DGAA bLAWg

9 Tips on the Rights and Safety of Bicyclists in Illinois

Web Admin - Monday, October 14, 2013


Motorists may not respect bicyclists on the road, but there are steps bicycle riders can take in order to gain esteem. According to the “Bicycle Rules of the Road,” in Illinois, the best way to avoid harm on a bike is by being prepared for danger and obeying traffic laws.

It is important to note the specific laws directed toward bicyclists riding on the road with other motorists in cars, trucks, and semi-trucks. The following knowledge can help bicyclists avoid a personal injury accident:

  1. Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic. Riding in the opposite direction is illegal.
  2. When riding on a sidewalk, bicyclists must obey all pedestrian signs and yield to the right-of-way rule for pedestrians.
  3. Bicyclists must stop for school buses dropping off children.

As a bicyclist, your on-the-road rights include:

  1. Motorists must provide at least three feet of space between them and a bicyclist when passing.
  2. Bicycles may be parked on the road at any angle to the curb where parking is allowed.
  3. At a traffic light, a bicyclist may proceed after yielding to oncoming traffic through a red light that fails to turn green after waiting at least 120 seconds.

Safety is a key factor a bicyclist has to remember. A few proactive protection measures to contemplate are:

  1. Make sure the bicycle is working properly, such as brakes, reflectors, seat and handlebars. A helmet may be considered an essential part of a bicycle, so also be aware of a helmet’s functionality.
  2. Ride as close to the edge of the road as safely possible to maintain distance from motorists, but be mindful of broken glass, grates and parked cars.
  3. Avoid riding at night. If you do ride at night, Illinois law requires that a bicycle must be have front light visible from at least 500 feet and a rear reflector visible for up to 600 feet. Wearing white or reflective clothing can also aid in safe riding.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, the law offices of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, are standing by to assist you. Contact our Illinois personal injury attorneys by calling 847-934-6000 or by visiting our Chicago office located at 233 S. Wacker, Suite 8400.

What Do I Do if I'm Injured in a Texting-and-Driving Accident?

Web Admin - Saturday, October 05, 2013

What Do I Do if I'm Injured in a Texting-and-Driving Accident?

A car accident of any type can be traumatic regardless of who is at fault. In Illinois, there are some important steps to take to make sure you follow the legal and responsible measures after an auto accident, especially a texting-while-driving collision. If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, state laws protect your safety. A knowledgeable Illinois personal injury attorney can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

After the Car Accident

First, make sure that you do not need immediate medical care. If you do, call 9-1-1 and wait for an ambulance. If you only have slight pains, it is still crucial to see a doctor. If you do not seek medical attention after an accident, you may not be able to receive coverage for future health care costs.

Second, if you are safely able to, gather as much information as you can on the scene. Make contact with the other driver and write down everything, such as their insurance provider, policy number, license plate number, and driver’s license number. Also, take pictures of both vehicles and your injuries on your cell phone.

Next, contact your insurance agency and report the accident. Some providers require you report an accident within a certain period of time, so make sure to contact them as soon as possible. If law enforcement responded to the accident, you can request and send a copy of the police report.

Finally, seek out a committed personal injury lawyer with experience in Illinois traffic accidents. A knowledgeable attorney will successfully represent you by seeking positive results for your car accident case.

Texting-While-Driving Laws in Illinois

Under certain circumstances, if a driver hits you while texting and driving, it is against Illinois law. According to Distraction.gov, the U.S. Government website for distracted driving, the cell phone driving laws for Illinois are:

  1. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for bus drivers (primary law)
  2. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers under the age of 19 (primary law)
  3. Ban on texting for all drivers (primary law)
  4. Ban on handheld cell phone use while driving in school or highway construction zone

Generally, handheld and hands-free devices are permitted in Illinois, except while texting. In Chicago, however, all handheld devices are banned while driving. Since the Illinois cell phone driving laws are considered “primary” ones, a police officer can pull you over for the offense without witnessing another violation (as opposed to secondary laws which only allow an officer to pull you over after witnessing another violation).

