Do I need a personal injury lawyer

Many millions of visitors come to Chicago and other parts of Illinois to enjoy everything the Windy City, and other areas like Springfield, have to offer. It is inevitable that a visitor to the state will suffer an injury during his or her visit. Regrettably, the label of the visitor does not protect a person from suffering injuries in a cab accident or tripping and falling on the “L” or getting hit by a car while trying to cross a busy Chicago street. 

A resident of another state has the same rights to justice in Illinois as an Illinois resident would enjoy. The U.S. Constitution mandates that residents of one state be treated the same as residents of another state when bringing a legal claim. Despite the constitutional mandate, filing a case against the resident of another state can be daunting. Thus,  if you or a loved one sustained an injury or died in an Illinois accident as a resident of another state, you and your family need Illinois personal injury lawyers who understand the complexities of such a case. Your lawyer should explain all of the nuances that come with filing a lawsuit in Illinois while living in another jurisdiction in a manner that is easy to understand but also has experience successfully representing Illinois accident victims and their families who live outside of Illinois in personal injury cases.

A lawyer representing out-of-state accident victims must consider the appropriate jurisdiction, the correct choice of law, and which laws about insurance such as no-fault insurance apply. Most times Illinois will be the proper jurisdiction to file a claim because the accident happened in the state and the forum will be the county in which the defendant resides. Your lawyer might ascertain a strategic advantage to filing in another state or another forum. Local attorneys who know the legal landscape have a more significant advantage making this decision. Also, a local attorney who has represented thousands of personal injury victims will be very familiar with the insurance adjusters and know how business is done in Illinois, which is a tremendous advantage over a lawyer who does not practice locally in Chicago, Illinois. 

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Car Accident Case Evidence in Illinois

Illinois is a key transportation hub in the central part of the country. The location of the state as well as the having one of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation in Chicago draws thousands of visitors to the state as well as motor vehicle operators who do not reside in Illinois drive through daily. Additionally, the number of colleges and universities in Illinois also raises the number of drivers who live out of state but conduct business in the state. Unfortunately, drivers who do not reside in Illinois or companies based outside of Illinois cause car accidents every day. If you or a relative is a resident of Illinois and was a victim of an auto accident caused by an out-of-state driver, you have valuable rights that you must protect. 

Filing a claim against an out-of-state resident begins with having the correct insurance information. Your lawyer must compile all of the necessary documents to perfect your claim and serve then upon the insurance company. Hopefully, the insurance company negotiates in good faith and the parties resolve the claim amicably. However, if the parties cannot agree before the statute of limitations expires, then the claimant must file the case in court to preserve his or her rights. 

Having a skilled and experienced Illinois auto accident lawyer who understands all of the issues surrounding claims against out-of-state motorists is essential to the success of your claim. An Illinois auto wreck attorney with the requisite knowledge, skill, and experience will understand how to perfect service on the driver who lives in another state by using Illinois’ “Long-Arm” statute and other legal provisions to bring the out-of-state motorist within Illinois jurisdiction. In some instances, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office may accept service of your complaint initiating your court case when suing a resident of another state.

Correctly serving the other driver must be done correctly. Failing to do so may void a claim, and you could lose out altogether.

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Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Pedestrian deaths have reached their highest levels in thirty years and stakeholders, meaning states, cities, towns, and safety organizations are trying to figure out why. Many factors could play into the answer, but one element of society present today that was hardly a consideration a generation ago is the ubiquitous use of cellphones. Cellphone usage among drivers — and pedestrians as well — may be considered the most prominent factor in the increase in pedestrian accidents and fatalities from thirty years ago according to an article appearing in the Counsel and Heal magazine. The question that stakeholders should ask is whether technology may be able to turn the tide back to a time when roads in the U.S. are much safer for pedestrians than they are now.

Counsel and Heal recognize three factors that substantially contribute to the marked increase in pedestrian fatalities over the last three years. Cellphone use is the most significant factor. Distracted driving is a massive problem in the U.S., and there is no clear way to persuade people, motorists and pedestrians alike, to put down their phones. Many states have passed laws that seek to impose civil penalties for driving while using a cell phone or otherwise distracted by an electronic device. The attempt is noble but trying to legislate bad habits out of people is the proverbial finger in the dike.

