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December 2013 Archives

Illinois boy's wrongful death caused by alleged carjacker

Being on Illinois roadways is always somewhat dangerous, since car accidents can occur anywhere at any time. Fortunately, most people end up getting safely to their destinations. Sadly, one family wasn't so lucky on the weekend before Christmas. A suspected carjacker crashed into their vehicle as they were heading out to get holiday haircuts, killing an 11-year-old boy. As police search for the man responsible for this tragedy, the boy's family likely has grounds for a wrongful death suit.

How Illinois boaters can avoid overboard accidents

For many Illinois boaters, time on the water can be fun. But even enjoyment should never eclipse the need to pay attention to safety issues. Even when the weather is good and the surface of a lake or river may be serene, danger is always present. In fact, most boating fatalities occur during the day and when weather is clear. When late fall and winter settle in, boating can become even more dangerous.

1 of Chicago's car accidents leaves 3 with serious injuries

Being involved in an accident often leaves an individual shaken. Car accidents that result in serious injuries and death can make one even more distressed. Driving at night requires extra awareness of one's surroundings, especially in a town where there are pedestrians walking around. An automobile collision in Chicago resulted in the serious injury of three people.

Illinois man's DUI conviction may make case for wrongful death

If a person is convicted of DUI in Illinois following a fatal car accident, he or she may suffer consequences beyond any criminal penalties. After a recent criminal case, a 19-year-old man expressed remorse over the drunk driving crash that killed one of his passengers. While he may feel genuine sorrow over his actions that led to the 39-year-old's death, he may also face the decedent's family if they decide to file a wrongful death claim against him.

Veteran dies in Washington state silo collapse

Agricultural businesses in Illinois, which has its fair share of grain silos, should take note of an accident in the State of Washington that shows the importance of workplace safety. In the west central Washington town of Roy, a U.S. Marine veteran died when he was buried under more than 50 tons of grain. The 44-year-old male worker was doing routine maintenance on a Wilcox Family Farms silo when it collapsed and buried him.

Chicago private ambulance driver causes alleged drunk driving crash

For those of us accustomed to living in a major metropolitan area, the sound of sirens is a familiar part of the backdrop of everyday life. When we are on the road, sirens mean we need to pull over and clear the way for a police or emergency vehicle coming through. Unfortunately, car accidents are sometimes unavoidable consequences of this process.

Video of 50-car pile-up reminds us about winter driving hazards

When you live in Chicago (or the Midwest generally) it should go without saying that winter driving necessarily looks and feels a lot different than driving at any other time of year. Snow, ice, low visibility and very cold temperatures require motorists to slow down and drive defensively.

Illinois family awarded $4.7 million in malpractice lawsuit


It took several years, but one Illinois family finally found justice after the death of one of their loved ones due to a medical error. A Cook County Circuit Court jury awarded the family $4.7 million worth of damages after finding the attending emergency room doctor and the hospital itself negligent in the death of a woman.

Google Glass wearer cited for distracted driving

Although it is not yet available to the general public, you have probably already heard of "Google Glass." Internet giant Google has created a wearable computer primarily housed in a pair of glasses. The device essentially lets users view the real world overlayed with images and text (often from the web) displayed in the lenses.

Latest distracted driving trend: Taking 'selfies' behind the wheel

Perhaps one of the most annoying trends among millennials is the obsessive need to document every mundane aspect of one's life, to share it online and to coin new buzz words to describe the process of documentation. The cellphone camera and social media sites seem largely to blame for creating the "selfie;" a word now recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary that describes self portraits taken with a smartphone.

Product liability: U.S. pulls defective baby monitor


A baby monitor provides Illinois parents with peace of mind because they can attend to other things, while keeping track of their baby. However, a recent defective product recall has shattered that illusion after two babies died, proving the monitors to be a great threat to a child's safety.

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