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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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Brain Injury Awareness Month: 3 Harsh Realities Victims Face

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and McCarron Law Firm wants to acknowledge the many challenges victims face on a daily basis. Approximately 2.5 million people experience a traumatic brain injury, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. These people not only experience physical difficulties but must learn to overcome emotional and relational problems as well. Brain injury victims deal with a variety of:  


1. Physical Challenges

Brain damage patients can experience extensive amounts of bodily pain along with impaired hearing, vision, feeling, and/or speech. Brain injury can lead to complications such as seizures and sleep disorders, paralysis, etc.


2. Psychological Alterations

This type of injury can impact a person's ability to communicate, reason, and memorize, and cause a variety of mental health issues. After the accident, survivors often have different personality characteristics and fears. Some may be unable to control their emotions and impulses, and some may struggle with things such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder


3. Relational Changes

The combination of physical and psychological effects can put pressure on a patient's relationships. With a brain injury comes changes in responsibilities, roles, and communication between the victim and the people closest to them. Families and friends must learn and balance new tasks as they figure out how to best care for the victim. Decision-making roles may be switched to couples and families and new communication styles may need to be enforced. 


A brain injury can lead to intense stress for both the victim and their loved ones. Motor vehicle accident attorney Joe McCarron wants to provide relief through obtaining the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you know is suffering from a traumatic brain injury due to a vehicular accident, contact McCarron Law Firm at 309-820-1010 or schedule an appointment online using the Live Chat feature.

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National Sleep Awareness Week: 6 Steps to a Better Night’s Rest

It's time to get some shut-eye! National Sleep Awareness Week is March 11th through the 17th. According to the American Sleep Association, drowsy driving is responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries each year in the U.S. Make it a priority to improve your sleeping habits with these steps: 


Stick With A Routine

Stay in tune with your body's internal clock by going to sleep and waking up at the same time on a consistent basis.Waking up without relying on an alarm clock is a good sign you're getting enough sleep.


Try To Avoid Napping

  You'll spoil your good night's sleep if you nap earlier in the day. You don't want to be all hyped up when bedtime rolls around, so try to keep your eyes open as best you can. 


Exercise During The Day

Watch What You Eat

  Avoid eating spicy and acidic foods in the evening, as this can cause heartburn during the night hours. Limit the amount of caffeine you drink as well as your consumption of sugary foods.


Reserve Your Bed For Sleeping

Set your laptop aside. Turn off the TV. Put away your cell phone. Make your bed a zone for sleeping only and you'll be surprised at how your quality of sleep increases. 


Keep Your Room Cool

Your bedroom temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees to ensure the best possible sleep.

Start a new habit this week by making sure you get your eight hours of sleep. Your body will thank you for keeping it healthy and safe.


Have you been injured in a car accident due to drowsy driving or other related cause? McCarron Law Firm is here 24/7 to help you get the proper compensation. Schedule an appointment today for a free initial consultation online through our live chat or over the phone at 309-820-1010. 

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5 Things You Should Know About Workers’ Compensation in Central Illinois

Worker's compensation or "workers' comp" is insurance dedicated to employees who experience an injury at work. Its purpose is to provide employees with wages and medical benefits. You may be entitled to compensation if you are injured while at your workplace or become ill because of work conditions. Here are a few things to note:


Where You Live Can Affect Your Benefits

Each state differs in its level and type of coverage. Certain kinds of injuries and employees may not be covered. Knowing Illinois's rules and qualifications ahead of time can prevent a not-so-good surprise later.


Workers' Comp Is Designed To Avoid Lawsuits

Employees Can Still Collect Benefits

Employees can still collect benefits even if they weren't on-site when they were hurt. For example, if you are injured while running an errand for your boss, you're covered. 


Worker's Compensation Covers More Than Just Injuries

Coverage extends to more than just physical injuries. People suffering from psychological trauma resulting from a work incident are also protected. 


Recurring Conditions Don't Go Away

Repetitive motion injuries, heart attacks, strokes, and other physical or mental conditions are often considered work-related. It's smart to talk with an attorney to see additional information.


Being injured on the job is hard enough; you shouldn't have to deal with the financial burdens that follow. McCarron Law Firm wants to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 309-820-1010, live chat, or contact us online for more information.

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McCarron Law Firm 24-Hour Call or Chat Now Available in Central Illinois

When you are involved in a car accident, experience a work-related injury, or other harmful situation that calls for a lawyer, you need help, and you need it fast. You shouldn't have to wait until the next morning to make an appointment for legal services. McCarron Law Firm stands ready when you need help. We make it easy for you. Call us anytime, 24-hours a day, or reach us online now.

"Don't Wait. Don't Worry. Just Call!"

Joe McCarron
 

The Importance of Being an Accessible and Responsive Attorney in the Midwest

Accessibility is crucial when it comes to legal issues. Clients should be able to call or email any time without being stuck in voicemail. One should be able to schedule appointments within a matter of seconds and overall, feel that they've received the best customer service possible. You should know that your lawyer lists your wellbeing as a top priority.


Responsiveness, on the other hand, is not just returning phone calls or emails within a certain amount of time, it's available always and delivering the appropriate information when needed. Accessibility and responsiveness go hand in hand; when the person you need is accessible, they have an opportunity to be immediately responsive, which is essential when you need help in a pinch.


Reach McCarron Law Anytime, Anywhere and Schedule an Appointment Online Now

McCarron Law Firm is here for you 24/7, 365 days a year, offering help when you need it most. Joe McCarron provides you with hope and support. As an experienced personal injury accident lawyer, Joe has devoted his life to offering injury compensation results to those who were injured because of a car, truck, or motorcycle collision. His cases also range from severe back, neck and spinal injuries to wrongful death claims, even social security disability insurance, and worker's compensation support. If you're in need, call McCarron Law Firm at 309-820-1010 or schedule an appointment online today!  Look for the "Live Chat" icon to the right, or call 1-866-7RIGHTS.


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