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Leading Lawyers Selection Process

Recently, five Spiros Law, P.C. lawyers were selected as Leading Lawyers. The lawyers selected were; James D. Spiros, Sandra K. Loeb, Miranda L. Soucie, Patricia L. Gifford, and Andrew J. Purcell. The category is extremely selective, as each individual has to be recommended by peers who regard them to be among the top lawyers in the state. Less than 5% of licensed lawyers in Illinois are selected as leading lawyers.

Law Bulletin Media compiles lists of lawyers for their online search engine, allowing people to easily find highly recommended lawyers. In order to compile the list of lawyers, they use a very extensive process. They pride themselves on the fact that no lawyer can buy their way onto the list. Instead, Law Bulletin Media mails surveys to lawyers in that state, asking them which of their peers they would recommend to a family or friend if they could not personally take a case. It is also important to note that lawyers cannot nominate themselves, nor anyone working at their firm.

Once an individual has been nominated, Law Bulletin Media conducts discussions via phone, fax and e-mail, where they discuss the individual’s area of law and geographical regions. Once this is completed, lawyers are pre-selected for membership. Next, the ethical standing of each nominee is verified with the state’s lawyer registration disciplinary board to confirm that their law licenses are up to date and to check that the individuals have no legal or ethical violations on record.

Finally, the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board reviews all of the selected individuals. The Advisory Board consists of Leading Lawyers who received the highest number of votes in their area of law or geographic location. Once they have reviewed and approved the list of Leading Lawyers, the lawyers selected officially become Leading Lawyers, and their name, firm name, city, and recommended area of law is listed on the site.

As you can see, the nomination process is long and extensive, and only the most premier lawyers in the state are recognized which is why we are extremely honored to have five of our own lawyers on the list. Their drive, dedication, and experience do not go unnoticed and we commend them for their hard work and passion. The staff at Spiros Law, P.C. has been helping the people of Danville for many years and have the experience and knowledge to assist you in your unique legal situation. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of someone, contact the Danville Spiros Law P.C. attorneys at (217) 443-4343 to speak about your situation today.


How Severe is Your Dog Bite?

According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), almost 4.7 million dog bite incidents occur in the United States each year. Of that number, 800,000 dog bites result in medical treatment of some sort. With that said, 81% of dog bites cause only minor injuries or no injury at all. As you can see, there is a large variation in the level of seriousness that results from a dog bite. Due to this, dog behavior specialists use a scale to identify the seriousness of each incident. This scale helps them diagnose aggression issues in order to provide owners with a proper prognosis.

Dr. Ian Dunbar created a 6-level scale that assesses how dangerous a dog really is. This allows us to put the situation into context, ultimately helping the dog, the dog’s owner, and the victim. This is currently the most commonly used dog bite scale.

The Categories:

Level 1 Bite: Under this category, the dog air bites and makes no contact with the person. This usually means that the dog was trying to scare another dog or human so that he or she will leave them alone. With that said, owners should get help before this air bite turns into an actual bite by learning the dogs signs of fear and anxiety.

Level 2 Bite: The dog’s teeth makes contact with skin, but there is no puncture. They are a little more serious about their aggression and will take it a step further to let you know he/she needs to be left alone.

Level 3 Bite: One to four tooth punctures occur from a single bite resulting in a puncture wound no deeper than half the length of the dog’s tooth. Although this bite may not seem severe, it presents a threat to people and other animals and is reportable.

Level 4 Bite: One to four punctures from a single bite occur with at least one deeper than half the length of the dog’s teeth. As a result, there may be deep bruising around the wounds from the dog shaking its head side to side. The dog needs to be kept away from people and other animals until professional help is sought out.

Level 5 Bite: At this level, there are multiple Level 4 bites and/or multiple attacks. This dog is not safe around people or other animals. Many behavior specialists and behaviorists recommend euthanasia because of the danger to others and the poor quality of life the dog would have in solitary confinement. At this level, the bite could kill a child.

Level 6 Bite: The victim is killed.

Almost all dog bites are categorized in Levels 1 or 2, and a very small majority get to Level 3 or higher. With that said, it is always important to get professional help as soon as you see any slight sign of aggression from your dog. This allows you to fix the issue while it is still small. If help is not sought out after smaller incidents, the dog’s aggression will build up resulting in the possibility of higher risk incidents occurring in the future.

