Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

May 27, 2015

Car Crash on I-57 Injures 5

52715.jpgIt takes only one car on a road for a car accident to become a possibility. With 285,477 traffic accidents in the state of Illinois alone in 2013, that is a fact that far too many drivers and passengers learned through first-hand experience. While single car accidents happen every day in the Chicago area, multi-car crashes are even more common and pose a greater risk in many cases for causing injuries because more people are likely to be involved in those incidents. When multiple cars collide, it can be difficult for victims to determine what factors led to the impact and whether negligence or recklessness played a role.

Often, a mistake or an error on the part of a driver leads to a crash and is the reason that others are injured. When this is the case, victims may not be forced to bear the burden of their own injuries and instead may possess the right to seek financial relief against those individuals who are to blame for the crash. From an errant driver to an at-fault owner of a vehicle, relief may be possible and may enable victims to get the payment they need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Those unsure of their options may want to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago to learn about their rights and whether they have a valid claim following an accident.

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May 26, 2015

Second Story Porch Collapses in Evanston, Injures Multiple People

52615.jpgMemorial Day weekend is treated as a three-day weekend for many workers in the Chicago area which provides them with an extra day in which to commemorate the holiday. A significant portion of the city's population chooses to do so by gathering with friends and family, spending time outdoors, and maybe even barbecuing if the weather is nice. As Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer in the minds of many, summertime activities tend to predominate these celebrations.

Unfortunately, every year, several people in the Chicago area are injured in accidents around the Memorial Day weekend and some of those people are forced to seek medical help as a result. Expenses can accumulate quickly if you become an injury victim and other losses, like wages missed when you are unable to work, can add to the financial hardship you may endure. While these incidents cannot be undone once they occur, the laws in Chicago are designed to help victims by guaranteeing them protections and certain rights should those victims choose to take action. Among those rights is the ability to seek and obtain financial compensation if you are injured due to negligence or reckless conduct so that you can receive the money you need to help you move forward after an accident. When in doubt or confused about your rights, speaking with a personal injury attorney can help you realize what options may be available to you and whether you have a valid claim for your damages.

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May 25, 2015

Child Killed in Car Accident on I-94

52515.jpgNothing is more tragic than when a child is killed in an accident. The suffering that stems from those incidents reaches not only the child's immediate family but also aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends, neighbors, and classmates, to name a few. Often, an entire community feels the devastating loss that occurs when a young person is seriously injured or is killed and no amount of action against those responsible can ease the pain.

The laws in the Chicago area and in Illinois understand that the last thing families should have to worry about is how they will move forward financially when such an accident occurs. If the harm is caused when a child is involved in a car crash, the parents or guardians of that child may be able to seek compensation for the child personally and for additional expenses that are incurred depending on the facts surrounding a particular collision. Speaking with a personal injury attorney may help you understand the options that exist for you if your child was injured or killed in an accident and if you have questions about what relief may be possible.

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May 22, 2015

DUI Enforcement Planned for Memorial Day Weekend

52215.jpgMemorial Day is a national holiday dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives while serving in the American armed forces. Unofficially, Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the summer season in much of the Midwest, including Chicago, and is a time that tens of thousands of people choose to take to the roads and travel with friends and family. Many people have a long weekend to celebrate the holiday and they will opt to do so in a variety of ways, but if you plan on using alcohol during your celebrations, several departments of local police want to remind you to refrain from driving after you have been drinking.

Everywhere in the State of Illinois, it is a crime to drive while under the influence of alcohol, yet drivers do so every day and they risk their own safety and the safety of others while they are impaired. Traditionally, Memorial Day has a large incident of drunk driving accidents and incidents that affect the lives of victims for weeks, months, or years after the crash happens and also causes harm to those in the victims' lives leading police officers to initiate steps to reduce such collisions.

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May 20, 2015

Failure to Yield Causes Fatal Bicycle Accident

51915%283%29.jpgIn recent decades, Chicago has morphed into a metropolitan area that caters to bicyclists both in the downtown Loop and in many of the surrounding neighborhoods of the city. As cycling has increased in popularity, officials have taken affirmative steps to increase the safety of riders and to keep motorists safe as well. Implements like shared bicycle lanes, bicycle-only lanes, protected bike lanes, and bicycle-specific traffic signals are some of the changes that residents have seen recently and some changes that people can continue to anticipate in the coming years.

Despite these steps taken at the local and state level and despite the increased awareness and presence of bicyclists, bike accidents continue to happen in Chicago and across Illinois. Though there are countless reasons for these collisions, the predominate factor continues to be driver error or negligence. Those in automobiles or on bicycles who fail to notice cyclists or respect their rights to ride continue to create hazardous situations that lead to collisions and often, as a result, injuries or even death of the rider involved.

