• Accident Causes

    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

    14 Tornadoes Hit Illinois

    Chicago (August 14, 2020) – The National Weather Services (NWS) reported that at least 14 tornadoes hit Illinois this week, caused by the “derecho” storms that have struck the Midwest. Chicago was hit hard by an EF-1 tornado with winds exceeding 110 mph. The tornadoes caused many Chicago homes to lose power. ComEd reports that there are still 55,000 homes without power as of this writing.

    Heavy storms and tornadoes are particularly dangerous to Chicago boaters and pedestrians. Inclement weather also makes nighttime driving more dangerous, due to reduced visibility. Lerner and Rowe reminds you to check the weather forecast to avoid a boat, car, or pedestrian accident. If possible, stay indoors when the NWS issues a hazardous weather warning. Source: NWS

    7-Year Old Boy Dies in Boating Accident

    Chicago (July 24, 2020) – The Associated Press (AP) has reported that a 7-year-old Victor Lobato died and several others were injured after an accident on the Chicago River. The boy was on a boat that was capsized by waves caused by a passing cargo ship. Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Patrick Maloney believes that the capsized boat may have been overloaded, contributing to the boating accident.

    Lerner and Rowes sends sympathies to the Lobato family. Our team would also like to remind you to follow proper Chicago boating safety. Source: AP

    Illinois Highways are Getting Busier

    Statewide (June 15, 2020) – As Illinois relaxes COVID-19 restrictions and students are on summer break, Illinois highways are getting busier. Busier highways, including many drivers using autopilot and cruise control technology, mean a higher potential for accidents. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys would like to remind you and your family to use extra caution while driving on freeways this summer.

    In the event of a car, motorcycle, or truck accident, our team is available to assist you 24/7. Our compassionate staff will find you the medical assistance that you need, while our attorneys will fight vigorously for your compensation. Remember, the best way to avoid an accident is to be alert and prepared.

    Freeze Warning Issued for Chicago Area

    Chicago (May 8, 2020) – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a “freeze warning” for the Chicago area this weekend. Temperatures could reach as low as 31F in Chicago and 25F in the surrounding areas. Icy roads are a huge cause of car accidents in Illinois. They’re especially deadly when people are unprepared for icy conditions, which are highly unusual for May.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to use caution if you’re driving this weekend. Approach your drive as if it were taking place under winter conditions. Should you or a family member get into a crash because of someone else’s reckless actions during unseasonably icy roads, please contact our attorneys for fast and courteous assistance. Source: NWS

    Heavy Rains and Winds Hit Illinois

    Statewide (April 30, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT) has issued warnings to motorists on the impact of heavy rain and wind. Roads throughout the state have been closed due to excessive flooding. Between flooding dangers and winds as high as 45 mph, the chances of a car accident due to inclement weather are higher than normal.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to use extra caution during this extreme weather. In addition to the weather conditions, resulting debris, fallen trees, downed power lines, and more can lead to road hazards that would contribute to a car accident. If you or a loved one have been injured due to an accident during inclement weather, please contact us for assistance. Source: IDoT

    Chicago SUV Popularity Among Highest in U.S.

    Chicago (March 9, 2020) – Preliminary figures released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has national pedestrian fatalities at their highest levels since 1988. The agency claims that one reason for the increase in fatalities is an increase in sports utility vehicle (SUV) use. Many Americans prefer SUVs for their larger size and enhanced utility. This is especially true in Chicago, which is the ninth most popular city for SUVs, according to Insurify.

    SUVs are said to contribute to pedestrian accidents because they’re larger, heavier, and harder to control than coupes and sedans. With 27.6% of Chicago drivers using SUVs, the chances of a pedestrian accident are higher here than in other U.S. cities. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by an SUV driver, contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys for immediate legal assistance. Source: Insurify

    Dangerous Lakefront Conditions Create Driving Hazards

    Chicago (February 13, 2020) – The City of Chicago has reported that the lakefront area has suffered more than $25-million in damages from January storms. Heavy rain, snow, and ice have hit the lakefront hard, ruining many roads. While winter driving in Chicago can be difficult under favorable conditions, the lakefront damage has made some roads especially treacherous.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys urges Chicago locals and visitors to practice proper winter driving safety, particularly if you’re going to the lakefront. Knowing the proper way to drive on slick, icy, and damaged roads greatly increases your chance of avoiding a Chicago car accident. Should you and your family get into a car wreck due to storm-damaged roads, contact us for immediate assistance. Source: Chicago.gov

    Winter Storms Increase Accident Potential

    Chicago (January 17, 2020) – The National Weather Service (NWS) warns Chicago residents and visitors that a heavy storm will hit this weekend. The forecast calls for winds as powerful as 45 mph, wind chills as low as -20F, and up to 5 inches of snow. If the NWS is correct, this weekend will have the coldest days of the winter season thus far.

