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Dram Shop Laws and Pub Crawls: Know Your Right to Relief

Dram Shop Laws and Pub Crawls: Know Your Right to ReliefThe recent popularity of the pub crawl trend has taken its toll on communities across the nation. The recent death of two local men caused by drunk driving is a harrowing example all too close to home. When 28-year-old Tyler Stuart got behind the wheel of his truck the night of February 11, he had already had enough to drink. Stuart had just finished a bar crawl that spanned three establishments. Stuart’s family and the family of the Crystal Lake man whom Stuart killed by colliding with his car that night are now trying to hold those three establishments liable for irresponsibly serving alcohol to Stuart before he got behind the wheel.

 

The law, which the plaintiffs are basing the suit off of, is called a dram shop law. The dram shop law holds an establishment or a host that serves liquor to a clearly intoxicated person liable for the injuries or losses caused by the patron. For example, a bar that serves an obviously intoxicated person with more alcohol may be held liable if that patron then got behind the wheel and caused an accident, either injuring or killing someone.

 

In Illinois, the dram shop law, which falls under the purview of the Liquor Control Act, provides relief for those injured by someone who was negligently served alcohol. But these cases can be intricate, especially if more than one bar was involved, and—not surprisingly—the establishments often fight back.

 

Dram shop laws are particularly relevant when it comes to pub and bar crawls, where the patron in question travels from establishment to establishment to drink. Pub and bar crawls are growing in popularity and can be an enjoyable activity but only if there is a designated driver or the participants use public transportation to travel between bars and to get home. Fortunately, as towns and cities across Illinois improve public transit and embrace ride sharing, there are more safe ways to get home from pub crawls than ever before.

 

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you may be able to file a lawsuit to get compensation for your losses, so you should speak with an experienced attorney about your rights. Again, these cases can be complicated and are best handled by an experienced Arlington Heights auto accident attorney.

 

When people get behind the wheel after drinking, the results can be fatal. If you enjoy pub crawls, make sure you identify a designated driver or use a ride share service at the end of the night to keep you and others safe.

 

If you’ve recently been in an accident, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

Preparing to Fight: Battling Big Insurance

Preparing to Fight: Battling Big InsuranceIf you’ve been involved in an accident, you will most likely have to file an insurance claim if you want compensation for your losses. Whether it’s with your insurance company or the other driver’s, you should remember that insurance companies are businesses that want to make a profit. They will try everything in their power to deny legitimate claims and minimize claim payouts. That’s their business model, and it’s nothing personal.

 

When dealing with Big Insurance, you might feel like you are up against impossible odds fighting for the compensation you deserve. Filing a claim after an accident shouldn’t be frustrating, but it often is. Adjusters have an arsenal of techniques used to deny, delay, or minimize claims. They may immediately deny liability or try to get you to say or sign something that would undermine your claim or absolve them of liability.

 

To fight these tactics, following these tips:

 

Never sign a release or accept a check from an insurance company without speaking with an attorney first. By signing a release or cashing a check, you are releasing the insurance company from further liability. If you have lingering symptoms and need more medical treatment after that point, you cannot ask the company to pay for it.

 

Don’t provide a recorded statement regarding the accident until you’ve spoken with an attorney. What you say can compromise your claim.

 

Wait until you have healed from all your injuries—to the extent that you can—before you consider settling your claim. The insurance company might pressure you to settle before you have healed or have been properly treated. Although you might need the money to pay your bills, you could be cheating yourself out of your rightful compensation. Seek medical care as soon as you need it, and follow your doctor’s orders carefully.

 

Perhaps most importantly, you should consult with a personal injury attorney to determine whether you need legal representation or if you can handle your claim on your own. But if you have serious injuries or injuries that will require lengthy treatment to heal or if the insurance company is disputing liability, an attorney might be able to help you.

 

If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you don’t have to let Big Insurance take advantage of you. Becoming aware of the industry tactics insurance companies may use to minimize your claim and knowing how to undermine those efforts is half the battle. If you’ve been injured and are seeking fair compensation for your losses, you should speak with an experienced Arlington Heights area personal injury attorney. An attorney can coach you on how to handle your claim while protecting your interests, so you can receive all the compensation you deserve.

 

Getting the compensation you deserve shouldn’t be a battle, and Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer understands how you feel. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

 

Safety First! … Wear a Backseat Seat Belt

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Did you know: nine out of ten American front seat car passengers report wearing a seat belt in the front seat? However, according to a new study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the same cannot be said for backseat passengers.