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May 19, 2015

2 Killed in Calumet City Car Crash

51915.jpgAs the school year comes to a close in the Chicago area, thousands of teens are beginning to celebrate the start of summer and all it has to offer. Some of those teens are set to graduate from high school which means they are wrapping up their studies and preparing to move on in the weeks or months to come. A popular way to mark this transition in a number of schools is through prom which can enable students to have one last gathering with all their friends before each embarks down his or her own path.

Annually, prom-related car accidents happen in the United States and many of them cause injuries or even death to the teens and others involved. In some cases, an accident of that nature occurs in the greater Chicago area and can cause devastation to the families of the victims involved as well as distressing other students at a school, faculty, friends and neighbors.

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May 18, 2015

Alcohol Suspected in Aurora Car Accident

51515.jpgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving accidents in 2012 alone and that these deaths accounted for 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities. Additionally, 20 percent of all children ages 0 to 14 years old who were killed in collisions were involved in alcohol-related incidents and that more than half of those were in the same vehicle as an impaired or drunk driver.

The results of drunk driving accidents cannot be understated: these collisions cause injuries, death, and substantial financial toll in every state and major city in the country, including Chicago. Perhaps most disturbingly is that these accidents need never happen and therefore all the destruction they cause is both preventable and avoidable if motorists follow local laws and abstain from drinking and driving. Yet despite these risks and despite these consequences, millions of drivers self-report operating while under the influence of alcohol on a repeated basis.

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May 14, 2015

Failed Attempt to Pass Causes Fiery Chicago Car Crash

51415%282%29.jpgThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 32,719 people were killed in traffic accidents in the United States in 2013 alone. By far, the greatest toll we pay as a society in car crashes is the loss of life and the injuries sustained to the victims involved but many people fail to realize that, though these are the greatest costs, they are not the only harm done.

Additionally, car accidents were estimated to cost this nation almost $1 trillion in lost productivity in the workforce and at home combined with the loss of life experienced due to collisions. Additional damages can be experienced in the form of damage done to vehicles and other inanimate objects, scarring and permanency of injuries, and loss of a normal life or the ability to engage in activities to the same extent as a victim did before an accident. Some damages are easy to quantify but others are difficult or impossible; for these reasons, it may be wise to consult with a personal injury attorney if you have been hurt in Chicago and you have questions about your rights to relief or the value of your case.

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May 13, 2015

Amtrak Train Derails, Kills 7, Injures More than 200

51315%282%29.jpgTo many, trains seem like a peaceful way to travel. Their large size and controlled route make the idea of an accident or other kind of transit-related incident seem unlikely in the minds of many as they pass the time on board a train. But unfortunately, thousands of train accidents happen in this country every year and many of them occur in large, urban settings like Chicago. The increased population in these areas means an increased chance of a train system existing, heavier use of that system, and a resulting increase in the possibilities of an accident.

The victims of these crashes often bear no blame in the incident as the majority of victims are the passengers themselves. But regardless of their position within the train, these victims may be left injured and may be in need of medical assistance for weeks, months, or even years to come. In the worst train incidents, one or more individuals may be killed and their families may never be able to heal from that loss. When a train accident happens in Chicago, nothing can erase the suffering experienced by the victims and the family members of those who are hurt or killed, yet relief may be possible to help ease the suffering. Speaking with a personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights if a collision has affected your life or has taken your loved one away from you.

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May 13, 2015

Motorcycle Crash with SUV Kills 1

51215%282%29.jpgThough motorcycles are increasing in popularity in Illinois, they are still significantly outnumbered by other forms of vehicles like cars and trucks. As a result, motorcycles are involved in a small number of collisions in the state but when an accident does occur, the results are more likely to be severe than if a larger vehicle crashed. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, motorcycles made up only 1.2 percent of all traffic-related collisions in 2013 but they were responsible for 4.1 percent of all the accidents that caused injuries. Even more troubling, motorcycle accidents accounted for 15.8 percent of all fatal accidents that year.

You may be one of the tens of thousands of people who own a motorcycle in Illinois, but even if you are not, motorcycle safety and motorcycle accidents should still be concerning to you. These crashes can happen to anyone at any time - even the driver of a car can be involved in a crash with a biker. Further, the fallout from these collisions cause millions of dollars in damages annually as victims are forced to seek medical assistance, may miss time from work, and must endure pain and suffering. These losses can affect the family, friends, and coworkers of injured victims as well as the victims themselves, stretching the reach of the accident beyond the immediate parties that were involved.

