• Accident Causes

    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

    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

  • Accident Statistics

    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

    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

  • News

    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

    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