Month: October 2012

The causes of work-related deaths in Chicago and across the state

Residents of Chicago may be familiar with television shows like “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Code.” These shows are about firefighters and police officers. Their jobs seem dangerous. However, in reality, transportation and agriculture jobs pose even greater risks to workers. …

Increase in nursing home deaths linked to norovirus

Nursing homes across the U.S. are reporting a large number of occurrences of norovirus among residents. In a two-year study that investigated nursing homes in three different states it was reported that there was a 9 percent increase in the …

Illinois moves to prevent train accidents on new high-speed line

Illinois is working towards the creation of a high-speed passenger rail line that would run from Chicago to St. Louis. Begun in 2010, workers have installed higher-grade ties and rails on existing tracks and have made curves easier to negotiate …

SUV driver not drunk at time of fatal Illinois motorcycle crash

Cooler fall weather has arrived in the Chicago area, and many motorcyclists are preparing to put away their bikes until next spring. But the bracing autumn air invites some to ride their motorcycles one last time before the onset of …

Federal initiative focuses on preventing teen driver car crashes

When teenagers first get their license, it is a symbolic rite of passage that, for over half a century, has been associated with freedom, independence and youthful exuberance. While nearly all teens eagerly look forward to the day they can …

Trial begins against fatigued driver in fatal bus accident

Chicago residents have read about the number of bus accidents that have occurred in the city and throughout the state of Illinois in recent months. These crashes inevitably raise questions regarding the buses’ maintenance records and the drivers’ levels of …

Fatal boating accident in Illinois

Recreational activities like boating and kayaking are common hobbies for many people. However, without professional experience and assistance, these fun activities may result in serious injuries or death. That was unfortunately the case recently when a man died in a boating accident …

NHTSA: Bogus air bags can cause serious injuries in car accidents

Air bags are responsible for saving countless lives in serious car accidents in the Chicago area every year. They are part of a progressive wave of motor vehicle safety improvements that has also included stability control, anti-lock brakes, lane departure …