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Negligent truck accidents in Illinois: Does the punishment fit?

We have noticed a trend in stories published through Illinois news sources. There are a disturbing number of reports detailing possibly negligent truck accidents. In fact, we have included many of these reports in our legal blog. While the truck accidents themselves are tragic, we have also been paying attention to the immediate aftermath of these accidents.

What we have seen is that many of the drivers who have allegedly caused these truck accidents do not appear to receive much in the way of penalties. We admit that it is hard to keep track of these incidents once the initial reports fade from the headlines. As such, we cannot always know if these drivers were charged with a crime after the fact. It makes us wonder what, if anything, the victims are doing to seek a remedy if the law does indeed fail to respond appropriately.

What are the top causes of warehouse accidents?

Working in a warehouse setting can be fast paced and exciting. It can also be extremely dangerous, especially if you or a coworker isn't paying attention to the surroundings.

Here are some of the top causes of warehouse accidents:

  • Slips and falls. These accidents cause a large portion of workplace injuries every year. It's not possible to prevent all these accidents, but it's important to be aware of hazards such as stray cords, debris and spills.
  • Falls. Although most warehouse workers work at ground level, falls remain a major problem. For example, an employee could fall when climbing a rack to locate a product. If for any reason you will be working at height, it's important to have the appropriate safety equipment in place.
  • Equipment accidents. There is no denying the fact that the use of equipment can make life easier on warehouse workers. However, there are many dangers with this, such as improper use or horseplay.
  • Harmful substances. Depending on the industry, workers could be exposed to harmful substances, such as propane. Proper ventilation, combined with the use of safety equipment, is a must.

Illinois woman fatally struck by alleged negligent driver

Early Sunday morning on July 30, a woman was standing on the bike lanes near the University of Illinois, close to her parked car. She was fatally struck by a vehicle as it was driving on the bike lanes. It is reported that the 41-year-old woman was in the process of getting out of her own parked car when a moving vehicle hit her at around 1.30 a.m.

The impact was enough to cause a fatality, and damaged at least three surrounding cars. Loved ones of the victim have stated that the driver was speeding, however the victim's cousin said that alcohol consumption was not known to be a factor. They also stated that Roosevelt Road near Racine, where the incident took place, was not prone to traffic incidents, however, it could occasionally get busy. The victim was just moments from her front door when the incident took place.

Negligent truck accidents affect your health, vitality and life

You have probably heard the following sentence a thousand times, but we believe common sense sometimes bears repetition very well. When a massive semitruck loaded with heavy cargo collides with a smaller personal vehicle, the results can be catastrophic.

In crashes involving two cars in which one is heavier than the other one is, simple physics dictate that the smaller car will fare worse than the larger one. Now, imagine a tractor-trailer in place of the larger car and it is easy to visualize the potential devastation that can occur.

Life after a spinal cord injury is full of change

Car crashes and other accidents can lead to spinal cord injuries that impact everything from your ability to move about freely to your capacity to control your bodily functions. When you suffer from a spinal cord injury, you might have to learn a new way of living.

There are many different things that you will have to figure out after the injury. The modifications to your life depend on what the effects of the injury are and what you hope your new life is going to include.

Illinois crash devastates young family

An Illinois family suffered an unthinkable tragedy this week a young pregnant mother and her three young sons were involved in a fatal accident in Beecher, which is just south of Chicago.

The mother and her infant son were killed in the crash on the morning of July 24. The 4-year-old and 6-year-old sons were transported to a hospital in critical condition and then moved to another hospital, where they were placed on life support.

Workers' compensation for construction accidents

This blog outlines the rights that workers have for compensation if they have been injured on a construction site. There are many laws to protect workers, and compensation is available to workers no matter the degree of negligence demonstrated by the employer. Claims can also be made that are largely dependent on to what degree the employer was responsible through negligence or unsafe practices.

Workers' compensation can be gained to cover the financial losses due to an injury, such as wage losses and medical expenses. Workers' compensation is not an action to sue an employer, but merely an attempt to claim back costs.

Use these tips to avoid injuries in the construction industry

Most safety experts agree that jobs in the construction industry are some of the most potentially dangerous careers available in America. It is always good to see new homes and new commercial structures appearing in Illinois because it means the state is growing and thriving. However, new growth sometimes means more accidents in the construction field.

While it is a comfort to know that workers' compensation is available to help overcome the financial hardships that go hand-in-hand with workplace accidents, it is always better to avoid a work-related accident altogether. Using the tips in the following sections can help you and your coworkers stay safe on the job.

  • Loading and unloading equipment: When it is time to load or unload a piece of heavy machinery from its transport vehicle, practice caution at all times to prevent a rollover or other loss of control.
  • Getting on or off your equipment: It may seem like a simple process to get on or off a piece of equipment. However, this is when most construction accidents occur. Follow a regimented guideline each time you get on or off and never be tempted to rush.
  • Obstructions: Overhead or buried obstructions can be fatal. Make sure you know where overhead obstructions are at all times and make certain your team knows where gas lines and other utilities are buried in your work area.
  • Tipping equipment: The construction industry utilizes a variety of machinery, all of which can tip over and cause severe injuries. The best way to remain safe while operating equipment is to use safety belts, even if you are only using the machine for a moment.

Do you understand your car’s safety features?

It doesn't matter what type of car you own, it's important to become familiar with each and every safety feature.

While there is no guarantee that a safety feature will help you avoid an accident or prevent injury, these can go a long way in keeping you safe while you are behind the wheel.

Fatal Illinois car accident leads to a lawsuit

Car accidents that take the lives of loved ones are particularly difficult to understand. If the accident happened because of law enforcement negligence, it only adds to the suffering of those left behind. One Illinois family has filed a legal action after a loved one died in a Chicago car accident involving local police officers.

The car accident resulted in the death of a 32-year-old off-duty police officer and a 27-year-old woman. Reportedly, the accident occurred when the off-duty officer sped through an intersection at a "high rate of speed" and struck the 27-year-old's vehicle. The report also indicates that an unmarked police car appeared to be pursuing the off-duty officer.

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