Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

July 27, 2015

Hit-and-Run Driver At Large After Fatal Bicycle Accident

72615.jpgAs individuals traversing the Chicago area, we like to believe that our actions control our safety and that if we move with caution, we will be free from injury. Yet that is not always the case as every day, innocent people are involved in traffic collisions simply because another person near them acted negligently or recklessly. These collisions may trigger a victim to incur significant hardship and may leave them in need of medical help, possibly while being forced to miss time from work. The suffering caused by a crash rarely ends at the scene of the collision and often continues for weeks, months, or even years.

If you are a victim of a car accident, bicycle accident, or pedestrian collision in Chicago and you are injured, make sure you understand whether you have a valid claim for your damages. If you do not realize the totality of your options and you fail to act upon them within a time period set by law, you will be prevented from ever obtaining payment for your injuries and you will never get the compensation that you deserve. When you are unsure of your standing, speaking with a personal injury attorney can help you realize your possible routes towards a recovery.

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July 24, 2015

Driver Caught, Charged in Fatal Chicago Pedestrian Crash

72415.jpgIf you drive in Chicago, you agree to obey all the local and state rules of the road while acting in a safe and reasonable manner. You also agree to face punishments imposed by the state if you fail to follow the laws or to live up to the legal requirements governing your conduct. One clear rule in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs requires anyone involved in a car accident or other traffic collision to remain at the scene until cleared by officials. There are very limited exceptions to this rule and generally exist only in the case of medical emergencies and when a driver otherwise leaves the scene, it is called a hit-and-run accident.

Though a hit-and-run is a crime in Illinois, thousands of drivers continue to flee the scene of a collision every year in an effort to avoid the fallout from that accident. But what many people do not realize is that a large number of those drivers are later apprehended and generally will face stiffer punishments when they are caught than they would have otherwise. The reasoning behind this strict enforcement and punishment is to encourage motorists to comply with the laws and also to punish negligent and reckless behaviors that can leave injury victims at the scene of a crash, in need of medical help and without the ability to call for that help on their own.

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July 23, 2015

Driver Flees Scene of Car Crash on Foot in Logan Square

72315.jpgThere are countless factors that can lead to or contribute to a car accident in the Chicago area and they include things like driving while distracted, following too closely, and failing to stop at a stop sign. But a factor that is often overlooked by motorists remains the time and day and the day of the week that a collision takes place. In many respects, it is unfair that a driver faces a higher risk of being involved in a crash simply because when that driver is on the road but statistics prove this risk time and time again. In Chicago, motorists are at a higher risk for accidents during heavily-traveled times, like weekday evening rush hour, and during the weekends. Overnight hours are also prone to crashes as many drivers exhibit dangerous driving techniques at those times.

No one's safety should be threatened on the roads simply because of the time of day that the person travels yet until these accidents are eliminated, it is a reality that should not be ignored by drivers. If tragedy does strike and a driver or a passenger is injured in a collision, know that those who are hurt may be entitled to seek financial compensation for their losses including any medical expenses incurred. This can be true even if the person hurt was in the same car as the driver who caused the crash or if only one vehicle was involved. To make sure you get a complete picture of your legal rights, you may choose to speak with a personal injury attorney in Chicago to learn about your option as well as who may be held financial liable for your suffering.

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July 21, 2015

Chicago Motorcycle Accident Leaves Passenger Dead

72115%282%29.jpgThe typical Chicago driver feels a degree of control over his or her safety while behind the wheel of a car. While this may be somewhat misguided considering that the actions of other drivers can, and often do, lead to car accidents in the city, there is some truth behind the thought: the safer one drives, the less likely one is to be involved in a collision. But even this small though comforting amount of control is relinquished the minute a resident or a visitor foregoes the option to drive and instead becomes a passenger in a car, truck, bus, van, train, or even on a motorcycle.

Passenger safety is complicated because the actions of any driver on the road can put that person's rights at risk - including the operator of the vehicle in or on which the passenger travels. Not only that but others in the area, like other drivers, also can pose a hazard to passengers as their actions may cause a collision that involves the passenger's vehicle even if the passenger's driver did nothing wrong prior to the impact. For these reasons and others, it can be a dangerous business to be a passenger in the Chicago area.

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July 20, 2015

Chicago Car Accident Leaves 1 Dead

72015.jpgSummer is a dangerous time to drive in the Chicago area. While it may seem like an ideal season to hit the roads because of optimal weather, the truth is more complicated and, as a result, there are still plenty of car accidents that happen during the summer in the city. One major factor that impacts safety is the number of tourists that visit Illinois during the summer months. Many of these people are unfamiliar with the streets, their layouts, and normal traffic patterns as they exist in Chicago. This can lead to confusion behind the wheel which may increase the odds of a collision taking place. Another significant factor that can lead to an impact is the prevalence of inexperienced teenage drivers on the road. Many young people go through driver's education in the summer and even if they have completed their training, those teens are still less knowledgeable than others and still more likely to make mistakes when driving.

