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Bicycling has been popular for hundreds of years in the United States, including in Illinois. Today, children are not the only bicyclists that a driver of an automobile may see near a road. In fact, the number of adults cycling for pleasure or sport is increasing every year, as is the number of Illinois workers who chose to commute by bike.

Indeed, Illinois can be dangerous if you’re in a car or a bicycle. In the state, 26 bicyclists were killed in the last year for which statistics were available, and 2,663 were injured, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Car crashes were responsible for 700 deaths that year, and 93,517 injuries.

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Truck Accident Lawyer, Gary Annes

Truck Accident Attorney, Gary Annes

Peterbilt, Mack, Kenworth, and Freightliner—for those who have traveled on Illinois’s roadways, these names are familiar. Primarily because when you look in your rearview mirror, you have seen them at least once. To learn more from an experienced truck accident attorney read on and find out your legal options if you were rear ended by a semi.

The Problem Persists on Our Roadways

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When you go to the doctor’s office, a restaurant, or a grocery store, the last thing you are thinking about is leaving with an injury you did not arrive with. Property owners are required to exercise a proper duty of care to those who are visiting their premises to conduct business.

Duty of care means should a property owner be aware of a hazard that can cause a slip and fall accident, they must take immediate steps to resolve the issue. They must act in the same manner that a reasonable person would act given the same set of facts. For example, if a grocery store employee spills liquid in an aisle and fails to clean it up as soon as possible or fails to post to sign indicating that there is a wet floor posing a slip and fall danger, this is not reasonable. Nor is it reasonable to allow the railing of a staircase to loosen, or the carpeting on its stairs to wear away and develop holes that can catch a shoe heel. If you fell and injured yourself in such a situation, you may have a legal case. For more specific information about your accident contact Abels & Annes to speak with a skilled slip and fall accident attorney today.

5 Steps to File a Claim

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Bicycle Accident Lawyer, Gary Annes

Bicycle Accident Attorney, Gary Annes

A recent emphasis on personal wellbeing and environmentally-conscious lifestyles has pushed more of today’s commuters to turn to bicycles as their transportation of choice. While hopping on a bike to head to work, school, or the grocery store may sound appealing, bicyclists need to understand the risk of heading out onto the road.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, over 2,700 crashes involving cyclists occurred throughout 2017. Almost thirty of those accidents ended in fatalities for the cyclists involved; another 2,689 lead to injury. Most of these bicycle accidents occurred in urban spaces, but over 15 percent of them took place in rural areas.

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Car Accident Lawyer, Gary Annes

Reckless Driving Attorney, Gary Annes

An Illinois driver’s license is a privilege that many drivers abuse by driving recklessly. When a speeding or distracted driver crashes into you while you are driving, walking, or riding a bicycle, the results are often devastating. Most serious injuries caused by a reckless driver can change your life in drastic and expensive ways. You and your family may face an uncertain financial future due to the loss of employment and medical expenses. If you were seriously injured due to a reckless driver, consider contacting an Illinois motor vehicle accident lawyer today.

Examples of Reckless Driving

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Bicycle Accident Attorney

David Abels, Bicycle Accident Lawyer

An increasing percentage of the population is opting to turn towards bicycles as their commuting tools of choice. Not only is biking a great way to help keep our environment safe, but it helps keep people healthy and active as they go about their daily lives. Anybody in Illinois is likely to be greeted by the sight of at least a few cyclists each day. Some hop on their bikes for fun, others ride them to work, but one fact remains the same: it’s imperative to focus on safety if you choose to ride a bicycle in traffic.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 780 bicyclists were killed as a result of bicycle accidents in 2017. An accident doesn’t need to be fatal to have a significant impact on a victim’s life, though. Many bicycle accident victims avoid death, but emerge from crashes with tremendous emotional and physical damage.

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Truck Accident Lawyer, Gary Annes

Truck Accident Attorney, Gary Annes

As drivers, we make right turns every day. We do it with ease, and don’t give it a second thought. But for large trucks, right turns are a different story. These trucks must make wide right turns. This requires the truck driver to turn beyond the intended turn lane and often encompass adjacent lanes and even overtake lanes of oncoming traffic.

Making these turns is difficult and requires a great deal of skill. When a driver is inexperienced or makes a mistake, accidents can happen. In 2017, over 4,100 people died in large truck accidents. Of these, 68 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles. Another 14 percent were either pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. If you have been injured in an accident, an experienced truck accident  attorney can help.

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David Abels, Slip and Fall  Accident Lawyer

Whether at home, in an office, a parking lot, or a store, we don’t expect to suddenly slip and fall. But this can and does happen, and it happens frequently. In fact, falls account for over eight-million hospital visits annually in the United States.

If it seems that slipping and falling cause more embarrassment than physical injury, it’s shocking how serious the injuries that result can be. Falling can cause serious injuries, and if you or a loved one has slipped and fallen, you may face a long recovery and high medical bills. To give you the best chance of making a complete recovery without having to pay those bills out of your own pocket, you need to speak with a seasoned Illinois slip and fall accident lawyer.

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Truck Accident Lawyer, Gary Annes

Truck Accident Attorney, Gary Annes

Commercial trucks are everywhere. You see them on the highway, at the grocery store, and even making deliveries to your home. As consumers, we rely on commercial trucks, a lot. When we get on the road, we tend to take these trucks for granted. For some people, there may be a ping of anxiety as they pass by a large truck, but for the most part, we look at these trucks like any other vehicle on the road. That is, until tragedy strikes.

About 450,000 police-reported accidents involved large trucks in one recent year. In these accidents, 107,000 caused injuries and 4,237 caused fatalities. In one Illinois crash, a trailer tractor slammed into the back of an SUV. The crash involved four vehicles and killed three people. The accident occurred when the driver of the truck failed to stop in time for stopped traffic.

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David Abels, Car accident Lawyer

Many statistics-gathering entities separate car accident stats by the type of vehicle, type of driver and the cause of an accident. Safer-America pulls raw data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and other agencies. It then uses that data to create a comprehensive report of vehicle accident statistics.

Accidents may involve one vehicle, multiple vehicles, cars against motorcycles, cars against trucks and even cars against pedestrians. Sometimes the accidents are divided by age groups, but the most common age groups mentioned separately are teen drivers and elderly drivers. If you are injured in a car accident, contact a car accident attorney at Abels & Annes as soon as possible.