Archives for April 2015

How does the Illinois Wrongful Death Act apply to car accidents?

Every state has a law regarding the death of an individual that is caused by the negligent actions of another. The Illinois Wrongful Death Act specifies that, when a wrongful act or negligence of an individual or corporation leads to the death of another, the victim’s family member may file a claim against the responsible party. … [Read more...]

How does a trucker jackknife a semi?

The improved economy has brought more traffic to the roadways in Illinois, with more tractor trailers needed to fill consumer demand. A personal injury attorney in Chicago may fear that this boom may be contributing to the steep rise in truck accident fatalities since 2011. There are many risk factors that are unique to tractor trailers. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data reveals … [Read more...]

Proposed Illinois law seeks to charge negligent truckers with felony

A 2014 Chicago Tribune news story reported that an Illinois tollway worker was killed and a state trooper injured in a truck collision. According to prosecutors, the driver had allegedly been driving for approximately 36 hours with only 3.5 hours of rest. The driver’s logbook indicated that he was compliant with federal regulations. However, data from the onboard computer, toll road information … [Read more...]

Why are Illinois car accidents rising?

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that motor vehicle crashes in Illinois have been steadily increasing over the past few years. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 2013 saw the highest number of crashes since 2008, with an average of 782 crashes per day on the state’s roadways. … [Read more...]

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