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    Understanding the Threat of Distracted Driving Behavior

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Any experienced personal injury attorney will tell you that distracted driving is a growing threat to Chicago’s motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists alike. In fact, studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2010, nearly one in five car crashes in which an individual suffered an injury was caused by distracted driving. Read through this article for more information about distracted driving.

    Distraction Types

    Distracted driving is defined as participating in another activity that takes your attention away from the road. There are three main types of distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distractions refer to activities that take your mind off the road, while manual distractions occur when you take your hands off the wheel. Cognitive distractions involve anything that takes your mind away from driving. However, many activities may be classified as more than one type of distraction. For example, texting while driving is a visual, manual, and cognitive distraction, whereas talking to a passenger may only classify as a cognitive distraction.

    Common Driver Distractions

    Drivers may be distracted by a number of items or activities. Some of the most common distractions are caused by texting or talking on a cell phone, eating, shaving or putting on makeup, changing CDs or tuning the radio, and talking to passengers. While these distractions can affect individuals of any age, younger and more inexperienced drivers tend to be involved in the highest number of distraction-related fatal crashes.

    Auto Accident Injuries

    The injuries sustained in auto accidents due to distracted driving can range from moderate lacerations to severe, catastrophic injuries. Some common injuries include whiplash, lacerations to the face and arms, dislocated and broken bones, concussions, and spinal injuries.

    Have you recently been injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver? Make sure you understand your legal right to compensation by contacting the Shea Law Group in Chicago. Call (888) 529-4185 or check out our website to get started today.

    Personal Injury Terms: Negligence

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Negligence is a legal term defined as the failure to exercise reasonable care towards others, or act in a way that any other reasonable person would do in under the same circumstances. Negligence is the basis for most personal injury cases, including those related to slip and fall accidents, premises liability, and auto accidents. In order to file a personal injury claim on the grounds of negligence, the injured person must prove that the defendant owed them a specific duty of care, that the duty was breached, and that the defendant’s action or inaction directly led to the injury.

    If you have suffered a personal injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for damages, including compensation for your medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. Get the facts regarding your legal options by contacting the Chicago personal injury attorneys and dog bite lawyers with Shea Law Group at (888) 529-4185.

    A Look at Some of the Most Aggressive Dog Breeds

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Dog bites are extremely common among Chicago residents and account for millions of personal injury accidents each year. In fact, studies show that nearly five million individuals are affected by dog bites in the United States on an annual basis—thousands of which live in the Chicago area alone. While an experienced dog bite lawyer can defend your case in the event of injury, it is important to educate yourself on the most aggressive types of dogs in order to reduce your risk for a personal injury.


    The Chow is notorious for being a one-person dog, meaning that they are extremely protective over their owner and will often bite strangers without warning. Chows require intense discipline from the start in order to break these habits and control their ferociousness.

    Giant Schnauzer

    The Giant Schnauzer is a very dominant breed. As with the Chow, Giant Schnauzers will usually challenge strangers who come close to their owner, causing potentially serious injuries.

    Cocker Spaniels

    Cocker Spaniels may not seem aggressive, but they often suffer from a genetic disease known as rage syndrome, which leads to spontaneous acts of violence against family members rather than strangers.

    Llasa Apso

    The Llasa Apso is a large-sized dog known for being impatient around children. This often leads to serious problems, as children tend to approach unknown dogs without thinking about the consequences.

    Old English Sheepdog

    It’s no real surprise that the Old English Sheepdog is protective of their owners, especially considering that they were originally bred to show dominance in order to successfully herd sheep and other farm animals. For this reason, Old English Sheepdogs may become aggressive if another individual gets too close to their owner.

    It is important to remember that all dog breeds can be violent under the right circumstances. Get the legal representation you need following a dog bite injury by contacting the Shea Law Group today at (888) 529-4185.

    Illinois' Texting While Driving Law

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you text on your phone while operating a car, you’ll want to watch this video about Illinois’ ban on texting while driving. As of January 1st, 2010, any Illinois driver caught texting while driving may face a fine upwards of 75 dollars, not to mention points against their license. However, police officials say that it is not always easy to spot a driver who is texting or using their phone until they cause an accident. There are also certain times when it is legal to text inside your vehicle. To learn more, check out this video.

    If you have suffered a car accident because another driver was texting or talking on a cell phone, the auto accident lawyers with the Shea Law Group are here to help. You can set up an initial consultation with our injury lawyers by visiting us online or calling (888) 529-4185.

    Understanding Chicago's Dog Leash Laws

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Many pet owners tend to forget that their family dog is still a dog, and therefore needs to be restrained by a leash. Failing to put a dog on a leash can lead to a number of health risks, including potentially serious injuries to neighbors and strangers, and injury to the dog itself. Continue reading to learn more about Chicago’s dog leash laws.

    Leash Requirements

    According to the Chicago Municipal Code, all pet owners must keep and maintain their animals under leash restraint if outside of an unfenced portion of the owner’s property. Chicago Municipal Code also maintains that pet owners must attempt to restrain the animal if it jumps on, threatens, or bites another individual outside of the owner’s property line.

    Fines and Penalties

    Pet owners who fail to adhere to these guidelines may be fined up to 300 dollars. However, any violation that results in severe injury or death to another individual may result in a fine of between 1,000 and 10,000 dollars, and may also require the pet owner to pay restitution to the victim. Additionally, pet owners may be fined between 300 and 1,000 dollars for physical damages which occur on another individual’s property.

    Steps You Can Take

    If you have been bitten or otherwise hurt by a dog, the owner may be required to provide you with certain compensatory damages. It is important to seek the advice of a qualified personal injury attorney or dog bite lawyer if you or a loved one has been injured by an unleashed dog in order to prove your case. You may be eligible for damages if you and your attorney can prove that the injury was caused by the dog, the defendant is the legal owner of the dog, the dog was not provoked, and that you were legally allowed to be in the location where the injury took place.

    For more information on obtaining compensation for a dog bite, contact the personal injury attorneys with the Shea Law Group at (888) 529-4185. You can also set up an initial consultation with our dog bite lawyers by visiting us online.

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