A dog bite can cause immense terror, pain, and even death. After the incident occurs, a victim can be burdened with medical bills, emotional trauma, and lost time working. In these situations, the owner of the aggressive animal should be held responsible, as they have neglected to properly train their dog. The dog bite attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. understand that the victims of these attacks deserve financial compensation and will fight until the victim’s needs are taken care of. If you or a loved one has suffered from a dog bite, contact us at (217) 443-4343 to discuss the specifics of your case.


Head-on Collision on Illinois 1 near Bismarck

A head-on collision occurred on Illinois 1, south of Vermilion County Road 2820 N, which is about a mile northwest of Bismark, at 7:45 a.m. on Friday morning. One person was killed, and a second was injured. A 47-year-old man was headed south when his car veered into the northbound lane, hitting another car head-on. His car then flipped and caught on fire. The driver of this vehicle died at the scene. The Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden, who performed an autopsy Saturday, identified the driver as James D. Callahan, 47, of Hoopeston. 

The northbound vehicle that was struck came to a stop in the middle of the road. The driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old woman, was taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt. There has been no more information released about the driver of this vehicle. 

The accident caused Route 1 to be closed for several hours on Friday. The Illinois State Police and the Vermillion County Coroner’s office are investigating the accident. 

When car accidents like this one occur, it can be extremely devastating for all parties involved. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident as a result of someone else’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation in order to help you deal with your injuries, property damages, emotional and/or physical suffering. The dedicated team of attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. will fight hard on your behalf in order to get you the compensation you deserve while providing you peace-of-mind during your difficult time. 

Contact the car accident attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. at (217) 443-4343 to speak about your unique situation today. 


Causes of Truck Accidents

Our roadways are filled with large semi-trucks. These large vehicles propose great dangers to smaller vehicles on the roads and are the cause of many accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, over 433,000 large trucks were reported to be involved in accidents in 2015. We must use caution to keep ourselves, our passengers, and other drivers safe. Unfortunately, no matter how much caution we use, other factors can cause an accident to occur such as; weather and road conditions, negligent behavior from the truck driver, mechanical errors, or careless truck companies. The following is a list of the common types of truck accidents that occur on our roads today.

  • Severe Weather
    • Extreme weather conditions make it extremely hard for truck drivers to drive safely. The driver can easily lose control in these conditions leading to multi-car pileups.
  • Poor Road Conditions or Construction
    • Roads that are covered in potholes present a lot of issues for truck drivers. Also, drivers attempting to maneuver around construction zones make driving even more hazardous.
  • Overloaded Cargo
    • Cargo can cause a lot of danger in many different ways. A large load of cargo can cause tire blowouts, jackknife accidents, or rollovers due to too much weight on the vehicle. If the cargo is not loaded properly, it can produce flying debris, causing even more dangers.
  • Mechanical Malfunction/Poor Maintenence
    • It is important that trucking companies maintain large trucks. If a truck driver is driving on worn tires or with faulty breaks, this can amplify their chance of getting into an accident.
  • Driver Fatigue
    • Many truck drivers are driving for long hours, leading to sleep deprivation and driver fatigue. If a driver is falling asleep behind the wheel, they are imposing a huge danger onto other drivers.
  • Speeding and Reckless Driving
    • When a truck driver is speeding or failing to follow traffic laws, they are putting other drivers at a huge risk. If you see a truck that is driving recklessly, keep your distance and call the company’s number usually located on the back of the truck.
  • Inadequate Training
    • Driving a semi is a huge responsibility. If a truck driver has not had the proper training, they will not have the skills to drive defensively, imposing a hazard to other drivers.
  • Blind Spot
    • You should never follow a semi-truck closely, as they require more room to maneuver and have large blind spots. Driving in a truck’s blind spot causes many accidents, and you should always make sure that you can see the mirrors of the truck to avoid an accident.

As you can see, semi-truck accidents occur due to a variety of reasons, and avoiding an accident is not always possible. If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, you need the guidance of an experienced attorney to provide you with appropriate legal guidance. The trucking accident attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. are dedicated to fighting for the rights of innocent victims and will get you the compensation that you deserve. Our team handles a variety of trucking accident cases, such as:

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, contact the Danville attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. at (217) 443-4343 to schedule an initial consultation.


