Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

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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June 29, 2015

2 Dead After Motorcycle, 3 Cars Involved in I-290 Crash

62815.jpgMany people operate under the mistaken belief that they will never be involved in a motorcycle accident in Chicago because they do not own a motorcycle. At first blush, that may seem like a logical conclusion but in reality, it fails to account for numerous passengers on motorcycles who are injured annually as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, and those in passenger vehicles that are involved in a collision with a motorcycle.

Chicago is not the only place where bikers face a threat as the rest of Illinois continues to see collisions as well. In 2013, the Illinois Department of Transportation recorded 2,699 bikers with injuries in accidents in the state and 152 motorcyclists that lost their lives in 3,464 collisions. While motorcycle crashes were responsible for only 1.2 percent of all traffic accidents during 2013, they were to blame for 13.7 percent of all fatalities in the state - a stunning disparity illuminating the extreme risks faced by bikers when a collision does take place.

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June 25, 2015

Collision on Kennedy Expressway turns Fatal

62515.jpgA typical semi-truck hauling a trailer is up to 20 times the size of a standard passenger car, taking up additional room and posing a significant risk to cars if a collision should occur. In Illinois, statistics prove that truck accidents pose a disproportionately large threat to anyone involved who is in a much smaller vehicle: in 2011 alone, 84 percent of the people who lost their lives in collisions with trucks were in vehicles other than the truck itself.

While truck crashes continue to happen in the Chicago area, victims will continue to be injured and may even be killed, leaving behind loved ones who will never be able to recover from that loss. When a crash happens, the laws of the state are on the side of victims and are designed to help victims financially by enabling those who are hurt to seek financial compensation against an at-fault driver, company, city, or insurance company. However, victims must take the required steps to seek this relief and must do so within a time period specified by law or all rights will be lost. For these reasons, it is wise to speak with a personal injury attorney if you are involved in a Chicago truck accident and you are injured or hurt.

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June 24, 2015

Head-On Crash near Grayslake Leaves One Dead, Several Injured

62415.jpgExperts consider head-on car accidents to fall into one of two broad categories: those that occur at intersections and those that do not. Both types have the potential to cause extreme devastation to the drivers and passengers involved but the types of crashes often stem from varied causes, making classification helpful.

At an intersection, drivers collide in a head-on manner most often when a motorist fails to yield the right-of-way or obey a traffic light. Other crashes may happen if one driver attempts to make a turn when oncoming traffic is present or if a motorist fails to navigate the intersection appropriately, especially when an intersection involves the crossing of more than two roads. Perhaps more common, collisions that involve head-on impacts which occur away from intersections are very dangerous and typically involve medium or high speeds. These tend to occur when a driver is distracted and crosses the center line or runs off the road. Alternatively, they occur due to some intentional action by a motorist like trying to pass on a two-lane road when it is not clear to do so.

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June 23, 2015

Palos Heights Car Accident Injures 6

62315.jpgWeekends pose a high risk for car accidents in the Chicago area. Though it may seem like a collision is just as likely to occur at any time, statistics prove that certain days of the week and certain times of the day see a greater number of crashes than others.

Among these, weekends and rush hours are known to carry an extra risk of car accidents for different reasons. During the weekends, the incidence of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol increases on Chicago’s streets and those impaired drivers are more likely to crash. During rush hour, congestion and rushing drivers fail to mix well, potentially leading to accidents like rear-end collisions. While these reasons explain some of the increase, other collisions continue to happen during weekends and rush hours and cannot be explained by impairment or congestion.

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June 22, 2015

Teenage Drivers Pose Serious Safety Risk in Chicago during Summertime

62215.jpgSummer is here. Chicago is alive and booming with people, festivals, and events that spread from one end of the town to another. Kids are out of school and tourists are flocking to the Windy City and to the downtown area, adding to the congestion and to the overall atmosphere of a bustling metropolis.

If you talk to people who live in Chicago, you may hear that many of them live for the summers. Wintertime can be rough but the summers in the city are so great that they make winter bearable. While so much surrounding summertime is positive in Chicago and in Illinois, though, there are some negatives that everyone should be aware of as public safety may be at risk.