If you are involved in a car accident in Chicago, you probably will not be interested in the statistics surrounding the likelihood of your crash or the probability that you would be hit. Instead, you will probably be focused on putting the pieces together after an accident so that you can move forward from the crash. From the damage done to your vehicle to the injuries you sustained, it can be challenging to realize the full extent of harm that happens immediately after a crash and it often takes months to understand the impact that the accident caused. Working with a professional like a personal injury attorney can help remove much of the guesswork surrounding a collision and can help you realize whether you have a valid claim for compensation under Illinois laws. If you were injured, your rights may include monetary relief but only if you act in a timely manner.

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July 16, 2015

Pitchfork Music Festival Returns to Chicago, Traffic Accidents Possible

71615%282%29.jpgOne of the best things about living in Chicago is the summer festival scene, bringing countless forms of entertainment to the city and allowing residents and visitors alike to partake in the events. Some of the most popular fests that hit the city feature or focus on music and one of those, PItchfork Music Festival, returns to Chicago this weekend.

Celebrating its 10th year, Pitchfork will return this Friday through Sunday in Chicago's Union Park. Gates will open at 1 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday but the city is primed to feel the impact of the fest before those times. With approximately 20,000 people in attendance last year, the areas surrounding Union Park are gearing up for an increase in the amount of vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic they will experience and are attempting to alleviate congestion issues before they occur.

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July 15, 2015

Alleged Driver Caught after Fatal Hit-and-Run with Bicyclist

71515.jpgIn Chicago, no one is endowed with the right to infringe on the safety of others, regardless of who that person is. Yet every day, drivers seem to forget this clear and simple fact when they take to the roads in a negligent or reckless manner, threatening a collision that may leave their passengers, those in other cars, and even pedestrians and cyclists injured or killed. When this happens, local authorities may step in and bring criminal or traffic charges against an errant driver but those charges only work as a punishment after the fact - nothing can ever erase the damage that is caused once a car accident takes place.

The injuries and the pain and suffering that must be endured by a victim or that victim's surviving family members likewise cannot be eliminated overnight but that does not meant that there is no help available. Rather, the laws of Illinois and of Chicago guarantee victims with certain protections, including the right to seek and obtain financial compensation for their damages. If you have been the victim of a traffic accident in Chicago, speaking with a personal injury attorney can help you realize your legal options and can help you obtain the payment that you deserve.

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July 13, 2015

Pedestrian Hit by Metra Train in Elgin

71315.jpgIn 2013, there were 76 train accidents within the state of Illinois alone. That breaks down to a collision involving a train almost every five days with a large number of those incidents occurring in the greater Chicago area. The threat posed by a crash cannot be overstated because of the high risk of serious, even fatal injuries should an accident occur. While a train incident may involve only one or more trains, they often involve a passenger car, truck, or even a pedestrian, meaning that even those who never ride aboard a train can still be at risk for train-related injuries.

When a smaller vehicle or a pedestrian is involved in a collision with a train, injuries are nearly guaranteed and, unfortunately, death is a real possibility for those involved. Following an accident, the victims of that crash are often unaware of what legal options may exist for them and whether they have any protections under the laws of Chicago and/or Illinois, but fortunately, help can be obtained. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney can enable those who are hurt to realize whether they have a valid civil claim for their suffering, a type of legal action that may entitle them to financial payment for their injuries. From the medical expenses they incur to the lost wages they missed while off work to the inconvenience and pain they experience, these claims can right some of the wrong done when a crash happens and is the fault of another person or company. As each accident is unique, it is always wise to get the proper information as it applies to your case if you have been hurt.

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July 8, 2015

Taste of Chicago Starts, Congestion Likely Downtown

7815%282%29.jpgIt's an annual tradition in the city - Taste of Chicago. An event that draws thousands of visitors to the downtown area to sample some of the town's wide range of cuisine.

The Taste is not only Chicago's largest festival but it is also the largest food festival in the world, arriving in mid-July each year. The 2015 celebration begins today at downtown's Grant Park and will last through Sunday with 33 different restaurants, 15 food trucks, and 12 pop-ups on site for those adventurous enough to try something new. Of course, in addition to the selection of food will be several concerts spread across multiple stages that will run during festival hours.

With so much to do and taste during Taste of Chicago, it is not surprising how many people will flood the downtown area to take advantage of these activities. But this influx of people can make things hazardous for all those who will be driving and/or walking in the Loop.

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July 7, 2015

Joliet Car Crash Leaves 1 Dead

7715%282%29.jpgIn the minds of many who live outside of Illinois, Joliet gets overshadowed by its larger neighbor, Chicago. But with more than 140,000 residents and as the county seat of Will County, Joliet is a significant presence in Illinois and it should be treated as such.