    Snow, sleet, and heavy winds combine to dramatically increase the likelihood of car accidents in Chicago. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that you follow proper Chicago winter driving safety. Should you or your loved ones get hurt in an accident this winter, please contact us for fast and effective legal assistance. Source: NWS

    Winter Accident Season Begins

    Statewide (December 17, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT) issued a winter warning to motorists this week. Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman advised, “Before heading out, ask yourself if your trip can wait. Travel at times will be treacherous. If you are driving, please slow down, expect very slow travel and don’t crowd the plows–give them plenty of room to operate.”

    Winter in Illinois often leads to a spike in car accidents thanks to snow, slush, and black ice. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that you’ll follow these winter driving safety tips. With proper diligence, winter traffic accidents can be avoided. Should you and your family get into a car wreck this winter because of the negligence of another, please contact us immediately. Source: IDoT

  • Accident Statistics

    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

    Illinois Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise

    Statewide (August 1, 2020) – Although Illinois pedestrian accident fatalities were down in 2019, they’ve risen sharply in 2020. Last year there were 61 pedestrian fatalities. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) there have been 78 pedestrian fatalities already in 2020. Reasons for the sharp rise include distracted driving, increased SUV use, and increased pedestrian activity due to COVID-19.

    While Lerner and Rowe loves that people are taking advantage of Chicago being a highly walkable city, please do so safely. Our team also strongly urges motorists to be mindful of pedestrians and respect their rights. Should you or a loved one suffer an injury due to a pedestrian accident, our team is available to assist you any time of the day on any day of the week. Source: IDOT

    Car Crash Fatalities Down

    Statewide (July 6, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation reported that car accident fatalities were down in the first half of 2020 compared to the first six months of 2019. The agency reported 446 deaths this year, compared to 453 last year. However, there were fewer vehicles on the road in the second quarter of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Although Lerner and Rowe is pleased that there have been fewer fatal crashes this year, our team hopes to see that number drop even lower. To help you and your family stay safe, please observe posted speed limits, obey all traffic laws, and avoid distracted driving. Doing so will increase your safety and that of your passengers. Should you get into an accident due to another party, please contact us for immediate help. Source: IDoT

    Vehicle Accidents are the Leading Cause of Workplace Deaths

    Statewide (June 29, 2020) – According to the National Safety Council (NSC), motor vehicle crashes are the number-one cause of workplace deaths in the United States. The NSC urges you to pay attention to the vehicles and conditions around you, and stay aware of potential hazards to keep you and your coworkers safe. 

    Especially lookout for reckless drivers that may be driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or distracted drivers. Both are huge contributors to car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. 

    Lerner and Rowe echoes the NSC’s recommendations. However, we understand that some accidents are unavoidable. If you or a family member have been injured in an accident, our team is here 24/7 to assist you. Source: NSC

    30% of 2020 Car Accident Fatalities Took Place in Cook County

    Cook County (May 15, 2020) – According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT), nearly 30% of Illinois car accident fatalities took place in Cook County in 2020. The agency reported 82 motorist deaths in the county out of 282 in the state this year. City streets are one of the most common locations of car crash fatalities and Chicago, the largest city in Cook County, has more than 4,000 miles of streets.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys urges you and your family to exercise caution while driving on Chicago streets. Additionally, be familiar with the common causes of Chicago accidents so you know how to avoid them. If you and your family are hurt in a car accident, our team is available 24/7 to assist you. Source: IDoT

    Seat Belts Not Used in More Than 25% of Fatal Crashes

    Statewide (April 21, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT) has reported that seat belts were not used or used improperly in 55 of the 211 fatal car crashes reported thus far in 2020. The figure accounts for more than 25% of fatal crashes this year.

    Lerner and Rowe wants to remind you of the importance of properly using seat belts while driving or being a passenger in a vehicle. It’s a simple thing that can make a tremendous difference in a car accident. In some cases, it can be the difference between the people in your vehicle getting into a wreck and suffering a needless wrongful death. Source: IDoT

    National Pedestrian Deaths Up, Illinois Fatalities Down

    Statewide (March 2, 2020) – Pedestrian deaths in America reached 6,590 in 2019, the highest number since 1988. In Illinois pedestrian accident fatalities reached 61, an 18% decrease from 2018. These preliminary statistics come from the Governors Highway Safety Association  (GHSA). The agency cited an increase in distracted driving and more people driving sports utility vehicles (SUVs) as two of the reasons for the increase in fatalities.

