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  Car accidents happen.  It is just a fact of life.  In fact according to the New York Times, American have a 1 in 103 chance of suffering a death from a cart accident.  Still, car crashes and accidents usually do not result in death. When you’re injured in a vehicle accident in Central Illinois or in Champaign-Urbana, and your injuries are severe, you should work with a seasoned injury attorney to build an insurance claim for healing and the money you may have lost from missed work or medical bills and expenses.…
Champaign Urbana, and Central Illinois in general is heavily populated by train tracks.  While almost every Central Illinois resident is aware of these tracks, it is hard to fully-conceptualize the danger. –Ryan Bradley, Partner, Koester & Bradley LLP How Common are Railroad Accidents in Illinois? It may be surprising to learn that accidents involving railroad track and crossings and automobiles and pedestrians are very frequent in Central Illinois.  In fact Champaign Urbana has had a large number of injuries given the large amount of pedestrian traffic with the University of Illinois and large population base for downstate Illinois.  The most…
Slip and Fall or Premises Liability cases may seem simple and less problematic than other personal injury cases, yet the damages of a fall can be severe and insurance companies are unlikely to settle in good faith. –Tom Koester, Partner, Koester & Bradley LLP Follow These Steps to Maximize Your Recovery for Slip and Fall Cases in Illinois Slip and fall cases, otherwise known ad premises liability cases, are a  type of accident can happen to anyone and at the most unexpected times.  While it is possible for a severe fall to happen without the presence of negligence, in most…
    Everyone who has had the pleasure of navigating the highways they pass through Central Illinois in Champaign County has no doubt been on the lookout for the Illinois State Troopers. Each day these law enforcement professionals put their lives on the line to make sure that travelers on Illinois highways are safe and secure. Illinois state troopers do far more than enforce traffic laws such as speeding and proper lane usage, they also assist individuals with automobile problems and difficulties ranging from flat tires to rescues and on-scene investigations.  In fact, Illinois state troopers are often tasked with…
At Koester & Bradley, a large percentage of our personal injury arise form auto accidents.  We see many common themes such as distracted driving, speeding, and even projectiles from children in rear seats.  Learning abut the causes of Illinois car accidents is a great way to minimize the chances of accidents for cautious drivers. –Tom Koester, Partner, Koester & Bradley LLP   Koester & Bradley Discusses How and When Auto Accident Happen Auto mishaps are the leading cause of death among individuals aged 1 to 34 years old nationally.  The same general pattern holds true for Illinois as a state…
Tires are expensive for a reason.  Tires represent the most important connection that your car make–to the road.  Proper tire maintenance can save lives, while poor tires can cause serious injury. –Ryan Bradley, Partner, Koester & Bradley LLP   Koester & Bradley Tells You All You Need to Know About Burning Rubber At Koester & Bradley our auto accident lawsuit team as well as our trucking accident litigators constantly see the carnage that can result from poor tire maintenance and worn out tires.  It is understandable that Illinois drivers are reluctant to think about tires.  A good set of tires can…
The number of semi truck and tractor trailer accidents throughout Illinois are on the rise.  Drivers are constantly tired, and spurred on by trucking companies unconcerned with safety.  Still, there are ways to stay safe on the road. –Ryan Bradley   How to share the road with Trucks With 10 gears, 500 horsepower, hauling 80,000 pounds and an average cruising speed of 65-70 miles per hour, today’s commercial vehicles were built with the long-haul in mind. But if you’ve ever gotten stuck behind an 18-wheeler in the city, you are all too aware of how slow and clumsy these big…
The process by which the FDA approves of drugs and medical devices has recently come under fire.  At Koester & Bradley, we have seen these problems first-hand. –Ryan Bradley, Partner, Koester & Bradley LLP   If a medical device or a drug is “cleared” by the FDA, is the device or drug safe?  Surprisingly, the answer is No. With the premiere of the Netflix Documentary, “The Bleeding Edge,” Illinois residents and those across the United States are finally becoming aware of a startling fact that Illinois defective product attorneys at Koester & Bradley have been monitoring for over a decade.  Namely,…
Winter time in Illinois is certainly the high point for slip and fall and premises liability cases.  Follow these tips to keep yourself safe.   It’s early march in Illinois and we know one thing for sure–winter is not over yet.  As Central Illinois and the Chicago Illinois area alike experience nearly 100 degree temperature fluxuations, ice and bitter cold are here for at least a few months.  Residential home and business owners should take care to prevent weather-related accidents and injuries. Accidents happen, but often weather-related accidents can be avoided by careful observation of your property and surrounding area. What…
One take away from the recent financial crisis is that BOTH borrowers and lenders are capable of fraud–which can put us all at risk.   Mortgage fraud in Illinois and across the country covers a wide range of crimes, all pertaining to funding for a home. While an individual may falsify information to get a mortgage that they otherwise might not be able to afford, professionals also can be guilty of mortgage fraud. Real estate professionals can flip houses and work with appraisers to increase their own profits. Mortgage professionals can give loans out, knowing that the people shouldn’t be…
According to the New York Times, snowball fights are now officially legal again in Severance, CO.    Snowball fights have been a childhood pastime for as long as winter and children have existed. Apparently the exception, at least for the past century, has been the town of Severance in Colorado. Its law against throwing snowballs was incorporated in the town charter sometime in the 1920s for reasons that are unknown to history, according to the New York Times. The law has never been enforced, and no one knew what the penalty was for tossing a snowball at someone. However, whether…