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Road construction seems to be never-ending in Chicago. Both the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have a constant stream of projects on roads and highways around the city, especially during the warmer months. Road work can cause delays and frustration among drivers, especially due to lane closures. However, this work is necessary to ensure our streets are as safe and efficient as possible for all Chicago motorists.

While road construction happens to keep us safe, road work zones are also common locations for traffic accidents. Cars can crash into one another or into members of a construction crew, and serious injuries may result. Despite increased penalties for traffic violations in work zones, as well as safety initiatives for the public, road work zone accidents continue to occur with surprising frequency. In fact, according to IDOT, 6,741 work zone crashes took place in the state of Illinois during 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. That comes out to an average of nearly 18.5 construction zone accidents per day!

At Abels & Annes, P.C., we are committed to representing the rights of people injured in construction zone accidents. To schedule a free consultation with a Chicago personal injury attorney, call our office today at 312-924-7575 or contact us online.

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As summer gets underway, many people in the Chicago area are making plans to celebrate the 4th of July. This is often a highlight of the season with parades, carnivals, barbecues, and concerts. Unfortunately, with these celebrations also comes the risk of injury in traffic accidents.

Drunk Drivers on July 4th

The 4th of July is already one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road. This is partly because the number of drivers increases, as many people have the day off work and may be traveling over the weekend. In addition, many people choose to celebrate our nation’s independence by drinking alcoholic beverages with family and friends. Statistics indicate that 47 percent of fatal traffic accidents on July 4th involved one or more drivers who were over the legal limit for alcohol.

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Now that summer is finally upon us, many people in the Chicagoland area are looking forward to spending time at the pool, soaking up the summer sun and relaxing with friends and family. While you may not think going to the pool is a high-risk activity, the reality is that thousands of people are seriously hurt each year in accidents caused by defective pool equipment.

Here are a few types of pool equipment that may be defective and capable of causing injury:

  • Diving Boards – Defective diving boards or ladders pose a significant injury risk, usually by causing people to fall unexpectedly. Many people injured by defective diving boards suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and even spinal cord injuries.
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When your child heads into school each day, you trust that they will come home safe and injury-free. However, children are injured at school in the Chicago area on a regular basis. Whether or not you can hold a school liable for your child’s injuries depends on several factors.

For example, if your child was injured simply because they were clumsy or acting rambunctiously, the school likely has no responsibility in the accidental injury. On the other hand, if the school or an adult affiliated with the school caused the injury by acting in a negligent manner, you may have legal rights. The following are three examples of school-related accidents for which schools may face legal liability:

  • School bus injuries – Like any other type of motor vehicle, school buses may crash and passengers can be injured. Crashes may be the fault of the bus driver, another driver, or a manufacturer, among other parties.
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While you may have a general understanding of the fact that people who are hurt in accidents often can recover compensation from the person or business that caused their accident, many victims of often have questions about basic issues related to personal injury law and the way that claims proceed. Here is some general information about personal injury1 law in Illinois.

Victims Who are Hurt by Negligence are Entitled to Recovery

Not every accident entitles victims to recover compensation. In order to be entitled to damages, victims need to be able to establish that their accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. You probably already have an intuitive understanding of this: if you slip and fall because you failed to tie your shoe, it would be difficult to blame your accident on someone else. On the other hand, if you slipped and fell because of a grocery store’s failure to warn you that the floors were wet after being mopped, it makes sense to say that the accident was “their fault.”