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Police hunting for driver in fatal pedestrian hit-and-run

There are millions of pedestrians near the roads and streets in the greater Chicago area on any given day. Although many drivers take precautions to make sure that they do not endanger these pedestrians, not all drivers operate their vehicles with the highest level of care. This fact was on full display in a recent tragic accident.

According to the reports, a 50-year-old pedestrian who was walking on the northwest side of Chicago in the Cragin neighborhood was struck by a red Volkswagen. The man died at the scene as a result. To make matters worse, the red Volkswagen was driven away from the scene, and now law enforcement officials are on the hunt for this reckless driver.

Proving your case after a truck accident in Chicago

Some of our readers in the Chicago area may think that proving a personal injury claim based on a truck accident is just the same as a car accident case. However, this is not entirely accurate. Truck accidents, particularly those involving large trucks such as semis, can be quite a bit more complicated than car accident cases that involve two passenger vehicles, for example.

Anyone who has been involved in a truck accident can probably appreciate the unique danger that these vehicles present to others on the road. Although the vast majority of truck drivers are specially trained to handle these large vehicles, that special training doesn't prevent truck accidents from happening. A truck driver may be drowsy due to logging long hours making deliveries, or the truck driver could be driving a vehicle that is unsafe due to an unsecured or overly heavy load.

Knowing the critical issues in a medical malpractice case

Many of our readers in Chicago probably know that medical malpractice cases can be among the most difficult lawsuits to prove. After all, these types of cases can involve highly technical medical terms, which can be enough to make any given person's head spin trying to make sense of it all. That is why it is so important for victims of medical malpractice to know the critical issues that will arise in their legal claim.

For example, is the victim able to exactly pinpoint what went wrong and when with their medical treatment? Is it possible to determine the right defendants to name in the lawsuit? Was more than one party responsible for the incident? Can the issue be corrected? How much compensation should be sought?

What should you know about products liability law?

Many of our readers in the Chicago area probably know that each year, defective products injure thousands of Americans. However, some people do not know that lawsuits that are based on these types of injuries draw upon an area of law known as "products liability". So, what do our readers need to know about products liability law if they are injured by a defective product?

For starters, this is an area of personal injury law where injured victims attempt to hold designers, manufacturers and retailers of defective products responsible for negligent conduct. Similar to other personal injury lawsuits, such as those based on car accidents, the injured victim has the burden of proving that the company associated with the defective product acted in either a negligent or reckless manner when the product was designed, manufactured or sold.

The impact of a traumatic brain injury on work and relationships

One day at the construction site you were working on, you were hit in the head by a metal pipe. Perhaps your head bled a little, you had a headache for a few weeks or months, and some blurry vision and ringing the ears. You thought you were fine. But after the injury, you had difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, and trouble organizing your thoughts. You explode at your loved ones. Could you have sustained a traumatic brain injury or TBI?

Over 2.6 million vehicles added to a multi-year recall in January

Early January, numerous vehicles were added to a multi-year Takata air bag recall. Ford Motor Co. added 953,000 vehicles worldwide to the recall, while Toyota Motor Corp added another 1.7 million vehicles, according to Reuters. Before these vehicles were added, 37 million vehicles had already been recalled since 2016. Ford and Toyota are only two of the 19 automakers with vehicles affected by the defective product.

How is the product defective?

Avoiding distracted driving on the roads in Chicago

By now, most of our readers in the Chicago area are familiar with the tell-tale signs of a distracted driver: sudden jerks to one side or another of a lane of traffic, seemingly for no reason; drifting out of a lane of traffic; and, of course, the ever-present ability to simply look at a driver and see that driver staring down instead of looking at the road. There is no doubt about it - distracted drivers are becoming the biggest danger on the roads in Chicago and throughout the country.

A recent article noted the three different ways a person can become distracted while behind the wheel of a vehicle. For starters, there are physical distractions, which cause drivers to take their hands off of the wheel. Physical distractions are probably the most common distractions, including such acts as using a cellphone, tuning the radio, eating or drinking or even applying make-up and looking in the rearview mirror, for example.

Working within the step-by-step process of a personal injury case

Although there are many people in the Chicago area who have probably been in a car accident before, a serious car accident involving injuries and property damage can be a much more jarring experience than the run-of-the-mill fender-bender. As sad as it is to say, there are hundreds of people on the roads each day who are distracted, uninsured and even perhaps under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These are situations that are ripe for a dangerous car accident to occur.

Injured victims may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in the aftermath of a car accident if they were not at fault. However, in doing so, victims will need to work within the step-by-step process of a personal injury lawsuit if they want to do their best to receive financial compensation.

What do you need to focus on in a medical malpractice case?

Many of our readers in Illinois have likely heard that malpractice lawsuits can be among the most difficult legal cases to pursue when medical errors occur. In many cases, this is accurate. Medical malpractice cases almost always involve highly-detailed medical issues and terms, which can oftentimes be difficult for people who are not doctors or nurses to understand. So, what do victims of medical malpractice need to focus on in their cases in order to attempt to obtain financial compensation?

Well, for starters, fault needs to be established. When medical malpractice occurs, it may mean that the victims have suffered an injury or illness, or perhaps a worsened condition, due to the negligent or reckless acts of a healthcare professional. However, an allegation of harm is not enough. Victims must be able to "connect the dots" between the harm they suffered and the doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional who is responsible for that harm.

Is Illinois becoming a safer state for bicyclists?

Many Illinois residents enjoy bicycling as a commuting option or a recreational activity. Many times, cycling will take them on roads where they share space with cars, and at times this can lead to accidents that cause significant injuries.

States can take certain steps to make sure bicyclists are able to use the road safely with motor vehicles. In fact, the League of American Bicyclists ranks all 50 states to determine their safety. As of the most recent ranking, which was in 2017, Illinois ranks No. 16.

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