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All drivers learn in Driver’s Education classes that one of the most important rules of the road is to obey all traffic lights and stop signs. When a stoplight is red, the driver has to come to a complete stop. In addition, no matter what, a driver must stop at an intersection marked with a stop sign. Failure to yield at intersections and/or crosswalks is considered a traffic violation in Illinois. In addition to costly tickets, these infractions may also lead to a car accident with injuries and more serious charges.

What Are the Rules at Intersections?

Illinois enforces red light violations by automated cameras at some intersections. Police officers will also stop a car when it runs a red light and will issue a $120 ticket to the offending driver.

To avoid violations and reduce the possibility of collisions, it is important to follow these rules:

  • Drivers should slow down when a traffic light is yellow unless the driver is too close to the intersection.

  • Left-turn drivers must yield to all other traffic.

  • Right-turn drivers must yield to oncoming traffic.

  • Right-turn drivers must stop and wait for an opening before turning on a red light.

  • Left-turn drivers should only make their turn on a green or yellow light when no cars are approaching from the other direction. Some intersections utilize a left-turn arrow to alert drivers when it is safe to turn.

  • Drivers approaching a crosswalk not marked with a stop sign do not need to stop unless pedestrians are present. Pedestrians always have the right of way at these crosswalks.

  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians who are legally crossing an intersection according to a signal.

Any of these infractions will lead to traffic violation charges, including 20 demerit points against the offender’s driver’s license.

Other Consequences of Failing to Yield

Every time a driver fails to obey the rules of intersections, he or she puts someone else in danger of injury. This is why drivers could face reckless driving charges, depending on the nature of the offense. In Illinois, reckless driving is punished as a Class A misdemeanor; penalties for this conviction include up to one year in prison and/or $2,500 in fines.

If a driver causes injury to another person because he or she did not yield to traffic signs, he or she can be held responsible for compensating the victim for medical bills and/or car repairs.

If a driver kills a victim after running a red light or not stopping at a stop sign, he or she can be charged with reckless homicide. In Illinois, this charge is a Class 3 felony, punishable with a prison term of two to five years.

Contact a Joliet, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are fighting charges for running a traffic signal or stop sign or any other traffic violation, it is critical that you seek professional legal counsel. An accomplished lawyer from the Law Offices of Tedone & Morton, P.C. will help you clear your record and keep your driving privileges intact. Our lawyers have experience successfully defending clients with a variety of traffic charges. To schedule a free consultation with our diligent Will County traffic violations lawyers, call our office today at 815-666-1285.




Will County truck accident injury lawyerWith more than two million commercial trucks in the United States and the intense physical and mental demands of the truck driving profession, trucking accidents are a common occurrence on our roadways. Because semi-trucks weigh 20 times more than an average car, when the two collide, the results are often devastating for occupants of the latter.

Approximately 4,000 Americans are killed each year in commercial vehicle accidents, and 100,000 more are seriously injured. Many of these accidents are attributable to truck driver or trucking company negligence. If you were injured in a truck crash, an experienced personal injury attorney can help prove who was to blame and get you the compensation needed for your recovery.

Truck Driver Negligence

As with car accidents, most truck accidents occur due to driver error or inattention. Speeding is a common cause, with more than 1,000 lives lost each year in wrecks involving a trucker going too fast for conditions. Despite a federal limit of 11 consecutive hours behind the wheel, driver fatigue remains a factor, as some drivers skirt the rules at the encouragement of their employers to maximize profit. Prescription drug abuse is another frequent contributor, as many truck drivers have succumbed to the ongoing opioid epidemic. Also, distracted driving has played an increasing role in trucking accidents.

Trucking Company Negligence

Insufficient truck maintenance is to blame for many truck collisions. Faulty brakes are the leading maintenance problem, as an increase to a truck's already sizable stopping distance can prove catastrophic. Malfunctioning headlights, turn signals, and marker lights also cause accidents, as do improperly inflated tires. Another primary hazard is incorrectly secured cargo, which can shift during transport and cause a tractor-trailer to roll over.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You

A skilled truck accident attorney can conduct a complete investigation to determine who was at fault. This includes a full analysis of reports from the scene, but also on-board data and truck driver logs to see if a malfunction or drowsy driving were to blame. Your lawyer can pursue financial compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact a Joliet, IL Truck Accident Lawyer

At Tedone & Morton, P.C., we fight for clients whose lives have been severely affected by the negligent actions of others. If you need a trusted Will County personal injury lawyer who will hold a trucking company and driver accountable and help you receive the compensation you deserve, call us at 815-666-1285 for a free consultation.


Joliet wrongful death lawyer opioidsNearly everyone has been personally affected in some way by the opioid problem that is going on in the U.S. Illinois is not exempt from the crisis, and according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, thousands of Illinois residents have died of opioid overdoses in the past decade. Although heroin is one common opioid, many people become addicted to legal prescription opioids, such as OxyContin and Vicodin. If you have lost a loved one to an overdose or a drug-related accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the responsible parties through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Who Can Be Held Responsible in a Drug-Related Death?

In some cases, surviving relatives may be able to file a claim against the person who provided their loved one with the drugs that killed him or her or led to his or her drug-related accidental death. A drug dealer on the street may come to mind, but the fact is, sometimes the one who provided the drugs may be a doctor. There have been quite a few high-profile cases in which families have chosen to sue a doctor, hospital, or pharmacy through which their relative was able to obtain the drugs that caused their death.

How Can Wrongful Death Be Proven?

