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Reality Rides simulator tour launched this month

Earlier this month, Allstate launched a national tour in order to introduce a tool that may help Americans curb their urge to drive while distracted. The Reality Rides simulator is essentially a stationary car outfitted with virtual reality technology. When participants step into the car, they will notice that a curved LED television has been installed in the windshield.

As participants begin to “drive” they are given directions to attempt to text, enter directions on an electronic navigation system and talk on a phone while they operate the vehicle. The experience ultimately provides drivers with tools and tips on motor vehicle safety.

Bit by a dog? Our lawyers can help protect you

Many people in the Chicago area have a dog as a pet. In general, we think of dogs as being lovable companions that would never think of hurting us. While this may be true of many pets, dogs are still animals that may attack if the circumstances are right.

Any person who has experienced a dog attack and any parent who has had to help his or her child recover from a dog attack understands the damage it can cause. Depending on the nature of the attack, a dog bite can cause serious physical injury. Not only that, but a dog attack can cause emotional problems for years to come -- especially if the victim suffered permanent scarring or disfigurement.

The Unnecessary Surge In Truck Accidents Nationwide

NBC News recently reported a disturbing surge in the number of accidents involving an increasing number of semi-tractor trailers hauling freight on our nation's highways every year. According to the report, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports there were statistically 11 fatal truck crash accidents every day during 2014, resulting in more than 4,000 deaths of truckers, car drivers and passengers annually. In addition to the fatalities, more than 100,000 people each year suffer injuries.

While truck drivers are not always to blame for causing the accidents, drivers with commercial driver's licenses (CDL) are held to a higher standard and are expected to know and obey FMCSA regulations regarding number of hours behind the wheel, use of drugs and alcohol and safe practices regarding other drivers on the road. 

New NuvaRing lawsuits are being filed

Few life experiences are more frustrating than learning that a medication or medical device that you need may be inherently dangerous. Certainly, many medications and medical devices are dangerous, especially to individuals with certain medical conditions. However, patients and physicians strive to make the safest treatment decisions possible under the circumstances at hand. When a physician prescribes a certain medication or medical device under the impression that it will benefit the patient only to learn later that the treatment is dangerous, frustration almost certainly results.

For example, many women are prescribed birth control medications either as a medical necessity or as a preventative measure. Although all birth control medications and prescription medical devices carry risks, these treatments are generally considered to be safe. However, certain birth control treatments are eventually determined to be dangerous. And this turn of events can be uniquely frustrating and challenging for the women who have been exposed to them.

Should women fear safety risks of feminine hygiene products?

Americans understandably question the safety of various consumer goods. They research safety ratings when buying motor vehicles, look up safety information when buying products for infants and pay close attention to food-related recalls. However, there are other products that many Americans likely do not worry about, very simply because they have never been given reason to worry about them.

For example, feminine hygiene products are purchased by millions of American women every year. One product is chosen over another primarily because of cost, design and marketing appeal. Few women choose one feminine hygiene product over another due to safety concerns. However, a new bill may cause women to question the safety of these seemingly harmless and necessary products.

Tool to help parents find safe car seats for their children

Accidents almost always occur without warning. As a result, it is important that all passengers traveling in motor vehicles are properly restrained at all times. Failure to utilize proper restraints can result in death or serious injury in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a powerful graphic illustrating that only three out of every 10 parents have installed a car seat that is correct for their child. Improper restraints can not only fail to shield infants and children from injury and death in the event of a crash, improper restraints can cause these devastating consequences.

Thankfully, the NHTSA has released some excellent tools designed to aid parents in finding the correct car seats for their babies and young children. When choosing a safety restraint seat for your child, it is critical to consider his or her age, height, weight and the kind of vehicle you will be placing the restraint into.

AAA: Teen drivers continue to struggle with distraction

There is no question that one of the biggest dangers facing teen drivers is their tendency to sometimes lose focus behind the wheel. Indeed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that distraction plays a role in as much as 14 of all car accidents involving teen drivers.

As shocking as this figure is, consider the results of a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which found that distraction played a role in as much as 58 percent of all the crashes it examined.

Honoring Patient Safety Awareness Week

We have previously written about studies which cite medical mistakes as the third most common cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. There is no question that patient safety is among the most pressing public health and safety issues affecting Americans today. And yet, far less attention is paid to this issue than to numerous and less pressing public health and safety hazards.

March 8 through March 14 is Patient Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “United in Safety.” Numerous organizations, medical professionals, educators and regulators are honoring Patient Safety Awareness Week in various ways. It is vitally important that these efforts receive media coverage, academic criticism and attention from lawmakers. While devoting this particular week to patient safety is a step in the right direction, the issue that this awareness designation seeks to honor must be treated with the urgency and resources that it has earned.

Can you hire an attorney located in any state?

If you have been injured in an accident caused by another entity’s negligence, you may be considering holding the responsible party accountable by filing a personal injury suit. When filing a personal injury claim, it is important to find an attorney that you can trust and whose vision for your case reflects your own. It is also important to find an attorney located in a specific place.

You must generally find an attorney licensed in the state where you plan to file your claim. If you live in Illinois and were harmed in Illinois, then it follows that you would hire an attorney based in Illinois and licensed to practice in that state. But the task of finding the right attorney may prove more difficult if you were injured while traveling beyond the borders of the state in which you live.

A day of meaningful regulatory reform

This coming Monday will be a meaningful day for federal regulatory reform. According to the respected publication The Hill, Monday’s edition of the Federal Register will contain numerous new rules that will hopefully impact Americans for the better. Specifically, they will help to ensure that young children and motor vehicle travelers will be able to be safer than they were before.

First, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is formally announcing its new safety requirements for frame-based child carriers on Monday. Frame-based child carriers are often used by hikers and by parents attending events where they will need to stand with their children for lengthy periods of time. Unlike frameless slings, frame-based carriers are used to carry babies and young children in a backpack-like structure where children are allowed to sit upright on their own.