Auto Accident Blog Posts | Lipkin & Higgins

Auto Accident Blog Posts

  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on January 1, 2017

    Our law firm is proud of our deeply rooted experience in representing clients who have been involved in auto accident injuries. Lipkin and Higgins attorney, Kevin B. Apter, published an article in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, discussing the laws, facts, and legal practice surrounding distracted driving.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on January 1, 2017

    In the United States, a motorist's risk of being involved in a fatal car accident is 1.3%. Although that number may seem relatively low, driving cautiously on the road should be every driver's main priority when they are behind the wheel. Not only does minimizing your risk of a car accident help save lives, it helps keep insurance premiums low and upholds the integrity of your vehicle longer.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on December 12, 2016

    Avoiding heavy traffic saves you time, lowers wear and tear on your vehicle, and decreases the risk of a car accident. There are many traffic apps available for smart phone users to better gauge travel times and provide alternative routes, especially during peak driving times like rush hour in Chicago! Explore these top mobile phone apps that can help you avoid thick traffic areas before you drive. 1. Waze
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on August 8, 2016

      In warmer seasons and in urban areas, there is typically an influx of pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Combined with auto vehicles, the increase in the number of people on roadways can heighten the chance of an accident. The personal injury lawyers at Lipkin & Higgins want to ensure that you are aware of who is responsible for keeping roads safe for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on July 7, 2016

    Many factors can contribute to auto accidents and poor road conditions are a contributing factor. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is responsible for maintaining and servicing roads throughout Illinois with the help of state and federal funds.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on December 12, 2015

    Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on February 2, 2015

    If you've been in an auto accident, it can be difficult to know what to do following the incident. Instead of relying on old wives tales regarding how to properly address an auto accident, it's crucial to understand the most effective ways in which you can react to the situation. We've acknowledged several different myths surrounding auto accidents and discredited them in order for you to know the truth and best practices in dealing with an auto accident or auto-related injury.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on January 1, 2015

    According to the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death among 15 to 20 year olds. Additionally, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reported that in 2012, a total of 2,823 teenagers aged 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on January 1, 2015

    Living in the Midwest, we're no stranger to adverse winter weather conditions. Nevertheless, winter weather-related accidents occur each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are roughly 5,870,000 vehicle crashes that happen each year, and nearly 1/4th of these crashes are caused by weather-related incidents. In order to help ensure your safety on the roads this winter, it's important to understand the best practices in winter driving.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on December 12, 2014

    Distracted driving is a huge issue in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving." In addition, the number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes was 3,328 in 2012. With the booming trend in texting and utilization of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle, the State of Illinois this past year implemented a new traffic law:
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on October 10, 2014

    The hustle and bustle of Illinois roadways can be enough to keep up with, but there's more to driving in this state than turn signals and speed limits. Knowing and understanding the rules and regulations of the road is vital not only to your safety, but also the safety of others. While some rules seem to be constant (click it or ticket!) there are newer and more complicated regulations for Illinois drivers to abide by.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on August 8, 2014

    Summer in Chicago is a fun and exciting time. Most Midwesterners can agree that the summer months are some of the more enjoyable times of the year. What many fail to realize is that this time of the year is often the most dangerous on the roads. While we're used to the snow and ice and hazardous winter driving that Illinois has to offer, the summer months can be even more dangerous.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on June 6, 2014

    Getting into an auto accident can be a traumatic experience, given the suddenness with which they occur, and the life changing physical injuries which may result. While you cannot always prevent an automobile accident from happening, there are ways to prepare yourself beforehand to make the unpleasant situation less stressful. The auto accident lawyers at Lipkin & Higgins are here to help prepare yourself ahead of time so you're ready if an accident does happen:
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on June 6, 2014

    Most commonly associated with airplanes, a "black box" is an electronic data recorder placed in a vehicle, which extracts information through computer software to determine specifics in a crash. The New York Times reports 96% of new cars already have black boxes installed in them along with 150 million older vehicles.
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on May 5, 2014

    There are several factors that determine the legal merit of a car accident injury and whether your personal injury attorney will accept it. You should be an informed participant in the process so you can make good decisions when confronted with choices such as reaching a settlement, going to trial or even how long the process will take and your chances of receiving compensation. Liability and Damage
  • Posted by Peter Higgins on May 5, 2013

    We represented a 39-year-old woman who was a passenger on a friend’s boat on which they took their children tubing on a lake in Wisconsin. As our client sat in the rear of the boat watching the tubers, the towrope snapped and whipped back, striking her in the eye.
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on February 2, 2012

    I think it is the experience of every personal injury lawyer that there can be a major difference between the sum of money a client says (s)he will accept before the defendant puts any money on the table—“theoretical money”, and the lesser sum of money the client insists on accepting once actual money is offered—“real money.”
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on January 1, 2012

    A “jury of one’s peers” as the Constitution provides, does not mean all jurors receive the same evidence in the same way. Where a juror lives often reflects community bias, more or less favorable to personal injury litigation. Juries in Cook County (Chicago) are considered more favorable for personal injury litigation than DuPage County (Wheaton, Naperville).
  • Posted by Peter Higgins on September 9, 2011

      As an “approved” attorney on the Active Transportation Alliance’s (“ATA”) referral list, I get phone calls all the time from people who were involved in “minor” bicycle vs. car accidents asking me what they should do. The most common questions are whether they should contact the police or get checked out by a doctor, even when they weren’t hurt that badly or if there wasn’t a lot of damage to their bike. The answers are always “yes” and “yes”.
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on July 7, 2011

    I have a client who was injured in a car accident when another driver made a sudden left hand turn in front of her on a green light.  The driver was ticketed for failing to yield to the right of way.  My client injured both of her knees.