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Just how safe are drivers in Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C.?

Laws regulating auto accidents in cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore might seem strict. But how tough are they? And how do they compare with other states nationwide?

A recent nationwide study gives a grade to each state for injury prevention. The top states nationwide for injury prevention are California and New York, which each received a score of 9 out of 10. Maryland was close behind with a score of eight. Washington, D.C., and Illinois each received a grade of seven. Alabama and Georgia earned a score of six.

The scores were based on 10 different injury prevention indicators. These include whether the state has a primary seat belt law, mandatory ignition interlocks for a convicted drunk driver, universal helmet laws for motorcycle riders, booster seat laws and regulations regarding bicycle helmet usage.

"There are proven, evidence-based strategies that can spare millions of Americans from injuries each year,” said Jeff Levi, Executive Director of The Trust for America's Health, which co-authored the study with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  "This report focuses on specific, scientifically supported steps we can take to make it easier for Americans to keep themselves and their families safer.”

Chicago drivers face all sorts of hazards every day. Just recently, four mothers died in a fatal auto accident in Chicago shortly before Mother’s Day when their vehicle hit a support column for an elevated Green Line track, according to the Chicago Tribune.

At the Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our Chicago auto accident attorneys work closely with each client and develop a strategy that’s right for you. Laws vary from state to state. That’s why our knowledgeable lawyers in Illinois, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Alabama and Georgia can design a defense tailored to suit your specific legal needs.

Auto accidents can be complicated. Knowing what to do can confusing, including whether to file an auto accident lawsuit in Chicago.

Statistically, the roads in cities like Baltimore and Chicago might be safer than the streets in other states. But you live there and know just how hard it can be sometimes to avoid an auto accident.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, take back control. Contact a Chicago car accident lawyer who will fight for your rights. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm, Aon Center, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, Illinois, 60601.

Teen drivers in Chicago and Washington, D.C. put people at risk in summer

Teenage drivers kill thousands of people every year. For every mile driven by an adult, a teenager driver 16 to 19 years old is four times more likely to get into a car accident, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while any time of year can be dangerous on the road, teens are more likely to be involved in an auto accident in the summer. A recent study of accident statistics discovered that more deadly auto accidents involving teenage drivers happen between Memorial Day and Labor Day than any other time of year.

What would you do if you were injured in an accident caused by a teenager? How would you pay your medical bills? How would your family survive? You need an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer on your side. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm. Serving clients throughout Illinois, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Alabama, Atlanta and the rest of Georgia, our experienced Chicago car accident attorneys are renowned for their first-class service and precise attention to detail. We pour over the evidence and routinely consult with experts to build a rock-solid case for our clients. Put your trust in a Chicago personal injury lawyer who puts people first. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

The number of fatal accidents caused by teenage drivers is startling. In 2008, fatal crashes involving drivers 15 to 20 years old killed 164 people in Illinois, according to official statistics. Similar figures were equally astounding for other states serviced by our law firm. In Alabama, 172 people were killed. In Georgia, 233 people. In Maryland, 103 people.

Accidents happen fast.  Your life can change in an instant. Knowing what to do after an accident caused by a teenage driver can be confusing. We can help. Our professional, experienced attorneys can help guide you through this complicated process. We’ve handled numerous cases and know what to expect. Choose a law firm focused on producing results. Choose the Mike Slocumb Law Firm. We’re on your side.

Financial impact of a fatal car crash in Chicago and Baltimore can be devastating

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study documenting the financial impact of motor vehicle crash-related deaths for the entire country. The findings were startling. Each year, such accidents cost families more than $41 billion nationwide in medical costs and lost work.

What would you do if you lost a loved in a fatal car crash? In some cases, you should file a wrongful death claim. But knowing how to do so can be difficult. Take the confusion out this complicated situation. Get straight answers from an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm. Serving clients throughout Illinois, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Alabama, Atlanta and the rest of Georgia, our experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys can give you the attention you rightfully deserve. Don’t leave your future to chance. Count on a Chicago auto accident lawyer with years of experience fighting for clients. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

The CDC’s study provides state-by-state breakdowns of the financial impact of fatal motor vehicle accidents. Here’s the annual statistics for states serviced by the Mike Slocumb Law Firm:

  • Georgia: $1.53 billion in lost work, $17 million in medical costs (4th highest in the nation)
  • Illinois: $1.31 billion in lost work, $15 million in medical costs (8th highest in the nation)
  • Alabama: $1.07 billion in lost work, $8 million in medical costs
  • Maryland: $570 million in lost work, $6 million in medical costs

Car accidents involving fatalities raise a wide variety of issues. Different states have different rules governing who can and cannot file a wrongful death claim. Let us help you take out the guess work. Our lawyers have years of experience fighting for clients dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm. We’re ready to work with you.