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Three people were injured in an Illinois car accident that occurred on Monday night on Illinois 47 near Armstrong Street. According to the Morris Daily Herald, a woman had pulled over to the side of the highway because she was experiencing engine trouble and then her car was struck by another vehicle from behind while she was stopped on the shoulder of the highway. The original car was stopped in the right hand lane and the driver was trying to call for help on her cell phone when the car accident occurred.

The driver of the other car that struck the stopped vehicle stated that she had glanced down to check her speed at the time of the accident, causing her not to see the stopped car in time to avoid the car accident. The driver that struck the stopped car was ticketed with failure to reduce speed in order to avoid an accident. Both of the drivers, as well as a passenger from one of the cars, were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their minor personal injuries.

The two-car accident resulted in the vehicles blocking the roadway and led to a lot of traffic on Illinois 47 following the car accident. Our Chicago car accident attorneys remind drivers how important it is to maintain a safe speed at all times, because it can often be very difficult to stop your car in time to avoid an accident if you are driving too fast. Please always obey the posted speed limits because they are determined to be the safest maximum speed to drive in that given area. Even if you feel that it is safer to go faster or okay to speed because there are no other vehicles around, remember that it will be very hard to stop your car in time if you need to.

Attention Chicagoland! It’s time to break out the boots and the heavy snow gear, because we are in for some seriously frigid temperatures. According to the National Weather Service temperatures could fall below zero degrees this week, which would be the coldest days of the winter season thus far.

The weather service has issued a wind chill advisory for Chicago and much of its outer neighborhoods and cities from 6 p.m. yesterday to 9 a.m. this morning, and officials expect wind gusts to reach 30 miles an hour, making the wind chill roughly 20 degrees below zero. It is certainly cold enough to snow, and any precipitation whatsoever could quickly turn into black ice, causing problems for drivers throughout Illinois. (Chicago Tribune)

Unfavorable weather and road conditions cause more than 1.5 million car accidents every year. In fact, adverse conditions caused by snow and ice alone result in some 200,000 injuries, totaling nearly 25 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. Icy and snowy conditions can affect visibility, stopping distance, traction, and many other factors that are crucial in keeping you safe when on the road. (The Weather Channel)

It’s New Years Eve everyone! It’s time to celebrate the approach of 2013 with your friends and family, and cram as much fun into 2012 as you can before the clock strikes midnight. However, while you celebrate law enforcement officials across the country will be hard at work keeping our roadways safe.

Our Chicago accident lawyers want to remind drivers that while the end of the year is cause for fun and celebration, it is still important to focus on safety. Whether your plan is to stay in and play host or you’re heading off to a party, following a few simple safety tips can help you make sure that everyone around you will be able to ring in the New Year safe and sound.

• Designate a Driver: This cannot be stressed enough, don’t drink and drive. Last year, almost half of all car accident fatalities were at the hands of drivers who tested positive for drugs and alcohol. Additionally, over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving while under the influence. Don’t get you or anyone else injured, and don’t ring in 2013 in jail. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) recently released a report detailing the death of a teenager on Sunday morning after what authorities say was a street racing accident. Our Illinois car accident lawyers learned that the 15-year old was traveling east on Illinois Route 16 approaching St. Mary’s Road in rural Jersey County, Illinois at excessive speeds when his truck reportedly drove off the road, struck a large drainage pipe and rolled over multiple times. It then struck a utility pole and finally came to a stop on its roof.

Authorities state the driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The truck’s passenger, a 52-year old male, remained uninjured. The report states the driver and passenger were both wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.

In recent years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that street racing has become a factor in approximately 130 fatal crashes each year. In 2011, over 300 street racing accidents took place, with many citations, injuries, and fatalities as a result.

The lake-effect snow has finally hit Chicago, and late this morning it brought a heavy blanket to cover the north side. Yes, that’s right, it’s a white Christmas in Chicagoland. For anyone who happened to move to the city in the midst of its record 300-day snow drought I hope that today’s whether proved that I wasn’t lying, and that there really is snow in the northern Midwest.

As soon as the snow arrived, so too did reports of slick roadways and cars spinning out. These lake-effect snow showers could be here throughout the day and into Wednesday, but large-scale accumulation is unlikely. Either way, it is now more important than ever to review the dangers posed by adverse conditions, and how you can keep yourself safe on Chicago and Illinois’ winter roadways.