How to Handle a Car Accident

The United States is one of the busiest countries in terms of road traffic, which makes the possibility of being involved in a car accident a greater risk. Typically, we assume that urban areas with high amounts of traffic are the places where accidents occur. Yes, traffic accidents happen more frequently in these urban areas, but they also occur frequently in rural areas. In fact, according to Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics, in 2016 Vermillion County had 1,576 traffic accidents, with 8 resulting in fatalities, and 403 resulting in injuries. Car accidents are prominent in all areas, and no matter how cautious you are while driving, sometimes they are unavoidable. Car accidents are very troubling to all involved, and you may have a hard time thinking rationally, as many thoughts are running through your head. This is why it is extremely important to be informed on what steps to take prior to the accident occurring. The following tips will allow you to take the appropriate steps after being involved in an accident.

Always Carry Your Information

First, it is important that you always carry insurance information, warranty information, drivers license, and an emergency kit in your car to be prepared if and when an accident occurs.

Pull Your Vehicle to a Safe Spot

After the accident occurs, do not leave the scene, even if it is just a minor situation. If your vehicle is still in a dangerous area, move to a safer location, or if you are incapable of doing so, turn your hazard lights on to ensure other drivers can see you.

Call the Police

Even if there are no serious injuries, it is imperative that you call the police so that the proper evidence can be documented on the scene. Once they arrive, make sure you walk them through exactly what happened and do not speculate any of the facts.

Don’t Give an Insurance Company a Recorded Interview

After you have left the scene of the accident, remember that you should never give an insurance company a recorded interview. This is because most insurance companies are concerned with meeting their bottom line, and not your best interest.

Contact an Attorney at Spiros Law, P.C.

Instead of initially contacting an insurance company, contact a car accident attorney at Spiros Law P.C. as soon as possible. An attorney will help you deal with your injuries, property damages, and emotional and physical suffering, allowing you to get the compensation that you deserve. Our experienced car accident attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. are equipped to assist you in a variety of situations, including:

  • Drunk driving accident victims
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Wrongful death
  • Mechanical or highway defects
  • Insurance claims

Committed to serving our clients, our attorneys take pride in protecting and preserving the rights to all who seek their assistance. At Spiros Law P.C., we are devoted to building strong relationships with each one of our clients by holding face-to-face meetings and encouraging all forms of electronic communication between appointments. We are dedicated to helping accident victims pursue justice from those responsible, regardless of the situation.

To speak about your situation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys today, contact our Danville office at (217) 443-4343.


National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 21-27 is the 11th annual National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTSDW). This week is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to prevent teen injuries and deaths on the road. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15 to 18 years) in the US, and in 2015, 1,972 teen drivers were involved in fatal traffic crashes. National Teen Driver Safety Week is a week that parents are encouraged to have conversations with their teens about safety tips when behind the wheel, helping them to avoid becoming another statistic. Teens look at receiving their license as a step toward freedom, but it is important that you provide rules and regulations for them, because teen drivers are not ready to have the same level of responsibility behind the wheel as adults. Some of the most important issues to address are alcohol use, inconsistent or no seatbelt use, distracted driving, drowsy driving, speeding, etc.

One local group, The Future Problem Solvers Club at Danville High School, is doing a great job promoting messages to keep teens safe behind the wheel. Future Problem Solvers is an international competition program that teaches students how to use a problem-solving method that allows them to identify a local topic of concern, and then work to develop a plan of action to improve the situation. Their most recent project was called “Project Ignition”, which is focused on safe driving in the community. They are working hard researching different ways to improve road safety.

Project Ignition wants to bring attention to weather and road conditions, issues beyond the driver’s control, which are a major cause of road accidents. They recognize that issues such as texting, alcohol, and not wearing a seatbelt are huge factors in causing road accidents, but wanted to bring light to the issues that are often overlooked. To do this, the team launched their own driving safety campaign, providing tips and awareness for teen drivers all over the area.

