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Distracted driving continues to be an issue in Chicago area

Most Chicago area residents understand the importance of avoiding driving while distracted. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous, and it seems like every year there is something else that can distract a driver. Drivers are no longer just changing the radio station, but are also distracted by their GPS, texts, social media and many other electronic devices. Because of the dangers involved in distracted driving, a new law has now gone into effect in Illinois.

Texting and driving remains one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. There is a new texting and driving law that went into effect this past July in Illinois. The law makes a first-time offense of texting and driving a moving violation, which has changed from the previous law under which a first-time offense was a non-moving violation. A moving violation is recorded on the driver's record and fines and court costs are determined by a judge. If drivers receive three moving violations in a year their licenses will be suspended.

Family suing Chicago area nursing home for elder abuse

Many Arlington Heights area residents help their aging relatives. It is a privilege to be the caregiver for a loved one, but it can also be stressful and exhausting. Many older adults require medical care that a family is not able to provide, and the family has to make the difficult decision to place their loved one in a nursing home. Many of these nursing homes provide good care, but elder abuse continues to be a problem in area nursing homes.

According to recent reports, the family of an elderly woman with dementia is suing the facility she lived in, along with two caregivers. The family discovered that a video had been made of the caregivers teasing the woman as she struggled with them over a hospital gown. The resident had an aversion to hospital gowns, which the staff knew and they continued to taunt and bully the woman over the hospital gown and snapchat the videos. The family removed her from the facility and hired a private caregiver and also contacted police. The aides were charged with disorderly conduct. The family claims the facility, The Abington of Glenview Nursing & Rehab Center, failed to follow their protocol and file a report with the state. The facility failed to implement its "Abuse Prevention Policy," which in turn led to the woman's elder abuse. The family is suing for over $1 million in damages.

Shopping cart injuries could be grounds to pursue a civil claim

When are shopping at your favorite Illinois clothing store or picking up groceries for the week, you are probably not thinking about what will happen if you get hurt while you are there. Unfortunately, accidents in stores happen all the time, and often, they are the result of shopping carts. You may think the incident that left you injured is the result of your own clumsiness or carelessness, but in reality, you could have grounds for a civil claim. 

You could be a victim of circumstances beyond your control. You would be wise not to make assumptions about your case but to find out if the store or other parties are liable for what happened to you. Shopping carts may seem like benign objects, but in reality, they are capable of causing significant injuries that can leave victims in pain and with expensive medical bills.

Safety advocates worried about proposed changes to trucking rules

Driving safely requires being attentive and cautious, and a driver who is too tired to be attentive and cautious is an unsafe driver. This is true for all drivers, and it is especially important for people driving large trucks, since any collision they might cause can easily lead to serious or fatal injury for people in smaller vehicles. However, trucking companies compete by offering speedier delivery, which gives them an incentive to push their drivers to work longer hours on the road.

With that in mind, state and federal regulators require trucking companies to limit the hours their drivers may be on the road without rest. Currently, the rules limit drivers to 11 hours of driving time within a 14-hour period. They must have 10 hours off duty before they can start a new 14-hour period, and if they must take a 30-minute break at some point in any stretch where they are driving for 8 hours at a time.

Drunk drivers still a serious hazard on state roadways

Despite decades of increased enforcement, harsher penalties and public awareness campaigns, drunk driving continues to be a serious hazard on Illinois roadways. Statistics indicate the problem may have even grown worse in recent years.

The Illinois Department of Transportation keeps extensive records of motor vehicle accidents in the state and divides them in five-year chunks to look for evidence of trends. The agency's most recent trend reports look at the years 2013-2017, where it found a spike in alcohol-related fatal crashes. According to the DOT, the number of fatal crashes attributed to alcohol rose 9.5% in 2017 compared to the average of the four previous years. Fatal injuries rose more than 11% in 2017.

Study finds nursing home and neglect incidents go underreported

When we place our loved ones in a nursing home, we trust the facility to treat their residents with the dignity and respect they deserve. Sadly, many nursing homes fail to live up to this trust.

The elderly are growing as a percentage of the population, and the nation's nursing homes are growing more crowded. With these changes comes the potential for nursing home neglect and abuse.

Road construction worker struck, killed by dump truck

Construction sites can be dangerous places. Unstable ground, unfinished walkways and moving machinery and other hazards can easily lead to serious accidents. Sometimes construction sites can be scenes of car and truck accidents.

An Illinois road construction worker was killed recently in a tragic accident. Police said the 56-year-old woman was working on a road in Lake Forest when she was struck and killed by a dump truck that was backing up.

The 4 most deadly hazards on construction sites

Construction workers nationwide, including those here in Illinois, face an endless list of hazards every day. Mitigating all the dangers is a daunting task because each construction site is unique. If your employer prioritizes employee safety, you have a better chance of going home safely to your loved ones every night. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration helps construction company owners to maintain safe work environments by setting strict safety standards.

OSHA underscores the hazards that account for almost 60% of construction worker fatalities, collectively known as the focus four. Learning to recognize these dangers will enable you to take the necessary precautions to prevent injuries.

Truck accident cases require experienced lawyers

Accidents involving large commercial trucks are more dangerous than accidents involving smaller vehicles. A fully loaded semitrailer can weigh 25 times more than a typical passenger car, so any collision between a large truck and a car can easily lead to catastrophic injuries for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.

Truck accidents can also raise more complex legal issues than other types of accidents on Illinois roads. As with all motor vehicle crashes, people who have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver may hold the driver liable for their damages, but in truck accident cases there may be other liable parties as well.

Important documents in a medical malpractice case

Our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that medical malpractice cases have a reputation for being difficult to pursue. These cases are oftentimes lengthy and can involve a great deal of medical jargon and complicated issues that most people simply don't have the background to understand, because they aren't doctors.

However, the way to combat concerns about the difficulty of these types of cases is to be prepared. There are, for example, some important documents that will be crucial in almost any medical malpractice case.

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