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Chicago, IL Personal Injury Law Firm Blog

Should left-hand turns be left-behind in Chicago road planning?

Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association shows that approximately 36 percent of all motorcycle accidents that result in a fatality were related to a single traffic maneuver. We’re talking about the left-hand turn. In fact, over half of all accidents involving one vehicle crossing into the path of another were traced back to a left-hand turn while only 5.7 percent involve one made to the right.

Why are left-hand turns so disproportionately dangerous? Maybe it is the fact that a left-hand turn often leaves a car at a standstill in an active lane. Maybe it is the fact that even when a designated lane exists, the line often stretches beyond the allotted space as the drivers wait for an opening in traffic. Or maybe it is because more drivers simply -- and negligently -- fail to see an oncoming car.

Was crosswind to blame in truck accident that injures 4?

Early this month, four people were sent to the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Doctors treated each of these individuals, three of which were released that same day. The fourth wasn’t as lucky, and although early reports didn’t indicate what type of injuries he suffered, they were reportedly serious.

The four individuals were involved in a three-vehicle accident that occurred on Interstate 74 on Thursday, April 3. The driver of a tractor trailer was traveling in the left lane on the highway divided by a cable barrier. Illinois State Police reported that at approximately 6:32 a.m., the driver of the truck crossed through this barrier and into oncoming traffic.

Mandatory rear cameras would prevent 1,125 annual injuries

Rear cameras came standard in 44 percent of 2012 vehicle models sold in the United States. Another 27 percent of models from that same year offered this type of camera system as an option. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to up the number of vehicles with rear cameras to 100 percent.

In fact, the NHTSA issued a ruling on Monday, March 31 that will require nearly all vehicles under 10,000 pounds to have rear cameras installed by May 1, 2018. This is the mandatory deadline for buses, trucks and cars that fall under the requirement, but that certainly doesn’t mean that manufacturers can’t start making the switch even earlier.

Illinois parents' fears come true after botched sterilization

Sickle cell anemia is a congenital disease that results in blood cells with an abnormal or sickle shape. This disease not only causes ongoing health complications, but those that are affected by it face a shortened life expectancy. When two carriers of the trait have a child, the chance that the child will be born with the disease increases to 25 percent.

When two parents in Illinois decided that they were going to stop having children, it was this heightened risk that prompted them to make their choice. Both parents were carriers of the sickle cell trait, and they were already raising a son who had been born with the disease. To ensure that there was no way they’d get pregnant again, the wife had a mini-laparotomy and tubal ligation.

A year later, the news that she was pregnant again was more than unexpected.

NHTSA says Graco chid seat recall may have been incomplete

Parents want to do what they can to keep their children safe. Where cars are concerned, a child safety seat helps them accomplish this goal. That is, of course, if the safety seat has been installed property and works as it should. Half of this is within a parent’s control, but the other half really isn’t.

We have to trust that the manufacturers of these products have created them without defects, but what happens when they break that trust? Graco Children’s Products Inc. recently recalled about 3.8 million child safety seats that were found to contain a defect that could hinder the ability to “remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash, fire or other emergency.”

Hazardous Chicago roads have taken their toll on IDOT

The truth is that every driver is responsible for the actions that they take. When road conditions are bad, as they certainly were this winter in Chicago, drivers need to take extra precautions. These extra precautions may include leaving extra space between your car and the car ahead or it may include driving slower than the posted speed limit.

In a personal injury case, a driver’s actions are weighed under the standard of the reasonable person under the same or similar circumstances. Would a reasonable person drive slower when the snow is falling and the roads are slick? Of course, it helps reduce the accident risk if the roads are clear, which is why the Illinois Department of Transportation has put its hand out to lawmakers.

Outpatient procedures: real surgeries with real risks

Medicine has come a long way in the past several decades. Increased knowledge and technological advancements have even eliminated the need to stay overnight after some surgeries. These same-day surgeries are commonly referred to as outpatient procedures. Outpatient procedures certainly can make life easier for Chicago residents, but they are still real surgeries with very real risks.

A major risk involved with any surgical procedure is post-operative infection at the surgical site. Major surgeries carry a higher risk for infection, but Pamela Owens with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reminds us that “serious infections following ambulatory surgery do occur.”

Lawsuit: safety policies only effective when enforced

Trampolines are certainly not a new invention. Many adults have fond memories of feeling the freedom of sailing through the air atop one of these devices as a child. Capitalizing off of this fun experience, more and more trampoline parks are appearing across the country.

These establishments are not only gaining the benefit of a profit, but they are also accepting the burden of safety, taking on the responsibility to keep those that they invite onto the premises free of injuries caused by the facility’s negligence. This was a duty that wasn’t upheld by the owners of one trampoline park, said the mother of a child injured during a game of “trampoline dodgeball.”

iPhone so 'hot' it catches fire in student's pocket

The different iPhones, iPads and iPods have become immensely popular products amongst consumers. These little devices can do a lot, and some of the device capabilities might even surprise or amaze the user. Bursting into flames was most likely not one of these intended features, but that is exactly what happened when one 13-year-old girl sat on her cellphone.

According to a GEEK report, the young girl had obtained one of the latest devices, the iPhone 5C. She had only owned the phone for two months when she slipped it into the back pocket of her pants. When she sat down in her desk, she drew the attention of her peers when a popping sound began emanating from her backside. That sound was then followed by smoke and fire.

Drunk driver runs red light, resulting crash injures 8 people

A two car accident in Chicago, Illinois left eight people injured and a community wondering how one person could be so negligent while driving a car.

The accident involved two cars, one carrying just a single driver and the other carrying seven people. The vehicle with the lone driver ran through a red light and smashed into the other vehicle. As a result of the crash, all eight people had to be hospitalized. Three young children were in fair-to-serious condition; two other adults were also hospitalized under those same conditions; and three other adults were sent to the hospital in serious-to-critical condition.