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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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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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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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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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3 Harsh Realities of Brain Injury Victims

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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McCarron Law Firm 24-Hour Call or Chat Now Available

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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!"

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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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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Winter Weather and Car Accidents

It's always important to be a cautious driver, but it's especially important to use caution during winter weather. Twenty-four percent of weather-related car accidents occur on icy roadways each year. Record-breaking low temperatures in Bloomington-Normal paired with snowfall and ice are a recipe for black ice accidents and other ice-related crashes. Winter seemed to be delayed in early December, but ramped up after the holidays. Now, road crews are preparing for dangerous road conditions and so should you! Here are four things you should know as winter weather hits the Twin Cities:


  1. Although they do an excellent job of clearing our streets and highways, snow plows can also be a significant cause of accidents. Driving right behind a snowplow can be dangerous, especially when snow is light and fluffy. It makes it difficult to see as it is kicked up onto other drivers' windshields. It is recommended to stay at least 40 feet away when sharing the road with a plow.
  2. Black ice, an almost invisible layer of ice caused by re-melted snow, is a hidden danger when driving on winter roads. It tends to form in the early morning and evening and has a smooth, glossy appearance. Watch the cars in front of you; if they swerve, it's possible that black ice is ahead. Utilizing extreme caution and adjusting your speed when necessary can help lower your risk of a black ice accident.
  3. Contrary to popular belief, most serious crashes are not the result of careless drivers. Most accidents are caused by a lack of advanced warning signs before encountering an ice hazard. Caution signs should be posted before bridges and other areas that are prone to ice build-up. However, sometimes there are no signs, and it is up to the driver to watch out for ice patches. For more information on winter weather conditions and winter roads, visit http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com/.

It's common to wonder whether to file a personal injury claim after a car accident. If you or someone you know is involved in a weather-related accident, please don't hesitate to call McCarron Law Firm at 309-820-1010 or contact us online. We'll ensure that you understand your rights and receive the attention for your situation. If you've been seriously injured in a car accident in McLean County or within central Illinois, call personal injury attorney Joe McCarron. 

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Driving Drowsy vs. Driving Drunk: What Your Local Law Office Has to Say

Driving Drowsy vs. Driving Drunk

Everyone knows how dangerous it is to drink and drive; we’re practically bombarded by regularly broadcasted announcements on the topic. However, it’s shocking that driving while drowsy, which is just as dangerous, often goes unmentioned. Still, we are left wondering how the two are related…

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October is Car Accident Awareness Month

October is Car Accident Awareness Month

Did you know that more car accidents happen in October than in any other month?  For this reason, October has become Car Accident Awareness Month.  According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Data Survey, in 2015, Illinois experienced approximately 1,000 auto accident-related fatalities, an increase of 10% from the previous year.  

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Wrongful Death Claims in McLean County IL

McLean County Wrongful Death Attorney

Losing a family member is devastating. When that loss is unexpected, and has been caused by the negligence of another driver, it is even more damaging. In the aftermath of such a horrendous tragedy, family members are left with the emotional issues of the death and the financial burden of expensive medical bills, funeral expenses, and a loss of income.

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Steps You Should Take When Personally Injured

  • Contact a Lawyer Immediately: Bloomington personal injury attorney Joe McCarron can help you understand exactly what you should do to give yourself the best chance of recovering compensation. He will also help you understand what to expect during the various stages of personal injury cases, from depositions to jury trials and everything in between.
  • Seek Medical Care: In all cases, it is vital to protect your health. If you are injured at your workplace, advise your doctor that you are seeking treatment under workers' compensation.
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Seek Medical Care Immediately After Personal Injury

Preserve Your Health And Medical Evidence

It is important you see a doctor immediately following your accident so your injuries can be treated promptly.

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Rear-End Collisions in Central Illinois

McLean County Whiplash Injury Attorney

Throughout Central Illinois, the Midwest, and America, rear-end collisions happen every day.

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Hiring an Attorney for Personal Injury & Workers Compensation

When should I consult an attorney?

Since the initial consultation is free and you never owe any fee unless you recover, I highly recommend you consult a lawyer as soon as you are injured.

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Depositions: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

What is a deposition?

A deposition is a discovery tool in which opposing parties can ask questions of the other side under oath. These questions and answers are usually taken down word-for-word by a transcriptionist, so the other party at trial can use the statements.

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