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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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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day 2018: 4 Ways to Show Support

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January 9th is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and McCarron Law Firm wants you to “take the “L.E.A.D.” by showing your support! Our law enforcement officers not only keep our cities safe but also preserve our peace of mind. It is critical that we encourage our cities’ protectors, especially with all the negativity surrounding them nowadays. This national day presents us with the opportunity to come together for a great cause. Here are four ways you can show our officers some appreciation:

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

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

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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Obtaining Compensation For Workplace Injuries

McLean County Workers' Compensation Attorney

If you have suffered an injury on the job, you are likely concerned about getting medical treatment, paying your bills, and getting back on the job. Workers' compensation is available for people who have suffered work injuries. But often, those individuals need a lawyer's assistance to recover all of the benefits that they are entitled to receive.

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Workers' Compensation History and Basics

Workers' compensation is not a fault-based system and is premised on the idea that "the burdens of caring for the casualties of an industry should be borne by industry and not by the individuals whose misfortunes arise out of the industry … ," Supreme Court of Illinois (1954). Some questions about workers' compensation that Joe frequently answers for his clients are found below.

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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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Social Security Disability Eligibility

Social Security Administration | Disability Questions

The government uses a step-by-step five question process to determine your disability status:

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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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Divorce Attorney in Central Illinois Fighting For Your Rights

McLean County Contested and Uncontested Divorce Attorney

One of the most emotional and most uncertain times in a person's life is during a divorce.

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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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Expert Child Custody and Support Attorney On Your Side

McLean County Child Custody/Child Support Attorney

Two of the most emotional legal issues associated with divorce are child custody and child support. Parents always want what is best for their children, but unfortunately, disputes happen that can be difficult to resolve and can tear families apart. It sometimes takes a skilled family lawyer to help arrive at effective resolutions through negotiation or in family court.

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