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Month: November 2012

Rate of fatal car accidents could soon be cut in half: Part I

Earlier this month, we discussed the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) “most wanted” list for the 2013 legislative year. In essence, this list highlights the most pressing safety issues affecting American transportation. The NTSB does not have the power to …

Illinois man dies in work-related accident while working on barge

Often, work-related deaths occur on construction sites due to the heavy equipment and dangerous conditions on those sites. However, work-related deaths are not limited to construction accidents only. They may also occur in offices, warehouses and other types of workplaces. …

Criminal justice falls short after devastating pedestrian accident

Pedestrians and drivers get critically injured in car accidents each and every day. Some of these accidents are unavoidable, but most could have been prevented. Unfortunately, unless the at-fault driver was drunk or obviously impaired in some way, there is …

Nursing home neglect may happen in Chicago

Nursing homes are facilities built for elders and patients who need special supervision and long-term medical care. Nursing homes should provide an environment suitable for the patients’ conditions. Nursing home residents may have suffered from physical or mental disorders like …

Accident fatality prevention: NTSB’s annual most wanted – Part II

In our previous post, we began a discussion about the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) annual most-wanted list regarding transportation safety reform and fatal accident prevention. From repairing dangerous roads and highways to enacting safety restrictions on the driving habits …

Accident fatality prevention: NTSB’s annual most wanted – Part I

Unless an Act of God or freak malfunction occurs, most fatal accidents are preventable. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of Americans suffer the worst fate imaginable as a result of fatal truck accidents, fatal car accidents and other preventable injurious transportation accidents …

Hospital errors: an Illinois personal injury case?

People want to trust their doctors and medical staff. However, mistakes happen sometimes. The consequences of these errors may endanger a person’s life. A brutal attack that happened three years ago may be considered to be an Illinois personal injury case. In …

Bus accident in Calumet Park sends 16 passengers to hospital

Commuters around Chicago use buses for the convenience, the cost savings and the environmental benefits. Companies that operate buses, including the Chicago Transit Authority, owe passengers a special duty to ensure their safety. The applicable legal standard of care requires …

Energy drinks may pose risk to Illinois consumers

An energy drink is a beverage that contains a large amount of caffeine. This type of beverage is very popular in many U.S. cities, including Chicago. Monster Energy Drink is one of the most trendy energy drinks available. According to …

Derailed train injures passengers, narrowly avoids coal cars

Chicago residents have many choices when it comes to rail transportation. Amtrak, Metra and the venerable ‘L’ provide countless options for business and pleasure travel. But rail tracks require frequent inspection and maintenance; failure to examine tracks in a satisfactory …