• Accident Causes

    CTA Green Line Derailment Injures Seven

    Chicago (June 6, 2019) – Taking the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Loop is one of the safest ways to travel in the city. However, there are rare instances of train accidents that have lead to injury and death. In early June, a Green Line train derailed, injuring seven people. The biggest accident in the Loop’s history occurred in 1977, when four cars derailed at the Randolph/Wabash station; eleven people died in that catastrophe.

    Loop accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Electric failures, impaired train operators, and mechanical issues with the tracks have caused train accidents in Chicago. If you or your family have been involved in a Loop accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe immediately. We’re ready to fight to get you just compensation for your pain, suffering, and injuries. Source: CBS

    New Laws Aim to Curb Distracted Driving Crashes

    Statewide (May 15, 2019) – Illinois enacted new distracted driving laws at the start of 2019 in order to curb accidents caused by people not paying attention to the road and their surroundings. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation 8,400 crashes occurred in the state from 2012 through 2016 in which the police cited driver distraction involving a mobile phone. The number of Illinois distracted driving crashes has increased every year, peaking at 2,345 in 2016.

    The new Illinois distracted driving laws state that mobile phones must be used in hands-free mode or with a wireless earpiece while driving. Motorists under 19 are not permitted to use a mobile phone while driving under any circumstances. Drivers of all ages may not use a mobile phone and drive while in a designated school zone, in a construction zone, or within 500 feet of an emergency scene.

    Violating Illinois distracted driving laws is considered a traffic offense. The fees are $75 for the first violation, $100 for the second, $125 for the third, and $150 for each subsequent offense. Additional violations may result in license penalty points or a suspension. Source: Illinois Tollway

    Unlicensed Driver Fatalities Down

    Statewide (April 12, 2019) – Unlicensed drivers were involved in 23 fatal crashes in 2019, so far. According to the Illinois Department of Traffic, the number of fatalities involving unlicensed drivers has risen every year from 2014 to 2017. Final numbers are still being collected for 2018.

    Some people erroneously believe that liability in accidents involving drivers without a license automatically goes to the unlicensed. The actuality is more complicated than that. If you’ve been involved in an accident with an unlicensed driver then contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys to explore the best options for you.

    Source: http://www.idot.illinois.gov

  • Accident Statistics

    Work Zone Fatalities Continue to Plummet

    Statewide (May 7, 2019) – Crash fatalities in work zones continue to plummet in Illinois. This particular type of automobile accident was responsible for 46 deaths in 2015, decreasing to 44 deaths in 2016, 30 deaths in 2017, and 18 deaths in 2018. As of May, there has only been one Illinois work zone crash fatality in 2019.

    While it’s fantastic news that work zone crash fatalities continue to decline, they are still a dangerous possibility. This is especially true during Chicago’s summer months, when construction projects and work zones are more abundant than other times of the year. The attorneys at Lerner and Rowe urge you to be especially cautious when driving near work zones.

    Source: Illinois Department of Transportation

    Fatal Crashes More Common on City Streets

    Chicago (April 17, 2019) – Although motorists generally drive slower on city streets than they do on highways, city roads are more dangerous. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 43 percent of fatal vehicle crashes in 2019 occurred on city streets. That’s more than double the amount that happen on interstate roads, state-US highways, and county-township roads, respectively.

    If you’re involved in a car or motorcycle accident in Chicago city streets, contact the attorneys at Lerner and Rowe to find out what kind of compensation you may be entitled to.

    Source: http://www.idot.illinois.gov/

  • News

    Sharp Registration Fee Increase Proposed for Electric Cars

    Springfield (May 6, 2019) – Owners of all-electric cars may be in for a shock when it comes time for registration renewal. The Illinois General Assembly has proposed an amendment to House Bill 3233 that would increase the annual registration fee for all-electric automobiles from $17.50 to $1,000.

    While proposed registration fees are higher for all vehicles, the increase for fully-electric cars is particularly steep. The justification for the amendment is that fully-electric cars do not pay gasoline tax, which is partially used for road repairs. Illinois has a number of treacherous roads and the state needs to increase repair funding. The proposed amendment to HB3233 would ensure that all motorists contribute to road repair, not just those using gasoline.

    Source: http://www.ilga.gov/

    Legislators to Decide on Fully-Autonomous Cars

    Springfield (April 1, 2019) – Driverless vehicles may be coming to Illinois in the near future. The Illinois General Assembly is currently deliberating the Autonomous Vehicle Act (HB2575),which would allow the use of fully-autonomous vehicles on state highways, whether they have a human driver or not. HB2575 is currently with the General Assembly Rules Committee.

    Fully-autonomous cars are currently being developed by Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Tesla, and others. Powered by artificial intelligence, fully-autonomous vehicles have enormous potential to prevent car accidents. However, the technology also introduces new issues that require regulation. Fully-autonomous vehicles may be available as soon as Q4 2019, with many manufacturers aiming to sell fully-autonomous cars by 2021.

    Source: http://www.ilga.gov