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The link between car accidents and brain injury

While you may not think about the possibility of suffering damage to your brain each time you head out on to the roadways across Illinois, the truth is that car accidents are a major cause of traumatic brain injuries in every state across the country. At the Law Offices of Mathys and Schneid, we can fight for your rights after an accident and seek compensation for a TBI or any other type of injury.

 

Summer dangers for bicyclists

Summer is the favorite riding season for many a bicyclist, especially during cooler times of the day. And for those bicyclists who try to commute to work no matter the weather and season, summer can bring a feast of new sights.

However, the pleasures of riding in summer do not come in isolation. In fact, summer can be an extremely dangerous time for bicyclists. Here is a look at some reasons why.

Amtrak train strikes car and kills one

Illinois borders the state with the most train tracks in the country, so residents have to be cautious when crossing the many railroad tracks in order to remain safe from harm.

An Illinois man is dead after his car was struck by an Amtrak train.  As KWQC reports, the man was attempting to cross a train track as he headed onto a private driveway near Colchester, but his car became stuck at the rural crossing. Unable to move off of the tracks before the oncoming train struck the car, the local man was pronounced dead by emergency responders at the scene. Law enforcement said he did not stop before trying to cross the train tracks. There were no other passengers in the car at the time of the collision.

To wear or not to wear: Bike helmet safety

Residents of Illinois who bike frequently have likely grown up surrounded by talk of the importance of wearing a safety helmet while riding. Many supporters say that it's the potential difference between life and death in the case of a cyclist being hit. Cyclists may also wonder every now and then whether or not it actually does make a difference when it comes to their protection on the road.

There is plenty of back-and-forward debate regarding the efficiency of bike helmets. Some say that it doesn't actually make a difference in one's overall level of protection. Others, like Cycle Helmets, boast data that shows bike helmets do have a strong hand in reducing head injuries. Many people against the use of helmets may not understand that helmet design has evolved greatly over the last decade as well, with fashion and form marrying together for stronger, more efficient, and trendier-looking helmets.

Illinois cops start to use drones in car accident investigations

Car accident investigations in Illinois may be getting an upgrade. A Lake County crash response team has a new tool to investigate car accidents: drones. The investigators are some the first in the country to use drones to photograph accident scenes, giving them new insight into the causes of motor vehicle crashes.

There are numerous advantages to using drones in crash scene investigations, according to the Daily Herald, including better information and a speedier investigation. This is good news for everyone involved, including other drivers, since a faster investigation means shorter road closure times.

6-Car Aurora Crash Critically Injures 2

On May 1, 2017, 6 cars were involved in a crash on Butterfield Road and DuPage Parkway in Aurora. Investigators determined that Terrence Rush, 22, tried to pass multiple cars eastbound on Butterfield Road by crossing over the center yellow line. A westbound driver swerved to avoid a head-on collision with Rush, but the two sideswiped one another. Rush then crashed head-on into a separate westbound vehicle, causing 3 other cars to pile up.

Benefits of seeking a second opinion

Cancer has become a disease that most families have come face-to-face with at some point. The number of people diagnosed with various types of cancer each year are many. One positive thing for some people is that many types of cancer are possibly curable or at least manageable. That, however, does not negate the seriousness of a cancer diagnoses nor the impact on a person's life. If you have recently been told you have cancer, you may want to consider getting a second opinion.

Why should you get a second opinion, especially if you like your doctor? This is a very good question and WebMD explains that there are many benefits to additional medical opinions. One of these may well be that you can be reaffirmed of the recommendations your doctor provided to you so that you have a greater level of trust and comfort proceeding with a treatment plan. You might also learn about different types of treatment options that may be more attractive to you. Perhaps you prefer the idea of a surgery to extended treatments or vice versa.

One Injured In Horrific Bensenville Crash

A three-car crash on April 25, 2017, which resulted in at least one injury, occurred on northbound Route 83 at Frontage Road, just north of I-290 in Bensenville. Authorities say the crash happened around 12:30 p.m., causing all northbound lanes on Route 83 to be closed through the evening rush hour. The crash involved one passenger vehicle and two commercial trucks, causing all vehicles to sustain heavy damage.

DISCOVERY RULE PROVIDES NEW AVENUE FOR JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS IN WRONGFUL DEATH ACT AND SURVIVAL ACT CASES

The Illinois Supreme Court has now provided a new avenue for victims in wrongful death act and survival act cases: the discovery rule. Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/13-212(a), the discovery rule establishes that, within a four-year statute of repose, any claim of malpractice against a physician or hospital must be filed within two years of the date on which the claimant knew or through the use of reasonable diligence should have known of the existence of the injury or death for which damages have been sought. In Moon v. Rhode, the Illinois Supreme Court found that it was an issue of fact in wrongful death and survival actions predicated upon medical malpractice as to when the individual knew of the injury and its negligent cause. The discovery rule can now extend the wrongful death act and survival act statute of limitations beyond the two-year anniversary of death. 

3 of the most dangerous medications

Anybody who has seen a TV commercial for a medication knows well that they often come with a litany of side effects. While this is true of nearly all prescription drugs, some are certainly more deserving of caution than others.

According to Harvard University's Center for Ethics, approximately 128,000 people die each year from complications caused by prescription drugs. Even when prescribed by a doctor, medication can be dangerous, and these drugs are some of the deadliest you might encounter.

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