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Updated October 2022
Halloween Safety Tips 2022
Quick Points for Lazy Readers:

  • Avoid Full-Face Masks
  • Understand that Long Costumes are More Dangerous
  • Nocturnal Animals Do Not Know it is Halloween
  • Be sure to Watch Your Footing 
  • Avoid Shortcuts Through the Woods–That Hardly ever turns out well for anybody.

Halloween is a great opportunity to celebrate with friends and family, but there are many things you should keep in mind this year to keep you and your kids safe. In addition to avoiding tripping hazards, you should
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With the warmer weather comes the increased number of people on the road and more pedestrians. Springtime also brings more traffic and serious injuries. Springtime car accidents can occur for a number of reasons. Below are some of the most common causes of springtime car accidents. If you are involved in an accident this springtime, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer right away.  As you accident and injury attorneys should be both experienced and local.
From our analysis of decades worth of car crash data in the
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The time of day, speed, and alcohol and drug use factor significantly in to Thanksgiving and Holiday Car Accidents

About this time every year Americans are inundated with news stories and articles about holiday travel and the dangers associated with a sharp increase in travelers during November and December. However, there is usually very little data to substantiate the recommendations because it is all based on common sense.
Fortunately, the United States Department of Transportation and in particular the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration compiles a great deal of data about holiday travel and safety concerns. Our editorial team at
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had dramatic effects American motorists. Beginning early on in April and May 2020, the sharp decrease in drivers across the country, as well as in Illinois, drove the normally stingy car insurance industry to return some of its premium payments back to customers or to give discounts for future premium payments. This occurred because fewer drivers on the road resulted in fewer automobile accidents. Rather than taking advantage of the clear road conditions for safe travel, some Illinois drivers, as well as drivers throughout the United States, have used lesser occupied highways to livestream or
Continue Reading Caught in the Act of Stupid–Livestream Speeding Videos Putting Lives at Risk


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.
Continue Reading What are the Most Common Injuries After a Car Accident In Illinois?

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
Continue Reading Train and Automobile Collisions in Illinois: A Deadly Combination

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Continue Reading Semi Trucks Are Annoying–Don’t Let Them Hurt You Too

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,
Continue Reading Does FDA Clearance Mean a Medical Device is Safe? No!

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.
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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
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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
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