three states along with Washington D.C. have passed laws legalizing marijuana to some extent. Effects on the body can include hallucinations, drowsiness, short-term memory loss, and dizziness.


Prescription Opioids

"Opioids" refer to drugs that bind to opioid receptors within the body and act as a pain reliever to those suffering from severe pain. Examples of prescription opioids include common painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, and morphine. Effects on the body include drowsiness, confusion, unconsciousness, and nausea.


Many people are prescribed pain medications such as these after work and car accidents, or post-surgery. It's critical to understand that drug use, similar to alcohol, can decrease your coordination, reaction time, attention, perception, and decision-making ability, making it extremely dangerous to operate a vehicle.


If you or someone you know has been involved in a drugged driving accident, you need someone on your side. Contact McCarron Law Firm today online or by phone to receive the compensation you deserve.309-820-1010

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