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June 2013 Archives

General Motors SUV recall includes Illinois vehicles

Illinois car owners should be aware of the latest concern regarding consumer safety. Vehicle giant General Motors has decided to recall some older SUV models after reports that they can become fire hazards. Among the models included in the recall are the Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy and Buick Rainier.

A number of injuries reported in Des Plaines bus crash

Public transportation has many benefits. It is an affordable and efficient way to get from point A to point B. However, when buses are involved, the potential for injuries in the even of an accident is high. Buses carry a great number of people, and do not usually have the same safety features (airbags, etc.) that are commonly found in individual passenger vehicles.

Civil suit settled in case of Chicago teen who caused fatal crash

When a driver causes a death in a traffic accident, there can be two layers of liability, civil and criminal. Civil liability means the driver or his or her insurer must pay compensation to the family of the individual killed; civil liability may be incurred even if the driver's conduct was not outside the bounds of the law. If the driver did violate the law in causing the crash, criminal charges (with penalties for conviction like prison time or probation) could be imposed in addition to and distinct from the remedies in the civil case.

Illinois sees increase in motorcycle accidents

According to a report published recently by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents in the state is on the rise. DOT data indicates that there were a total of 148 fatal motorcycle accidents in Illinois in 2012, compared to just 131 in 2010. This is a 13 percent increase over two years.

Recalled tea tumblers present risk of consumer injury

Almost half a million tea service items were recently recalled by an Atlanta-based tea merchandiser following reports that a few hundred tumblers manufactured in China had shattered during use, thus causing a risk of and injury toed consumers. Teavana, the company that recalled the defective items, was concerned that the defective units could cut or burn customers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Trucking groups argue against larger & heavier big rigs: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about groups within the trucking industry voicing opposition to proposals that would increase federal size and weight limits for commercial trucks. One group in particular, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, recently filed formal comments with the Federal Highway Administration arguing that "supersized" trucks would create a number of problems with both infrastructure and safety.

Trucking groups argue against larger & heavier big rigs: Part I

Last month, we wrote about efforts by concerned Americans to freeze the current federal size and weight limits for large commercial trucks. These safety advocates told federal lawmakers that the majority of Americans are opposed to heavier and larger trucks on U.S. roads because they would almost inevitably cause more damage to infrastructure and more truck accidents.

Antihistamines can cause dangerous drowsy driving

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked pharmaceutical companies to lower the dosages of sleeping pills such as Ambien and Edluar because of reports that people were getting behind the wheel of their cars in the morning while still drowsy. Recently, the FDA pointed out that some allergy medications pose a similar risk. While it may not seem like a serious issue, drowsy driving can, in fact, lead to serious, even fatal, car accidents.

Boating accidents threaten Illinois residents

Safety is the number one priority. This also applies when Illinois residents are relaxing and enjoying the weather with recreational activities like boating. Boating is very popular across the state because of several waterways, such as Lake Michigan. As more and more people enjoy boating, the instances of being involved in a Chicago personal injury, due to boating accidents, also increases.

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