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July 23, 2014

Chicago Car Crash Leaves 1 Driver Dead

auto%20accident.jpg If you have been fortunate enough to never be involved in a car accident, consider yourself lucky. But even if that is the case, chances are that you know a friend, family member, neighbor, or co-worker who has been involved in a collision or who has had their life affected by a crash. There were over 280,000 traffic-related accidents in Illinois in 2011 alone and many of those collisions involved more than one individual.

Car accident can lead to financial distress among victims who are suddenly faced with mounting medical bills. The expenses felt by these victims may be exacerbated if they are unable to work and therefore are unable to bring in the funds necessary to support themselves and their families. When you have done nothing wrong but are injured by the actions of another, it may seem unfair that the burden rests on your shoulders. It does not have to, though, as victims of car accidents in Chicago are entitled to seek relief for their damages through the use of a civil claim. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash, including whether you have a valid claim for your injuries.

Police in the Archer Heights neighborhood of Chicago learned of a two car accident on Monday that left one driver dead. According to officials and witnesses, it appeared that one driver may have been traveling in excess of the speed limit near the area of Pulaski Road and 41st Street around 4:00 a.m. The driver is believed to have struck part of a second car in the area, leading the first driver to lose control and leave the road's surface. The first car then collided with a pole in the area, causing the vehicle to come to a rest.

Emergency medical crews responded to the scene and transported the driver in the first car to Mount Sinai Hospital where doctors tended to him. Unfortunately, the man's injuries were too severe and he died as a result of the crash. It did not appear that the second driver involved in the crash was seriously injured though his current condition remains unknown.

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July 22, 2014

Deadly Truck Crashes on I-55 Claim 5 Lives

20140424_084543.jpg Semi-trucks are a staple on Illinois roads, moving from city to city every day and hauling product as they travel. The movements of trucks and truck drivers are governed by strict state and federal laws with different standards than those that apply to private operates of cars. Failing to comply with trucking regulations can not only be a violation of the law but also can be negligent or recklessness, standards of conduct which can hold the truck driver liable for any injuries that result in a collision.

Truck accidents in Chicago occur too often and cause too many injuries. The victims of these crashes may deal with debilitating injuries or even may lose their lives, leaving behind family members who will never fully recover from the crash. Though nothing can undo an accident once it occurs, the victims or the surviving family members of these accidents may be entitled to seek financial relief for their loses, including medical bills, through the use of a civil claim. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago may help you understand if you have a valid claim for your damages following a truck accident.

Yesterday proved to be a fatal day on I-55 between 2:17 p.m. and 2:33 p.m. Two separate collisions involving semi-trucks led to the deaths of five people on the expressway, according to local authorities.

The first truck crash took place around 2:17 p.m. near Elmwood, just prior to a construction zone. Witnesses reported that traffic was at a stop as merging down to one lane was taking place. Reportedly, a semi-truck in the area was traveling at a high rate of speed in the left lane when it made a lane change, striking the rear of a stopped vehicle and pushing that first vehicle into two others. The truck driver, a 51-year-old man, survived the crash but four people in the other vehicles involved, including an 11-year-old girl, were killed in the crash.

The truck driver involved was arrested and has been charged with falsifying entries in his log book, a violation of federal trucking laws if he is convicted. Additional charges may be levied as the investigation into this incident continues.

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July 21, 2014

Chicago Porch Collapse Injures 8

20130728_204203.jpg Long days and warm weather come to Chicago every summer and draw people outside. With a number of residential homes around the city possessing outdoor seating areas, many citizens can enjoy summertime while staying at home or visiting a friend. Porches, decks, and patios can provide a great spot to sit back and relax.

Most people do not think about the safety of a porch when they are using it, but often these porches and decks are in states of disrepair, leading to a potentially hazardous situation and a premises liability accident. These incidents may lead to injuries and the victims of these accidents may be entitled to financial relief. If you have been hurt in a Chicago porch accident, you should consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal options, including whether you have a valid claim for relief.

Chicago has experienced yet another porch collapse, according to local police. The most recent incident occurred on Sunday evening on the city's West Side and sent eight people, including two children, to area hospitals.

Officials have reported that the eight victims were in the vicinity of a porch in the 700 block of North St. Louis Avenue around 6:00 p.m. when a porch collapsed for reasons that are not yet clear. At least one adult was in serious condition following the incident but the status of the other victims is not known at this time. Emergency medical crews responded to the crash and transported all victims to nearby hospitals including Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Norwegian-American Hospital.

Like many porches in Chicago, the porch at issue was reportedly constructed of wood. Wood is a safe choice when it comes to building a deck or a porch but it deteriorates with time and exposure to nature, meaning that it must be maintained and rotten or decaying portions must be replaced periodically. Failure to do this may undermine the integrity and structural soundness of a porch. At this early stage of the investigation, officials have not yet determined whether rot or decay played a part in this porch collapse accident.