The IIHS surveyed a group of adults regarding their seat belt habits. Most adults said they understood the importance of always wearing a seat belt in the front seat. However, the study showed that adults believe the back seat is safer. Therefore, adults buckled up less often in the backseat. According to the IIHS, “4 out of 5 surveyed…say short trips or traveling by taxi or ride-hailing service are times they don’t bother to use the belt.” In total, only 72% of the adults surveyed reported wearing a seat belt in the backseat. 91% wore a seat belt in the front seat.

The Common Misconception: The Back Seat Is Safer

The backseat being safer than the front seat of a vehicle is a common misconception. Seat belts matter regardless of where a person sits in a vehicle. Over half of the people who die in vehicle crashes in the United States every year do not wear their seat belts. If you have been involved in an accident with another car with individuals who did not wear their seat belts, contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. today. While many believe they should wear seat belts to protect themselves from injury, all riders should wear seat belts.

According to the IIHS study, when a backseat passenger does not wear a seatbelt during a collision, that unbelted passenger “can slam into the driver’s seat, pushing the driver into the airbag and steering wheel with a 35 mile per hour impact.”  Jessica Jermakian, an IIHS senior research engineer and a co-author of the study, states “in the rear seat a lap/shoulder belt is the primary means of protection in a frontal crash. Without it, bodies can hit hard surfaces or other people at full speed, leading to serious injuries.”

As part of the study, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a simulated car crash. The findings? Vehicle drivers are twice as likely to be fatally injured in collision when the passenger behind the driver is not wearing their seat belt.

Collision Injuries

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that unbelted backseat collision injuries and deaths became of high interest after such incidents as the death of Princess Diana in 1997 and newsman Bob Simon in 2015. Jermakian states “That crash brought a lot of attention to the issue, but people still think they are safer in the backseat and they don’t need to buckle up.” However, Jermakian says that it is quite the opposite. “…The laws of physics aren’t suspended just because you’ve moved to the backseat. You still need to buckle up to get the best protection in a crash.”

In line with the old saying, seat belts do save lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is estimated that seatbelts saved 13,941 lives in 2015. When seatbelts are worn, the risk of death of front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent for cars and increases to 60 percent for passengers of SUVs, pickup trucks, or vans. The Administration additionally estimated that 2,800 deaths could be prevented if everyone buckled up when they got into a vehicle.

Buckle Up for Safety

So, buckling up is clearly important. But what are car companies and legislation makers doing make sure people buckle up?

A few things such as:

  • alert tones
  • warning lights
  • strong, well-communicated laws

And surprisingly, these things are encouraging passengers to buckle up. According to the IIHS study, 75 percent of the surveyed said they would buckle up if they were reminded to do so. Another 73 percent said they would buckle up if the driver was concerned about being pulled over for an infraction. 62 percent of those surveyed said they would buckle up if they had an audible reminder.

While car makers are listening to survey results and installing seat belt reminding technology, legislators are working to pass laws requiring drivers and passengers alike to wear seat belts. Currently, 29 states and Washington, D.C. require rear passengers to buckle up. Of those 30, 20 states have primary enforcement rules, or rather rules stating that police can pull over a car specifically because someone isn’t wearing a seat belt. Illinois is one of these states.

There is no new advice when it comes to wearing a seat belt.

It’s simple.

Buckle up!

Summer BBQ Safety and Recalls

Summer BBQ Safety and RecallsGrilling is a time-honored summer tradition in Illinois and across the nation. Despite its connotations of simple summer fun, grilling can be dangerous. Between 2009 and 2013, an average of 8,900 grill fires was reported each year, usually peaking in July. Whether causing structural damage to buildings or inflicting severe burns, grill fires can ruin your backyard gathering.

 

While common causes for grill fires include failing to clean the grill, grilling too close to flammable items, or leaving the grill unattended, grill leaks or breaks was the leading cause for outside, gas grill fires. If your grill leaks or breaks, it could be because of faulty manufacturing. Defective products can cause serious injuries, and grills are no exception.

