Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

August 28, 2015

Driver Apprehended after Fatal Hit-and-Run with Motorcycle

82715%283%29.jpgMisconceptions surround the truth when it comes to motorcycle accidents in Chicago. One common belief is that bikers risk their own safety by operating in conditions that are less than ideal, increasing the risks that a collision will take place. In fact, though, more than 90 percent of all motorcycle collisions that happen in the state of Illinois take place on clear days and on dry pavement.

Bikers usually are very cautious when it comes to how they drive and as a group, they tend to avoid dangerous situations whenever possible. Some exercise extreme caution when the approach an intersection even if they have the right-of-way, out of a fear that motorists will either fail to see them or fail to respect their rights. And these concerns are valid as some of the safest bikers in the Chicago area are injured on a regular basis due to the actions of others, including those that drive cars.

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August 27, 2015

Single Car Crash in Lake County Kills 3

82715.jpgThousands of collisions involving only one vehicle happen in the State of Illinois annually. The numbers surprise many motorists who consider a car accident to be that which involves at least two vehicles, and sometimes many more. But the reality of the situation is that any incident involving at least one car can happen and can lead to devastating consequences for those involved.

Collisions threaten the safety of both passengers and drivers inside of a car as well as anyone else in the area, whether they are in a different vehicle, walking as pedestrians, or even riding a bicycle. Often, victims who are involved in single-vehicle collisions and who are injured are still entitled to the same rights and protections under the law as those victims who are hurt in multi-car crashes but many do not realize this. In the event that a defective part or a faulty component led to a crash, victims may be able to recover against the manufacturer of a vehicle or an errant mechanic who serviced the car. If a crash is caused by the negligence of a driver, victims can recover against that driver's automobile insurance policy and/or the driver personally. And if a design flaw in the road or an issue with the street's layout made a collision happen, relief may be possible against a city, state, or municipality charged with maintaining the area. As the facts surrounding a collision are critical to understanding a victims' rights, it is a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney if you have been hurt so that you can obtain the full relief that you deserve.

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August 26, 2015

Motorcycle Crash on South Side Leaves One Critically Injured

82615.jpgThis week has seen cooler weather come through Chicago, bringing with it feelings of fall and making residents consider things like back-to-school activities. Though it may feel cool when outdoors, summer is still ongoing and with it, many summertime activities. One of these for many in the Chicago area continues to be riding motorcycles.

Motorcycles can be ridden in many months in Illinois but the prime time for ridership remains summer, when the weather is warm and inclement weather is less likely than in other times of the year. The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that there are approximately 10.4 million registered vehicles within the state and that there are 240,000 registered motorcycles. Most of those motorcycles make an appearance on state roads or expressways at least once a year with a large number of them being utilized on a regular basis. While it may seem like only a minority of motorists choose to ride a motorcycle, safety of bikers should be a concern for all because you do not have to be on a motorcycle to be involved in a motorcycle accident.

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August 25, 2015

One Killed, Two Injured in Head-On Collision in Yorkville

82515.jpgHead-on car accidents are a very dangerous form of collisions that often result in injuries or even death to those involved. In many cases, a head-on crash occurs when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions on the same roadway pass one another in an intersection. This can be a safe maneuver if each driver maintains his or her position within a lane but if one motorist crosses a dividing line, both vehicles can end up in the same place at the same time, causing a collision.

In other cases, vehicles may be traveling in opposite directions on the same road but be nowhere near an intersection. If one car drifts across the center line, a head-on crash may happen. Every year, Chicago experiences crashes where one car drives the wrong way down a one-way street and collides in a head-on manner with a vehicle traveling the correct way.

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August 24, 2015

More Fatalities Occurring on Illinois Roadways in 2015

82315.jpgNo state in the nation is immune from the dangers posed by car accidents and traffic crashes, and that includes Illinois. With that in mind, the Illinois Department of Transportation monitors collisions and attempts to categorize them, providing insight into the causes behind these accidents and, hopefully, a greater understanding of how to prevent them in the future.

