The number of accidents in Northeast Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area increase every year. This site provides valuable resources on how to stay safe when driving Illinois roadways, and information on what to do when involved in a crash.
In the state of Illinois, thousands of vehicle accidents happen every day. It is essential to be prepared to handle a collision to ensure your health, and the health of all of your passengers and others involved in the crash. The resources listed here can provide valuable information concerning your legal and health issues. The links below can help you understand how to best deal with your insurance policy after being involved in an accident.
Accident Legal Concerns
The Illinois Legal Advocate Organization – This website provides an auto accident manual as a way to collect pertinent facts concerning your collision. This will help determine responsibility for the accident, in an effort to claim financial recompense for your injuries, damages and suffering. The manual also provides information concerning the Illinois statute of limitations for personal injury and property damage, and what shall be required to prove in court to be reimbursed for your damages and loss.
Illinois State Bar Association – If you need to hire an experienced and reputable personal injury attorney to handle your car accident claim, you can find information about lawyers licensed in Illinois who specialize in your type of accident, injuries, damages and loss. The site provides instant access to a “Lawyer Finder” to narrow your search by specific fields of ZIP Codes, counties and/or practice. You can also search for in Illinois attorney by name through the lawyer registry.
Illinois Department of Central Management Services – The state of Illinois is self-insured, providing vehicle liability exposure for anyone with damages or injuries directly caused by a state-employee vehicle accident. Staff adjusters are assigned to investigate all submitted claims by employees. Suits filed against the state or state driver are handled by the Attorney General office. The site provides viable information on how the state handles their liability exposure and evaluates every claim for settlement purposes.
Lawyers.com – Follow the link here to understand your legal issues and all the steps you will need to take after being involved in an automobile accident. This includes assessing and getting help, maintaining records concerning your recovery, gathering all pertinent information, and reporting the crash to an insurance company. It also provides valuable data on hit-and-run accidents. The site explains why it is important to speak to any insurance agent through an attorney. The site provides a list of valuable questions to ask attorney before hiring them to provide you legal assistance with your case.
Car Insurance Concerns
A Crash Course – This beneficial site managed by USAA insurance provides a detailed description of all steps to take after being involved in a vehicle accident including what type of information to avoid disclosing, concerning your insurance policy. In addition, they offer a Vehicle Accident Checklist and essential tips for easily obtaining all the information you will likely need when filing a claim.
Chicago Roadway Safety and Statistics
Illinois Tollway – Obtain a downloadable fact sheet about new laws banning handheld electronic devices while driving in Illinois. All handheld cell phone use is banned in the state with the exception of an emergency. The site details all imposed fines for violators, and comprehensive information and statistics of why handheld cell phone drivers are 400 percent more likely to be involved in a serious crash with injuries along Illinois highways, streets, roadways and communities.
Cyber Drive Illinois – This site is managed by the Illinois Secretary of State and provides valuable information on traffic safety and the Illinois rules of the road. Gain quick access to a safe driving guide, motorcycle operator manuals, and updated rules of the road in a variety of different languages (English, Polish, and Spanish). The site also provides a link to a course review workbook on the Rules of the Road and valuable information on specific locations where yielding is required (funeral processions, construction areas, emergency vehicles, etc.).
Illinois Traffic Crash Report – Managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the site details all the codes and classifications used by law enforcement when developing a report concerning an accident on the state’s roadways and highways. It provides a variety of descriptions on how every type of crash is categorized when a pedestrian, pedal cyclist, train, animal, overturned vehicle, multi-vehicles, fixed objects and others are involved in a minor/major/serious/deadly motor vehicle accident.
Active Transportation Alliance – This site is managed by a renowned advocacy group that takes effective steps in the Chicago area to minimize the number of crashes in Northeast Illinois. The website details how increased education, enhanced street designs and better law enforcement practices can minimize the number of accidents in the community. The site provides access to crash victim assistance with an accident support hotline to answer essential questions about the best steps to take after being involved in an accident.
Safe Communities for Illinois – The site provides a variety of resources about maintaining a safer community. It provides valuable information on traffic safety, the benefits of buckling up, and community maps for the Chicago Metropolitan area. The site also offers links to overall results of cycle helmet use in recent years, and statistics involving accidents caused by speeding, distracted driving and teenagers.
US Department Of Transportation – Through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the site provides traffic safety facts for the year 2012. This includes the statistics that more than 33,500 individuals were killed in vehicle traffic accidents out of the estimated 5.6 million crashes nationwide. The data shows the significant rise (3.3 percent increase) a vehicle accident collisions, outlining how failure to use restraint devices, speeding and alcohol impairment are making a highways significantly more dangerous than ever before.
Fatal Crash Data in Illinois – Link to the site to get a snapshot view of fatal crash information in the state of Illinois. The information provides provisional data on the total number of fatal crashes, associated fatalities, restraint usage in the total changes from the previous year. Motor vehicle crash information dates back to 1997 and includes crash data trends, and statistics on holiday crashes.