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March 2015 Archives

Joliet Pedestrian Killed In DUI Crash

On March 20, 2015, Joliet resident Mark Cipolla was struck and killed while standing on the northwest corner of the intersection of Hickory Street and Western Avenue in Joliet by two drivers who were both driving under the influence.

Drug companies aren't always liable for label errors in Illinois

In a lot of cases, drug companies in Illinois are responsible for labeling mistakes. For example, if the label does not tell about side effects and a person is then harmed when taking the drugs, the company can be sued for putting out dangerous products, though the same products could have been sold with the correct labels in place.

One fatality and multiple injuries in Aurora collision with a semi-truck

A fatal collision between a passenger vehicle and semi-truck occurred Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Diehl and Eola Road. While the initial investigation is ongoing, early reports indicate a gentleman and his wife were traveling through the intersection when a semi-truck collided with the vehicle, resulting in significant injuries and an unfortunate loss of life.

Can I claim PTSD after a car accident?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can affect anyone who suffers from a traumatic event, such as a car crash. During such a traumatic event, a victim may undergo a stress-related reaction or feel they have no control over what is happening. If those feelings or reactions do not subside or continue disrupt someone's life, it is possible they suffer from PTSD.

NHTSA making advances in technology to keep driver's safe on the roadways

A few months ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced their intention to advance technology between vehicles on the roadway to enable them to communicate with each other. Ultimately, the aim of the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology would be to enhance auto safety and prevent roadside collisions.

I-290 Crash Leaves Seven Injured

A minivan was rear-ended early Saturday morning while traveling southbound on I-290 in Elk Grove Village near Biesterfield Road. Police say that the at-fault driver was traveling at a high rate of speed, which likely caused the crash. After impact, the at-fault car burst into flames.

The sharing economy in Illinois presents compensation challenges

With traditional employment in Illinois, you are typically granted the right to workers' compensation if you're injured on the job. If you're a cab driver, for example, and you get hurt, you may be compensated for your medical bills and your time off. However, the rise of the "sharing economy" - where services are advertised by a company but provided by an individual who is an independent contractor - has added an additional layer of complexity to the determination of who can receive workers comp benefits.

Who will compensate me if I was a pedestrian hit by a car?

If you are an injured pedestrian who was hit by a car, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. Your attorney will help you make sure your medical bills get paid and that you get compensated fairly for your injuries.

What is the difference between a workers' compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit?

Workers' compensation is a no fault system in which an employee who is injured on the job gives up her right to sue her employer in exchange for benefits provided under Illinois law. After filing an Application for Benefits with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, your case is assigned to an arbitrator who oversees any disputes that may arise between you and your employer.

Deaths in motorcycle accidents are declining

Though motorcycles are as popular as ever, information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the amount of deadly accidents has actually been on the decline in recent years. In 2012, 4,986 people died in such accidents, but 2013 saw just 4,668 deaths. That works out to a decline of 6.4 percent in just one year.

The danger of invisible ice in Illinois

Roads don't have to look dangerous in Illinois to pose a real threat. Ice can be all but invisible on the black pavement and still send a truck sliding out of control. No matter how large or safe a vehicle is, ice can strip the driver of all ability to control the truck, with nothing that can stop it until it slams into another vehicle.

Kane County Car Crash Causes Death of 5 Year-Old Child and Injuries to Others

A deadly car crash near Pingree Grove, Illinois claimed the life of a 5 year-old girl and seriously injured three others. The crash occurred on February 20, 2015 on Route 72, near Big Timber Road, when a 17 year-old driver headed eastbound on Route 72 lost control of his Mercedes sedan when approaching a curve in the road.

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