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For Once The Government is Right, Shut Up, Stop Texting, and just Drive

1/25/2018

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The Government May not be Correct About Everything, but when it Comes to Distracted Driving in Illinois, it is.

This is not "Fake News." Throughout Champaign Illinois and across the country, distracted driving is rampant; and the many fatalities and injuries caused by cell phone use while simultaneously operating a vehicle caught the attention of employees at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  In November 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  posted a  press release on its website regarding suggested efforts that mobile phone manufacturers and carriers can implement to reduce distracted driving accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

The Champaign Urbana accident lawyers at Koester & Bradley have seen these startling statistics first-had in representing the victims of auto accidents and their families.

The suggestions call for cell phone manufacturers and carriers to develop smartphones that can link to an in-vehicle system, which darkens the mobile phone screen and disables cell phone features. An effort such as this should prevent a driver from using their smartphone while driving. When a device can’t get paired with an in-vehicle system, the National Highway Safety Administration suggests that mobile phone manufacturers and carriers include a “driver’s mode” function, which allows drivers to disable their phones during vehicle operation.

Automobile accidents and safety efforts affect every driver. Many states are increasingly producing case law whereby proof of distracted driving established prima facie evidence of negligence. The case law in some states even extends to distant third parties who knowingly text a person while they operate a vehicle. Until the technology reaches a point where car manufacturers and cell phone manufacturers can combine their efforts with certainty to reduce distracted driving and increase driver safety, it’s incumbent upon a driver to utilize available technologies to reduce distracted driving.

In Illinois, and particularly in Central Illinois and Bloomington and Decatur, when you get injured in a car accident, and a distracted driver caused the crash it’s important to let an experienced personal injury attorney manage your claim.  This is particularly important  Your injury entitles you to monetary compensation for your economic and non-economic damages.  Contact us, and get the compensation that you deserve.

Beware of these Scams that Target the Elderly

1/22/2018

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Across Illinois, Scams and Cyber Threats are Targeting Seniors.  Here are a few You Should Know About

Scams that target the elderly never seem to end.  With the notice and attention that is given to cybersecurity and crimes such as identity theft, it is important to understand that "conventional" and lower-tech scams are still prevalent--particularly regarding senior citizens in central Ill and across the country.  At Koester & Bradley, LLP, we do our best to monitor all potential threats to our clients and community as Illinois personal injury and fraud lawyers.  Here are some more scams that target senior citizens.  Let us know if you are aware of any others to add to the list.

Fake Anti-Aging Products
Elderly people, especially women, often feel a need to look younger. This is a result of social and peer pressure. Scammers target seniors with fake or low-quality anti-aging products. They may not work, may be overpriced, or may have hidden fees -- for example, they may offer a one-month discount option without disclosing that they will be charged exorbitant fees for monthly deliveries after that.  Many of these drugs are actually harmful and dangerous products.

Fake Prescription Drugs
Similar to fake anti-aging products. These fake prescription drugs are cheap, and can often be found on the internet. They may cost less, but they may not work and may even be dangerous.  There are many drugs and devices that are actually prescribed by doctors that are also dangerous to seniors in Illinois such as Xarelto and Pradaxa, so it is wise to avoid subjecting yourself or a loved one to any drug not discussed with a healthcare professional. 

Grandchild Scam
The grandchild scam involves someone telephoning a caring grandparent and pretending to be a beloved grandchild. They can find out the names of their grandchildren from social media. During the phone call, they'll use low-quality audio to conceal their voice, and they will cry about how they are in trouble or in debt and need money to bail themselves out. They'll often say that they can not call their "parents" because their "parents" will be angry at them.

Other Scams
Elderly people who live alone are especially vulnerable to all kinds of phone, mail and cyber scams, such as fake charity scams, fake lottery tickets, fake antivirus companies and so on. Make sure to warn your loved one about these common scams.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of fraud,  contact us today for legal help.  Finally, remember that it is always worth investigation a scam if you or a loved one were a victim even if not sure of all of the details and the legality of the situation.  This is the way that new law is made.
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Ryan R Bradley is a personal injury and litigation lawyer based in Champaign County Illinois focused on representing injured clients and businesses navigate the maze of litigation to financial recovery.  


Tom Koester is a personal injury attorney based in Champaign County in Central Illinois focused on representing the injured and victims of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injuries.