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Legal Articles | October 1, 2010

The cost of a speeding ticket in Illinois recently rose by 60 percent. While state officials acknowledge that higher fines raise revenues for state government, they hope the stiffer penalties encourage drivers to slow down and be safer.

CBS News reports that in September, penalties went up for convictions on a number of traffic offenses in Illinois, including the following:

Legal Articles | September 15, 2010

The Chicago area is experiencing increased enforcement efforts this month as Illinois police take aim at unsafe driving behaviors. A number of police departments are unified in their efforts to enforce a variety of violations, including speeding, DUI, tailgating, lane violations, failing to wear seatbelts, and texting while driving.

The September campaign will focus on the Reagan Memorial Tollway and the Interstate 355 corridor. Also in focus is the Tri-State Tollway, which contains portions of Interstate 80 (I-80), I-294 and I-94. These areas were chosen because the campaign’s goal is to reduce accidents at interchanges and off ramps. The police are also looking for drivers who fail to slow down or change lanes when approaching a police, emergency or construction vehicle on the shoulder.

Legal Articles | August 4, 2010

While all drivers in Illinois are required to purchase automobile insurance, many are unfamiliar with what their policies cover or how the claims process works. Because insurance terms are often confusing and highly technical, understanding your coverage may require more than simply reading your policy declarations page.

This article explains some basic car-insurance terminology and the most common types of coverage that are available to drivers. It also addresses some of the problems that can arise during the claims process.

Legal Articles | July 30, 2010

Most people understand the dangers of drunk driving: when you get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, the consequences can be catastrophic. Increasingly, people are realizing that the same applies to prescription drugs: the warnings to steer clear of operating heavy machinery include motor vehicles.

Unfortunately, according to a recent study conducted by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, many seniors remain unaware of the potential risks of driving under the influence of prescription medications.

Legal Articles | March 19, 2010

New Law Derails CTA Notice Requirement

On June 1, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 84 into law, repealing the six-month notice requirement for victims of accidents involving the Chicago Transit Authority. Though the legislation received little attention in the press, it brings about a significant change for people injured due to negligent behavior by CTA employees.

Legal Articles | March 19, 2010

GM’s Bankruptcy Provides Some Protection for Injured But Falls Short

On July 10, the new, largely government-owned GM emerged from bankruptcy, shedding billions of dollars in debt as well as 20,000 US jobs, 2400 dealerships, 14 plants and three brand names.

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