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The state of Illinois – The Prairie State, the Land of Lincoln, and the heart of America

Illinois is the 5th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois River. For decades, O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.

To accommodate residents and visitors alike, the major Illinois roadways are in heavy usage:

Illinois is at the heart of the country’s interstate highway system. This vast system consists of coast-to-coast interstates I-80 and I-90, along with I-70 that extends from the east coast to Utah. These major corridors are joined by multiple north – south corridors including I-39, I-55, and I-57 and additional east – west corridors such as I-24, I-64, and I-74.

In all, there are 2,185 interstate miles that serve the state, making Illinois the third ranking state in the U.S. There are a total of 15,969 miles of state highways and 7,847 bridges making the interstate route accessible across the entire state. More than 7,200 trucking establishments within Illinois take advantage of this extensive network of highways. Illinois is also home to seven of the 150 nationally designated scenic byways.

 The Illinois Department of Transportation provides a high-quality site with road conditions, maps, videos, and traffic cameras.

The climate of Illinois is unique, with drier winters than nearby states

Because of its nearly 400 miles length and mid-continental placement, Illinois has a widely varying climate. Most of Illinois has a humid continental climate with hot, humid summers and cool to cold winters. The southernmost part of the state, from about Carbondale southward, and the eastern suburbs of St. Louis, border on a humid subtropical climate with more moderate winters. Average yearly precipitation for Illinois varies from just 48 inches at the southern tip to 35 inches in the northern portion of the state. Normal annual snowfall exceeds 38 inches in Chicago, while the southern portion of the state normally receives less than 14 inches. The highest temperature recorded in Illinois was 117 °F recorded on July 14, 1954, at East St. Louis, while the lowest temperature was -37 °F, recorded on January 15, 2009, at Rochelle.

Illinois averages around 50 days of thunderstorm activity a year which put it somewhat above average for number of thunderstorm days for the United States. Illinois is vulnerable to tornadoes with an average of 35 occurring annually, which puts much of the state at around 5 tornadoes per 10,000 square miles annually. 

In Accident Data Center, our data about accidents in the Illinois region is divided into the following regions:

Champaign and Springfield-Decatur, Illinois accidents;

Chicago, Illinois accidents;

Davenport, Iowa, Rock Island and Moline, Illinois accidents;

Peoria and Bloomington, Illinois accidents;

Quincy, Illinois, Hannibal, Missouri, and Keokuk, Iowa accidents;

Rockford, Illinois accidents.

Legal information for accident victims in Illinois

After someone has been injured or killed in a motor-vehicle crash in Illinois, many decisions need to be made immediately and questions need to be answered. For example, how much of the medical costs will be covered by the insurance policy? How can an injured person get help with medical bills immediately? What if the at-fault driver has no insurance?

Where to find legal assistance after an Illinois injury accident

After a serious crash, it is crucial to get help from an Illinois personal injury attorney who understands the legal standards and practices, who knows how insurance policies function, and who can handle all aspects of an insurance claim so the injured person can focus on recovery. If someone is killed due to the negligence of someone else, an Illinois wrongful death lawyer can launch a claim that will begin the process of financial recovery for the family members left behind. Learn more here about what an Illinois accident attorney can do to help.

What is Rental Reimbursement Coverage, and why do you need it?

When you're in a car accident that seriously damages your vehicle, your vehicle may be towed to a body shop and out of commission for significant time, and you are stuck wondering how you are going to get around during its repair.

What does rental reimbursement cover?

Rental reimbursement coverage will help you pay for a rental car—but only if you need the rental car because of a covered loss. For example, if your car is damaged in an accident that's covered by your insurance policy, your rental reimbursement coverage will typically help pay for the rental car.

What is PIP coverage/medical payment coverage?

An automobile accident can damage far more than your car. Medical bills, lost income, and other expenses add up quickly and cause significant financial hardship. Personal injury protection, also known as PIP insurance, helps reimburse you for such costs, and can help protect your friends and family after a covered accident.

What is Comprehensive Insurance Coverage?

Comprehensive coverage is a catch-all for incidents that aren’t considered “accidents” like hail, flooding, or vandalism damage. Comprehensive coverage may help protect your car against damages that are not related to a collision, including:

What Is collision insurance coverage, and why do you need it?

If your car is damaged or destroyed in an accident, collision insurance coverage will typically pay to fix or replace it. Types of covered accidents include hitting another car or hitting a stationary object, like a bridge or a tree. Collision insurance can also help if someone or something else hits your car while it's parked.

What is Under-Insured/Uninsured Motorist Coverage, and why do you need it?

Uninsured Motorist insurance (UM) is coverage that protects you if you're involved in a collision with a driver who does not have liability insurance, or does not have enough liability insurance to pay for your damages.

Underinsured Motorist insurance (UIM) pays for injuries, such as medical expenses, that result from an accident caused by a driver who has too little insurance to cover all of the injuries.

Covered UM and UIM expenses for you and your passengers include:

What is bodily injury liability insurance coverage, and why do you need it?

Liability car insurance covers damages to another person resulting from an accident you cause. One of the most basic types of auto insurance coverage, liability is also one of the few coverage options that's required in every state—though minimum limits of coverage vary, depending on where you live.

What is liability insurance coverage, and why do you need it?

Liability car insurance covers damages to another person resulting from an accident you cause. One of the most basic types of auto insurance coverage, liability is also one of the few coverage options that's required in every state—though minimum limits of coverage vary, depending on where you live.

Traditional insurance policies are wrong for low-mileage drivers

There’s a lot to take into consideration when choosing car insurance. It’s important to ensure you are getting the right insurance coverage for your car and your lifestyle, at a good price. But if you are a low-mileage or urban driver, traditional insurance policies are not for you.

Urban drivers are smart drivers – and deserve to own a vehicle under their own terms

There has been a huge rise in the number of urban drivers – those who typically use mass transit, carpool, telecommute, or otherwise get around town in ways other than a personal vehicle. But these drivers still need their cars on occasion, and until now, were forced to buy the same auto insurance policies that higher-mileage drivers purchase.

Legal and Other Resources and Information

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association is a statewide organization whose members specialize in representing injured consumers and workers. Founded in 1952, the organization has more than 2,000 members.

College of Law-University of Illinois

Since 1897, the University of Illinois College of Law has offered students a rigorous, broad-ranging, and innovative legal education on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the world's great research universities.  With a nationally renowned faculty, a rich and diverse curriculum, myriad opportunities for professional training, and the expansive resources of a world-class, comprehensive research university, Illinois Law features a first-rate academic program designed to prepare students to excel in their future professional careers.

Northwestern Law

Northwestern Law empowers students to meet the challenges of the complex, competitive, and ever-changing legal and business worlds.  We invite you to take a closer look at a law school that respects both its traditions and the constant need for change, that produces world-class scholarship in a collegial environment, and that offers a supportive learning community at the center of one of the world's leading cities.

University of Chicago Law School

The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. Learning is participatory. Chicago does not seek to impose a single viewpoint or style of thought on its students. Instead, our faculty exposes students to contrasting views, confident in students' abilities to choose their own paths.

Illinois State Bar Association

Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the state. As a voluntary organization of more than 30,000 members, the Association's primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and to promote improvements in the administration of justice.

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