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The 4 Most Common Motorcycle Accidents

Driving a motorcycle is fun but can also be extremely dangerous. Even if you're a safe cyclist and have the best safety gear, you're still at risk every time you're on the road. Although you can take steps to prevent a motorcycle accident, it's important to watch out for other vehicles and understand the most common types of accidents that can occur.

1. Car Lane Change

Motorcycles are significantly smaller than cars and trucks and can easily slip into their blind spots. Oftentimes, accidents happen because another vehicle veers over into your lane unexpectedly. Be sure to check for signs that the vehicle next to you is going to change lanes – turn signal, head movement, turning wheels, etc.

2. Alcohol-Related Crash

Nearly half of all motorcycle accidents involve alcohol. Most of these crashes result in death, as there is less protection to the passenger than in an enclosed vehicle. Prevention of this accident is simple; don't drink and ride.

3. Hit From Behind

Fender benders are one of the most common car accidents; however, these can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists. Sometimes other vehicles underestimate the space needed between their vehicle and your motorcycle. Avoid this by watching your mirrors, flashing your brake lights, and being prepared to move out of the way if you see someone coming behind you at a high speed.

4. Left Turn at an Intersection

Many motorcycle accidents occur at intersections where other vehicles either fail to see a cyclist or they misjudge their speed and turn left in front of them. Keep an eye out for other vehicles that could turn in front of you and hover your foot on the brake as a precaution.

The majority of motorcycle accidents don't occur out of reckless behavior. Usually, cyclists are following the rules of the road. Most often, severe and fatal motorcycle injuries involve a collision with another vehicle or vehicles. Have you or someone you know recently suffered from a serious motorcycle injury due to an accident? McCarron Law Firm is here to help you understand your rights and work with you and for you to obtain the highest possible compensation. Call us today to schedule your consultation. 309-820-1010 

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The Top 5 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

According to the National Safety Council, there are a few common denominators among American jobs with the highest death rates. These include: working at dangerous heights, the use of hazardous machinery, and driving for extended periods. All of the following jobs were ranked according to the number of recorded fatal injuries. See if your job makes the list:

1. Fishers

Fishing jobs top the list of the most dangerous jobs with drowning being the number one cause. Commercial fishing requires physically demanding work and exposure to severe weather out on the water. Access to medical care may be unavailable, as most of their work is done far from civilization.

2. Logging Workers

In the logging industry, workers are required to participate in intense physical work within remote areas. Common accidents include being struck by a log or branch or harmed by sharp machineries such as harvesters or chainsaws.

3. Pilots and Flight Engineers

Pilots and flight engineers are constantly at risk of sustaining a severe injury or dying in a crash. Their work is also extremely mentally and physically challenging with the stress of schedules and layovers, which can lead to extreme exhaustion.

4. Roofers

Obviously, roofing work involves working at dangerous heights. There is always a risk of falling from scaffolds, ladders, and rooftops, which can result in serious injury or death. These workers can also be at risk for heat-related illness due to working in direct sunlight in extremely hot temperatures.

5. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

The majority of these workers spend a great deal of time in vehicles. As a result, most fatal injuries are caused by auto accidents. However, they are also exposed to various pollutants that can cause serious sickness.

When you suffer from a workplace injury or you have an accident at work, it's critical that you have an experienced workers' compensation attorney on your side. Joe McCarron can be the advocate you need. He will guide you throughout the entire process and provide you with top-notch representation to obtain the amount of compensation you rightfully deserve. Schedule your consultation today by visiting the McCarron Law Firm website or calling us at 309-820-1010. 

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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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