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December 2012 Archives

New system could reduce medical negligence across the country

In Chicago, Illinois, residents have heard news before of patients who were wronged by doctors. Failure to diagnose a disease could lead to inappropriate treatment, which could cause serious injuries and fatalities to patients. Chicago medical malpractice often leads to the endangerment of patients' lives. For example, there are cases when patients suffer from surgical errors like having an operation on the wrong organ or some surgical tools left inside their body.

Focusing on entry-level drivers and truck accident rates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is required by law to establish a baseline set of mandatory requirements for entry-level driver training (ELDT) by mid-October of 2013. These critical truck regulations will aim to establish a greater emphasis on safety and accountability among the newest commercial vehicle drivers on the road.

Illinois boating accident resulted to one young boy's fatality

Spring, summer and fall are times when many people enjoy various forms of outdoor fun. One recreational activity last summer, however, ended in tragedy on a lake north of Chicago when a 10-year-old boy was struck and killed by a speeding powerboat.

Teen charged with reckless homicide, could have been racing

What can be done to make teen drivers realize that they are not invincible when they are behind the wheel? Far too often teenagers are more eager to show off to their friends than follow the rules of the road and do everything possible to get home safely. This could have been the case with an accident that happened a few months ago, which left a 16-year-old passenger dead and the 17-year-old driver facing charges of reckless homicide, reckless driving and aggravated reckless driving.

Traffic fatalities linked to outdated crash test dummies: Part II

In our last post, we began a discussion about crash test dummies. In many senses, these dummies are invaluable because they help researchers to determine both the potential human consequences of being involved in an accident and the crash worthiness of vehicles in various impact scenarios. However, outdated crash test dummies may be causing more harm than good.

Traffic fatalities linked to outdated crash test dummies: Part I

Crash test dummies are iconic. These representative figures have inspired at least one band name, countless pop culture references and a few are even housed in the Smithsonian. It's sometimes easy to forget that these dummies also have a functional purpose.

Lawsuit filed to ensure consumer safety across the country

Illinoisans know there are cases when products are recalled by the manufacturers. These products - cars, toys, appliances - are sometimes recalled because of potential hazards, which could cause serious injuries and even fatalities to individuals. Once there is an Illinois defective product, consumers are advised to inform the authorities so that the latter can spread the news and prevent possible accidents.

Recent fatality speaks to tragedy of preventable accidents

When an individual is killed by the preventable negligence or recklessness of others, his or her death is characterized as a wrongful death. In these cases, the negligent or reckless party can generally be held liable for their behavior through a civil suit. However, this explanation does not do justice to the underlying truth of what a wrongful death truly is: tragic and tragically preventable.

Family of deceased passenger sues Aurora driver for wrongful death

Earlier this week, we wrote about a Chicago wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of a passenger who was killed in a single-car crash. When most people imagine lawsuits stemming from car accidents, they usually envision at least two cars with two drivers.

Chicago wrongful death suit: mother negligently loaned son her car

When a loved one is killed in a car accident by the negligent actions of another driver, it is not always clear if the blame lies only with the other driver or whether others were also negligent. Therefore, wrongful death lawsuits sometimes need to be amended or need to wait to be filed until some investigative work has been performed.

Forget texting - web surfing is newest distracted driving hazard

They're called "smart" phones, but it seems as though their owners use them in some pretty dumb ways. By now, there is little doubt that distracted driving is dangerous and increases the danger of getting into a car accident. While a great many things can be distracting to a driver, the cellphone seems to be the most common one.

Hunting accident results in personal injury

According to conservation officers at the Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area near the Chicago metropolitan area, a hunter sustained an eye injury from a single shotgun pellet when his hunting partner discharged his weapon in the victim's direction. The 39-year-old Chicago man obviously didn't bargain on a personal injury accident when he and his 46-year-old hunting partner and friend went on the recent trip to hunt pheasant.

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

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about the NTSB's recommendation that the NHTSA mandate the installation of the most up-to-date collision avoidance technologies in all new vehicle models. The board predicts that this action could cut the rate of fatal accidents on dangerous highways by half or greater.

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