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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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Social Security Disability Benefits: Hope For Those Denied


Social security disability is complex, and there are numerous eligibility requirements. While there are social security income and social security disability benefits available for people living with a disability, the majority of those who apply for these benefits are denied.


If your initial claim has been denied, don't panic! You have the opportunity to appeal, and with the help of an attorney, you can obtain the proper benefits. With the percentage of denial so high, it's important to understand why you're being denied and have an experienced law professional outline the steps you should take to appeal your case and receive the benefits you rightfully deserve.


Here are a few reasons why your original application may have been rejected:


1.The severity of your disability does not meet Social Security Administration (SSA) standards.

The SSA requires that your disability continues over one year or could result in death. However, one exception to this duration prerequisite is those who have blindness.


2.Your income is over the "substantial gain activity" (SGA) limit.

Essentially, this means that you are earning too much to be considered for the benefits. The SSA allows you to work, but only at a minimal level where you are not earning over the limit. The dollar amount changes frequently, but the current SGA limits for 2019 are $2,040 per month or $1,220 for the blind.


3.Your condition stems from the misuse of drugs or alcohol.

The SSA will not provide benefits to you if your drug or alcohol use is impacting your ability to work. The main question they consider is whether or not you would still be disabled if you stopped the use of drugs and alcohol.


4.You submit a fraudulent application.

If you are attempting to obtain benefits under false pretenses, the SSA can terminate any benefits owed to you and sue you for fraud.


Most social security disability and social security income claims must go to a hearing after being denied. Having an attorney on your side in the courtroom can significantly improve your chances of winning, as they can assist you in a variety of ways through scheduling SSA consultative examinations with your doctor to review medical records, arranging witnesses (if necessary), applying their knowledge of SSA regulations and rulings to your case, and standing before the judge on your behalf.


Experienced lawyer Joe McCarron can provide help to those seeking assistance with an appeal. Contact us today about social security disability and social security income benefits by calling 309-820-1010 or scheduling a free consultation online.

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The Top 6 Causes of Car Accidents


Car accidents kill and severely injure millions of people each year, making our roads and highways some of the most dangerous places. Recognizing the various causes of these accidents is one simple step we can take toward preventing future tragedies. Here are a few of the most common causes:


1. Speeding

Ignoring the speed limit is one of the easiest ways to cause an accident. Traveling at higher speeds increases your vehicle's braking distance, the time it takes for your car to stop completely after you've hit the brakes. Speeding also increases the impact of the crash, which can result in more severe injuries or even death.


2. Drunk Driving

Alcohol reduces your concentration and coordination, slows your response time, and impairs your judgement, all of which are things necessary to safely operate a vehicle. Never get behind the wheel if your BAC is 0.08% or higher.


3. Distractions

Collisions caused by distracted driving are on the rise. One of today's biggest driving distractions is cellphones, which accounted for an estimated 1.5 million car accidents in 2017.


4. Adverse Weather Conditions

Rain, snow, and ice can cause slick roads and make it difficult to see. Although wintry weather is often most hazardous, even things such as sun glare and high winds can impact driving.


5. Drowsy Driving

Sleep is a necessity, especially before getting behind the wheel. Drowsy driving can be equivalent to driving drunk, as it also impacts your ability to concentrate, your reaction time, and your decision-making skills.


6. Unsafe Lane Changes

An accident can occur when a driver changes lanes without checking their blind spot or using their turn signal. Merging onto the highway without paying attention to oncoming cars or jerking into the other lane are often to blame for these types of crashes.


If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to someone else's negligence, you deserve the proper compensation. Call McCarron Law Firm today at 309-820-1010 or visit us online to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. 

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The Top 4 Back Injuries Caused By Car Accidents


Car accidents occur every day, many of which result in serious injuries. Back injuries rank among the top injuries sustained in these types of accidents, and can significantly impact a person's everyday life. Here are a few of the most common:


1. Herniated Discs

Discs are rubbery cushions that sit between the vertebrae. The force of a collision can easily cause these discs to shift, which can irritate nerves and result in pain, numbness, and weakness in the limbs.


2. Spondylolisthesis

This condition occurs when the spine slips out of its proper place and onto the bone beneath it. This can cause a variety of symptoms including numbness, pain, weakness, and difficulty walking, depending on the location of the displaced vertebrae.


3. Spinal Fracture

Spinal fractures often occur when the seat belt fails to secure the body properly. Often, these injuries are sustained when the lower body is secured, but the upper body is jostled around. There are many different types of spinal fractures, but burst fractures are the most common in car accidents. In a burst fracture, the vertebrae are crushed and fractured in multiple places due to severe trauma.


4. Spinal Cord Injury

This injury occurs when the vertebrae are broken or dislocated, causing pieces of the vertebrae to cut into cord tissue or compress the nerves that carry signals to the brain. Depending on the severity, this injury can result in life-long paralysis and neurological impairments such as respiratory, urinary, and gastrointestinal issues.


Keep in mind that most back pain does not always appear right away. Endorphins released after a collision can temporarily mask the pain, so it's important to look out for any discomfort following your accident. Be sure to visit your doctor if you experience even the slightest amount of pain.


Have you sustained a back injury or another severe injury in a car accident? You may be entitled to compensation. Joe McCarron is here to fight for you, and he's available 24/7. Don't wait, don't worry. Call today at 309-820-1010 or visit online to schedule an appointment.

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Sharing the Road: Safe Driving With Semis

Nearly 80% of all U.S. cargo is transported by trucks. No wonder you see them everywhere! Driving alongside semi-trucks is a daily reality that requires a great deal of caution for both car and truck drivers. Here are a few tips to stay safe while sharing the road with 18-wheelers:


1. Give Them Space.

Larger vehicles call for more space, especially since they need more time and distance to stop. Pass semis quickly and carefully, making sure that you can see the entire truck in your rearview before moving over into the right lane. Tire blowouts and weather conditions such as high winds, rain, and ice also require drivers to give trucks an extra amount of space.


2. Know the No-Zones.

Due to their massive size, trucks have several blind spots where small cars can easily disappear. Beware of driving directly in the front, rear, and both sides of the trailer, as these areas are the most dangerous. One rule of thumb for safe driving with semis is if you can't see the truck driver's face in their side mirror, they can't see you either.


3. Watch Out For Turns.

Stay as far away as possible when a truck is making a wide turn. When turning, a truck driver often must first swing the opposite direction in order to successfully make the turn. Truck drivers often cannot see nearby vehicles during these turns, so it's critical for other drivers to use the utmost caution and give them the space they need.


4. Turn Off the Brights.

Don't use your bright headlights when driving near a truck at night. Their extra large side mirrors reflect this light more so than a regular car's mirrors. This can temporarily blind the driver and potentially cause an accident.


If you or someone you know has sustained a severe injury in a truck accident, McCarron Law Firm is here to help. In these situations, it's critical to have an accomplished lawyer on your side to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us 24/7 at 309-820-1010 or schedule an appointment with us online. 

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