If you have been injured in a texting-while-driving car accident, contact an experienced Illinois personal injury law firm. The attorneys of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, are committed to serving clients throughout Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Lake and Will Counties. Contact DGAA online or call the Chicago and Palatine offices at 847-934-6000.

License Reinstatement After Suspension or Revocation

Web Admin - Friday, October 04, 2013

License Reinstatement After Suspension or Revocation

The most common reason for having your driver’s license suspended is driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and as reported by the Illinois DUI Factbook 2013, “an average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurs every 53 minutes”

across the country. In recent years, many states have initiated extremely strict penalties for driving under the influence, and Illinois is no exception. If a person is convicted of a DUI, even if it is his first conviction of the sort, his vehicle registration is automatically suspended.

Additionally, according to the Factbook, Illinois is one of 32 states

 that require a “first-time DUI offender to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed on his/her vehicle.” Only once the BAIID is installed on the offender’s vehicle can the driver then be eligible for relief from licensesuspension. If a person is caught driving with a suspended license after receiving a DUI conviction, he or she is guilty of a Class 4 felony. A Class 4 felony can carry heavy sentences such as a revocation of driving privileges for up to two full years. At a minimum (if the license was suspended for reasons other than DUI), according to the Illinois DMV, driving with a suspended license is “considered a Class A misdemeanor with a possible fine of up to $2,500 and up to 364 days in jail.”

If your license has been suspended or revoked, understanding the reinstatement process is the first step toward recovery. The most important part of the process is to enlist the assistance of a qualified attorney. He will be able to help you determine if you qualify for Driver Relief, or Restricted Driving privileges (RDP). According to the Illinois DMV, “RDP usually only covers driving to work or school; sometimes exceptions are made for driving yourself or relatives to medical appointments.” Other types of restricted driving permits include a Judicial Driving Permit, a Probationary License, or a Family Responsibility Driving Permit. To determine if you qualify for any of these, work with your attorney and your local SOS Office.

After the period of license revocation is over, you’ll need to pay to have it reinstated. Reinstating a license after suspension in Illinois isn’t cheap. “These mandatory fees vary according to the reason your license was suspended or revoked,” according to the DMV. You’ll also have to pay for a new license. Your best bet is to work with a qualified attorney.

If you or someone you know has had her license suspended or revoked, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Chicago-area attorney today.