 

Manufacturers of all products are required to notify consumers of recalls when they discover a product is defective or poses a safety hazard. Your first step to grill safety is to be aware of these recalls. If you’ve registered your manufacturer’s warranty, the company should notify you of any recalls. If you haven’t, that information can be found online through the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

 

Aside from being aware of consumer recalls, here are some simple grilling safety tips to minimize your risk of injury during grilling season:

 

  • Never leave a grill unattended
  • Maintain your grill to ensure all parts are in working order
  • Clean your grill regularly to remove built up fats and grease, which can increase the chance of starting an unintended fire
  • Keep grills a safe distance away from anything flammable such as home siding, decks, fences, sheds, and dry leaves
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill at all times
  • Use propane and charcoal grills only outside

 

By following these safety tips and staying mindful of recalls, you can reduce your chance of being injured.

But if a faulty product injured you, such as a gas grill that leaks, you might be able to file a personal injury claim. If you think you might have a claim, speak with an attorney about your rights. A knowledgeable Arlington Heights personal injury attorney with experience handling faulty product cases can evaluate the facts and circumstances of your case and advise you on what you can do to seek fair compensation.

 

Backyard grilling doesn’t have to be dangerous. Always play it safe when operating a grill to ensure you can enjoy this classic summer activity worry-free.

 

If a defective product has injured you, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

Back to School – Stay Safe

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Summer is ending, and we are officially in the thick of the back to school season. This means there will be more street congestion, more children, teenagers, and parents on the streets, and more time added onto commutes. While schools across the area vary specific start dates, it is important to be consistently diligent through the August and September months.

According to the National Safety Council, otherwise known as the NSC, there are four specific areas of safety to practice additional care: general safety for students, driving safety, pedestrian safety, and clothing and school supplies safety. Follow these tips to ensure your children will have a successful year at school!

General Back to School Safety Tips

Nothing is better than the basics. The Red Cross advises that parents follow two pieces of age old advice.

  • Sending your children off to school is frightening for any parent but especially for parents who are sending their children to school for the first time. If this is the case, make sure you child knows:
    • the home phone number if your family has a landline
    • their parents cell phone numbers
    • their home address
    • how to contact their parents at work or at their day time location
    • how to contact their emergency contact or other trusted adult
  • Stress to your children the importance of not talking to strangers or getting into a car with someone they do not know. It is important for children to know what to do in the event that a stranger does approach them. If this were to happen, children should run away, and immediately tell a teacher or another trusted adult.

Drive Safely Going Back to School

There are two drivers to consider when focusing on back to school driving: 1) parent drivers, and 2) new, teenage drivers. According to the NSC, car crashes involving teens increase during September and usually occur in the hours before school or after school. When sharing the road with new, inexperienced drivers who are driving to school, fellow drivers and parents should:

  • Always obey speed limits, stop signs, posted school signs, and other posted roadway signs and rules of the road
  • Slow down when entering a school zone (note: the required speed limit for most school zones is 20 miles per hour).
  • Brake for school busses that are picked up or dropping off students
  • Stop for crosswalks that students are crossing the street with or without a crossing guard
  • Look for students near schools, at bus stops, on sidewalks, on the street, or in school parking lots. Be careful
  • Do not pass another vehicle in a school zone.
  • Do not change lanes or make a U-turn in a school zone.
  • Put the phone down. Do not be a distracted driver.

If you or someone you know has been injured while driving their children to school, contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. for a free consultation

Pedestrian Safety

To keep children who walk to school safe, parents should:

  • Advise their children to take the same route to and from school every day. Parents should be aware of what route to school their child or children are taking.
  • Stress to their children the importance of going home right after school and not going somewhere else without parental permission.
  • Tell their children to use public sidewalks and streets
  • Practice proper street and traffic safety when walking with children so they will emulate that behavior
  • Create a “walking group” that consists of other children who are walking to the same school.

To keep children who bike to school safe, parents should:

  • Contact the school and make sure students are allowed to ride their bikes to school.
  • Require their children to wear a bicycle helmet. According to the NSC, wearing a bicycle helmet reduces the possibility of obtaining a head injury by 85 percent.
  • Inform their children to stay on the right-hand side of the road. Children should always ride with the flow of the traffic.
  • Find a safe route to and from school, and practice riding it with the children.
  • Find a riding partner for their children. There is safety in numbers!

If you have been injured by a car while riding your bike with your family to school, call the experienced lawyers at the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. who have dealt with many bicycle accident cases.

