Running or driving away from the scene of an accident doesn't avoid problems. It creates more for the defendant, police investigators and auto accident victims. Fleeing an accident scene is against the law. So why do Illinois drivers do it?
Poorly designed or manufactured products that harm children make Illinois headlines quickly. Many elderly adults are just as vulnerable to defective product injuries as children, although society tends to concentrate more heavily on victims with potentially long futures.
Like watchful parents anywhere in the U.S., Aurora, Joliet and Naperville parents vigilantly safeguard their children. Some child hazards are less obvious than others. Most Illinois parents, accustomed to quality U.S. food processing standards, would never question the safety of food made for babies.
Some DuPage and Will County residents may feel damages awarded by juries are excessive. That belief usually persists until people learn why compensation for negligence is necessary.
Time can be a tool for offense or defense in an Illinois liability lawsuit. A plaintiff in pursuit of a defective products' verdict not only runs up a defendant's legal costs but also keeps the case alive in the public eye. Media attention is the last thing a negligent manufacturer wants to affect a company's bottom line. Settlements help defendants avoid prolonged brand damage.
The "duty of care" individuals owe to one another is different from the "standard of care" physicians are required to provide for Illinois patients. Negligence is rooted in careless personal behavior that may or may not be intentional. Medical malpractice, like surgical errors or failure to diagnose correctly, is negligence at a professional level.
The resolution of a liability claim against an out-of-state truck driver and his employer may not come any time soon. The trucker faces criminal and civil charges for the death of an Illinois state trooper in November. A bid to move the wrongful death case out of Madison County recently was denied.