Railway Accidents Still a Serious Concern for Passengers in Illinois

Illinois has one of the highest rates of railway accidents in the country. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), seven deaths and 48 accidents have occurred on state railways this year so far. In May, an Amtrak and Burlington Northern Metra train collided, causing passenger injuries and derailment of the Metra train. 12 passengers …

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Big Rig Incident Causes Extensive Personal Injuries and Deaths in Illinois

The Third District Appellate Court of Illinois upheld a trial court’s ruling that a tractor-trailer driver and her company’s affiliates were liable for the deaths of two men and serious injuries of another. DeAn Henry was driving a tractor-trailer full of potatoes on Interstate 55 in Plainfield, Ill., when she realized that several vehicles ahead …

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Proposed National Teen Driving Rules Shown to Save Lives and Money

Chicago, Ill. – Statistics show that 16-year-olds are six times more likely to get in an auto accident than drivers over 30 years old. The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act (STANDUP) plans to decrease deaths and injuries by setting national teen driving laws for all new teen drivers. Many states already have …

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Personal Injury Alert: Popular Proton Pump Inhibitor Medicines Could Cause Serious Injuries

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are widely used by millions of individuals for the treatment of gastric acid-related problems. For patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, erosive esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, and other gastric acid concerns, PPIs provide much-needed relief to lessen the condition and prevent the onset of other potentially life-threatening medical complications. PPIs …

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Alarming Statistic Triggers Global Initiative to Promote Road Safety

By 2020, 1.9 million people will die each year from auto accidents if world governments take no action. In response to this alarming statistic, the World Health Organization has begun the “Decade of Action for Road Safety”, a global initiative that brings world governments together to promote road safety from 2011 through 2020. The initiative …

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Illinois Focuses New Campaign on Distracted Driving Accidents and Deaths

A new survey shows that 94 percent of adult drivers are concerned about distracted driving, but an astounding 20 percent of them think their driving skills are good enough to drive while texting or talking on the cell phone. Yet the statistics show a different story – more than 500,000 are injured each year due …

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Sleep Apnea Compromises Truck Driver Safety and Potentially Other Driver’s Lives

An estimated one-third of commercial truck drivers have some form of sleep apnea, the University of Pennsylvania noted in a study. The study, which was sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the American Transportation Research Institute of the American Trucking Associations, found age and being overweight were the biggest causes of …

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Be Cautious with all the Road Construction Work on the Jane Addams Tollway

Chicago, Ill. – The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway is getting a long overdue resurfacing and bridge renovation work. But some drivers feel the tollway, also known as I-90, should get a total reconstruction with wider roads. The rehabilitation is estimated to cost $65 million and will last five to seven years. Total reconstruction would cost …

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How much is my case worth?

If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s carelessness and are considering filing a lawsuit, you’re probably asking yourself: “How much is my case worth?” As explained below, there are two basic types of damages for which injury victims can be awarded monetary compensation – “compensatory damages” and “punitive damages” – and two potential limitations …

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