Medical conditions can interfere with a driver’s safe operation of a vehicle. When a truck accident results in a fatality, investigators may attempt to determine if the driver’s medical status contributed to the event. Truck drivers may face certain health requirements to ensure they are safe to drive commercially.
Electrocutions can happen both at work and at home due to defective products, lack of safety precautions and power company negligence. The Electrical Safety Foundation International, or ESFI, reports more than 30,000 electricity-related injuries on the job in the past 10 years. Some of these may have occurred in Illinois. It is important that victims of negligence or inadequate safety precautions, or families of victims, contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer experienced in dealing with such cases.
Coming Into Contact With Live Wires While Working Is a Common Problem
Rail crossings are common sites for train accidents. They can occur due to a failure of safety equipment such as crossing gates, warning lights and traffic control devices. The Illinois Commerce Commission is responsible for rail safety in Illinois. The ICC also tracks statistics on Illinois train accidents.
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Illinois saw 867 fatal car accidents in 2012, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Specific data is not yet available with regard to how many of those crashes were related to alcohol use. Though holiday accident data for 2012 is also not yet available, historically accidents related to alcohol increase during holiday weekends such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, more than 10,000 people died in U.S. highway accidents involving a drunk driver. Fatal accidents can result in lawsuits, including wrongful death claims. For more information, contact a Chicago wrongful death lawyer.
Several Chicago Area Fatal Accidents Occurred in 2012; Police Poised to Crack Down
Everywhere we live, work or play, we’re beholden to the construction workers who put in the long hours and elbow grease to lay a foundation and build a safe, strong building for us to use. Residents in Chicago, Illinois, know that this city was built on that kind of blue-collar work ethic.
Unfortunately, a construction site also can be one of the most dangerous places to work. That’s not surprising, given all the heavy equipment and power tools involved in the process. The danger of serious injury or death, however, is much greater when tools used in construction have design defects or fail while in use.
Truck accidents are more likely to result in serious bodily harm or death than other types of accidents because of the sheer weight of most trucks, especially tractor-trailers and trucks carrying cargo. Because trucks are heavy, they build momentum at high speeds, making it hard for them to stop quickly. When a truck driver encounters a sudden change in road conditions or just becomes distracted and fails to pay attention to the road, the consequences can be dire. Heavy vehicles require more time and distance to stop, so even if the driver sees an obstacle many yards ahead, there still may not be enough time to stop. A range of factors, including distracted and sleepy drivers and poor weather conditions, cause truck accidents.
Distracted, Sleeping Drivers a Likely Culprit in Many Truck Accidents
The fast-paced environment of an emergency room creates situations in which errors are more likely to happen than in the rest of the hospital. Noise, an influx of patients exceeding the hospital’s resources, lack of communication and other factors can cause mistakes, including medication errors, treatment errors and discharge errors. Many of these errors are insignificant and go unnoticed, but emergency room errors can have serious repercussions ranging from discomfort to fatality.
Hospitals Seek to Minimize Emergency Room Errors Through Software Advances
Every year, numerous toys are recalled because they pose safety risks to young children who may receive them as holiday presents. Sometimes recalls occur because the manufacturer or another entity determined the toys are unsafe. Other times, recalls are triggered by serious child injuries. Anyone shopping for gifts for a child should be aware of current recalls and common safety issues.