    While Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys is pleased that Illinois pedestrian fatalities have declined, we’re alarmed that the national figures are on the rise. We hope that all motorists and pedestrians exercise proper safety so that pedestrian deaths will decrease. If you or a family member have been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact us for immediate assistance. Source: GHSA

    Traffic Fatalities on the Rise in 2020

    Statewide (February 3, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT) has reported 68 traffic fatalities in the first month of 2020. There were 52 traffic fatalities in the first month of 2019. The 16 additional deaths represent an increase of almost 25%. This is unfortunate and disturbing news for Illinois drivers.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys strongly urges everyone in Illinois to exercise maximum caution on the road. Be especially careful during dangerous rush hour times and winter months. If all motorists pay more attention and drive more carefully, the number of unfortunate crash fatalities will reach as close to zero as possible. Unfortunately, some accidents are unavoidable. If you and your loved ones get into a car accident, contact us for prompt assistance. Source: IDoT

    December Car Crashes Down

    Chicago (January 9, 2020) – The City of Chicago has reported that 9,305 traffic crashes took place in December 2019. This is down 7% from 2018, when 9,980 crashes took place. While the reduction is a good indicator that Chicago citizens and visitors are safer, the city still averages more than 300 crashes per day.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that 2020 will be Chicago’s safest year ever. Advancements in urban planning technology and automotive safety combined with drivers being more diligent can make the streets safer for everyone. Unfortunately, there are times when crashes and injury accidents are unavoidable. Should you and your family get into such a situation, contact our team for prompt, effective, and comprehensive assistance. Source: City of Chicago

    Intrastate Highway Fatalities Most Common

    Statewide (December 13, 2019) – In 2019, there have been 327 fatalities on intrastate highways in Illinois. That figure represents 35 percent of the total traffic fatalities in the state. The next most common location for Illinois car crash deaths is city streets, where 33 percent of 2019 traffic fatalities took place. These numbers were reported by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT).

    Whether you’re on the freeway or on local roads, Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys urges you to drive safely and obey all traffic laws. Of course, it’s possible for you to get into a car accident through no fault of your own. Should that happen to you or a family member, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: IDoT

  • News

    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

    Chicago School Year to Begin with Remote Learning

    Chicago (August 7, 2020) – Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the 2020-2021 school year will begin with 100% remote learning due to COVID-19 concerns. The city’s original plan was to have students attend school in person two days a week and engage in remote learning on the other three school days. Pushback from the teachers’ union and an uptick in infections led to Mayor Lightfoot’s decision.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that the students in your family enjoy a safe return to school. Just because schools will start with remote learning doesn’t mean that there aren’t any dangers. Please read our COVID-19 Back to School Safety Guide for more information and don’t forget to attend our 2020 backpack giveaway on August 15, 2020. Source: Associated Press

    Man Dies Swimming in Lake Michigan

    Chicago (July 17, 2020) – A man has died after swimming in Lake Michigan off Promontory Point in Chicago. Chicago Fire Department divers found his body, which had been underwater for 30 to 45 minutes. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Promontory Point has no lifeguards on duty and nearby beaches are currently closed due to COVID-19.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to use caution when swimming in Lake Michigan. Conditions under inclement weather can be severe and unsuitable for swimming. At the time of the man’s death, there was a National Weather Service beach hazard warning that cited six-foot waves and structural currents. Follow proper swimming safety procedures, never swim alone, and never swim during extreme weather. Source: AP

    Illinois Hits 100 Consecutive Days of Severe Flooding

    Statewide (June 25, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT) has announced that the state has reached 100 consecutive days of severe flooding in June. The hardest hit areas include Hardin in Calhoun County, Meredosia in Morgan County, Grafton in Jersey County, and East Cape Girardeau and McClure in Alexander County. While IDoT is working to maintain safe driving conditions, it reminds you that flooded streets can lead to car accidents.