Recent Posts


Tags

Illinois boating accident lawyer insurance claims meal breaks preventable medical errors Palatine punch death Palatine personal injury lawyer Des Plaines real estate lawyer marijuana Illinois LLC creation estate planning lawyer corporate law insurance denials license reinstatement Long Grove estate planning Arlington Heights employment attorney Inverness real estate attorney estate planning healthcare insurance claim Illinois personal injury fiduciary rule advance healthcare directive distracted driving accident victims Illinois employment law attorney employees Employment Discrimination Law living trust benefits car accident lawyer Arlington Heights car accident lawyer eluding a police officer Arlington Heights lawyer estate planning for college students DUI drug crimes lawyer golf accidents Arlington Heights tax lawyer social media after death Illinois insurance claim attorney expungement Illinois medical malpractice lawyers Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Palatine construction attorney boating accidents Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Illinois traffic ticket lawyer Des Plaines civil attorney Schaumburg estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney liens IRELA Arlington Heights TBI attorney guardianship attorney insurance claim delay Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act caregiver Illinois injury lawyer gift taxes filing a medical malpractice claim estate plan insurance claim denial FSLA Buffalo Grove law firm BAC underinsured motorist underfunded trust Illinois Human Rights Act Illinois business lawyer Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Illinois car accident attorney comp time traffic accidents Chicago will attorney Des Plaines personal injury attorney in terrorem provision motorcycle accident operating agreements personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Chicago employment lawyer defective products Chicago employment attorney Illinois job attorney Illinois insurance lawyer Arlington Heights real estate lawyer business litigation Barrington real estate lawyer digital information natural gas Illinois insurance attorney problem employees Des Plaines drug lawyer Schaumburg personal injury attorney Self-Directed IRA Accounts Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney brain injury Inverness elder law lawyer Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Crystal Lake accident attorney jet ski insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Crystal Lake will lawyer Arlington Heights trucking lawyer Mount Prospect elder law attorney jet ski accidents investment property Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers employee misclassification paid sick leave residential real estate civil litigation pizza emoji mass shooting probate fees Chicago insurance law firm Kenilworth estate planning attorney Deer Park DUI lawyer drug crimes bicycle dooring accidents traffic deaths federal regulations for LLCs overtime violations POA Arlington Heights insurance attorney Illinois corporate lawyer Chicago biking tips Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Forcible Entry car crash injuries Illinois insurance claims lawyers Crystal Lake insurance lawyer spinal cord injuries slip and fall workers compensation Long Grove real estate lawyer Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, Illinois estate planning severance agreements DGAA boating under the influence driving medical malpractice right to work Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Illinois Trust Code Illinois employment lawyer GM ignition switches work unions disability benefits creditors forming a corporation in Illinois internet Illinois DUI attorney slip and fall accidents drugs Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Des Plaines insurance attorney Long Grove estate planning attorneys nursing home negligence Barrington criminal defense lawyer license Illinois medical malpractice claim Arlington Heights injury attorney Schaumburg insurance lawyers Illinois living will Illinois real estate DMV automated cars drunk driving statistics drunk driving real estate Illinois collections attorney vacation home wills car crashes South Barrington real estate lawyer hands free device living trust Illinois elder law attorney unpaid overtime estate tax Chicago estate planning employment lawyer Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer college kids overtime pay Schaumburg estate attorney Illinois trusts attorney Buffalo Grove real estate attorney Illinois employee rights attorney. products liability Exclusions modern family estate planning bad faith insurance claims Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers Des Plaines personal injury lawyer Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Rolling Meadows criminal attorney unpaid assessment insurance attorney civil litigation attorney TBI Illinois driving without license Palatine criminal defense lawyer involuntary manslaughter estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, Rolling Meadows Illinois medical malpractice case Deer Park medical malpractice attorney probate claims Palatine trusts lawyer dram shop law accidental death benefits preventing accidents Palatine corporate law attorneys Illinois probate lawyer trust payments Rolling Meadows employment law attorney Barrington business law firm Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer Schaumburg civil litigation attorney boating DUI Des Plaines accident attorney surgical mistakes Super Mario Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers Palatine traffic lawyer dynasty trusts Palatine elder law attorney Illinois estate planning law firm Barrington drug crime attorney employment contract Illinois small business Chicago car accident lawyer Schaumburg employment law attorneys mortgage unauthorized overtime Palatine employment attorney Deer Park accident attorney bicycle accidents pet bites icy parking lots Illinois criminal defense attorney unfunded trust estate planning attorney deadly crashes Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer living wills Inverness probate lawyer Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer