Distracted driving is all too common in Illinois. Despite numerous studies showing how dangerous cellphone use like texting while driving is, many drivers in Illinois continue to text behind the wheel. Roughly nine people are killed in car accidents caused by distracted driving in Illinois every day, according to the Illinois State Police.
Illinois offers an array of water-related recreational activities such as boating, kayaking and jet skiing. However, there have been numerous cases of boating accidents reported in the state with some of the people involved suffering injuries such as head, neck and spinal cord injuries. In some unfortunate cases, boating accidents have led to fatalities. Because of this, some local residents try to avoid going to lakes and choose alternative places such as swimming pools and spas for their recreational activities.
Statistically speaking, auto accidents are a near certainty for every driver at some point. The average American drives 12,000 miles each year and is involved in three or four accidents annually. Commercial drivers have an even larger statistical probability of being involved in a car or truck accident, because they often travel hundreds of miles each day.
Speed is a leading factor in many car and truck accidents. Drivers involved in crashes are often cited for driving over the speed limit or driving too fast for road conditions. Accidents in which speed is a determining factor are often more serious in nature and result in those individuals impacted suffering serious and painful injuries.
Last week, we wrote about the Chicagoan who recorded a CTA bus driver behaving badly. The video shows the driver taking both hands off the wheel at several points in order to eat a McDonald's ice cream sundae.
In Chicago, Illinois, news pertaining to alleged negligence of health care professionals that leads to serious injuries and deaths continues to surface. The American Journal of Cardiology recently published a review of medical malpractice cases involving interventional cardiology. Medical experts examined 1,441 claims that were processed from 1985 to 2009.
When it comes to running a business, some say, success comes down to one thing: location. But there are some buildings in the Chicago area that seem to suffer a string of bad luck. Take for instance, a particular health and fitness club in nearby Naperville. In less than two years, the same building has been struck by two cars that have crashed through the walls and destroyed property and equipment.
The elderly residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, are often taken to nursing homes when their loved ones can no longer take care of them. Family members trust these nursing homes to provide the best possible services such as grooming, feeding and administering medication to their loved ones. However, cases of Illinois elder abuse continue to appear in the news with some residents suffering from malnutrition and dehydration. These forms of abuse can lead to hospitalization and even death, in some cases.
Distracted driving is unacceptable when anyone engages in it, but it becomes especially inexcusable when the distracted driver is behind the wheel of a large, commercial vehicle and/or has a significant number of passengers. It is precisely this type of behavior that leads not only car accidents, but truck and bus accidents as well.
Even though Chicago has a lot of bicycle enthusiasts, we're still very much an automobile city. Like most major metropolitan areas, Chicago has a lot of bicycle and pedestrian accidents due to the fact that both our streets and traffic laws tend to favor cars and trucks.
Drunk driving remains one of the most fatal road hazards in Chicago and around the country. In fact, about 10,000 people in the U.S. are killed each year in fatal car accidents caused by drunk driving.
Working in the construction industry is perhaps the most dangerous job here in Chicago, Illinois. Construction workers handle dangerous tools while standing on tall scaffoldings, which make them vulnerable to falling from heights that can result in serious injuries and fatalities. However, other industries also pose risks for workers. That is why employers need to provide a safe working environment for the employees to prevent fatal accidents from occurring. Failure to do so can lead to costly fines, which are often issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).