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New Traffic Safety Study Shows Danger-Even for Champaign-Urbana Drivers



On February 15, 2017, the NSC released a report on a  safety poll conducted in late January and early February.  Such data is frequently collected by the group which is part of the Department of Transportation, and the analysis applicable to this study is relevant to drivers in Central Illinois from Bloomington to Danville and Beyond.

The 2,001 survey respondents were asked a series of questions about  automobile accidents and safety. To participate, they had to have unrestricted licenses, live in the United States and drive at least 15 minutes per day.  Due to this relative low inclusion threshold, almost all Americans were part of the sample group.

Problem Drivers a Major Concern

Drunk, distracted, drugged and aggressive drivers were the four biggest areas of concern among respondents.  Certainly any trip up or down Interstate 57 from Chicago to Memphis will prove that these fears are legitimate. At least 65 percent of the participants cited these types of problem driving as a “major concern.”

No we all know the vague language used in these types of surveys, but the result are convincing.

Respondents strongly or somewhat supported a number of new safety measures, although there was lesser support (58 percent) for lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit to .05. However, there was wide support for prohibiting handheld cell phone use, requiring ignition interlocks for convicted drunk drivers and more education about impaired driving. 

Many in Accidents With Injuries in Champaign-Urbana and Beyond

Eighteen percent of all respondents said they had been in a crash in the past three years. Almost half of these crashes caused injury or death or both. Ten percent admitted to driving while under the influence of alcohol, and 43 percent of those said they had been involved in a crash.

National Safety Council estimates that more than 40,000 people died in crashes in 2016 may energize some safety proposals. The number of traffic deaths is now at its highest level  in nine years.  While some of this increase may also be due to an increased number of drivers dues to lower gas prices, the results are staggering.

When a motorist’s negligent conduct causes injury, it is possible to seek compensation for a variety of losses, including but not necessarily limited to: medical expenses, pain, suffering, lost wages and permanent loss of function.  This is where experience of an attorney is vital, and where Koester & Bradley excels. The Survivors of those killed may seek monetary damages for pain, suffering, burial expenses and loss of companionship and often these recoveries can be substantial.

If you or a family member is a victim in a crash, we make it possible for you to speak with an attorney free of charge and without obligation. We fight hard to get our clients all the compensation they are entitled to under the law. To learn more, please  contact us

Some More Crazy Legal News



Early morning tweets from the Commander in Chief are not the only interesting news coming out of our Nation's Capital these days.  There is a healthy supply of entertaining legal news as well.

Legal news
 can be amusing, and this time it involves a very young child and a citation for littering. Details are emerging as to how a two-year-old girl from Washington D.C. received a $75 ticket.

Envelope in Alley

According to a report by  CBS 12 News, it was the discovery of an envelope with the child's name on it led to the fine. It was allegedly found on the ground in an alley near West Virginia Avenue, in the northeastern section of Washington D.C.

The child's parents related to reporters how they have always taught their daughter not to litter, so they viewed the ticket as quite ironic. In fact, when the citation arrived in the mail, their two-year-old reportedly said, "Littering, that's not good."

Inspector Firm on Fine

After the family received the citation, the girl's mother contacted the Department of Public Works (DPW) inspector who wrote up the report that led to the issuance of the citation. At first, the inspector insisted  the ticket would not be rescinded because the girl's name was on it. However, the public official eventually suggested that the ticket could be dismissed if the family provided proof of the child's age.

Official Visits “Scene of the Crime”

Eventually, a DPW official went to the neighborhood to look into the incident for himself. After the visit, he said the family would not have to pay the fine.

The little girl’s parents concluded that the envelope merely fell out of the trash when it was being taken to the dumpster in the alley.

Koester and Bradley, LLP, focuses on personal injury, car accident, product liability and medical malpractice cases. To learn more about our legal services, please  contact us.  Just remember, if you are going to litter, make sure your name is not on the material (or better yet, don't litter at all).  Now that is something we can all Tweet about.

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Ryan R Bradley is a personal injury and litigation lawyer based in Champaign County Illinois focused on representing injured clients and businesses navigate the maze of litigation to financial recovery.  

Tom Koester is a personal injury attorney based in Champaign County in Central Illinois focused on representing the injured and victims of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injuries.