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May 11, 2015

SUV Strikes School Bus in Park Ridge

51015.jpgNearly 1,500 school bus accidents occurred in Illinois in 2011 and of those collisions, 276 caused injuries to at least one person involved. Many bus accidents cause multiple injuries and those who are harmed tend to be young, school-aged children. In addition, the drivers of buses, adult passengers on board, or even those in another vehicle involved in the collision may be injured and may be in need of medical assistance.

Those who are injured in school bus crashes are victims under the laws of Illinois and are protected with certain rights, including the right to seek financial compensation for their suffering. From medical bills to surgical expenses, lost wages to pain and suffering, the damages incurred in a bus accident can be substantial and may accrue over days or years. The losses may vary from accident to accident but the rights are usually the same: victims who are hurt can recover for their losses against the individuals or entities responsible for the crash. Consulting with a personal injury attorney in Chicago can help these victims understand whether they have valid claims and if so, who may be responsible in a court of law for their damages.

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May 7, 2015

Safety Tips for National Bike Month

5815.jpgMay is National Bike Month, a time of year that many bicycle advocacy groups use to raise awareness of cycling and to remind motorists of the presence of bikes on local roads. This issue is important in Chicago because of the large number of commuters who choose to ride to and from work in addition to those who ride bicycles for pleasure or exercise. The laws in Chicago govern the transit of these bikes just like they do the transit of vehicles and if everyone on the roads obeyed all laws, these two groups could coexist harmoniously.

Unfortunately, the real world reflects that some cyclists and some drivers fail to follow all applicable traffic rules and laws and therefore cause dangerous situations that may lead to a bicycle accident. The victims of these accidents who suffer injuries may be inconvenienced for some time or may be permanently harmed due to these collisions and they may be forced to incur substantial medical expenses. The laws in Illinois understand that collisions happen and injuries may result and therefore the laws have established procedures through which a victim can obtain payment for his or her injuries. Speaking with a personal injury attorney can help you realize your options if you have been injured and if you have questions following a Chicago-area accident.

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May 7, 2015

Car Accident in Des Plaines Kills Teen

5715.jpgCar accidents are the primary cause of unintentional death among teens ages 15 to 19 in the United States. It is a frightening statistic for any parent who has teenagers or for anyone who cares about a teen because once that teen is inside a car, adults outside of the vehicle can do little to keep them safe. The threats facing teenaged drivers and passengers are multifold because teen drivers are less experienced and less knowledgeable than older counterparts and because the same outside threats that face all motorists, like other drivers, continue to face teens.

Car accidents involving teenage drivers or teenage passengers can cause anguish not only to the teen herself but also to that teen's family and friends. From the initial crash through the needed medical treatment and potentially through any ongoing healthcare, these collisions can cause damage that may costs thousands or even millions of dollars. Fortunately, the laws in Chicago recognize that an innocent teen victim of a collision should not be forced to pay for the medical treatment that the teen needs - and nor should that teen's parents. Instead, victims of car accidents in Illinois have the right to seek financial compensation for their suffering through the use of a civil claim for damages. Consulting with a personal injury attorney who handles car accidents can help you understand your rights and your options if you have been an injury victim.

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May 6, 2015

Worker Killed in Fall from Roof

5615.jpgFor more than 100 years, Illinois has had laws designed to provide for workers' compensation, a series of benefits that are available to help employees who are hurt on-the-job. Despite the long history of this legislation and its corresponding protections, many who work in Chicago and the rest of the state are unaware of their rights under the law and are not sure whether they have a valid claim if they are injured.

In some respects, Chicago workers' compensation cases are straight forward: when a worker is hurt on the job, generally he or she has the right to relief. Though these cases should present few complications, the reality is much different. Employers often deny valid claims brought by the injured or victims may be offered a fraction of the value of their claim in settlement. As these issues can be complex, many workers find it beneficial to consult with and work with a personal injury attorney in Chicago to ensure their rights are protected.

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May 4, 2015

I-80 Car Accident Kills 1 in Joliet

5315.jpgWhen a car accident happens, it can be difficult to know exactly what factors led to the impact and whether any driver involved acted in a negligent or reckless manner. Some cases may appear to be cut and dry, like when a car runs a red light. Yet in some cases, underlying facts may exist that may not immediately meet the eye. From mechanical failures to inclement weather to poor road designs, car accidents can be caused by factors beyond the actions of an individual driver.

Victims of traffic accidents in the Chicago area cannot undo the damage that was done to them but they may be entitled to seek financial relief for their sufferings. Civil claims can enable these victims to receive payment for their medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering but only if a victim takes the affirmative steps necessary to obtain this relief. Claims must be brought pursuant to local and state laws and will be barred if not brought in a timely manner so if you have been hurt, consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago to learn whether you have a valid claim, and if so, how to proceed with your case.

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