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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.

Guiding you through a personal injury action

It is true that accidents do happen, but many of these incidents are caused by the carelessness and negligence of others. When individuals in Illinois and elsewhere are harmed in an accident, it can be an overwhelming experience. Many have not been in this predicament before, so it can be confusing when it comes to understanding what rights an accident victim has and what legal recourses are available.

Personal injury, truck accidents and vicarious liability

If you find yourself gripping the steering wheel a little harder when being passed by a speeding semi-truck, you're not alone. Many motorists in Illinois are afraid of these massive vehicles because they know the amount of damage they can cause when they run astray. Sadly, far too often negligent truckers cause truck accidents that leave these innocent motorists with serious injuries, including those that are disabling. This is wholly unfair, especially given the extent of emotional, physical and financial harm that is suffered by these victims.

What damages may I be able to collect after a car accident?

The ability to collect damages is important to victims of car accidents because of the extensive damages and harm they may suffer at the hands of a negligent driver in a car accident. Victims of car accidents and their families should be aware of the different types of car accident damages they may be able to recover when harmed.

Road rage deaths climbing

Anger may be deadly on the highway. Road rage incidents and personal injury are rising according to a study performed for the National Highway Safety Administration. Deaths from motor vehicle accidents attributed to aggressive driving rose from 80 occurrences in 2006 to 467 in 2015. This is almost a 500 percent rise in ten years. Events across the country in one week in June reveal its danger.

Electronic health records and malpractice

Electronic health records were intended to apply information technology to the necessary task of documenting patient care. The percentage of physicians using EHRS grew by 15% since 2009. But the number of personal injury claims involving these electronic records also rose.

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