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    3 Examples of Negligence Resulting in a Personal Injury

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Negligence is the most common basis for a personal injury lawsuit. Plaintiffs must establish four elements to win a negligence lawsuit: duty, breach, causation, and damages. The last two requirements involve proving that you were actually harmed and that the defendant’s actions were the cause of your injuries. The first two elements are often the most complicated to prove—continue reading for three examples of duty and breach in a personal injury suit.

    Automobile Accidents

    Each driver on the road has a duty to exercise reasonable care and avoid injuring other drivers, pedestrians, and bikers. If a driver fails to exercise this duty of care, he or she is in breach of the duty owed to other drivers. If the breach causes an accident that causes injuries, it is considered negligence.

    Premises Liability

    One of the most common types of premises liability cases involve slip and fall accidents. In premises liability cases, the owner of the property has a duty to maintain the premises and minimize the risk of injuries. For example, if a supermarket fails to clean up a wet floor for an extended period of time, they have breached the duty to a customer if he or she slips and falls as a result.

    Dog Bites

    Dog owners are often liable when their dog bites someone. The Animal Control Act provides that any person who harbors an animal which causes injury is legally responsible for damages caused by that animal.  the term "harbor" is much broader than mere ownership.  There are many potential people who may be liable for a dog bite. The law holds owners responsible if the dog attacks or injures an individual without provocation.

    These types of accidents can often lead to serious injuries and long-term effects, which is why it is important to contact a personal injury attorney if you have been the victim of another individual’s negligence. At McCready, Garcia & Leet, we do our best to help injured clients, and we pride ourselves on providing effective representation. Call (773) 779-9885 to schedule a consultation.

    The Cost of Motorcycles

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    Ever since the days of James Dean and Hunter S. Thomson, the motorcycle has been an integral and legendary part of the American automotive landscape. The motorcycle represents something bigger than just a way to get from one destination to the other. Be it freedom, be it independence, be it a commitment to the space between the point A and B, the motorcycle and the image it comes with draws people from every walk of life to its community of riders.

     

    However, there is a downside to all this freedom and independence. The direct cost of motorcycle accidents in the US in 2010 was 16 billion dollars, and some say that is a conservative figure. Motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in an accident than those driving a car. In 2010, 82,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents and 4,502 died. The reality of the situation is that motorcycles injure and kill people every day.

     

    If you have been injured or have had a loved-one killed in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to collect damages to help pay for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and out-of-pocket costs. What you need is an experienced motorcycle attorney, like the law offices of Mccready, Garcia, & Leet. We can help you get life back to normal. Call us today for a free consultation at (773) 779-9885.

    Drunk Driver Kills One, Injures Two More

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    A Chicago man struck three pedestrians with his car while intoxicated, killing one and seriously injuring two others. At around 12:45AM on Saturday the 22nd of February 2013, Leroy Bobo drove his Chrysler PT Cruiser into a parked car, which then directed his car towards the pedestrians who stood on the corner of Central Avenue waiting to cross the street. Bobo, 42, hit Mario Ortega, 38, who was pronounced dead at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center. Bobo also hit two women, of whom one was treated for bleeding in the brain and taken to Loyola University Medical Center and the other was treated a broken hip at Advocate Illinois Medical Center. Bobo did not stop his car after the accident, but instead drove on to crash into another vehicle a mile down the road. When police found him, he was still pushing the accelerator on his disabled vehicle, apparently in an attempt to flee that scene as well. Bobo is being held on $500,000 bond. If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident or DUI driving accident, legal counsel can help to get you on the right track. Call the law offices of Mccready, Garcia, & Leet today for a free consultation at (773) 779-9885. 

    Wrong Way Driving Accident Injures Several

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    A 42-year-old woman was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital after driving the wrong way down Lake Shore Drive, causing a four-car collision that injured several people. Police said Friday, February 22nd, 2013 the woman turned southbound into the northbound lanes of the road. The woman’s Toyota Corolla collided with two Volkswagon Jetta’s. One of the Jetta’s went on to strike a Ford Contour that was parked on the side of the road. The woman driving the Corolla and the driver of one of the Jetta’s sustained non life-threatening injuries in the incident. The driver and a passenger in the other Jetta were also taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital with more serious injuries, but their conditions were stabilized. If you have been involved in an accident like this, legal help can be the difference between getting the representation and compensation you deserve, and having a nightmare insurance bureaucracy and medical bills. The law offices Mccready, Garcia, & Leet can help you get the best outcome for your case. Call us today at (773) 779-9885 for a free consultation. 

    College Freshman Dead, Family Sues Fraternity

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The family of a deceased 19-year-old college freshman is suing his fraternity for making him drink dangerous amounts of alcohol. The morning of November 2nd, the night after an initiation party, members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity found David Bogenberger dead. Police reported his blood alcohol level as being almost five times the legal limit. The Bogenbergers are naming the 22 members of the local fraternity in their suit for forcing Bogenberger to drink extreme amounts as a condition of initiation and also for not finding help when Bogenberger became unconscious. The suit also as claims the national association of Pi Kappa Alpha did not do enough to train and inform the local chapters of the dangers of alcohol hazing. Tragedies like this can devastate families. If someone you love has been injured or killed as the result of hazing or other organizational negligence, the law offices of Mccready, Garcia, & Leet can help you. Call us today at (773) 779-9885 for a free consultation. 

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