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Belleville Injury Lawyer: Overview of Belleville, IL

Belleville is the largest city south of Springfield, just a 30-minute drive to the heart of Saint Louis. Established in 1814, the city keeps growing. Restaurants, farmer's markets, and museums help pepper the streets with historians and families. Likewise, students and professors come from Lindenwood University and Southwestern Illinois College in the center of the city. Our Lady of the Snows Shrine and the drive-in, SkyView are popular for all age groups. As the French name suggests, Belleville truly is a "beautiful city".  Though with beautiful cities, ugly accidents come along. If that's the case, you may need a Belleville injury lawyer to help.

 

Things To Do in Belleville, Illinois

Hungry? Try one of the city's most popular steakhouses; 4204 Main Street Brewing Company. Located at (you guessed it) 4204 Main Street, this eclectic eatery has not only received awards for Best Steakhouse and Best Brewery, but also for Best Patio and Best Brunch. Founded in 2014 by Todd Kennedy, the brewery has been quite popular, and features a"twin 30 barrel brewhouse". This brewhouse is the second of two in the entire United States! Join friends and family for a comfortable, relaxing eating experience.

Maybe you're more of a natural, do-it-yourself kind of person. Eckert's Country Store and Farm hosts yoga, live bands, and wine tastings. In addition to those are the fields, guests can pick their own fruits and veggies to take home. The farm features various foods throughout the year; peaches, apples, and pumpkins are the most popular. During Halloween season, jack-o-lantern contests and costume parties are all the rage. In the spring and summer months, live music and wine tastings draw people from all over the area.  Veggie fields are also a pick-your-own, with onions, kale, squash, and beets available. The orchards are the perfect Instagram photo opp, with plenty of pathways for your friends and family to tag along.

Restaurants & Dining in Belleville, IL

Food not your thing? Try checking out the museums and cemeteries in the area. The Labor and Industry Museum is home to some of Belleville's best history. The writing equipment for the area's German Language newspaper is featured as are the stories of women during the civil war area. Various events take place at the museum, open to the public. Displays remain open for those who prefer a little independence year-round as well. Walnut Hill Cemetery is another historic center, being that it is itself the oldest cemetery in the area. Established in 1850, the 170-year-old resting place is open for a stroll. It also features a Civil War Memorial and a Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial. Walnut Hill is also the last cemetery in the area to keep the above-ground headstones, still seen today. The rolling green grounds serve as an easy walking space to mosey about.

 

What Does An Belleville Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

Not an uncommon question. TorHoerman Law is a team of highly successful lawyers and attorneys ready to help you. Five of our attorneys were ranked on 2019's Super Lawyers: Eric Terry, Jacob Plattenberger, Kenneth Brannan, Chad Finley, and Tor Hoerman. Furthermore, Tor Hoerman also went on to claim a spot on the "Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois". We know that accidents happen, so our job is to make sure that the city of Belleville is covered by a Belleville injury lawyer. Personal injury, car accidents, medical malpractice, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents, Uber and Lyft Accidents, and many more fall under our umbrella of coverage. Having a Belleville injury lawyer right at your fingertips makes a difference.

 

Who Do I Call After An Accident or Injury in Belleville, IL?

The Belleville Police Department is the biggest south of Springfield. With 84 sworn officers and 25 civilian employees, there is a guarantee someone will be able to help you. Belleville's police department also has the only Special Response Tactical Team in the area. These are the guys the cops call when they need help. The Chief of Police, Colonel William G. Clay III, is also available. Belleville Police also has an Anonymous Tip Line open for confidential witnesses. Of course, if the situation is an emergency, call 911.

  • Address: 720 W. Main Street, Belleville, IL 62220
  • Chief of Police: (618) 234-1218 x. 1723
  • Non-Emergency Line: (618) 234-1218
  • Anonymous Tip Line: (618) 234-1218 x. 1686

Belleville also has an extensive Fire Department, the first being established in 1841 as a volunteer group. Now, 4 engine houses surround the city. The department has 63 firefighters split into 15 battalions working 24 hours a day to be available to you. Fire Chief Tom Pour is also available to the public. Both the Police Department and Fire Department Station 3 are located on West Main Street, just three minutes from each other. The close communication between the two make things easier for you and your family, but if the situation is an emergency, call 911.

  • Address: 6200 W Main Street, Belleville IL 62220
  • Fire Chief: (618) 234-2236
  • Station 1: (618) 234-1343
  • Station 2: (618) 234-2244
  • Station 3: (618) 233-2729
  • Station 4: (618) 234-2236

Emergencies in Belleville, IL

In Belleville in 2017, there were five fatal accidents (wrongful death lawsuit) involving nine vehicles resulting in seven fatalities. Only one of those accidents involved a drunk driver, and none of them involved any pedestrians. In 2018, two motorcycle crashes happened on the same night, about two hours apart, within a quarter of a mile of each other on West Illinois 161. Also in 2018, a forklift was knocked off the bed of a truck going under an overpass on Route 15, due to the low height of the overpass being only four inches taller than the legal limit for trucks in Illinois. Other things to be wary of include speeding, distracted driving, road hazards, animals, and reckless or careless driving. If an accident occurs, Belleville residents can look to TorHoerman Law for help. To learn more about car accident lawsuits, read our guides on contingency fees, multidistrict litigation, bellwether trials, and premises liability.

Beginner's Guide To Filing A Belleville Personal Injury Lawsuit

Each case is unique. In the State of Illinois, the statute of limitations is two years after the date of the injury or accident. That means you have two years to file a lawsuit. Be sure not to mitigate your injuries. It's necessary that you find a personal injury attorney quickly so you don't miss the deadline.

Once your lawyer has looked over the details and accepted your case, they'll help you file a civil lawsuit. Once the lawsuit is filed, a period of litigation discovery will begin. This is when information, evidence, and depositions of all parties and potential witnesses are exchanged. It's also when your lawyer will assess damages, which may be compensatory or punitive.

After the discovery and before the trial, the parties involved will likely try and resolve the case. Sometimes, this finishes in as little as six months. The evidence of liability in the case will largely determine how fast this happens and if there's potential for a settlement

If this settlement is agreed upon, the liens and attorney costs are paid. After that, you may receive either a lump-sum payment or a structured settlement paid within an agreed-upon timeframe. If the parties involved cannot agree on a settlement, the case may go to trial.

Your case may still make it to trial. If so, your attorney will be with you every step of the journey. The lawyers at TorHoerman Law are available for all your questions and concerns throughout the process. Our experienced team of professionals is here to help, so contact us today.

 

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References

Johnson, Kaley. "Belleville bridge damaged in truck, forklift accident." Bnd. 04 Mar. 2018. Belleville News-Democrat. 18 June 2019. https://www.bnd.com/news/local/article203434034.html.

Johnson, Kaley. "Two seriously injured in separate motorcycle crashes on same road in Belleville." Bnd. 03 July 2018. Belleville News-Democrat. 18 June 2019.

Johnson, Kaley. "Belleville bridge damaged in truck, forklift accident." Bnd. 04 Mar. 2018. Belleville News-Democrat. 18 June 2019. https://www.bnd.com/news/local/article203434034.html.

"200+ Years of History." Site ID. 18 June 2019. https://www.belleville.net/268/200-Years-of-History.

Batty, Stuart. "Illinois Travel Statistics." Illinois Travel Statistics. 2018. 27 June 2019 http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/Network-Overview/highway-system/illinois-travel-statistics.

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