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March 2013 Archives

New development in Illinois grain-bin death proves troubling

A number of jobs are risky by their very nature. Although this is a tough reality many workers face each day, their employers can take steps to mitigate work-related dangers by providing adequate training and complying with safety regulations. Unfortunately, these measures were not followed in the case of an Illinois agricultural accident that claimed the life of a teenage boy.

Cook County court faults trucking company for fatal accident

Three years ago, one Illinois family was forever changed. A mother of two was pulled to the side of the interstate to fix a flat tire when a semi truck struck and killed her. In response, the woman's family brought a wrongful death claim against the truck driver and his employer in order to help them work through the healing process.

Tragedy continues: Illinois boy hurt in pedestrian-train accident

Public safety officials recently responded to an unfortunate, but increasingly familiar, scene: a pedestrian being struck by a Chicago-area commuter train. This time, the pedestrian accident victim was an 11-year-old boy in Barrington. The boy survived the accident, but was in rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Questions remain after DuPage pedestrian fatally struck by train

A recent evening commute in the Chicago area took an unexpected, tragic twist as a Metra train collided with a 30-year-old pedestrian crossing the tracks in Westmont. Emergency responders arrived at the scene of the mass transit accident, but weren't able to resuscitate the Illinois man.

Teens Die in Wilmington Car Crash

Four young teenagers died in a one-vehicle car crash in Wilmington on Monday, March 11, 2013. Unfortunately, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. In 2010 alone, about 2,700 teens in the United States aged 16-19 were killed and almost 282,000 others injured in car crashes. Many of these crashes are caused by driver inexperience, speeding, lower seat belt use, drinking while driving, and other risky behavior. A proven method to reduce these numbers is by instituting graduated drivers licensing (GDL) programs. Research shows that GDL programs are associated with reductions of 38% and 40% in fatal and injury crashes, respectively, among 16-year-old drivers. Parents can also play a key role in preventing teen car crashes and deaths by talking to your teen about staying safe behind the wheel and keeping that conversation going throughout his or her teen years. Unfortunately, this will not prevent all teenage crashes. If you or your family member was injured in a car accident caused by a teenage driver, it is important to discuss your options for obtaining compensation by contacting the experienced personal injury attorneys at Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid for your free consultation.

2 killed, 1 injured in Roselle motorcycle accident

Over the weekend, a tragic accident involving a motorcycle and a car in Roselle resulted in two deaths. Authorities are still investigating the accident, and toxicology tests are being conducted by the DuPage County Coroner's office in order to determine whether alcohol or drugs were factors in the fatal motorcycle crash. Authorities reported that speed may have also been a factor in the accident. The accident occurred when a motorcyclist crashed into the driver's side of a car. The driver of the car was killed in the impact. The motorcyclist was also killed.

Fatal car accidents increase for teen drivers

Teen drivers are often energetic, ready to hit the road with their friends, and feel invincible with their newly found driving responsibility. The privilege to drive isn't something that should be taken lightly. For many people, driving is seen as a right, and for new drivers, it seems like a simple task that eventually becomes a secondary activity to texting or surfing the web behind the wheel.

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