    Lerner and Rowe urges all Illinois drivers to exercise caution while driving on flooded streets. Please consult our flood safety guide to learn precautions you can make in order to keep everyone in your car safe. Should you get into a car accident due to flooded streets, our attorneys can help you seek maximum compensation. Source: IDoT

    Governor Prtizker Activates National Guard

    Statewide (May 28, 2020) – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has issued a disaster proclamation and activated the state’s National Guard in order to assist with flood fighting efforts. Recent storms have caused the Illinois River to overflow, with heavy flooding occurring in Grundy, Pike, Scott, and Morgan Counties. Continued rainfall could lead to additional property damage and car accidents.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that you and the drivers in your family stay safe during this disaster declaration period. Please practice these flood driving safety tips. Should you or a loved one suffer an injury in a car accident on a flooded roadway, our team can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Source: Illinois.gov

    Cook County Jail Largest Source of Coronavirus in U.S.

    Chicago (April 8, 2020) – According to The NY Times, Chicago’s Cook County Jail is the single-largest source of coronavirus in America. The newspaper reported 353 cases that could be traced back to the jail, with thousands of inmates yet to be tested. Illinois has reported nearly 500 deaths from COVID-19, with more than 15,000 infections.

    Although many Chicagoans won’t be near Cook County Jail, the novel coronavirus can still spread through prison employees. The virus can be transmitted by asymptomatic carriers that feel fine, but pose a grave risk to older Chicagoans and those with compromised immune systems. Lerner and Rowe strongly encourages you to practice proper social distancing and to follow COVID-19 safety tips, to avoid infection. Source: NY Times

    Overweight Trucking Permits Waived Through April 12

    Statewide (March 19, 2020) – Governor JB Pritzker has ordered the Illinois Department of Transportation to waive overweight trucking permits through April 12, 2020. The measure will expedite food, medical supplies, and emergency supplies entering Illinois during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman said, “We want to assure everyone that we are doing everything we can to assist during this unprecedented time and ensure that the supply chain remains strong.”

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys applauds Pritzker’s move and reminds you to remain vigilant while driving near trucks. Heavier trucks raise the potential for a serious Illinois truck accident. If you are involved in a truck accident, contact us for immediate assistance. Source: IDoT

    Local and State Police to Combat Big Game DUI

    Statewide (February 1, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT) has announced extra local and state police patrols on Sunday for the Big Game. For many football fans, the Big Game is the best sports event of the year, filled with incredible athletic feats, unforgettable commercials, and an alcoholic beverage (or six). Unfortunately, it can also lead to drinking and driving. Illinois state hopes that the extra police presence will keep everyone safe.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that everyone practices excellent Big Game safety on Sunday. Should you suffer a personal injury on the road or at a party because of another’s negligence or recklessness, please contact us for professional and compassionate aid. Source: IDoT

    Data Shows Scooters Mostly Used by Train Commuters

    Chicago (January 22, 2020) – Lime shared data from its participation in Chicago’s electric scooter pilot program. It was one of several companies that were allowed to rent dockless scooters to Chicagoans between June 15 and October 15, 2020. Lime found that the majority of its rides ended at Loop train stations, with the top destinations being the Damen blue line station (2,248 trips) and the Morgan pink/green line station (1,595 trips). This shows that dockless scooter renters were using them for commuting rather than frivolous joyrides.

    City officials are currently deliberating the future of electric scooters in Chicago. If you suffered a scooter accident injury during the pilot program, Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys can help. Source: Block Club

    Electric Scooter Education Recommended

    Oakbrook, IL (December 27, 2019) – A study by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) suggested that many electric scooter riders do not have sufficient knowledge of scooter capabilities and safety practices. The study also found that scooter accident injuries to the extremities, particularly ankles and wrists, were most common.

    Study co-author Aiza Ashraf, M.D. said, “Since these e-scooters could be viewed as a potential public health hazard, we would recommend public education on the use of these devices.”

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys urges you to learn about the electric scooters before you rent and wear proper safety gear while riding. Please contact us for immediate assistance in the event of a scooter accident due to no fault of your own. Source: RSNA

    Free Lyft Credit to Avoid Drunk Driving

    Sangamon County (December 4, 2019) – The holidays are a fantastic time to catch up with family and loved ones. For many people, that involves drinking alcoholic beverages. Drunk driving is a serious problem that can irrevocably change lives. To help curb instances of drunk driving, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT) has partnered with ride-share service Lyft. According to the press release, “Through New Year’s Day, $20 in Lyft credits will be available to provide a safe and sober travel option to individuals in Sangamon County during the evening and overnight hours, when most impaired drivers are on the road.” The credits will be distributed via social media.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys applauds IDoT’s efforts and hopes everyone in Sangamon County takes advantage of the program. We hope everyone enjoys wonderful and safe holidays this year. Should you get into a car accident because of a drunk driver, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: IDoT