Clothing and School Supplies Safety

Clothing and school supplies safety tips seem like weird thing to be reading. But wearing or purchasing the wrong item can increase a child’s potential of being harmed at school.

For example:

  • Backpacks
    • Students should purchase backpacks with wide straps and padded backs and shoulder straps not exceeding 10 to 15 percent of the child’s body. Having too heavy of backpack can lead to the child harming his or her back or experiencing another kind of injury.
    • When packing a backpack, the heaviest items should be placed in first because the closer the heavier items are to a student’s back, the less likely the student will experience strain.
    • All compartments of the backpack should be used to ensure even weight distribution.
  • Clothing
    • Drawstrings should be removed from jackets and sweatshirts. Drawstrings can potentially cause strangulation.
  • Art supplies
    • Be sure to purchase child safe, non-toxic art supplies.
    • If the teacher has provided students with a shopping list, abide by the list unless you have a genuine concern regarding one of the items.
    • The NSC states that parents should be sure to purchase art supplies that has “CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236” on their packaging.

As kids and parents alike enjoy going back to school, remember to stay safe with these tips.

What Is Medical Neglect in Nursing Homes?

What Is Medical Neglect in Nursing Homes?We put our trust in nursing homes to care for and watch after our loved ones when they need specialized medical care. Unfortunately, nursing home residents suffer abuse and neglect at the hands of trained professionals every day.

 

Many types of neglect can occur in a nursing home. Perhaps the most serious of which is medical neglect, which can occur when a staff member fails to provide necessary care or when the care rendered is sub-standard. Medical neglect can result in such conditions as bed sores, injuries from restraints, malnutrition, and dehydration. If you entrust the care of your loved one in the hands of professional nursing home staff, medical neglect is not acceptable. If your loved one has been neglected, however, you might have grounds for a nursing home neglect claim.

 

Nursing homes in Illinois are licensed, regulated, and inspected by both state and federal agencies, including the Illinois Department of Public Health, which works to ensure the safety of Illinois’ 100,000 nursing home residents. Responding to over 5,000 complaints a year, the Department of Public Health has its hands full holding nursing homes to mandatory state standards of care.

 

The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act protects nursing home residents from any breach of duty to care that might compromise a resident’s health, safety, happiness, and well-being. Sadly, despite stringent standards and robust protections, the elderly can suffer abuse and neglect even when under supervised, professional care. Due to the vulnerability and helplessness of many nursing home residents, the effects of neglect can be fatal.

 

Because of these risks, you should thoroughly review a nursing home before choosing one for your loved one. Visit the home, and research its history of violations. You can also take steps to ensure the treatment your loved one receives is appropriate and of high quality. As a family member of a loved one in a long-term care nursing home, you have a right to install an electronic monitoring device (i.e. a closed-circuit television camera), so you can keep tabs on the standard of care your loved one receives.

 

If you suspect medical neglect, you or your loved should submit a complaint to the Department of Public Health. You should also consult with an experienced Arlington Heights nursing home abuse attorney who has handled nursing home neglect cases. If your loved one is competent and of sound mind, he or she can file a claim against the nursing home. If not, a family member, close friend, or someone with a power of attorney may file the claim.

 

An attorney can investigate the facts and circumstances of the neglect and advise you on your loved one’s rights regarding legal claims. Nursing homes should be held accountable for medical neglect, and an attorney can help you do just that. You will also want to work with an attorney if you want to file a personal injury claim against the nursing home so your loved one can recover losses associated with the neglect.

 

 

If you or a loved one were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

Staying Safe on Illinois’ Waterways

Staying Safe on Illinois’ Waterways

Boating Season Is Here

When the temperature rises, many of us head to lakes and rivers to enjoy one of the summer’s simplest pleasures: boating. Boating safety is vital to ensure enjoyable recreation on Illinois’ waterways during summer. But, due to negligent operating, hazardous waters, alcohol impairment, swimmer ability, and other factors, a typically safe and harmless summer activity can quickly turn fatal. In fact, there were 77 boating accidents in Illinois in 2014, resulting in 54 injuries and, sadly, 20 fatalities.