In order to make a wrongful death claim, it must be proven that your loved one's death was caused by the actions of another party, whether their actions were intentional or not. In the case of an overdose, for example, there may be reason to believe that a doctor was at fault for the amount prescribed or a combination of drugs prescribed. In other cases, hospital staff may not have provided the proper care in a timely manner. There could be any number of scenarios in which a person's death could have been prevented had different actions been taken, and these are the cases in which families may be entitled to compensation.

How Much Is a Wrongful Death Case Worth?

Obviously, there are different dollar amounts put on different cases. By law, the financial compensation is meant to cover how much money the deceased person would have potentially made had he or she lived to a “normal” life expectancy, along with extra damages for emotional anguish caused to the family by the loss of their loved one.

Contact a Will County Personal Injury to Determine if You Have a Case

Tedone & Morton, P.C., has extensive experience handling wrongful death cases, and we are dedicated to helping those who have been harmed by someone's negligence receive the compensation that addresses the damages they have suffered. If you feel your family member has suffered a wrongful death due to the actions of another party, you should consult a knowledgeable Joliet wrongful death attorney who can help you sort through the facts surrounding your case. Call our office at 815-666-1285 to set up a free consultation.


Grundy County car accident lawyersFor many people, the holidays mean traveling to visit close friends or extended family. Consequently, this is the time of year when roads are often the worst. Keep yourself and your family safe this holiday season using the following five tips for  driving on icy, congested roads. Also learn where to turn for help if an auto accident does occur.

1. Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Weather 

Driving on roads that are slick or icy is very different from driving on the dry pavement. Your tires, which usually grip the road, need good traction, possibly even chains, to ensure that your vehicle does not slide around on the ice, slush, water, or snow. Cold weather can also kill a vehicle's battery, so make sure yours is checked before heading out this holiday season. Check fluids, install new windshield wipers (if necessary), and ensure your gas tank stays half full whenever it must be parked on your trip (i.e. staying the night in a hotel).

2. Plan Your Route and Departure Ahead of Time

As the holidays draw nearer, you may want to start paying attention to the weather to plan both your route and departure. Ideally, you would make your departure at a time that allows you to completely bypass any severe weather, but if avoiding snow and other poor weather conditions is impossible, plan your route carefully. Try to avoid areas that may be hit with the worst of the storm, and maybe even be willing to drive a little out of your way if it can keep you and your family safe.

3. Drive Safe and Slow in Poor Weather Conditions 

While it is always important to drive safely, poor weather conditions increase the need for care and diligence on the road. Increase your following distance to accommodate for slower stop times, give yourself extra time to stop or turn (but avoid doing both whenever possible), and avoid making any sudden, jerky movements while driving. If the conditions are slick or wet, slow down a little as well, as faster traveling can increase your chances of hydroplaning or sliding out of control on ice or slush.

4. Pull Over if Driving Becomes Dangerous 

If you find yourself driving in conditions that are worse than expected, play it safe and simply pull over, out of the danger zone. While, yes, it may be inconvenient to delay your arrival time, it is far better to avoid an accident whenever possible.

5. Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car

No matter how much you plan and prepare, the risk of an accident or needing to stop are still higher in the ice and snow. Be prepared by keeping an emergency kit in your car. Include things like food and water if you will be traveling a long distance, and keep extra clothes and blankets in your vehicle, in case you are stuck and cannot start your car. Your emergency kit should also include everything you need in the event of an injury (i.e. first aid kit, a cell phone with good service, etc.), as well as supplies that you may need if you get stranded, have a minor slide, or pull off the road and get buried. Examples might include cat litter, a shovel, and bright clothing to tie to your car so that you can be seen.

If a Crash Occurs, Contact Our Joliet Auto Accident Injury Lawyers for Help

Accidents during the holidays increase, not just because of road conditions, but also because there are often more drivers on the road. Know how to handle a crash - not just in the moment, but in the weeks and months that follow. Contact our Joliet car crash attorneys and increase your chances of a full and favorable settlement in your personal injury case. Call 815-666-1285 today.


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trialIf you have been hurt because of someone else's negligent actions, you may be asking yourself whether your personal injury case will go to court. The truth is that personal injury cases rarely go to court. In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice found that only 4 percent of all personal injury lawsuits make it to trial.

Cons of Taking a Personal Injury Case to Trial

Although you do have the right to a jury trial under the Seventh Amendment, taking your personal injury case to court is not always a wise choice. Let's take a closer look at some of the cons of doing so:


It can be expensive to take your case to trial. The filing and administrative fees that you will need to pay may be thousands of dollars. In the event you require expert witnesses, the cost of your case will increase in price.


Personal injury cases are time-consuming. Your case will be prolonged if it goes to trial. Therefore, if you hope to recover compensation in a timely fashion so that you can move on with your life, you may want to avoid court.


You should understand that taking your case to trial is risky. While you may be able to collect more than the original compensation offer, you may also be awarded less. The jurors may not believe your account of the accident or question the severity of your injuries and how your case may impact your future. It is clear that settling your case without the court can save you time and money while allowing you to have greater control of the outcome.

Situations Where Trial Is Necessary

There are a few situations where it may be a good idea to take your case to court. If your lawyer cannot recover the maximum compensation you may deserve, taking your case to trial may ensure your rights are protected. A trial may also make sense if the other party is attempting to hide evidence.

Your lawyer can help you understand whether your particular case requires trial or can be settled outside the courtroom. If you are pleased with the offer of the negligent party, a trial is likely unnecessary.

Contact Our Joliet Personal Injury Lawyers

If you are unsure whether a trial is necessary in your personal injury case, reach out to our highly skilled Joliet personal injury lawyers. Call us at 815-666-1285 for a free, no-obligation case consultation.


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