health insurance dispute Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Illinois rollover accident lawyers Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Inverness DUI lawyer employee rights Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer whistleblower protections Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Palatine civil litigation lawyer Illinois Sales Representative Act Rolling Meadows traffic attorney employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Illinois Smoke Detector Act Rolling Meadows business lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys cell phone accidents Palatine estate planning lawyer Palatine employment lawyer Rolling Meadows employment attorney Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney murder Colin Gilbert Illinois Probate Act of 1975 Crystal Lake injury attorney power of attorney Class A misdemeanor trench injuries Inverness estate planning lawyer Barrington boating accident attorney Thanksgiving trucking accident lawyers fatal car accidents personal injury accidents wrongful termination workers compensation benefits Riverwoods estate planning lawyer Crystal Lake tax lawyer Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer income distribution deducation life insurance lawyer personal injury Arlington Heights Attorney Schaumburg elder law lawyer underage DUI Buffalo Grove injury lawyer Crystal Lake employment lawyer Illinois speeding lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Illinois workers compensation lawyer insurance denial appeals Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys Illinois personal injury lawyer financial advisors product liability car collision senior citizens Liquor Control Act head on collisions attorney fees Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act controlled substance FMLA employment law Deer Park real estate law firm insurance claim denials Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Illinois employment law attorneys real estate attorneys Colin H. Gilbert insurance agents commercial leases Buffalo Grove probate lawyer construction accidents Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer back injuries DUI defense Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Illinois estate planning attorney healthcare claims power of attorney for healthcare Illinois traffic attorneys rollover car crashes child safety loss of consortium breathalyzer test tax attorney Chicago corporate attorney insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys low-ball insurance settlement taxes murder defense ObamaCare special needs trust Illinois registered agent Illinois trucking safety Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney elder law drug possession Schaumburg real estate lawyer medical malpractice compensation Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Illinois traffic attorney Home Sale Contingencies estate attorney Chicago traffic lawyer employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Family Medical Leave Act Deer Park employment law attorney Long Grove estate planning attorney Schaumburg injury lawyer Illinois defective products attorney home inspection lawyer Crystal Lake employment law attorney insurance dispute Mt Prospect Attorney Des Plaines claims law firm Rolling Meadows accident lawyer Barrington employment law attorney Des Plaines tax law firm Palatine employment law lawyer pedestrian-automobile accident startup company Inverness injury lawyer Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Palatine business attorney holiday statistics Barrington attorney Inverness real estate lawyer BAIID Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Palatine insurance lawyer Illinois traffic accident lawyer Rolling Meadows tax attorney Illinois lawyer denied insurance claims Barrington estate planning attorney rest breaks foreclosed rental property landlord Inverness civil lawyer Illinois pedestrian accident attorney traffic offenses Schaumburg criminal law attorney Inverness traffic law firm Whistleblower Claims contracts sexual images Illinois will lawyer Rolling Meadows traffic law firm cell phone Arlington Heights personal injury attorney gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Crystal Lake car accident attorney life insurance claims irrevocable trust DNR Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers real estate closing Illinois civil litigation lawyer Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney independent contractor new real estate form Deer Park criminal attorney Illinois business law atorneys Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Deer Park traffic lawyer Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Policy Cancellation Fair Labor Standards Act uninsured motorist Schaumburg compensatory time speeding loopholes Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Rolling Meadows Attorney workplace sexual harassment traffic crimes pay when paid contract elder abuse owner responsibility Palatine injury attorney food poisoning Arlington Heights estate planning attorney car accident installment contracts personal injury lawyer Barrington workers compensation attorney trucking accidents traffic violations car crash Landlord Tenant Ordinance wrongful death condo association Palatine real estate lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm agent probate swimming pools drug crime sexual harassment premises liability digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents crossover accidents marijuana crimes attorney Illinois red light cameras Illinois home inspection Illinois construction accident attorney insurance negligence liability BUI consent to a search Illinois wills and trusts real estate leasing Des Plaines collections attorney Illinois real estate lawyer insurance claim dispute caretaker rights DUI attorney Barrington employment attorney Schaumburg corporate attorney Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney LLCs homestead rights criminal law Schaumburg probate attorney Illinois medical malpractice attorney federal crimes Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Illinois wrongful termination