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March 2014 Archives

Human and mechanical errors looked at in Chicago train accident

Officials are still looking into what exactly caused Monday's train accident when a Chicago commuter train somehow jumped the tracks, sending it crashing up to the top of an escalator at the O'Hare International Airport. In this crash, while more than 30 people were injured, miraculously no one was killed. However, this being said, officials need to get to the bottom of what happened -- for if there is a next time -- train passengers and pedestrians may not be as lucky.

Industrial accident leaves worker dead in Illinois facility


Working at a metal scrapping facility involves tasks that can be strenuous and expose workers to different kinds of hazards. However, many Illinois workers have to face these hazards in order to support themselves and their families' needs. Unfortunately, a single instance of a work-related accident can end in serious, even fatal injuries.

Distracted driving: Don't become a death & injury statistic

Statistics are important to understanding large trends and concepts. But to most people, statistics don’t have much impact if they are not presented in a relevant and easy-to-grasp context. Perhaps this is why many Americans continue to engage in distracted driving despite data showing it to be dangerous and deadly.

Prototype of 'smart bike' borrows auto safety features

By most accounts, the evolution of the automobile seems to be leading to self-driving cars. The technology currently exists but will probably require considerable testing and tweaking before it could be used on a large scale. For now, new auto safety features assist the driver by sensing and responding to exterior dangers that the driver either can’t see or cannot respond to quickly enough. Vehicles are also starting to “talk” to other vehicles for purposes of collision avoidance.

Proposed Illinois bill aims to limit water recreational accidents


Water skiing on Lake Michigan is an exhilarating activity that many Chicago residents enjoy with family and friends. Unfortunately, similar to other recreational activities, water skiing can be risky and can quickly turn into a tragedy.

NW Chicago high school student struck and killed by Metra train

There are thousands of intersections throughout Illinois where trains, cars and pedestrians cross paths. Many of the most dangerous train crossings are found here in Chicago and in surrounding suburbs. Accidents at these intersections are often fatal, as a train-crossing pedestrian accident last week proved to be.

The Healy Law Firm located in Chicago, IL proudly announces its name change to Healy Scanlon Law Firm

The Healy Law Firm located in Chicago, IL proudly announces its name change to Healy Scanlon Law Firm. John P. Scanlon has been a partner with The Healy Law Firm for many years. John focuses his practice on representing people injured by defective products and workers injured while at their place of employment.

More passengers sue Chicago Transit Authority over train crash

Readers may remember hearing about an unusual train accident that occurred late last September in the western suburb of Forest Park. In that incident, which we first wrote about in October, a Chicago Transit Authority train was stopped at a station when it was struck by an unmanned and unoccupied train. Both trains were on the CTA’s Blue Line tracks.

Jimmy John's 'freaky fast delivery' policy blamed for fatal crash

In light of the terrible winter weather this year, it’s probably a safe bet that Chicago restaurants offering delivery are getting a lot of business. Whether you want pizza, Chinese food or a good old-fashioned sandwich, chances are that you can find a restaurant to bring it to your door.

Illinois family files lawsuit against assisted-living facility


Just like anyone residing in nursing homes, people staying at assisted-living facilities have the rights to receive adequate care and treatment. However, such long-term care facilities are often subject to complaints of elder abuse and neglect.

Railroad companies seeking stronger tank cars to carry oil

In January, we wrote about a growing concern among safety regulators in the United States. The National Transportation Safety Board has noted that the U.S. is in the midst of an oil boom due to increased domestic drilling and hydraulic fracturing. That excess oil is being transported across the country primarily by rail.

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