• Accident Causes

    RRFB Confusion Leads to Pedestrian Accidents

    Chicago (June 1, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Transportation has touted the increased use of rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) as helping reduce pedestrian accidents. RRFBs emit a flashing yellow light when activated and motorists legally have to stop for anyone crossing the street. However, some Chicago walkers noticed that some drivers fail to do so, possibly due to confusion.

    Many drivers associate yellow lights with a call to slow down, following the signals used by traffic lights. As more and more RRFBs are installed throughout Illinois, some pedestrians are calling for the lights to be changed from yellow to red. While RRFBs have helped in many cases, in others they’ve caused car accidents through confusion. If you’ve suffered an injury due to a driver not stopping for an RRFB then contact Lerner and Rowe immediately. Source: Chicago Tribune

    Motorists Urged to Do More to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents

    Statewide (May 13, 2021) – Governor JB Prtizker and the Illinois Department of Transportation have urged motorists to do more to keep motorcycle riders safe in the “Start Seeing Motorcycles” campaign. Although motorcyclists represent only 3 percent of vehicle registrations in Illinois, they account for 14 percent of traffic fatalities. The new campaign aims to curb Illinois motorcycle accidents by teaching motorists how to properly share the road with bikers.

    Lerner and Rowe’s motorcycle accident attorneys applaud the Start Seeing Motorcycles effort. Through awareness and education, the campaign can help prevent motorcycle rider fatalities caused by car accidents. If you or a biker in your family get into a motorbike crash, our team is available to assist you 24/7. Source: IDOT

    IDOT Stresses Work Zone Safety

    Statewide (April 26, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminds motorists and pedestrians to use caution while traveling through work zones. As part of Work Zone Safety Week, the agency wants to remind residents how serious work zone accidents can be. The state has averaged 6,400 motor vehicle accidents near work zones that result in 1,700 personal injuries every year.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to use caution while driving or walking through work zones. Keep an eye on worker activity, as well as any debris that may present danger. Should you or a loved one suffer an injury due to a work zone accident, please contact us immediately. Source: IDOT

    IDOT Warns That Littering Can Lead to Car Accidents

    Statewide (March 25, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has rolled out its “Think Before You Throw” campaign. As the weather gets warmer, some drivers may be tempted to throw litter out of their car. In addition to negatively affecting the environment, litter pickup cost Illinois $6.1-million in 2020. Additionally, IDOT claims that litter can lead to distracted driving and car accidents.

    Lerner and Rowe encourages you to do your part to keep our state beautiful, clean, and safe. If you see a litter cleanup crew on the road, please reduce your speed and give them space to safely do their jobs. If you get into a car wreck because of a driver distracted by litter or a cleanup crew, please contact us for assistance. Source: IDOT

    Ice and Snow a Leading Cause of Car Accidents

    Statewide (February 16, 2021) – Illinois recently received a major snowstorm with many areas accumulating more than one foot of snow. According to the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), 70% of the nation’s population lives in areas that receive snow. The agency also claims that 24% of weather-related car accidents occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to be prepared for snowy conditions. Avoid driving if possible. Should you need to drive, be sure that your car is prepared for winter conditions and to follow these winter driving safety tips. If you or a family member get into a winter car accident, please know that our team is available to assist you 24/7. Source: USDOT

    SUV Accident Caused by Ice

    Chicago (January 8, 2021) – Two people were hospitalized after an SUV accident in Chicago’s South Side. A 2005 Ford Explorer was attempting to turn when it skidded, hit a curb, and flipped over. The driver of the SUV was unharmed and was not cited, since the accident appears to have been caused by icy roads.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you that Chicago winters are among the harshest in the country. Please make sure that your car is ready for winter conditions and that you follow our winter driving safety tips. Should you get into a winter car accident, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: ABC7

    IDOT Promotes Website for Winter Safety

    Statewide (December 11, 2020) – Snow has already hit Chicago, with lots more to come this winter. In addition to getting your car ready for the season and following these winter driving safety tips, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has a service that will help keep you and your family safe on the roads. IDOT strongly recommends checking GettingAroundIllinois.com for the latest road conditions in your area.