Poor weather-related driving conditions are directly associated with nearly 7,000 fatalities, 800,000 injuries, and 1.5 million property damage-crashes every year throughout the United States. Bad weather is a contributing factor in 28% of total crashes and 20% of highway fatalities. Additionally, the economic toll of weather related crashes is estimated at nearly $42 billion. (National Research Council)

If you are a kid waiting to go sledding and have snowball fight, you should probably look away now, but if you are a parent or driver who has to commute to work every day, you will probably welcome this news with open arms.

As of Monday morning, Chicago is in the midst of the longest stretch without a snowfall in its history. The Windy City has gone a record 281 days without measurable snow accumulation, and with no precipitation on the forecast, it is likely that Chicago will keep adding days to this record long stretch. (Chicago Tribune)

However, whether you view Chicago’s snow-drought as good or bad, it won’t last forever, and when it does, it is important to be prepared. Statistics have shown that a quarter of all car accidents occur during adverse weather conditions. These conditions include snow, ice, and rain.

It’s Thanksgiving week. You are probably thinking about turkey, seeing your family, and maybe spending some time with some old friends. However, with Thanksgiving week being the most traveled holiday of the year, our lawyers want you to have one more thing on your mind. Safety.

Approximately 90% of those who travel during the days before and after Thanksgiving will do so by car. If statistics reign true, as they have in past years, the week surrounding Thanksgiving will be the deadliest of any holiday this year. (USA Today)

Many different factors contribute to the increase of car accidents around Thanksgiving. Here are some of the factors to keep in mind in order to have as safe a holiday as possible:

With Halloween almost upon us, many of your children are probably spending their school days thinking of a cool costume, or arranging plans to trick or treat together on Wednesday. Halloween is one of the most fun nights any kid has during their year, but it may also be one of the most dangerous. Whether you are a parent, a child, or simply a motorist driving on Halloween, our lawyers want to remind you that it is important to stay safe and alert while out on the streets.

Halloween can be as scary for parents as it is for children; and while stories about tainted candy and child abductions seem to be prevalent, they are very rare. Most of the time, the real Halloween headlines involve children being hit by vehicles while out trick or treating.

The mixture of the early onset of darkness in October, and the estimated 40 million dark costumed children flooding the streets on October 31st can be a deadly combination. In fact, statistics show that kids are four times more likely to be hit by a car on this night than any other night of the year. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

According to Fox News Chicago, Lincolnwood authorities are still investigating the death of a man killed while running along Lincoln Avenue this weekend. While our deepest sympathies and well wishes go out to all involved, the unfortunate truth is that this tragedy is just one of many that will occur in the Chicago area this year.

According to the most recent available data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, pedestrian-car accidents accounted for 4,280 deaths and some 70,000 injuries in the United States in 2010. No one can possibly prepare themselves for the repercussions of being involved in a pedestrian traffic accident. However, when accidents occur, our attorneys are a reliable and proven source for seeking much needed help and guidance after you or your loved one has been a victim of a negligent driver.

While drivers are expected to be attentive and show care in avoiding pedestrians; walkers and runners must also make it a point to exercise caution and know how to stay safe when sharing the road with vehicles. Outside of the city, it can be difficult to find paths or trails to run on, and often people have no choice but to walk, run, or bike on streets and roads. Below are some tips regarding how Illinois residents can stay safe when they choose to walk, run, or bike using the roads near their homes:

Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, which means that millions of families will be hitting the road, celebrating, and spending time with their loved ones. According to a Peoria Journal Star article, statistics from the American Automobile Association (AAA) claim that 1.8 million people are expected to travel on Illinois roadways this holiday weekend. This is an increase of 2.6% over the previous year.

Accordingly, the opportunities for the “fatal four” to rear their ugly heads will increase as well. The fatal four, as Illinois officials call them, are the four most common factors that contribute to deadly car accidents. Drinking while driving, not wearing a seat belt, breaking the speed limit, and driving while distracted comprise the fatal four. Our Illinois car accident attorneys recognize the importance of watching out for the fatal four, especially considering that Illinois has seen a noticeable rise in fatal accidents in 2012.

As such, holidays similar to Labor Day require special attention. Holidays generally are the time of year when people are traveling and drinking the most, or generally have a lot going on in their lives. These factors add up to a lot of stress, potentially poor decisions, and undesired consequences. For example, last year in Illinois nine people died in traffic accidents over Labor Day weekend. Since 2007, 62 people have died on Illinois roads over the holiday weekend, 33% of which were alcohol-related. A Lieutenant from the Peoria Police Department summed it up best when he said “Any distance is too far (to drive) if you’ve had a drink.”
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