Three complementary factors play a roll in the increased number of pedestrian crashes beyond distracted driving. One element is the increased population in the U.S. The number of motorist and pedestrians increases with the increase in population. Second, vehicles in the U.S. are overgrown, especially with the introduction of the sports utility vehicle into our stream of commerce. Third, crumbling infrastructure decreases safety on U.S. roads.

Technology might be the antidote for problems caused by technology. Inserting sensors in the road designed to send alerts when roads and bridges need repairs. Increasing the amount of autonomous braking and collision avoidance systems can hopefully counterbalance the peril in which pedestrians currently find themselves.

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Source:https://www.counselheal.com/articles/40081/20190401/why-pedestrian-road-deaths-surging.htm

CHICAGO, Ill. — Two children suffered critical, life-threatening injuries, and five other children in separate cars also were hurt in a wreck on the Dan Ryan Expressway. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the crash happened on Monday, April 1, 2019, but did not give a time. Illinois State Police investigated the accident and issued traffic tickets for numerous motor vehicle infractions. Among the various violations, neither driver was operating an insured vehicle at the time of the crash. There was no information about criminal charges or arrests on Monday.

Illinois State Police troopers reported that a 29-year-old woman driving her 2001 white Chrysler on I-94 north in the express lane slammed into the back of a 2010 Ford vehicle operated by a 27-year-old woman. The Ford swerved to the right and careened into the front of the driver’s side of a 2018 Hyundai. 

Two children in the Ford were critically injured in the crash. State police said that a 4-month-old infant was not secured in a child seat while riding in the Ford as well as a 4-year-old toddler both sustained critical injuries. There were two other children in the Ford as well. A 2-year-old and a 6-year-old were both in the car as well. Medics transported those children to the hospital and were listed in stable condition.

Three children were riding in the 2001 Chrysler. All three, whose ages were not given, went to area hospitals. All three children were listed in stable condition. 

Illinois State Police issued several citations for motor vehicle infractions. State police cited the driver of the Chrysler for leaving the scene of a crash, following too closely, driving uninsured, and not reducing speed. Meanwhile, State Police cited the operator of the Ford for possession of alcohol, driving uninsured, and four counts of not securing a child properly.  

No additional information was available concerning the two children listed in critical condition.

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — The Herald & Review reported that a union steelworker employed by ArcelorMittal died at work during the morning hours of Tuesday, April 2, 2018. The steelworker died when the engine on which he worked struck a railcar on a nearby track in the Indiana Harbor Steel mill’s raw materials yard. Authorities are attempting to figure out what happened to cause the worker’s death. Several agencies including OSHA, East Chicago Police, and Fire personnel, the Lake County Coroner, and staff from ArcelorMittal and the United Steel Workers union are all involved in the investigation. *

The Lake County Coroner’s Office told the Northwest Indiana Times that a 49-year-old steelworker from Schererville died at the scene of the accident. The coroner’s office said they received the call for service at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday morning and pronounced the worker deceased around 12:30 p.m. The Lake County Coroner’s office said the manner and means of death have yet to be determined and could be released pending the final reports after a post-mortem examination.

Preliminarily, authorities said that the worker who died was working on a train engine in the Number 7 raw materials yard at Indiana Harbor. The engine crashed into a railcar on the next track. The collision inflicted lethal wounds on the man. There was no information about how the crash happened or whether all safety regulations were followed. The man who died was the only person injured in the incident. He was an employee in that section of the plant since 2007 and was a steelworker for 17 years.

The fallen steelworker was the first person to die at the plant in 15 months. The last worker who died there was killed in December of 2017. A worker who died in March of 2017 in a crane accident was the first worker to die at the plant in seven years. The mill opened in 1902 and has run continuously. This latest death was the 392ndworkplace fatality at the plant.