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June 19, 2015

Massive I-55 Crash Possibly Caused by Sleeping Truck Driver

61915%282%29.jpgIt is an unfortunate fact of driving that a motorist can only control so much of his or her safety. While driving with care and caution is extremely important, anyone can become the victim of a car accident or a truck accident in Chicago if another motorist fails to act in a similar fashion. It only takes one driver becoming distracted, failing to pay attention to the changing traffic conditions, driving too fast, or even driving while intoxicated to threaten the safety of dozens of people and, potentially, to cause a collision.

This morning, police responded to the scene of a crash in Summit that they believe was caused by a semi-truck driver who fell asleep behind the wheel. The incident occurred on I-55 in the northbound lanes near First Avenue prior to 4:00 a.m. and involved at least 10 cars in addition to the truck, according to officials.

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June 18, 2015

Rear-End Car Accident Injures 2 in Gurnee

00461815.jpgA rear-end car accident is one of the most common types of collisions that occur in the Chicago area. Often blamed on an inattentive driver or a motorist who travels too fast for conditions, a typical rear-ender may happen at a stop light or a stop sign where one vehicle is at a standstill and the vehicle behind fails to stop in time. But those are far from the only forms that a rear-end accident may take. When traffic turns from expressway speeds to stop-and-go, rear-end accidents are likely. In wintertime when snow and/or ice are present on the roadways, it can lead to countless rear-end crashes. Numerous rear-enders happen in parking lots across Chicago every week.

Yet despite the scenario that leads to and causes a rear-end car accident, the results can be quite similar: injuries can happen and can cause victims to need medical treatment. Some rear-end collisions are extreme enough to cause the death of one or more individuals involved.

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June 17, 2015

Texting While Driving Continues to Pose Serious Threat to Chicago Motorists

61715.jpgIn today's fast-paced society, many people view a cell phone as a necessity and no longer as a luxury. Depending on an individual's profession or daily activities, a simple cell phone may not be enough and a smart phone may be mandatory to enable that person to navigate the day. With the impressive advances made in cell phone technology in the last decade, it is not surprising that so many people in Chicago have their phones with them at all times of the day and night, including when they are driving.

While much of the advancement in cell phones has been positive, their ease of use and portability has had some drawbacks at the same time. Far too often, drivers in Illinois are using their cell phones while they are behind the wheel even though studies continue to show the dangers associated with that use. Among the most threatening behaviors is texting while driving which may be as distracting and dangerous as driving while under the influence of alcohol.

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June 15, 2015

Wells Street Green Wave Set to Ease Bicycling Congestion in Chicago

61415%283%29.jpgRight now, many bicyclists in Chicago are in the middle of celebrating Chicago Bike Week, an annual event that highlights cycling in all of its forms - for pleasure, as transportation, and as exercise, among others. But this year, the celebrations may be bigger than ever before as a major biking project is set to go live by Friday of this week, just in time for the end of Chicago Bike Week.

Dubbed the Wells Street Green Wave, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation have confirmed the project is near completion and is just about ready for daily use. The Wells Street Green Wave consists of a series of traffic lights along Wells Street in downtown Chicago that will control the flow of bicycle traffic only. Nestled between Huron Street and Wacker Drive, the lights will enable a quicker travel time for many who ride and will allow cyclists to reach between six and 12 miles per hour when all the lights are synchronized and green.

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June 12, 2015

Car Accident in Kirkland Leaves One Dead

61215.jpgAny type of car accident can be threatening to the safety of those involved. Annually, Chicago sees thousands of collisions that cause injuries and many that even cause death, whether they take the form of a rear-end accident, a head-on collision, a pedestrian crash, a motorcycle accident, a sideswipe, a T-bone impact, or another form. Though any type of impact can cause serious harm, some collisions are more likely than others to leave devastation in their wake. Among them are rollover accidents, a relatively rare type of crash but one that is responsible for a disproportionately large number of injuries and fatalities.

It can be very difficult to fully analyze a rollover accident and determine what caused the crash and whether anyone involved played a role. Police in the Chicago area may try to recreate the incident to determine the factors that contributed to the crash but it can be difficult and many times, victims may not remember the accident itself. Rollover collisions have two primary causes - tripped and untripped - but within those classifications, hundreds of things can lead to an accident. From an initial impact with a secondary vehicle that then leads to a rollover to a simple blown tire that causes a vehicle to roll out of control, these crashes continue to happen and to threaten the safety of Chicago motorists.

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