When considering damage, not all car accidents are the same. Those that result only in damage to the vehicles involved or to other property in the area generally are considered less significant than those that cause injuries, and with good reason. The harm that results from a car crash in Chicago or across Illinois can last anywhere from days to weeks to years. In the worst cases, a victim will never fully recover or may lose her life in a crash.

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August 21, 2015

Child Dies Following Hotel Swimming Pool Accident

82115%283%29.jpgPeople often think of summertime when they think of swimming in a swimming pool but that is not always the case in Illinois. With hundreds of indoor pools dotting the state, those who call the Chicago area home can swim in any month of the year and at any time.

But summer is the season that experiences the highest number of swimmers in the greater Chicago area. Kids are out of school and have free time for things like swimming. Many of the numerous backyard pools open in the summer months to let people swim, play, and have fun. Taking to the water can be an excellent way to get exercise, cool off, and have a good time with friends and family.

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August 20, 2015

What to Do in a Chicago Car Accident

82115.jpgIt is an unfortunate fact that nearly everyone - including those who live in Chicago - will be involved in at least one car accident in their lifetime. On average, a typical driver experiences three collisions during his or her life, and those accidents can range from the minor to the severe and even fatal.

It takes only a moment for a crash to take place but the fallout from a collision can last much longer. With little or no warning before a large number of accidents, those who are involved in one are often left surprised, dazed, and even unsure of what to do next, where to turn, and how to get help.

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August 19, 2015

Alcohol Suspected in Waukegan Car Crash

81915%282%29.jpgNational campaigns aimed at educating the public about the dangers of drinking and driving have existed for decades now. Every state in the nation makes it a crime to drive under the influence of alcohol and the penalties for those who do can be extreme, ranging from fines and fees to the loss of a driver's license and even incarceration in jail or prison. All of these efforts are aimed at one thing - reducing the number of drunk and impaired motorists so that the streets will be safer.

The truth continues to show that drunk drivers are less capable than other motorists of operating a vehicle in a safe and efficient manner. Alcohol, a depressant, decreases a driver's ability to respond to changing conditions or to process information in a manner necessary to make decisions. This is often coupled with dulled senses and a lack of ability to make critical choices when alcohol is in a driver's system, all leading to an increased risk of a car accident or other serious traffic incident.

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August 18, 2015

Collision with Truck Leaves Two Pedestrians in Chicago Seriously Injured

81815.jpgWhether you realize it or not, trucks are probably part of your daily life if you call Chicago home. You encounter them when you drive on the expressways that surround the city. You come across them at the intersections of streets while you are waiting to cross. They bring food and goods to the city for purchase by consumers. Trucks are so commonplace that chances are that you do not notice the majority of them that you encounter throughout the day.

Unless you happen to be one of the thousands of victims of a truck accident each year in the State of Illinois. In that case, you know just how dangerous a truck can be when it's large and heavy build collides with your vehicle, your property, or even your person. Unlike some other types of collisions, truck accidents can, and often do, cause massive devastation in their wake and leave innocent victims in need of medical help.

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August 15, 2015

Edgebrook Collision Kills One

81915.jpgAll drivers in the Chicago area should remember that car accidents can happen at any time on the road. While approximately 40 percent of crashes happen at intersections, those are far from the only locations where impacts take place as vehicles driving straight on roads, in parking lots, and on expressways may also experience a collision. Some types of collisions are more likely at points other than intersections including sideswipe car accidents and back over crashes.

Regardless of how an accident takes place, it is possible for those involved to be injured or to otherwise suffer, potentially causing significant damages. When a car accident in the Chicago area causes harm like this, victims of that crash may be protected by local and state laws that enable them to seek relief. Generally, relief can be obtained in the form of monetary payment for the harm that happened due to the accident and can vary as a result from case to case. Whether you incurred medical expenses, suffered pain and inconvenience, or even missed time from work due to your injuries, you may have a valid claim for your harm and speaking with a personal injury attorney can help you understand what rights may be protected after your crash.