    The harsh winters of Chicago normally lead to an increase in car accidents. Lerner and Rowe hopes that you use the safety guides above and IDOT’s website to avoid an accident caused by snow, black ice, wet roads, and more. Should you get into a winter car accident, do not hesitate to call us for assistance. Source: IDOT

    Snow and Ice Season Coming

    Statewide (November 20, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) urges residents to prepare for the upcoming winter season. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 24% of car accidents occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement. Harsh Illinois winters make those types of accidents more frequent in the Sucker State.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to drive cautiously during inclement weather. Please follow our Chicago winter driving safety tips to prepare for the snow. Like many businesses and government agencies, IDOT has been hit hard by COVID-19. While it pledges to have adequate plows and salt trucks to keep roads clear, it also notes that COVID-19 could affect staffing levels. Source: IDOT

    Icy Conditions Lead to Car Accidents

    Chicago (October 23, 2020) – The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecasted rain followed by low temperatures early next week. The combination of precipitation and 32 F weather could result in icy driving conditions. Roads and bridges slick with ice increase the chances of a car accident or truck accident.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to drive cautiously when the roads are wet and the temperature is freezing. Please read our winter driving guide for additional safety information. If you or a loved one suffer a personal injury due to a traffic accident caused by ice, please contact us immediately. Source: NWS

    Deer Mating Season Increases Car Accidents

    Statewide (September 30, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminds drivers that deer-mating season has begun. Expect increased deer activity at dawn and dusk for the rest of 2020. With increased deer activity comes a higher chance of getting into a car accident. While swerving because of a deer is a natural instinct, Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman reminds you to stick to the “don’t veer for deer” rule.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to use extra caution when driving in areas frequented by deer. Please follow our guide on how to avoid animal-related car accidents. Should you get into a car accident for any reason, please contact us immediately. Source: IDOT

  • Accident Statistics

    26% of Car Crash Fatalities Due to Improper Seat Belt Use

    Statewide (June 10, 2021) – According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, 114 of the 436 fatal car accident victims in 2021 died because of not using or improperly using a seat belt. This accounts for 26% of car crash fatalities this year.

    Lerner and Rowe encourages you to always use your seat belt, whether you’re the driver or passenger. Also make sure that the seat belts in your car are functioning properly and aren’t subject to a safety recall. Wearing a seat belt is required by law, as well as a hugely important aspect of keeping you and your passengers safe while driving. Source: IDOT

    Fatalities Most Common on State Routes

    Statewide (May 6, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has reported that 97 of the state’s car accident fatalities occurred on state routes. Of the 297 crash fatalities in 2021 thus far, state routes have been the leading location for Illinois fatal accidents. One reason for the severity of state route fatalities includes higher speeds causing a stronger impact at collision and amplifying the effects of distracted driving.

    Lerner and Rowe hopes that you and your family stay safe on Illinois state routes. In addition to obeying all traffic laws and following posted speed limits, learning how to use cruise control safely can help increase driver safety. Should you or a driver in your family get injured in an accident on an Illinois state route, Lerner and Rowe is available to help you 24/7. Source: IDOT

    Pedestrian Fatalities Continue to Trend Up

    Statewide (April 9, 2021) – Illinois pedestrian accidents rose in 2020 from 2019, and that trend has held steady in 2021. The latest figures from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) show that there have already been 30 pedestrian fatalities in Illinois this year. While the latest figures are inline with 2020’s numbers, they still represent an increase from pedestrian fatalities in 2018 and 2019.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to use caution while walking, especially in crowded areas like Chicago. As more people drive and walk after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, the chances of an accident increase. Some people will be out of practice and forget basic safety procedures and traffic laws. If you get injured in an accident while walking in Chicago, please call us immediately. Source: IDOT

    City Streets Have Higher Instances of Accidents

    Statewide (March 16, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has reported that city streets have had more car accident fatalities than other locations thus far in 2021. The agency has reported 55 automotive fatality deaths that took place on city streets, which is nearly twice as many as those that have taken place on interstate, state, and county roads, respectively.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to drive cautiously on Chicago streets. While there have been fewer cars on the road due to COVID-19, the number of drivers is increasing rapidly as people get vaccinated and businesses open. Expect typical Chicago traffic in the near future. Should you get injured in an accident while driving in Chicago, please know that our attorneys are available 24/7 to assist you. Source: IDOT

    Car Accident Fatalities Down 25%

    Statewide (February 11, 2021) – According to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), car accident fatalities are down 25%. There have been 72 car crash deaths in 2021, compared to 96 in the same time period during 2020. One possible reason for the decrease is less snowfall in early 2021 than in early 2020.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to drive cautiously and judiciously, especially during winter months. Midwest snow storms can be extreme, which makes for treacherous driving conditions. Please follow our Chicago winter driving safety tips and do not hesitate to contact us in the event of a car accident. Source: IDOT

    IDOT and Lyft Team Up for 351 Sober Rides

    Sangamon County (January 13, 2021) – In November, we reported on the Illinois Department of Transportation and rideshare service Lyft teaming up to offer Sangamon County residents free transportation over the holidays. From egg nog to champagne, alcoholic beverages are a part of many people’s holidays. This can result in car accidents caused by drunk driving. The Illinois State Police reported that 351 sober rides were given as a result of the partnership.

