Back to School Safety Tips

School is back! Okay, that can be taken as either a statement of relief or panic, depending on your situation. Yes, the kids are back in school and once again out of your hair for much of the day. However, as parents, we now have a whole new round of safety concerns to deal with….

Labor Day Safety Tips

The end of the summer is either celebrated (mostly by parents) or lamented (mostly by their kids). Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer for most people and is typically marked by some sort of celebration. A typical Labor Day event maybe a backyard barbecue, picnics at the park, or having some fun on…

Illinois Crosswalk Laws

Pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries and fatalities. Most jurisdictions take steps necessary to keep pedestrians safe such as installing lights and crosswalks. Unfortunately, these protections do not always work. All too often, careless or negligent drivers cause harm to pedestrians. During the latest reporting year in Illinois, there were 4,940 pedestrian crashes. Out of…

What is a Demand Letter?

A demand letter is an important part of the personal injury settlement process. The purpose of a demand letter, often sent to the insurance company or other parties involved, is to “demand” appropriate compensation for any injuries. Some of the common types of personal injury cases these letters are used for include: Motor vehicle accidents…

Illinois Motorcycle Helmet Laws

New Hampshire, Iowa, and Illinois are the only three states in the country with no motorcycle helmet requirement. Nineteen states, and the District of Columbia, have universal helmet laws which apply to all riders. The other twenty-eight states have limited helmet laws that apply only to some riders, mostly those under eighteen. In support of…

7 Reasons to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet

There are some reasons not to wear a motorcycle helmet. Helmets are cumbersome and uncomfortable. Furthermore, they eliminate the feel of the open road. Additionally, a 1986 study claimed that added helmet weight increases the chances of neck and spine injuries. But most scientists question Jonathan Goldsein’s conclusions. On the other end of the spectrum,…

Who Pays When a Dog Bites Another Dog?

Sometimes, animals have a mind of their own. Even well-trained pets can have uncontrolled moments, especially in an overwhelming environment. Circumstances surrounding human-targeted dog bites typically pose a clear verdict if the dog’s owner could not safely control their animal. However, several more factors come into play when two dogs are involved. What Is a…

Can You Sue for a Minor Dog Bite?

Even when leashed, animals can pose risk to those around them. Pets that aren’t used to being around others, or get anxious around other animals, are a threat because their behavior is unpredictable. Even well-trained dogs can attack others when overwhelmed by their environment. In cases of dog-related accidents, not all injuries sustained are severe….

Reporting a Dog Bite

Those involved in dog-related accidents might feel reluctant to press charges. However, compensation may be necessary to cover the medical expenses associated with treating injuries the animal caused. Reporting a dog bite means pressing charges for negligent behavior on the owner’s part. Every dog owner must abide by the same set of Illinois laws when…

Illinois Leash Law

When walking a dog outside of your premises, it becomes your duty to keep the public safe from any dog-related incidents. One aspect of being a responsible dog owner means abiding by your state’s leash laws. Laws are in place to keep the public safe, including laws surrounding what limitations pet owners must obey. Although…