 

Whether you are operating a boat, are a boat passenger, or swimming in waters near boats, you could be at risk for boating accidents. When inexperienced swimmers fall overboard or are hit by watercraft while swimming, the potential for drowning is significant. Recreational boaters can be relatively inexperienced and may not exercise the same level of care they would when behind the wheels of a car. For these reasons, it’s important to take safety precautions, such as:

 

  • Always wear a life jacket (drowning is the leading cause of death in boating accidents)

 

 

  • Take a boating course to learn how to properly operate a boat (most accidents involved operators who had little or no formal boating education), and

 

  • Use common sense when operating a boat or swimming near boats

 

Following these safety tips can greatly reduce your chance of getting in a boating accident. But if you were injured in a boating accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. If someone else was liable for your injuries, you could stand to recover losses such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

 

If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, speak with an Illinois personal injury attorney in your area. It’s important to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure you can file a claim within a specified time frame and that all evidence is preserved. An attorney can review the facts and circumstances of your accident, help you identify the responsible parties, and potentially file a claim against them, so you can get the compensation you deserve.

 

Boating can be fun for everyone if safety is a top priority, so when out on Illinois’ lakes and rivers this summer, remember the above safety tips, and enjoy the water!

 

If you’ve recently been injured and are seeking compensation, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

Football – Should We Allow Our Children to Play?

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Back-to-school time is upon us which means our children will begin playing traditional American fall sports. For young women, it maybe volleyball, cheerleading, cross country, or dance team. For young men, it may be cross country or football.

In a new editorial published by the Chicago Tribune, the editorial board states “last year, 3 million kids ages 6 to 18 played organized football in the U.S” while in “Illinois in 2014, nearly 47,000 boys played high school football” making it one of the most popular sports in the country. But with this accolade comes reality. While runners and cross country participants experience many of their own strains, sprains, and injuries, according Ann McKee, director of Boston University’s CTE Center, football is considered one of the most dangerous sports because of the high risks associated with it.

Being a high-contact sport, football comes with many grueling injuries such as breaks, sprains, and strains, but more seriously, concussions.

CTE

According to the Chicago Tribune editorial, concern regarding the long-term effects of playing football has sparked due to a new study conducted by Ann McKee’s team. In the study, McKee’s team monitored the brains of 111 deceased NFL players and found all with the exception of one had “CTE, a degenerative disease associated with head trauma and linked to symptoms that include depression, dementia and memory loss.” The study also cites that CTE is found in “three of 14 deceased former high school football players, and 48 of 53 deceased former players at the college level.”

Yes, football comes with protective measures. Helmets protect players’ heads. Mouth guards protect their teeth. Their leg and hip regions are protected by pads inserted into their football pants, and their shoulder and chest region is protected by a bulky plastic shoulder pad contraption, but with McKee’s recent study, many parents are questioning whether those precautions are enough and whether we should allow our children to play such a high contact sport as football. Is football a truly safe sport for our children to be playing?

According to former Detroit Lions player and NFL Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders, “Yes. But … be aware of the risks.” Sanders states that the benefits of playing football such as “teamwork, communication, hard work, and goal setting” must be weighed against the potential of brain injury. Just like anything with risk, it’s important to be proactive rather than reactive and to be aware of the potential injuries that can be caused by playing.

What to Consider When Your Sign Your Children Up for Football

Here are somethings to consider when signing your child up for football.

Be sure the child is ready.

Prior to age of 3, children do not have the required motor skills, balance, and attention span to play football. Most junior leagues begin around the ages of 10 or 12 because children have developed both physically and mentally. However, parents should still be hesitant since children all mature and develop at different rates.

Make sure the child has the proper gear.

To stay safe, make sure your child has the correct gear needed for their league. While gear does not need to be new, the equipment needs to be in good, working condition. It is important for the equipment to fit correctly and be worn properly. If the equipment is too big or too small, then it will not properly protect the areas it is intended to protect.

Pick the best program.

Make sure your child is enrolled in a program that has a standard for safety. Coaches, whether paid or volunteer, should be trained in first aid and CPR and know how to utilize the equipment required for the program.

Warm-up and cool-down.

Properly warming up the body before strenuous movement and cooling the body down after working it lessens the likelihood of injury to muscles.

Practice. Practice,

An essential component of football are the abilities to tackle or block. These are skills that come with time and with practice in order to do them correctly. Encourage your child to practice what they are learning to ensure they are doing it correctly to avoid injury.

Ask the correct questions.

According to Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, the NFL’s first chief health and medical adviser, there are important questions to consider before signing your child up for football:

  • Is the team that my child is going to play on connected to USA Football?
  • Is there a certified athletic trainer on the sideline?
  • Have the coaches, parents, the players and the trainer been educated around sports injury — particularly head injury and concussion?
  • What does my pediatrician think?

