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September 2014 Archives

Mobile phones restricted for Illinois truck drivers

While it is important for truck drivers to be in communication with other drivers and their employers while on the road, the use of mobile phone has been shown to add a level of risk that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would like to avoid. As such, restrictions have been released for drivers in Illinois and elsewhere, and failing to adhere to these restrictions can lead to fines for offending drivers.

What are the first steps to take in a medical malpractice case?

Things can absolutely take a turn for the worse in hospitals in Illinois, meaning that people do not get the care that they expect -- or that they deserve. This could be caused by deliberate action that is taken by a doctor, though such instances are rare. In many cases, the real problem is negligence. This is when the medical staff simply fails to provide proper care, and the patient is injured as a result.

What impact have safety acts had on work-related accident stats?

In 1970, a new act went through to help to protect workers. This was called the Occupational Safety and Health Act. It is known as OSH so as not to be confused with OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Has this act had a big impact over the years?

Pedestrian struck and killed in DUI accident in Illinois

A pedestrian passed away after being struck by a pickup truck in Illinois. The driver of that truck has now been picked up on DUI charges; at this time, the police have just said that they suspect that the driver was operating the vehicle while under the influence. The crash happened on Sept. 9, and it was out in McHenry.

Holding drunk drivers and other parties accountable for injuries

Knowing a loss of life could have been avoided can make processing the death of someone close to you harder. A Chicago driver's wrongdoing might be punished through a criminal court. Illinois civil courts penalize a driver's thoughtlessness or reckless by awarding damages to injured victims and surviving family members.

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