The Village of Oak Park, Illinois is located just west of Chicago, with convenient access to downtown Chicago on the CTA Green and Blue lines, as well as the Metra West Line. Due its close proximity to Chicago and its exceptional education opportunities such as Oak Park High School, not to mention the numerous fine dining options in Oak Park restaurants, all make Oak Park a prime suburban commuter community.
Oak Park Public Library offers three locations: The Main Branch located at 834 Main Street; the Maze Branch located at 845 Gunderson Avenue; and the Dole Branch located at 255 August Street. All of the Oak Park Public Library locations strive to “enhance the quality of life in [Oak Park’s] diverse community by providing the resources and services for lifelong learning and enjoyment, the space and opportunities to gather and connect, and by fostering a love of reading.”
Oak Park and River Forest High School prides itself on its diverse school community, as well as its academic achievements athletic accomplishments. Founded in 1873, Oak Park High School has a student population of 3,176. Alumni of Oak Park High School include Ernest Hemingway and three other Pulitzer Prize winners; Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson); McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc; Danielle Tyler (U.S. Olympic Gold medalist on first women’s softball team in Olympic history to be included as an Olympic event); 1991 Miss America Marjorie Judith Vincent; Charles Carey (Chairman, Chicago Board of Trade); and John Register (silver medalist/long-jump record holder, Paralympic Games).
With its close proximity to Chicago, and the numerous major thoroughfares that run through the Village of Oak Park, Illinois, the town is a major hub of transportation. Given the massive amount of traffic in and around Oak Park, motor vehicle accidents are bound to occur. Motor vehicle accidents can happen for a number of reasons – distracted driving, hazardous road conditions, poor weather conditions, hit and run accidents, speeding, just to name a few.
Distracted driving is a common cause of car accidents. Illinois law also prohibits sending or reading text messages and emails while driving anywhere within the state. Even when drivers use a hands-free cell phone while driving and both hands are on the wheel, talking on a cell phone alone distracts a driver and can lead to accidents caused by inattentive driving. According to the NHTSA, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers that use cell phones are four times more likely to get into auto accidents that result in injuries.
Ankin Law Offices, LLC is a full service personal injury law firm. Not only do we represent clients in motor vehicle accidents, but we also represent clients with respect to workers’ compensation claims, wrongful death lawsuits, medical malpractice, product liability claims, slip and fall accidents, and class actions.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a personal injury accident, contact our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Oak Park personal injury attorneys.