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Illinois Injury Lawyer


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Living in Illinois

It was a long night. It would’ve been longer but you had the sense to call it quits before sunrise. Your tired bones tell you to stay in bed. That fleece blanket is hard to escape but you need to let the dog out. Your groggy, wet body is nearly standing when it hits you: I live in Illinois. Euphoria is antiquated. The mere realization that you live in the Prairie State nearly sweeps you off your feet. You wonder how you got so lucky. As you make your way to the kitchen, the light shines in through your bedroom window. It feels like all the good in the world is seeping into your home. The architecture, the landscape, the people. It’s Illinois.

All is well until your excitement gets the best of you. Dashing through the city streets you stumble to the ground. What happened? You catch your breath and notice an unmarked obstruction on the sidewalk. You look down and see your shin begin to bleed. Your ribs ache and your mood sours. Your injuries may be minor but the doctors are crafty. The bill isn’t cheap. A life so grand now approaches a state of despair. Your will to fight is dwindling when you remember there is someone who can help. Someone who knows you. Someone who cares. In a moment of desperation, you call an Illinois injury lawyer. The phone rings as the light of the Illinois sunshine returns through your window. You look outside, squinting, knowing that everything will be okay.

 

Overview of Illinois

Illinois is a medium-size state located in the Midwest. It borders Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Kentucky. Illinois's main industries are agriculture, manufacturing, and energy. The total population is 12.7 million with Chicago, Aurora, and Rockford being the most densely populated cities. Chicago could be considered the magnum opus of Illinois. It's the third most populated city in the country and has been widely influential in fields such as entertainment, sustainability, and education.

Illinois was occupied by Native Americans for thousands of years before it became a US state. Its large collection of waterways made it a favorable destination for travelers. The French came to settle there in the 18th century with the occasional British explorer taking a gander. In 1818, Illinois officially became a state.

The geography of Illinois is fundamental to the state's integrity. There are more than 60 state parks with countless local parks spanning the region. Lakes like Rend Lake and Lake Shelbyville are the centers of water sports and family fun. And, of course, they call it “The Prairie State” for a reason! In turn, there are plenty of getaway spots in Illinois. If you're looking to explore, the wildlife invites you. Be it a hotel, bungalow, or resort, there's always somewhere to stay. Illinois's diverse geography is utilized fully and with style. In the case of an accident, it's best to contact an Illinois injury lawyer.

Notable People From Illinois

It wouldn’t be Illinois without the generous number of famous people who grew up there. Some of those people are Barack Obama, Betty White, Robin Williams, Ronald Reagan, Dwayne Wade, Anthony Davis, Walt Disney, Harrison Ford, Bill Murray, Ernest Hemingway, Chance the Rapper, Hillary Clinton, John Belushi, Hugh Hefner, Richard Pryor, Ludacris, Mr. T, Bob Odenkirk, Roger Ebert, Seth Meyers, Gene Rayburn, Ray Bradbury, and Warren Zevon. Illinois continues to pump out gems to this day.

 

Is Illinois Safe?

Overall, the state's crime statistics are fairly average compared to most other states. Their violent crime rate is slightly above average while their property crime rate is well below average. Safewise.com gives the following statistics regarding the top 50 safest cities in Illinois:

  • 17 cities are repeats from our 2017 safest cities rankings.
  • 72% of the cities had fewer than 10 total violent crimes, and no city had more than 41.
  • 90% of the cities reported zero murders, and 26% reported no murders and no rapes.
  • Illinois residents are most concerned about digital security, according to our State of Safety report, with 64% rating it a top worry.
  • Violent crime tied for second place with property crime, with 62% of respondents rating their level of concern as high or very high.
  • Being robbed on the street is the top violent crime concern (63% vs. 52% nationally).
  • Having valuables stolen is the number one property crime concern (66% vs. 53% nationwide).
  • 100% of residents are glad they talked to an Illinois injury lawyer.

Like any other state, Illinois has good areas and bad areas. If you are interested in visiting, it's recommended you do some research on exactly where you're going. The risk of accidents and injuries is much higher in some cities than in others. If you aren't sure what to do after an accident, call an Illinois injury lawyer. If a loved one was killed in an accident, a wrongful death suit may be the next course of action.

Illinois Road Safety

Don't go driving without knowing the stats. Illinois suffers traffic accidents commonly. Some of these accidents are more avoidable than others. If you get in a car or truck crash, call 911. The Illinois Department of Transportation compiled these statistics in their 2017 report:

  • In 2017, there were 311,679 crashes involving motor vehicles in Illinois. Injury crashes accounted for 21.5 percent of these crashes (66,889), while fatal crashes (998) accounted for less than 1 percent of these crashes.
  • Crashes involving pedestrians accounted for 1.4 percent of overall crashes.
  • Crashes involving motorcycles accounted for 1.1 percent of total crashes, 15.4 percent of fatal crashes and 3.5 percent of injury crashes.
  • Crashes involving tractor-trailers accounted for 3.5 percent of overall crashes, 9.6 percent of fatal crashes and 2.7 percent of injury crashes.
  • Crashes occurring in work zones accounted for 1.7 percent of total crashes, 2.4 percent of fatal crashes and 1.5 percent of injury crashes.
  • Crashes involving deer accounted for 4.8 percent of overall crashes in 2017.
  • There was an average of 1.1 deaths per fatal crash.
  • 86.3 percent of fatal crashes occurred on dry roadways.
  • 48.9 percent of fatal crashes occurred during daylight hours.

 

TorHoerman is Your Illinois Injury Lawyer

If you've suffered an injury, you may be entitled to a substantial cash settlement. The physical and emotional toll you had to pay may not have been your fault. An attorney is ready to gather evidence, assess damages, and determine compensation. Don't worry too much about the process of filing a civil suit—your lawyer is the expert. TorHoerman Law will look at your case for free, and if it goes to trial we will fight to prove liability. Call us at 1-888-508-6752 to schedule a 100% free consultation. It's time to take your life back, and we're eager to help.

References

Bureau of Data Collection, and Office of Planning & Programming. Illinois Department of Transportation, May 2019, http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Resources/Safety/Crash-Reports/crash-facts/2017%20Crash%20Facts.pdf.

Edwards, Rebecca. “Illinois’s 50 Safest Cities of 2019.” SafeWise, 4 Apr. 2019, https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-illinois/.

 

Location

Cities We Serve: Staunton, Chicago, Hinsdale, Glencoe, Northbrook, Wilmette, Aurora, Elgin, Joliet, Arlington Heights, Berwyn, Bolingbrook, Cicero, Des Plaines, Evanston, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Orland Park, Palatine, Schaumburg, Skokie, Tinley Park, Waukegan, Wheaton, DeKalb, Bradley, Bourbonnais, Sycamore, Woodstock

Counties We Serve: Cook, Will, DuPage, Lake, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, Will, Kankakee