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July 20, 2014

Man Reportedly Drunk When Fatal Naperville Crash Occurred

20130418_190533.jpg Drunk driving accidents often claim the lives of innocent victims or leave those victims with serious, potentially life long injuries. Though a driver who is apprehended operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is likely to face criminal charges, the victims hurt by a collision will not receive compensation by the use of any criminal charges, even if the suspected drunk driver is found guilty.

But that does not mean that victims are without the ability to seek relief. The laws in Chicago and across Illinois allow those hurt by the actions of others, including those who are injured in a drunk driving crash, with the right to bring a civil claim for damages. With this claim, a victim can seek proper compensation for damages including medical and surgical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago who represents car accident victims may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash or if your loved one lost his or her life.

Police in Naperville responded to a reported one car accident early Saturday morning near the Naperville Park District quarry. At this time, it appears that a 21-year-old man was behind the wheel with two male passengers in his car as he drove near Aurora Avenue and Eagle Street. The man allegedly lost control of the car and left the road's surface, striking several buildings before the vehicle came to rest in water at the quarry. The driver was conscious after the final impact and was able to escape the vehicle to safety on the shore.

The two passengers in the car were not as lucky. They were unable to free themselves and had to be rescued by divers who responded to the scene. All three men were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The driver was released a short time later but both passengers were pronounced dead from their injuries.

Though still early in their investigation, police believe that the driver was legally intoxicated at the time of the crash. He has been arrested and is facing multiple charges including two counts of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death.

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July 18, 2014

Watch Out for Motorcycles in Chicago This Weekend

002.jpg The weekend weather forecast in Chicago shows idea conditions to ride a motorcycle. If you are in the city or elsewhere across Illinois in the next few days, odds are that you might see a biker or two hitting the roads. Keep that in mind when driving since being aware of motorcycles and operating a vehicle in a safe manner is the best way to prevent a collision from occurring.

Bikers have the same right to ride as any driver of a car has to drive on the streets yet the rights of bikers are not as well respected as those of other motorists. Too often, drivers fail to notice motorcycles, fail to look for them, or knowingly act in a manner unsafe to bikers, leading to dangerous situations and, possibly, even accidents.

When an accident occurs with a motorcycle, the laws in Illinois enable the victims of that crash to seek relief for their losses, including any medical expenses that may be incurred. Speaking with a lawyer who handles claims for motorcycle victims in Chicago is a good place to start if you have been involved in a crash and you were hurt.

In the meantime, it is up to every operator, whether a biker or the driver of a car, to put safety first when on the roads. If you are driving this weekend, keep the following motorcycle safety tips in mind:

- Always check your blind spots before changing lanes. If you are in the habit of regularly monitoring your side and rear view mirrors, you may feel confident that no car can be in your blind spots without your knowledge. But this is not true, especially when it comes to motorcycles that are small and that can easily maneuver into small spaces. Never change a lane, merge, or otherwise move over without making sure it is clear to do so first.

- Remember that the rules of the road apply equally to bikers. Whether you are at a four way stop sign or simply at an intersection controlled by a traffic light, remember that any bikers in the area may have the right-of-way, requiring you to wait until the motorcycle clears the area before you can proceed. Yielding the right-of-way and checking that traffic is clear before progressing are good ways to increase safety and reduce the risk of a collision.

- If you are riding a motorcycle, wear a helmet. Helmets decrease the risk of certain head injuries in the event of a collision and decrease the risk of death among those involved in a crash. Though you might leave home without the intention of a collision, you cannot control the actions of other drivers on the road, so wear a helmet to keep yourself as safe as possible

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July 17, 2014

Worker Injured in Grain Bin Accident

20140717_091013.jpg Employees face certain risks every time they go to work. The risks vary depending on the occupation of an employee, the work setting, and the conditions during working hours, making some professions more dangerous than others. Among all workers, construction workers, nurses and nurses' aides, airline employees, and factory line workers are particularly prone to damaging injuries while on the job.

But those workers are not the only ones who can be hurt while on the clock. An injury can occur to anyone, regardless of the profession, and it can occur at any time. Even low-risk employees like office workers sometimes become injured and may require medical treatment. When an on-the-job injury happens in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, the worker is entitled to certain benefits and protections under the applicable laws, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. In most cases, a worker can receive proper medical care, compensation for lost wages, and even payment for injuries through the use of a workers' compensation claim. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago may help you understand your ability to recover if you have been injured while working.