Joliet boast many appealing sites from its miles of bicycle trails to the Chicagoland Speedway, home to NASCAR races. It can be a wonderful place to live or to visit and tens of thousands take advantage of trips to Joliet every year. But like any other town or city in Illinois, Joliet can still be home to dangerous conditions to those who drive in the area and car accidents in town are far too common. These accidents affect not only the victims who are immediately injured in accidents but also their family members, loved ones, coworkers, and friends and the suffering caused can range in time from weeks to years or even a lifetime. To protect victims, state laws in Illinois enable those who are hurt to seek and obtain financial compensation for their injuries against those who bear legal responsibility for a crash. In some cases, it can be an at-fault driver. In others, it may be a corporation or a municipality. Often, it is an insurance company that may be forced to pay for the harm that results.

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July 6, 2015

Rollover Car Accident Kills 2 Teens

7615.jpgTeens are at a higher risk of being involved in a car accident than are drivers of other age groups, but when it comes to teen accidents, summertime poses the greatest threat. Many teens are out of school and therefore have a lot of additional free time with which they can be behind the wheel. Teens similarly are likely to be injured at this time of year because in addition to being drivers, they tend to be passengers in car accidents involving teenage drivers or they tend to be operating on a learner's permit - both situations marred by inexperience behind the wheel.

When a car accident happens and people are injured, it is those injured victims and their family members who are forced to sort through the damage and attempt to begin again. In some cases, injuries may be minor and may take only weeks to heal but in others, the damages sustained in a collision can last a lifetime and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of losses. In the worst cases possible, a victim is killed and that damage and suffering will never end.

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July 3, 2015

Boy Injured After SUV Drives onto Basketball Court

7315.jpgParents are focused on protecting their children year-round, no matter the activities in which the child is engaged. Some regular functions involve a level of risk that most parents are aware exists - the best example of this remains the use of a vehicle, like a car, in traveling. When children are passengers in a car, there is always a risk that a collision will occur and that the child will become an innocent victim, forced to endure pain and suffering that comes with injuries caused by the crash.

Yet other activities should never pose a threat to the safety of a child if the adults around that kid are acting in a safe and reasonable manner. Despite the perceived safety of these types of activities, though, children in Chicago are injured every year and sustain a range of injuries from cuts and abrasions to broken bones and even death.

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July 2, 2015

Crash Near Illinois Border Leaves 1 Dead

7215.jpgCar accidents are such a serious and pervasive threat to the safety of motorists in America that the trends associated with them are monitored closely. Numerous federal and independent agencies record data related to car crashes so that the data can be reviewed and new safety procedures implemented, all in an attempt to prevent future collisions and to save lives that otherwise may have been lost in those accidents.

One such agency, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, reports that 32,719 people were killed in traffic-related accidents in 2013 alone in the United States. Though much of the devastation caused in a collision cannot be measured monetarily, the best estimates of the financial harm caused by those crashes is $242 billion. Chicago saw its fair share of accidents in 2013 and collisions continue to strike in the city every day. As a result, citizens are left in need of medical care, forced to miss time from work as they recover, and sustain other damages like pain and suffering.

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July 1, 2015

Celebrate Safely over 4th of July Weekend

Fireworks.jpgEvery year, thousands of visitors flock to Chicago over the 4th of July weekend to celebrate the anniversary of America's independence in one of the greatest cities in the nation. With the world-class fireworks display at Navy Pier and the abundant selection of food and culture throughout the weekend, it is no wonder that so many choose to make Chicago their home-away-from-home on one of the biggest holiday weekends of the summer.

These tourists, coupled with those who call Chicago home, contribute to the electric atmosphere that reverberates around the town and that infuses the city with life and with fun. Most of those who will celebrate 4th of July here will do so safely and without issue, creating memories that will last for years to come. However, not everyone will be that lucky as there are always incidents that lead to injuries and, sometimes, that cause death over the weekend. Whether it is a pedestrian accident, bicycle collision, or a car crash, everyone who plans to spend time in Chicago should be aware of looming dangers and should attempt to avoid them when possible.

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June 30, 2015

Abrupt Lane Change Causes Fatal Accident on I-80

63015.jpgDo you drive in the Chicago area? If so, do you think about your safety each and every time you get behind the wheel? If you possess the traits of a typical motorist, your actions may be on autopilot when it comes to safety checks while driving. Sure, you always put on your seat belt and you always wait to proceed until you have the right of way. But those actions are so ingrained in your driving skills that you perform them out of habit - you do not conduct a running check list in your mind of the actions you must take to act safely.

Yet even if you are always a safe motorist and if you always are aware of your surroundings, you still are at a very significant risk for being the victim of a car accident if you drive in Chicago or if you ride in a car as a passenger. Tens of thousands of collisions occur within the city's limits annually and far too many of those cause serious injuries or even death.

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