• Accident Causes

    CDOT to Double Street Lighting

    Chicago (September 8, 2021) – The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced that it is in the process of upgrading the city’s lighting system as part of the Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP). Plans call for improved lighting on 279 blocks in 2021, up from an average of 135 blocks in recent years. The new lighting will improve visibility, which can lower the number of car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents.

    In addition to increased safety and visibility, the new lighting will save taxpayer money. The new lights use efficient LED bulbs, which use half the electricity of incandescent bulbs and last up to three times longer. Along with upgrading existing lighting fixtures, CDOT expects to install new poles and wiring on 175 residential blocks and on more than 100 blocks on arterial streets. Source: CDOT

    IDOT Seeking Temporary Snow Plow Drivers

    Statewide (August 23, 2021) – According to the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), roughly 24% of weather-related car accidents are caused by snow and conditions created by snow. To help make driving conditions safer during the winter, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is seeking applicants for temporary snow plow drivers. Applications will be accepted starting August 23, 2021.

    If you’re able to drive a snow plow and are looking for some extra cash, please consider applying for these temporary positions. Winter in Illinois can be extreme, so hopefully IDOT finds as many qualified applicants as possible. Although it’s still August, winter will be here before you know it. Be sure to periodically review our Chicago winter driving safety tips so that you’re prepared for snowy roads. Source: IDOT

    Additional Illinois Floods Expected

    Statewide (July 2, 2021) – Several portions of Illinois are under flood warnings, and more rain is expected to hit the state in the next week. With that in mind, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has urged people to use caution while driving in a flood. The agency recommends not driving if possible and is using the slogan, “Turn around, don’t drown” to help people avoid car accidents due to flooding.

    Lerner and Rowe echoes IDOT’s advice. Remember, only a few inches of water are enough to carry your car away and cause significant damage. If you don’t have to drive then enjoy some fun activities at home. If it’s absolutely necessary for you to drive then please follow our tips for driving in a Chicago flood. Source: IDOT

    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

  • Accident Statistics

    Chicago One of the Least Bike-Friendly Cities

    Chicago (September 16, 2021) – The non-profit bicycle advocacy group People For Bikes rated Chicago 16 out of 100 for bike friendliness. Compared to other big cities in America, Chicago ranked 99 out of 104. The scores are compiled from the group’s community of bike riders, who rate how accessible each city is for bikers and what the city does to help prevent bicycle accidents.

    Some of the reasons the city was rated so poorly were a lack of “low-stress” bike lanes that make it easier for people to bike to significant destinations, such as grocery stores and schools. Additionally, Chicago has a default motor vehicle speed limit of 30 mph, which makes bicycling more dangerous. Bicycle-friendly cities typically limit speeds within the city to 25 mph. Source: People For Bikes

    Unlicensed Drivers in 15% of 2021 Fatalities

    Statewide (August 19, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has reported that unlicensed drivers were involved in 15% of all 2021 car accident fatalities. The agency has reported 727 car crash deaths year to date, with unlicensed drivers accounting for 113 of the victims.

    Some of these drivers have lost their license due to repeated traffic violations. Although it is possible for people without a license to purchase car insurance, there is a higher chance of an unlicensed driver not having it. If you’ve been in an accident caused by an unlicensed, uninsured, or underinsured driver, contact Lerner and Rowe to discuss your legal options. Source: IDOT

    Car Crash Fatalities Up in 2021

    Statewide (July 8, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has reported that there have been 566 fatal car accident fatalities through the first six months of 2021. That’s 45 more than the first half of 2020, for an increase just above 8%. However, there were fewer drivers on the road in the first half of 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

    Lerner and Rowe hopes that the rest of the year will be safer for Illinois drivers. While an increase in accidents was expected with an increase of drivers, our lawyers encourage you to do your part and follow our summer driving safety tips. By employing strong safety practices and being mindful of other drivers, you can help make the roads safer for everyone. Source: IDOT

    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

  • News

    CDOT Launches SAFE TV YouTube Show

    Chicago (August 6, 2021) – The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has released the pilot episode of SAFE TV. The program, which is an extension of the “Streets Are For Everybody” (SAFE) initiative, aims to educate Chicagoans on various aspects of bicycle and pedestrian safety.

    The pilot episode of SAFE TV focuses on bicycle safety. It has segments on Divvy’s bike sharing program, Chicago’s “Learn to Ride” initiative, and how to prepare for emergencies in the event of a bicycle accident.

    By using a modern platform like YouTube, CDOT hopes that SAFE TV will expand the organization’s educational efforts by reaching out to the thousands of Chicagoans that use YouTube. Source: SAFE TV

    Amtrak to Resume Full Service on July 19

    Statewide (July 16, 2021) – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced that Amtrak will resume full service of its passenger trains on July 19, 2021. Service was reduced by approximately 50% for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets will be available at stations and online starting July 19 as well.

    Lerner and Rowe is thrilled that Illinois will be getting additional transportation options. However, please be mindful of railroad crossings. Some drivers will be unaccustomed to train crossing interruptions, which can lead to a serious car accident. Should you or a loved one get into an accident at a railroad crossing, please contact us immediately. Source: IDOT

    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