Officials were called to the site of a workplace accident in Lisbon Township shortly after 3:00 pm yesterday. The incident took place on Helmar Road and involved an employee that became trapped in a grain bin with his leg stuck. The worker reportedly was conscious through the incident and crews were able to free the man from the bin. He was transported by air ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital where his current condition is not known.

Officials have not released what caused the accident to occur at this time.

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July 16, 2014

Driver Arrested After Striking Pedestrian in Chicago

photo%201%20%284%29.jpg In 2012, 76,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents across the county. Many of those injuries occurred in Chicago, a busy city with a large pedestrian population. With many residents walking for transportation and even more utilizing public transportation, pedestrians are a constant site in Chicago, whether downtown or elsewhere.

When walking, pedestrians are at risk for collisions with bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trucks, vans, and buses, to name a few. Though pedestrians have a legal right to walk along sidewalks and to cross the street at pedestrian crosswalks, others in the area do not always acknowledge or respect the rights of pedestrians, leading to dangerous situations where an accident may occur. Common injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident in Chicago include broken or fractured bones, open and closed head injuries, bruises, scrapes, and lacerations, and internal injuries. In the worst accidents, a pedestrian may lose his or her life in an accident.

When negligence or a mistake on the part of someone involved causes an accident to occur, the victims of that crash may be entitled to financial relief for their losses, including any medical and rehabilitative expenses incurred. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago who has experience representing pedestrian victims may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a collision.

Police were alerted to a collision involving a hit-and-run driver and a pedestrian shortly after midnight this morning in Logan Square. Witnesses reported that a driver struck a pedestrian in the area of the 2700 block of North Hamlin Avenue before speeding off from the scene without stopping to report the incident or checking on the condition of the pedestrian. Authorities in the area noticed a vehicle matching the description of the suspected at-fault driver and pulled over the vehicle, apprehended the driver, and arrested him for his involvement in the crash.

Emergency crews responded to the scene of the impact and assessed the pedestrian's condition. The individual, whose name and age have not been released, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where physicians tended to all injuries. At last report, the pedestrian was in stable condition.

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July 15, 2014

Chicago Crash Between Horse Drawn Carriage and SUV Injures 5

1693.jpg Children in Chicago are at risk for injuries from a car accident anytime they ride in a vehicle, whether it is a parent's car, a school bus, or even a city train. Common injuries can range from bumps and bruises to concussions and broken bones. In the worst accidents, a child may even lose his or her life.

When children are involved in car accidents, the impact can be devastating and the entire family may suffer. But the suffering may be lessened if a financial recovery is possible to compensate a child and his or her family for their injuries. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal options if your child has been injured, including whether a claim is possible, and if so, what types of relief may be available to you.

Car accidents can be caused by a number of factors, some of which may be unavoidable. But the majority of collisions occur due to an error, mistake, or negligence on the part of a driver involved. Whether a driver is speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or even driving while distracted by a cell phone, a motorist who errs places not only the safety of those in the driver's vehicle at risk but also the safety of all others on the road.

Police in Chicago responded to a collision Monday night in the Fulton River District. When they arrived at the area of North Des Plaines Street and West Grand Avenue, officials determined that an SUV in the area struck a horse-drawn carriage. Four children inside the SUV, ranging in age from one year to 10 years old, were injured and were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. The operator of the carriage was also injured and taken to Northwestern for help though she was expected to recover. The condition of the driver of the SUV is not known.

Officials are still trying to determine what led to the collision and whether anyone involved acted in a negligent or reckless manner. At this time, no traffic citations have been issued though the investigation is ongoing.

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July 14, 2014

Fatal Car Crash on I-80

20140424_084705.jpg The state of Illinois is home to over 10 million registered vehicles including cars, trucks, vans, and buses. Any one of those 10 million vehicles may be involved in a collision, and many of those collisions will result in injuries or even death to the drivers and passengers involved.

Some car accidents in Chicago are due to factors beyond the control of those drivers involved. Yet contrary to popular belief, the majority of collisions take place due to an error or negligence on the part of one or more driver, whether the negligence stems from speeding, failing to pay attention, or even driving while distracted. If negligence is to blame for an accident that causes injuries, the victims of that crash may be entitled to relief. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who has experience representing car accident victims may help you understand whether you have a valid claim for your accident, and if so, what types of relief may be possible in your case.

Illinois State Troopers were alerted to a multi-vehicle crash on Friday on eastbound I-80. Though early in the investigation, police believe that an eastbound SUV rear-ended a Dodge which caused a chain reaction crash involving two other vehicles. The crash caused the driver of the SUV to lose control of his vehicle, which rolled at least once before coming to a rest on its roof.

Emergency medical personnel responded to the crash and evaluated all four drivers involved. The driver of the SUV suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The driver of the Dodge, a 50-year-old man, was transported to South Suburban Medical Center where he died shortly thereafter. The drivers of the other two vehicles were taken to hospitals as well but it was believed to be for precautionary measures and both are expected to recover.