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August 13, 2015

Three Injured in Semi-Truck Crash on I-94 in Deerfield

81315.jpgSemi-trucks and big rigs pose a unique threat to those who drive in the Chicago area. Though semis make up only 4.3 percent of all registered vehicles in the nation, they are involved in 10 percent of all fatal crashes. The large size and often heavy weight of a semi-truck means that a smaller car is likely to sustain substantial damage in the event the two collide, and with damage to a vehicle comes a very real possibility of injuries or even death to those involved.

With injuries comes a number of issues experienced by the majority of truck accident victims in the Chicago area including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. These effects can harm not only the individual involved in the collision but also that individual's family members, loved ones, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Fortunately victims may not be forced to suffer these financial tolls if they choose to exercise the right to seek relief against an at-fault driver and/or an insurance company for the harm they suffered. Working with a personal injury attorney can help victims realize if they have a valid civil claim, and if so, whether they can obtain payment for their damages in a court of law.

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August 11, 2015

Driver Sought after Hit-and-Run Crash in Aurora

81115.jpgAcross the country, studies reveal that approximately 11 percent of all traffic collisions involve a hit-and-run driver. That means that though local and state laws require a motorist to remain at the scene once a collision has occurred, more than one-in-ten crashes involve at least one driver who chooses to ignore those rules, fleeing the scene without speaking to police or other authorities.

Most states, including Illinois, have some limited exceptions to rules requiring a driver to remain at the scene of a crash. Generally, those exceptions apply in the event that emergency medical care is needed and where delay to help would be harmful. Though the exceptions to the rules tend to be narrow, drivers in Chicago continue to flee daily and without medical need.

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August 10, 2015

2 Killed in Wrong-Way Car Accident on I-55

8915.jpgDuring certain activities in life, a person can control his or her safety. By acting with care and caution, the risks for harm or injuries can be drastically reduced if not eliminated. But unfortunately, that level of control does not extend to all areas of a person's life and one prime example of this lack of total control continues to be driving. Though the conduct of a motorist behind the wheel remains critically important, it is also true that one driver's actions alone cannot guarantee an accident-free ride. Instead, if another driver in the area fails to act safely, even the best driver on the road can become the victim of a car accident and may be injured as a result.

It is not fair when one person is forced to suffer due to the actions of another, a thought is echoed by the legislature in the state of Illinois. When a car crash happens here, including in the Chicago area, victims who did nothing wrong but who were hurt nonetheless are protected with specific rights that enable them to get relief. A typical crash creates the right for a victim to seek monetary payment for their losses which may include things like medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and permanency of injuries. These claims can be brought against an at-fault driver, an automobile insurance company, a corporation, or even a city or state and they are separate from any traffic charges brought by local authorities. Speaking with a personal injury attorney can help victims realize their options and whether they may be entitled to relief based on the facts of their collision and their resulting harm.

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August 6, 2015

Driver Injured after Car Crash in Bremen Township

8615.jpgSingle car accidents happen every day across the state of Illinois and they occur for many reasons. Some are due to the actions or inactions of the driver behind the wheel. Others can be blamed on inclement weather or a poor road design. And still others are properly classified as a failure on some part of the vehicle itself, whether it is a manufacturing error or a design flaw in the car or in a tire.

When a car accident happens, victims may not remember the precise details that led up to the incident. It tends to be up to police, accident reconstructionists, and other experts to determine the factors that led to a collision and whether an error on the part of anyone involved played a role. Where an issue with a vehicle or a component, like a wheel or tire, is suspected, the review can take weeks to months before conclusions are made and may involve the analysis of technical data gathered from a car's computer systems.

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August 5, 2015

Pedestrian Killed in Accident with Two Trucks

8515.jpgIf you drive on the streets of Illinois, you have a duty not only to other cars on the roads but also to pedestrians in the area. That duty requires motorists to operate with care and to avoid collisions whenever possible, but despite this requirement, collisions continue to happen every day. Whether multiple cars collide or a car and a pedestrian, there is always a serious risk of injuries or even death resulting due to the forced involved in an accident.

Among all the types of traffic accident, pedestrian crashes account for a disproportionately high number of injuries and fatalities. While a crash with a pedestrian is less common than a crash involving only cars, it is much more likely to cause harm to those involved, especially those who were outside of a vehicle at the time of impact.

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