An issue they came across during their research was Interstate 74 between the Champaign and Vermillion county lines. This stretch of interstate is surrounded by open fields, causing wind speeds to increase significantly, leading to more accidents. When drivers make contact with these high winds, they can easily lose control of their vehicles, leading to accidents. In fact, they found that this part of the interstate has more accidents and fatalities than any other part. The team is now working with city and road officials to put warning signs along this part of the interstate, in the hopes of warning drivers along this stretch of I-74. The team runs under the motto, “We are ALL the KEY to road safety”, and that is an important motto for us drivers to be reminded of. To find out more about Project Ignition, check out their Facebook page. 

Your role in keeping your teens informed about the rules of the road is vital. The following tips will allow you to help your teen avoid any accidents on the road.

  • Invest in a safe driving course.
  • Talk to them about ALL the risks that come with driving.
  • Set realistic boundaries, and stick to them.
  • Rid of any common distractions in the teen’s vehicle.
  • Most importantly, practice what you preach.

Remember to stay informed, and keep your teen drivers informed to avoid any future tragedies on the road.


Kickapoo fire truck responding to an apartment fire collides with car, injuring at least one

The southbound lanes of Illinois 1 have been closed, and a northbound lane has been shut down at Ross Lane following a serious collision. Authorities are on the scene and emergency medical personnel have already transported at least one person to an area hospital after a fire truck collided with a passenger vehicle and overturned.

A tanker truck from the Kickapoo Fire Protection District was responding to a large fire at an apartment building in downtown Westville when the accident occurred. Other fire crews from Westville and neighboring departments were able to respond to the fire.

Read more about this developing story at the News-Gazette or check back here for more information.


Thousands of baby strollers with injury risks recalled

A recall on December 20 was issued on about 29,400 strollers sold nationwide after the manufacturer received reports of a design flaw that may cause injuries to adults and babies, an article of the CPSC reported.

Five models of “Qbit” baby strollers are equipped with a potentially faulty folding component that could inflict injuries on adults operating it. As the recall explained, the folding hinges have a space that could trap or pinch a person’s hand. The folding mechanism of the recalled strollers could also suddenly collapse, resulting in babies suffering from fall injuries. Complaints also revealed some injuries required stitches. Aria Child Inc. and federal authorities advise consumers to refrain from using the strollers and coordinate with the recalling company for a free product replacement.

The attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., represent families in Danville who have been injured by potentially dangerous products. We strongly believe that victims of such accidents should be compensated by negligent parties. Find out how we could help you obtain compensations by calling (217) 443-4343.


3 dead and 1 hurt in Illinois head-on accident

Police in Illinois recently confirmed three people were killed and another is in critical condition after they were involved in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 158, an article of Fox 2 Now reported on December 9.

According to reports, an SUV slammed head-on into a pickup truck after it crossed the median line. The SUV driver and two passengers in the pickup were killed in the crash, while a Twitter post from Andy Banker said one person is in critical condition. Nearby residents told reports that the “S” Curve portion of the road where the accident happened was hazardous to motorists. Though police are still determining the cause of the crash, they sternly advised motorists to be more careful when traveling on Highway 158.

The wrongful death attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., in Danville understand that families often find themselves struggling after losing a loved one in a car accident. Our deepest thoughts go out to the people who were affected by the recent tragedy.


Personal injury complaints spark recall on thousands of Ford vehicles

After receiving notification of accidents that resulted in personal injuries, American automaker Ford Motor Co. issued a recall covering over 680,000 vehicles in the U.S. and other countries, a December 2 article of USA Today reported.

According to reports, some models of Lincoln MKZ, Mondeo, and Fusion may have poorly made seat belts that might not properly restrain vehicle occupants in emergency situations. In the report, the manufacturer said two personal injuries resulted from accidents involving the recalled vehicles. Apparently, the seat belts could fail as a result of overheating that deteriorates the pretensioner cables. The majority of the recalled vehicles were in the U.S. and some were sold in Mexico, Canada, and in other countries. Ford dealers will notify owners of the recalled vehicles for the strengthening of the seat belt cable pretensioners.

The lawyers at the Spiros Law, P.C. understand many people in Danville seriously suffer as a result of driving hazardous vehicles. If you were injured as a result of your vehicle, we can offer you legal assistance to help you pursue damage claims against negligent parties. Call us today at (217) 443-4343 to find out how we can help you recover your loss.