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CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — A violent crash on Joe Orr Road in Chicago Heights that happened on Monday, April 1, 2019, took the life of a 40-year-old woman. Two other people were also hurt in the wreck according to the Illinois Patch. Chicago Heights police accident investigators currently have the crash under investigation. Their reconstruction report is not completed. There was no information available concerning the status of their inquiry or whether criminal charges might be forthcoming.

Chicago Heights police, fire, and rescue responded to Joe Orr Road and Lowe Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2019, for a report of a severe accident. When emergency responders arrived, they found a 2013 Nissan Altima with massive rear-end damage and a 2008 Chevy Avalanche with substantial front-end damage. First responders found two women in the Altima: a 40-year-old female driver and her 22-year-old passenger. Both women are suffering from injuries caused by the collision.

Crews removed both victims from the wreck. Medics transported the 40-year-old driver to an emergency room at Franciscan Health in Olympia Fields. Physicians attending to the woman could not resuscitate her and declared her dead from her injuries. The woman who died lived in Chicago Heights. The 22-year-old female passenger removed from the Altima is from South Chicago Heights. Medics transported her to Christ Hospital located in nearby Oaklawn for treatment. Her current medical status was not made available. 

The driver of the Avalanche also sustained injuries in the crash. Authorities transported that driver to South Suburban Hospital located in Hazel Crest for treatment. The physical condition of the driver was not disclosed. Officers did not release any identifying information about the driver of the Chevy Avalanche. 

Chicago Heights police say that the accident investigation is active. They are trying to piece together why the Avalanche slammed into the rear of the Altima was such force that the Altima’s driver was killed. Police did not announce any arrests.

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Source:https://patch.com/illinois/chicagoheights/chicago-heights-woman-dead-car-crash-joe-orr-road

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CHICAGO, Ill. — Two children suffered critical, life-threatening injuries, and five other children in separate cars also were hurt in a wreck on the Dan Ryan Expressway. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the crash happened on Monday, April 1, 2019, but did not give a time. Illinois State Police investigated the accident and issued traffic tickets for numerous motor vehicle infractions. Among the various violations, neither driver was operating an insured vehicle at the time of the crash. There was no information about criminal charges or arrests on Monday.

Illinois State Police troopers reported that a 29-year-old woman driving her 2001 white Chrysler on I-94 north in the express lane slammed into the back of a 2010 Ford vehicle operated by a 27-year-old woman. The Ford swerved to the right and careened into the front of the driver’s side of a 2018 Hyundai. 

Two children in the Ford were critically injured in the crash. State police said that a 4-month-old infant was not secured in a child seat while riding in the Ford as well as a 4-year-old toddler both sustained critical injuries. There were two other children in the Ford as well. A 2-year-old and a 6-year-old were both in the car as well. Medics transported those children to the hospital and were listed in stable condition.

Three children were riding in the 2001 Chrysler. All three, whose ages were not given, went to area hospitals. All three children were listed in stable condition. 

Illinois State Police issued several citations for motor vehicle infractions. State police cited the driver of the Chrysler for leaving the scene of a crash, following too closely, driving uninsured, and not reducing speed. Meanwhile, State Police cited the operator of the Ford for possession of alcohol, driving uninsured, and four counts of not securing a child properly.  

No additional information was available concerning the two children listed in critical condition.

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — The Herald & Review reported that a union steelworker employed by ArcelorMittal died at work during the morning hours of Tuesday, April 2, 2018. The steelworker died when the engine on which he worked struck a railcar on a nearby track in the Indiana Harbor Steel mill’s raw materials yard. Authorities are attempting to figure out what happened to cause the worker’s death. Several agencies including OSHA, East Chicago Police, and Fire personnel, the Lake County Coroner, and staff from ArcelorMittal and the United Steel Workers union are all involved in the investigation. *

The Lake County Coroner’s Office told the Northwest Indiana Times that a 49-year-old steelworker from Schererville died at the scene of the accident. The coroner’s office said they received the call for service at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday morning and pronounced the worker deceased around 12:30 p.m. The Lake County Coroner’s office said the manner and means of death have yet to be determined and could be released pending the final reports after a post-mortem examination.