The collision caused all lanes of eastbound I-80 to be shut down beginning at approximately 1:30 pm while police investigated and crews worked to clear the debris. Traffic was restored slowly to the area with all lanes reopening by 4:30 pm.

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July 13, 2014

Actor Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck Accident

006.jpg Truck accidents cause devastation across the nation every year. The large size, weight, and design of a semi-truck means that smaller passenger cars rarely fair well when a collision occurs and the drivers and passengers of these vehicles may be injured as a result.

Truck accidents can be complicated to understand if you have been involved in one. In addition to the standard rules of the road that apply to all vehicles, commercial truckers have additional regulations that must be complied with for the driver and the vehicle to be legally allowed to travel. Federal laws and many state laws may come into effect, leaving a victim in the difficult position of trying to sort through the complex interplay of different laws when trying to determine if legal relief is possible.

Victims of semi-truck collisions may choose to speak with a personal injury lawyer who specializes these incidents to gain a better understanding of their own legal rights and options if a crash has occurred. In the truly tragic case where a victim loses his or her life, the right to seek a financial recovery for the damages incurred may belong to that victim's surviving family members, even though no amount of compensation can ever properly compensate a family for this loss.

Media outlets have confirmed that actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, known for roles on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, is suing Wal-Mart, the owner of a semi-truck that allegedly caused a collision with Morgan's limo bus in early June. The crash left several individuals, including Morgan, with serious and critical injuries; one passenger in the limo bus was killed in the accident.

Morgan seeks to recover for the damages he incurred as a result of the crash and is using a personal injury suit in federal court to seek that relief. In it, Morgan reportedly alleges that the driver of the semi-truck was working for Wal-Mart, that he had been awake for over 24 hours straight at the time of impact, and that the driver had commuted more than 700 miles before beginning his shift that day.

In addition to the pending claim brought by Morgan, federal authorities have levied criminal charges against the driver including one count of vehicular homicide and multiple counts of assault by automobile. The driver has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

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July 11, 2014

About 900,000 SUVs Recalled by Chrysler

614.jpg In this record year of vehicle recalls, Chrysler is adding to the numbers with a 900,000 vehicle recall covering some of their SUVs manufactured between 2011 and 2014. In total, nearly 33 million vehicles have been recalled so far in 2014, shattering all prior records even though less than seven months of the year have passed.

This Chrysler recall covers certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models from the affected years and will address faulty wiring. The wiring in the vanity mirrors in the sun visors has the ability to short circuit, potentially posing a fire hazard. Chrysler has acknowledged three injuries related to the wiring issues and has reported that in all three incidents, the vehicles involved had previously been serviced. Though Chrysler is not aware of any similar incidents with these vehicles that had not previously been serviced, all the affected cars are being recalled to be safe. More than 70 percent of the recalled vehicles are in the United States.

Safety hazards in a vehicle can lead to personal injuries, especially if the hazard increases the odds of a car accident occurring. Recent incidents that have garnered attention have included faulty ignitions, malfunctioning transmissions, and airbags that fail to deploy.

Auto manufacturers in the United States are required to meet national standards when it comes to safety. Failing to do so puts the lives of American drivers and passengers at risk unnecessarily, leading to injuries and even deaths. When that happens, applicable laws may entitle the victims of these crashes to relief.

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July 9, 2014

Elderly Driver Killed in Chicago Car Accident

IMG_0203.jpg Hundreds of thousands of car accidents occur in Illinois every year, with a large number of those accidents taking place in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Many of these collisions are minor and do not cause injuries, but thousands of drivers and passengers are hurt in accidents every year.

Accidents can be caused by a number of factors ranging from driver error to poor weather conditions to a mechanical failure in a vehicle. Some accidents are unavoidable; but when negligence or a mistake causes a collision to occur, the laws in Illinois enable the victims of those crashes to seek relief for their injuries. Speaking to a personal injury lawyer may help you understand whether you have a valid claim, and if so, what type of relief may be available to you.

Police in Chicago were called to respond to the scene of a single car accident yesterday on Chicago's Northwest side. The vehicle, driven by an 85-year-old man, was traveling in the area of the 6400 block of North Nagle Avenue shortly after 3:00 pm. For reasons that are not clear, the driver lost control of his vehicle and left the road's surface, striking a pole in the area.

Emergency medical personnel responded and transported the driver to a hospital in Park Ridge where physicians attended to him. Unfortunately, the man's injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead yesterday afternoon.

Officials are still conducting an investigation into the crash and trying to determine what caused the victim to lose control of his vehicle. No other cars were involved and no other injuries were reported due to the collision.

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