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…

Illinois Trailer Laws

Whether you are an individual needing to haul some heavy materials or a business that operates trucks, it is important to understand all laws pertaining to trailer use in Illinois. Some of the worst accidents that occur on our roadways happen due to drivers not complying with trailer laws. In Illinois, a trailer is defined…

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…

Illinois Moped Laws

Mopeds and scooters are very popular in dense and congested urban areas like Chicago. Their light weight makes them easy to ride. That same quality greatly reduces fuel consumption, so scooters and mopeds are inexpensive to own. Their small size makes them easy to park, and their small engines make almost no noise. Since they…

Illinois Motorcycle Laws

Since gasoline prices have remained relatively low, the number of motorcycle riders has leveled off in recent years. However, riding is gaining popularity in many places. New riders often have questions about basic legal matters. After all, a motorcycle is not exactly a car, but it is not exactly a bicycle either. Bicyclists and motorcyclists…

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,…

Is Lane-Splitting Illegal in Illinois?

When traffic backs up, some motorcycle riders straddle two lanes to move through the back-up. Lane-splitting is legal in a few states, most notably California. Illinois law does not specifically allow the practice, but it does not specifically prohibit it either. However, 625 ILCS 5/11-703 contains a number of right-of-way and other prohibitions which basically…

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….