    Lerner and Rowe applauds IDOT and Lyft for this fantastic program. Drunk driving causes hundreds of Illinois car accidents every year. Hopefully the program curbs DUI incidents and encourages people to use safe options, like Lyft. If you get into an accident because of a drunk driver, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source ISP

    Interstate Fatalities Up in 2020

    Statewide (December 18, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has reported 169 interstate car accident fatalities in 2020, with 13 days left of the year. The agency reported 129 interstate road fatalities in 2019. One theory for the increase is that even though there have been fewer drivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are speeding due to the relatively empty roads.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to follow all posted speed limits and obey all traffic laws. Just because interstate roads are emptier than normal doesn’t mean that you should speed or drive recklessly. If you get into an interstate traffic accident in Illinois, do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. Source: IDOT

    2020 Crash Fatalities Exceed 2019

    Statewide (November 11, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has reported 945 traffic fatalities in 2020. This represents a year-over-year increase of 60 lives. Although there have been fewer vehicles on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instances of speeding have risen.

    While you may be tempted to drive faster on open roads, Lerner and Rowe reminds you to follow posted speed limits and obey all traffic laws. Doing so dramatically decreases your chance of a car accident. Should you get into a car wreck due to a speeding driver, our team is available 24/7 to assist you. Source: IDOT

    17 Bicyclist Fatalities in 2020

    Statewide (October 6, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has reported 17 bicycle accident fatalities in the first nine months of 2020. There were 12 bicyclist fatalities in all of 2019. There has been an increase in bicycle use in Illinois urban areas, partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic and partially because of the increase in bike-sharing services.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to follow all bicycle safety guidelines and to always wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. For additional information, please see our guide on “How to Avoid Chicago Bicycle Accidents.” Remember, our team is available to assist you 24/7 in the event of a bike accident. Source: IDOT

    Pedestrian Fatalities a Concern in Illinois

    Statewide (September 4, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has reported 97 fatalities due to pedestrian accidents in 2020 thus far. While this year’s numbers are projected to be lower than 2019’s, there have been fewer people walking over the last few months due to COVID-19 restrictions. The agency reported annual increases in pedestrian accident fatalities from 2017 to 2019.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to exercise caution while walking in Chicago. Some motorists will be out of practice due to the pandemic and may not drive as safely as they normally would. Follow our Chicago pedestrian safety tips to stay safe. Should you or a family member suffer an injury, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: IDOT

  • News

    National Guard Deployed to Rockton Fire

    Rockton (June 16, 2021) – A fire at a Chemtool Inc. factory in Rockton has caused Governor JB Pritzker to call upon the National Guard for support. Local authorities are requiring citizens within a one-mile radius of Chemtool to evacuate the area. Citizens within a two-mile radius of the site are asked to wear masks to avoid the possibility of inhaling harmful particulates.

    Lerner and Rowe urges Rockton residents to follow all government advisories. Chemtool is a grease manufacturer that works with harmful substances like lithium. Chemical fires such as this one can lead to burn injuries, respiratory damage, and wrongful death. Although numerous government agencies are working hard to contain the fire, officials note that it could be days before it’s put out. Source: Illinois.gov

    Seasonal Roadside Mowing Begins

    Statewide (May 24, 2021) -The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced that roadside mowing has resumed throughout the state. Regular mowing cycles bolster flower, fruit, and vegetable production in Illinois. However, workers and equipment increase the chances of a work zone accident.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to follow IDOT’s advice of slowing down and giving workers adequate space while seasonal mowing takes place. Doing so will help keep you, your passengers, and state workers safe from injuries. Should you get injured in a car accident as a result of seasonal mowing, please contact us as soon as possible. Source: IDOT

    $110-Million Pledged to Illinois Public Ports

    Statewide (April 19, 2021) – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have announced that $110-million will be made available to the state’s 19 public port districts. The funds are meant to be used to upgrade and modernize ports. In addition to helping spread commerce, port improvements should help cut down on boat accidents.