There is no one right decision when considering enrolling your child in a football program. The best option to weigh the pros and cons and decide based on what is right for the child. Follow these tips, and hopefully, that decision is much easier.

Injuries can also occur due to negligence. If you or someone you love has been injured due to negligence in team sports or football, please contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. today for a free consulation.

Labor Day: More Cars on the Road Means More Risk

Labor Day: More Cars on the Road Means More RiskPlay it Safe This Labor Day Weekend

 

Situated at the end of summer and right before the start of the school year, Labor Day is one of the busiest holidays for getting out on the road. Whether it be visiting a neighboring town or taking a road trip across the state, travel on Labor Day weekend tends to be higher risk. When more cars flood the roads and heat causes irregularities in the asphalt, your risk of getting in an accident goes up. To make the most of your time off this Labor Day, always keep safety in mind.

 

You’ll likely be facing increased traffic and could encounter hazardous road conditions, construction work, or alcohol-impaired drivers along the way. All these factors can significantly increase your chance of getting in an accident.

 

Labor Day is quickly approaching, and if you have travel plans, you should keep the following summer driving tips in mind:

 

  • Get your car road ready. Check fluids and tire pressure, and make sure you have an emergency kit with items such as jumper cables and flares ready to go. Breaking down or experiencing a flat tire is not only inconvenient; it can also be dangerous depending on where you stop.

 

  • Know your route. Bring a printed map, and don’t rely solely on GPS in case reception is an issue.

 

  • Anticipate route changes. Make sure you are aware of any detours in your route that won’t be on a map, such as closed roads and lanes and construction zones.

 

  • Consider driving during non-peak times. Especially near metropolitan areas, driving during peak times can be dangerous as more cars are on the road. Consider early morning departures or driving in the late evening to reduce this risk.

 

Taking extra precautions when driving Labor Day weekend can reduce your risk of getting in an accident. If you are involved in an accident, however, consult with an experienced Arlington Heights auto accident attorney as soon as you can. An attorney can evaluate the facts and circumstances of your accident and walk you step by step through submitting a claim and seeking adequate compensation. Otherwise, have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!

 

If you’ve been in an accident and want to know your rights, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

Road Trip Troubles: Handling Out of State Accidents

Road Trip Troubles: Handling Out of State AccidentsSummer travel is synonymous with road trips. As the summer winds down, many Illinoisans hit the open road to enjoy one last adventure. But because of increased traffic, road construction, and common distractions, summer also tends to see an increase in auto accidents. Accidents are inconvenient at any time and any place but even more so when you’re out of state. Not only do you need to file a claim, but also you may be far from home and unfamiliar with the driving laws in that state. To deal with an out of state auto accident, follow these simple steps:

 

Contact your insurance agency to open a claim. You will be assigned an adjuster who will then inform you of what to do next. The claims process for an out of state accident can vary from provider to provider, so this should be your first step after helping others at the scene of the accident and reporting the accident to the authorities. Your adjuster can also brief you on your policy benefits, such as rental car allowances and towing.

 

Next, understand that your accident will be handled under that particular state’s jurisdiction, not necessarily your state of residence. This is important to remember because each state’s laws vary regarding issues such as liability and insurance minimums, which can complicate your case. Ideally, you would briefly familiarize yourself with the laws in the state(s) you plan on driving through and potentially talk to your insurance provider about adjusting your coverage to ensure you will meet that state’s minimum requirement. This can be a lot of legwork, especially if you are planning on driving straight through some states but know that many states have minimum insurance requirements that exceed those in Illinois.

 

You should also call an attorney. An experienced Arlington Heights auto accident attorney can help you understand how the laws in the state of your accident could affect your claim and your right to compensation. Although these types of cases can be a little more complex due to the jurisdiction, a good attorney can advise you on how to file a claim and seek the compensation you deserve.

 

Don’t let the risk of an accident spoil your road trip. This country is meant to be explored! Just make sure you keep a few safety tips in mind such as keeping your car well maintained and in road trip shape and reducing your distractions by leaving the navigation to someone else and keeping kids occupied in the back. These steps can help you stay safe on the road, so you can enjoy your trip.

 

Filing an insurance claim can be confusing, but Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

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