Preliminarily, authorities said that the worker who died was working on a train engine in the Number 7 raw materials yard at Indiana Harbor. The engine crashed into a railcar on the next track. The collision inflicted lethal wounds on the man. There was no information about how the crash happened or whether all safety regulations were followed. The man who died was the only person injured in the incident. He was an employee in that section of the plant since 2007 and was a steelworker for 17 years.

The fallen steelworker was the first person to die at the plant in 15 months. The last worker who died there was killed in December of 2017. A worker who died in March of 2017 in a crane accident was the first worker to die at the plant in seven years. The mill opened in 1902 and has run continuously. This latest death was the 392ndworkplace fatality at the plant.

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Stein & Shulman, LLC has over 45 years of combined experienced in Illinois Car Accident Injury Law. You can receive a free and instant case review by calling our office at (312) 422-0500.

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Call 312-422-0500 if injured in an accident.

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — A violent crash on Joe Orr Road in Chicago Heights that happened on Monday, April 1, 2019, took the life of a 40-year-old woman. Two other people were also hurt in the wreck according to the Illinois Patch. Chicago Heights police accident investigators currently have the crash under investigation. Their reconstruction report is not completed. There was no information available concerning the status of their inquiry or whether criminal charges might be forthcoming. * 

Chicago Heights police, fire, and rescue responded to Joe Orr Road and Lowe Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2019, for a report of a severe accident. When emergency responders arrived, they found a 2013 Nissan Altima with massive rear-end damage and a 2008 Chevy Avalanche with substantial front-end damage. First responders found two women in the Altima: a 40-year-old female driver and her 22-year-old passenger. Both women are suffering from injuries caused by the collision.

Crews removed both victims from the wreck. Medics transported the 40-year-old driver to an emergency room at Franciscan Health in Olympia Fields. Physicians attending to the woman could not resuscitate her and declared her dead from her injuries. The woman who died lived in Chicago Heights. The 22-year-old female passenger removed from the Altima is from South Chicago Heights. Medics transported her to Christ Hospital located in nearby Oaklawn for treatment. Her current medical status was not made available. 

The driver of the Avalanche also sustained injuries in the crash. Authorities transported that driver to South Suburban Hospital located in Hazel Crest for treatment. The physical condition of the driver was not disclosed. Officers did not release any identifying information about the driver of the Chevy Avalanche. 

Chicago Heights police say that the accident investigation is active. They are trying to piece together why the Avalanche slammed into the rear of the Altima was such force that the Altima’s driver was killed. Police did not announce any arrests.

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Of our five senses, people generally say that their vision is one they would never want to go without. Our eyes quite literally are our windows to the world. It is almost unimaginable how devastating losing one’s eyesight would be if the loss of vision happened naturally. The sense of loss might be that much higher if you lost your eyesight or suffered another severe eye injury in a motor vehicle collision caused by another’s negligence or recklessness.

Eye injuries sustained in car accidents can occur in many ways. Debris can invade the eye and cause irreparable damage to the various structures therein. The eyeball itself could be cut by flying debris sprayed about the car in the aftermath of a forceful collision. Additionally, the force of impact could cause a massive head injury that could cause temporary or even permanent blindness in one or both eyes.

A car accident victim who sustained an eye injury will most likely require surgery to repair the damage. Eye surgery is a delicate and complicated medical procedure. The recovery time needed to convalesce from eye surgery could be lengthy. Despite the lengthy time required to heal from eye surgery, there are no guarantees that your sight will return, or if it does, your sight will be restored to the way it was before the crash. You could lose the ability to perceive depth, lose the ability to follow an object, and no longer be able to visually fixate on a particular item. Your vision could turn blurry, and you could lose your peripheral vision as well.

Your life will radically change if you lose some or all of your ability to see. You may lose your independence because your eyesight is not keen enough to drive. Therefore, you must rely on others for transportation. You could suffer professionally and may even have to change jobs to accommodate your loss of vision. You may also need to reside in a rehabilitation facility while you learn to live with your diminished ability to see.

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