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November 2012 Archives

Rate of fatal car accidents could soon be cut in half: Part I

Earlier this month, we discussed the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) "most wanted" list for the 2013 legislative year. In essence, this list highlights the most pressing safety issues affecting American transportation. The NTSB does not have the power to act on these matters, but does have significant influence over what legislators and regulatory bodies focus on when it comes to transportation safety in a given year.

Illinois man dies in work-related accident while working on barge

Often, work-related deaths occur on construction sites due to the heavy equipment and dangerous conditions on those sites. However, work-related deaths are not limited to construction accidents only. They may also occur in offices, warehouses and other types of workplaces.

Nursing home neglect may happen in Chicago

Nursing homes are facilities built for elders and patients who need special supervision and long-term medical care. Nursing homes should provide an environment suitable for the patients' conditions. Nursing home residents may have suffered from physical or mental disorders like a cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's disease and other illness. Residents, such as elders and sick children, may be vulnerable to child neglect, elder abuse and nursing home abuse.

Criminal justice falls short after devastating pedestrian accident

Pedestrians and drivers get critically injured in car accidents each and every day. Some of these accidents are unavoidable, but most could have been prevented. Unfortunately, unless the at-fault driver was drunk or obviously impaired in some way, there is little punishment to be found within the criminal justice system.

Accident fatality prevention: NTSB's annual most wanted - Part II

In our previous post, we began a discussion about the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) annual most-wanted list regarding transportation safety reform and fatal accident prevention. From repairing dangerous roads and highways to enacting safety restrictions on the driving habits of truckers, the NTSB's most-wanted list serves as a critical safety agenda reference point for the coming year. Legislators and safety advocates alike will almost certainly be focusing on addressing the identified safety hazards in 2013.

Accident fatality prevention: NTSB's annual most wanted - Part I

Unless an Act of God or freak malfunction occurs, most fatal accidents are preventable. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of Americans suffer the worst fate imaginable as a result of fatal truck accidents, fatal car accidents and other preventable injurious transportation accidents every single year.

Bus accident in Calumet Park sends 16 passengers to hospital

Commuters around Chicago use buses for the convenience, the cost savings and the environmental benefits. Companies that operate buses, including the Chicago Transit Authority, owe passengers a special duty to ensure their safety. The applicable legal standard of care requires them to keep up with vehicle maintenance and to hire responsible and competent drivers.

Energy drinks may pose risk to Illinois consumers

An energy drink is a beverage that contains a large amount of caffeine. This type of beverage is very popular in many U.S. cities, including Chicago. Monster Energy Drink is one of the most trendy energy drinks available. According to Beverage Digest, Monster's sales volume increased almost 17 percent last year. However, one fatality may affect Monster's sales and profits. Their beverages may even be found to be dangerous and defective.

Derailed train injures passengers, narrowly avoids coal cars

Chicago residents have many choices when it comes to rail transportation. Amtrak, Metra and the venerable 'L' provide countless options for business and pleasure travel. But rail tracks require frequent inspection and maintenance; failure to examine tracks in a satisfactory manner can in some instances lead to train derailments.

Popular Chicago skateboarder dies in hit-and-run car accident

Friends are mourning the death of an affable and sociable Chicago skateboarder after he was hit by a drunk driver earlier this month. According to one of the man's longtime friends, who was with him at the time of the accident, the man was traveling on his skateboard in a bike lane during the early morning hours of Oct. 19.

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