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Personal Injury Myths: 4 Things You Need to Know


Many have preconceived ideas about personal injury lawsuits, most of which are seldom true. It's always best to know the facts when you sustain an injury in an accident and seek a lawyer's assistance as necessary. That's why we're here to debunk a few myths regarding personal injury law:


1. Having insurance erases the need for a lawyer.

False.


You may have insurance to help cover medical bills and other costs. It's important to remember that insurance companies are "for-profit" corporations. The more money that they pay out in claims, the less profit they make. Often, they will try to settle quickly, offering amounts that are not appropriate for the situation, the injury, the time one has to take off of work, or the medical bills that follow. An attorney can help you avoid this and obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve.


2. You can file a claim at any time.

False.


Each state has statutes of limitations that specify the deadlines of when you can file your claim. The general time ranges from one to six years, but it's best to seek a lawyer's expertise as soon as possible after the accident.


3. Personal injury cases take forever to settle.

False.


Some are under the impression that these cases are incredibly time-consuming. However, 95% of personal injury cases are settled outside of court as soon as treatment is completed and all bills are compiled. Sometimes delays are a result of the insurance company's attempt to avoid payment.


4. Hiring an attorney will be too expensive.

False.


Most personal injury attorneys accept injury cases on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that you do not owe them anything unless they acquire compensation for you.


Having an attorney can help you arrive at a fair settlement for your situation and get you the compensation you deserve. Joe McCarron is here for you 24/7 to guide you through the process. Don't wait, don't worry. Call McCarron Law Firm at 309-820-1010 or visit us online to schedule an appointment. 

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National Safety Month: The Top 4 Fatal Accidents at Work


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over 5,000 U.S. workers died on the job in 2016.The majority of these deaths occurred in the construction industry, more than half resulting from what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls the "Fatal Four."


These four accidents at work include:


1. Falls

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries, as many manual labor occupations require employees to work from great heights on scaffolding, ladders, and other platforms. Many of these accidents occur due to a lack of proper fall protection equipment such as guardrails, safety harnesses, etc.


2. Struck-by-Object

Construction sites, warehouses, and other similar job sites are prime places to be struck by falling objects. Loads coming loose, flying debris, and falling equipment are just a few examples of potentially deadly situations.


3. Electrocution

Electrocution is the third leading cause of workplace deaths, resulting in fatal burns and sometimes even workplace explosions. The use of defective electrical equipment and working with improperly insulated wires and cables are two major electrical hazards that workers often encounter.


4. Caught-in-Between

These accidents occur when a worker's entire body or body part is squeezed between two or more objects. Some working conditions that contribute to this hazard include: unguarded machinery, wall cave-ins, and working between moving vehicles or equipment.


Employee well-being should always be a top priority in any workplace. While fatalities occur, accidents of this type often end up causing serious injury. Workers' compensation insurance and laws exist to ensure that you are compensated for medical bills and lost work time. If you or someone you know has lost a loved one or has been injured due to workplace negligence, McCarron Law Firm is here for you. Schedule an appointment today. 309-820-1010

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month: 4 Tips to Protect Your Fellow Motorists

Spring is in the air, which means it's prime time for motorcyclists. Sadly, nearly half of all motorcycle fatalities result from crashes involving another vehicle. Since the majority of vehicles on the road are not motorcycles, most drivers are unaware of the safety precautions that should be taken when sharing the road with two-wheelers. Follow these tips to ensure the safety of you and your fellow motorists:


1. Be on the lookout.

A motorcycle's narrow profile can easily get lost in a car or truck's blind spot. Make sure to take the extra time to look for these vehicles when you're changing lanes or turning.


2. Allow for more following distance, especially at intersections.

Don't tailgate a motorcycle, as your car or truck cannot stop as quickly as they can. Also keep in mind that motorcyclists often slow down by downshifting, which does not activate the brake light. Keep careful watch of their speed, as they may slow down without a visual signal.


3. Predict that a motorcycle is closer than it looks.

Motorcycles are smaller than cars, which makes them look farther away than they are. It also may be difficult to assess their speed. Before turning at an intersection, backing out of a driveway, etc., assume they are closer than they appear.


4. Give them space.

You may have spotted a rider swerving in and out of lanes and labeled them reckless. While there are certainly dangerous drivers out there, many riders do this to avoid obstacles such as potholes, oil spots, roadkill, and other types of road debris, and their actions are wise. Leave them space to change their lane positioning according to the circumstances of the road.


If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, McCarron Law Firm is here to help. We're ready for you 24/7, providing legal service that will help you receive the maximum compensation possible. Call us today at 309-820-1010 or schedule an appointment online

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National Car Care Awareness Month: The Top 10 Ways to Love Your Car

April is the month when we honor our four-wheeled friends. They take us everywhere we go without complaint, so it's the least we can do to show them a little love. Don't just limit your love to April though; they need TLC year-round.


Love your car by:


1. Avoiding pot-holes and uneven roads as much as possible


2. Going easy on the brakes and gas pedal


3. Getting your oil changed regularly


4. Having your tires rotated every 5,000-10,000 miles


5. Lightening the load by cleaning out your trunk


6. Changing your engine's air filter


7. Remembering the parking brake when parking on an incline


8. Coming to a complete stop before shifting gears


9. Rotating and airing up your tires to keep your car driving straight and standing tall


10. Regularly adding fuel to your gas tank, so you're never running low


McCarron Law Firm understands the importance of caring for your vehicle since a well-maintained car is also safer for travel. However, when it comes to accidents, sometimes the vehicles aren't to blame. If you've recently been injured due to negligent driving or other unfortunate situation, Joe McCarron is the car accident attorney for you. Schedule an appointment today at 309-820-1010 or online.

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month: 3 Essential Tips For Road Concentration

Distracted driving kills approximately nine people per day and injures over 1,000 in the U.S. Together, we can lower these numbers, but only if we decide to focus on driving every time we get behind the wheel. There are three types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive.


Visual distractions cause your eyes to focus on things other than the road such as looking out your driver's side window at the scenery or looking for items on the floor of your car. Manual distractions involve you physically taking your hands off the steering wheel. Some examples include: eating, drinking, or rifling through your wallet or purse. Cognitive distractions occur when your mind is sidetracked while driving such as when you are daydreaming or experiencing road rage.


Here are three essential concentration tips that can help you and other drivers stay safe while on the road:


1. Keep your phone on silent and out of reach.

The best way to avoid being distracted is to eliminate the problem before you start the engine. Turn your phone on silent when you're in the car; even hearing the ringtone or notification sound can distract you. It may be helpful to put your cell phone in the glove compartment or in your purse/wallet where you can't reach it. The text messages and work calls aren't worth risking your life.


2. Just pull over.

When in doubt, just pull over. This can be the best decision to make when you're tired or upset, as it puts you in a safe place to reenergize and calm down. It's also an easy way to control unruly passengers, adjust dashboard settings, etc.


3. Be a planner.

Developing your planning and organizational habits can help you stay focused during important situations like driving. Being prepared (leaving for work earlier, keeping appointments and deadlines in a calendar, etc.) can lessen physical and emotional stress, thus letting your brain focus on the task at hand.


Help create awareness in your community by signing up to receive Distracted Driving Awareness Month materials and sharing them on social media.

Have you been involved in an accident caused by distracted driving? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. McCarron Law Firm is here for you 24/7. Call us today at 309-820-1010 or visit us online. 

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