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Product tampering can lead to consumer illnesses

In recent months, videos of shoppers opening, licking and returning products to supermarket shelves have gone viral. After an incident in another state where a shopper intentionally coughed all over meats, bakery items and fresh produce, the store owner was forced to dump groceries worth more than $35,000.

NSF on drowsy driving and its dangers

The National Sleep Foundation has scheduled its annual Drowsy Driving Prevention Week for Nov. 1 to 8, 2020. Residents of Illinois should already know just how dangerous drowsy driving can be. Drowsy drivers triple their chances of a car crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some 328,000 crashes occur every year in the U.S. because of drowsy driving. An estimated 6,400 of these crashes are fatal.

Truckers under 21 may start interstate travel if new bill passes

Illinois residents should know that the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety held a hearing in February 2020 regarding a bill that could cause a significant change in the trucking industry. Known as the DRIVE-Safe Act, the bipartisan bill proposes to allow interstate travel to truckers under the age of 21. Currently, all states except Hawaii allow drivers as young as 18 to obtain a CMV license for intrastate travel.

NHTSA's 5-star car safety ratings may need updating

Illinois drivers may be familiar with the 5-star car safety rating system that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration uses. Back in the 1990s, the agency developed this system out of its New Car Assessment Program, which started the tradition of crash testing vehicles in a laboratory with crash dummies. No doubt the rating system has had a positive impact on the auto industry, but some believe that it needs to be updated to suit changing times.

Marijuana impaired driving is illegal, but hard to prove

Smoking marijuana became legal in Illinois on January 1, but driving while stoned is still illegal. Although impaired driving has legal consequences and may cause personal injury, proving that a driver is impaired by marijuana is difficult.

Littering blamed for cyclist's death

Motorcyclists must deal with the fatal disadvantage of lacking protection in crashes with other vehicles. But, motorcycle accidents have other and sometimes, unusual, causes. For example, a personal injury lawsuit was recently filed for the death of an Illinois motorcyclist who crashed into lawn debris blown on a highway in Bureau County last May.

Willowbrook plant leads to nearly 75 lawsuits

Injuries may be caused in the manufacture of products intended to protect Illinoisans. Almost 75 personal injury lawsuits were filed against Sterigenics over its closed ethylene oxide sterilization (EtO) plant in Willowbrook, Illinois. Plaintiffs claimed exposure to EtO from the plant, used to sterilize medical devices, caused them or their family members to suffer serious or terminal illnesses over 30 years.

Unauthorized treatment can support medical malpractice claim

The administration of medical treatment is a delicate process. While medical professionals should be willing to do everything they can to help their patients, they also need to operate within the bounds specified by those patients. In other words, doctors and nurses shouldn't provide treatment that a patient hasn't authorized unless it is an emergency situation. Doing so could cause harm to a patient with long-term consequences.

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