    Lerner and Rowe is pleased to learn that our great state’s ports will be receiving upgrades. However, it’s still important to follow our Chicago boating safety tips and to do everything possible to avoid a Chicago boat accident. Should you or a loved one suffer a boating accident injury, please contact us immediately. Source: IDOT

    IDOT Offers Free Motorcycle Training

    Statewide (March 31, 2021) – With warm weather approaching, many Illinois motorcycle riders are anxious to hit the road. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) appreciates this, but wants to make sure the eager riders avoid motorcycle accidents. With that in mind, IDOT reminds motorcyclists to make sure that their bike is in good operating condition and that they wear bright clothes that enhance their visibility. Additionally, the agency offers free training for riders of all skill levels.

    Lerner and Rowe hopes that Chicago motorcycle riders take advantage of the free training. No matter how experienced and skilled you are, it’s always a good idea to review your safety practices. Should you get into an accident caused by another party, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: IDOT

    Lime Scooters Expands to Moped Rentals

    Chicago (February 2, 2021) – Scooter rental service Lime has announced that it will be offering electric moped rentals in the near future. Dubbed Lime E-mopeds, these sit-down scooters will complement its electric bicycle and electric stand-up scooter offerings. The goal is to give Chicagoans convenient, green, and affordable modes of transportation.

    To help curb motorcycle accidents with Lime E-mopeds, the company has teamed with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for an online course. Before Lime customers can rent an E-moped, they must complete a brief course with a heavy emphasis on safety. Of course real-world experience will be another matter. Should you get into an accident using or caused by a Lime E-moped, please contact us immediately. Source: Lime

    Chicago COVID-19 Vaccination Expands

    Chicago (January 14, 2021) – Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady and Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the city is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination program. Starting January 18, 2021, vaccinations will be made available to Chicagoans 65 and older. People interested in getting the vaccine are advised to register at Chi Covid Coach.

    If you or your family are 65 or older, please consider getting vaccinated. The CDC considers mass vaccinations an important tool in controlling the spread of COVID-19 and beating the virus. Source: CDPH

    NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory

    Chicago (December 21, 2020) – The National Weather Services (NWS) has issued a “small craft advisory” from Calumet Harbor, IL to Gary, IN. Winds around the Lake Michigan area are expected to reach up to 30 knots, which could be disastrous to small boats and other water vehicles. The advisory is expected to last until 11:00 a.m. on December 22.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to avoid the waters until the advisory expires. If you absolutely must hit Lake Michigan, please follow our tips on how to avoid a Chicago boating accident. Should you suffer an injury due to a nautical event, our Chicago boat accident attorneys are available to assist you 24/7. Source: NWS

    IDOT and Lyft Offer Free Holiday Rides

    Sangamon County (November 25, 2020) – The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and rideshare service Lyft have teamed up to offer Sangamon County residents free transportation over the holidays. From November 25, 2020 through January 1, 2021, residents will be offered $20 in free ride credit. The aim is to reduce the number of DUI incidents and car accidents.

    Residents can claim their free credit through the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Illinois State Police District 9, Springfield Police Department and Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, as well as other Sangamon County law enforcement agencies, including the Auburn Police Department, Chatham Police Department, Grandview Police Department, Leland Grove Police Department, Rochester Police Department, Southern View Police Department and Spaulding Police Department. Source: IDOT

    IDOT Announces Halloween DUI Campaign

    Statewide (October 27, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced a Halloween-themed campaign to curb drunk driving. The messages are, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Drive High. Get a DUI.” Even though there have been fewer drivers on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020’s crash fatality rate is higher than 2019’s. DUIs are a major reason for the increase.

    Lerner and Rowe applauds IDOT for addressing this very serious issue. If you plan on drinking or using recreational drugs, please use a designated driver, taxi, or rideshare service. If you or a family member are injured by an impaired driver, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: IDOT

    COVID-19 Phishing Scam Uses “.us” Domain

    Statewide (September 11, 2020) – A recent email phishing scam has identity thieves using a “gov.us” website to extract information from unsuspecting people. The scammers claim that people have been fined for COVID-19 quarantine violations and must go to their website to pay. The link in the email goes to a site that has nothing to do with the US government.

    It’s important to note that US government websites use a “.gov” top-level domain. Anyone can register a “.us” website. In addition to looking out for your safety, Lerner and Rowe reminds you to be on guard for online predators engaging in coronavirus scams. We encourage you to let your friends and family know about scams using “.us” websites. Source: The Verge