lawyer fiduciary rule delay estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers motorcycle accident lawyer Legal Info traffic violations defense Attorney Ken Apicella breach of contract Illinois employment law blended families Long Grove real estate attorney employment law, Illinois employment laws distracted driving accidents Chicago lawyer Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer life insurance Detainer Actions Kenilworth estate planning attorneys manufacturing license revocation criminal defense Barrington criminal lawyer spinal cord injury Illinois workplace discrimination attorney Crystal Lake traffic attorney Palatine corporate attorney South Barrington real estate attorney ken apicella dog bites employment attorney landlord tenant law DUI penalities truck collisions traumatic brain injuries construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation revenge porn Buffalo Grove corporate attorney Palatine probate lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Retaliatory Discharge IRA benefits Illinois attorney defective products lawyer pain and suffering pet law PTSD rollover accidents wills and trusts traumatic brain injury Des Plaines ACA reckless homicide life insurance policy Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Deer Park traffic accident attorney Schaumburg employment attorney cell phone tower data texting while driving Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney criminal record Chicago attorney Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers clemency Schaumburg car accident attorney School Visitation Rights Act rent to own real estate contracts real estate zoning Illinois bicycle safety field sobriety test Barrington injury attorney anesthesia errors Illinois personal injury lawyers deed transfer Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer medical marijuana Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer Arlington Heights traffic attorney insurance agent negligence pedestrian accidents no contest clauses foreclosure civil rights violation traffic laws blood alcohol content personal injury claim subcontractor suspended license Des Plaines DUI attorney personal injury claims Chicago estate planning lawyer medical research commercial leasing Crystal Lake employment attorney changes to mortgage law Inverness personal injury attorney car accident lawyers Chicago trucking accident attorney probate process wage theft probate lawyer minimum wage Barrington employment law firm Palatine drug lawyer vacation home fines job lawyers wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace Buffalo Grove traffic attorney Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney insurance dispute attorney Illinois law Fourth of July insurance disputes criminal Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Inverness corporate attorney Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Joliet general practice lawyers Illinois personal injury attorney hit and run accident pedestrian accident privacy laws Schaumburg personal injury lawyers personal injury law firm traffic tickets Inverness insurance attorney Des Plaines injury law firm Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers Palatine Attorney insurance adjusters Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Affordable Care Act real estate lawyer Barrington estate planning lawyer Schaumburg traffic lawyer Barrington civil litigation attorney medication errors hiring employees medical malpractice claims natural gas explosion Rolling Meadows real estate attorney trauma after an accident trustee Crystal Lake pet attorney personal injury attorney Barrington litigation attorney IRS texting and driving Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Illinois employment laws Des Plaines criminal attorney Illinois traffic laws construction contracts Home Remodeling Repair Act comparative negligence Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute Illinois workers compensation attorney IRA trust transfer Barrington personal injury lawyer condo digital evidence small business Illinois pet lawyer Illinois workplace lawyer Do Not Resuscitate living trust vs will workers comp car accidents Palatine law firm real estate contract Des Plaines pet law attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer first degree murder insurance claim dispute attorney sole proprietorship Transfer on Death Instrument dealing with problem employees Palatine civil attorney Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney privacy Buffalo Grove employment lawyer Des Plaines real estate attorney llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act Illinois employment attorneys bike accident Illinois insurance disputes liability claims auto accidents Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Des Plaines personal injury lawyers medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers Illinois tax attorney denied insurance claim CAM Schaumburg estate planning lawyer Chicago insurance claim attorneys employee discrimination license suspension rumble strips denial of life insurance Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer institutional trustee Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Barrington medical malpractice lawyers pregnant women Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Barrington personal injury attorney Barrington Traffic Lawyer capital gains tax digital assets Inverness accident lawyer Palatine traffic accidents fault based insurance real estate attorney Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney appealing an insurance claim Crystal Lake business law attorneys Illinois mortgages Mount Prospect real estate lawyer Arlington Heights accident attorney trusts Deer Park personal injury lawyer estate planning trusts Palatine workers compensation lawyer Illinois employment law firm Illinois murder charges commercial real estate probate claims process Crystal Lake law firm Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Schaumburg criminal attorney Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality Jay Andrew Schaumburg Attorney Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer

Archive