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Car accidents involving single vehicles may have fatal results

Two individuals have sadly lost their lives in a motor vehicle collision in Illinois. The car crash took place early in the morning and involved a single motor vehicle. Sometimes, these types of car accidents take place as a result of driver negligence, in which case the driver may be held liable for any injuries or deaths resulting from the crash.

At about 2:30 a.m. on a recent Monday, police responded to reports about a rollover collision. According to police, a car carrying three males had driven up a berm. The car then collided with a tree before flipping over.

Car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury

Motorists are always at risk when traveling on crowded roadways across the state of Illinois. To prevent car accidents, drivers should always stay focused, pay attention to surroundings at all times and practice defensive driving habits. Regardless, nearly all drivers will be involved in a traffic accident at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, it seems an increasing percentage of these accidents are serious or even fatal.

A recent crash near Litchfield resulted in the death of one person and injuries to three others. The accident happened on Interstate 55 during the afternoon hours. According to reports, a wheel was blocking the left lane of the roadway and a car had stopped because of the wheel.

Patients suffer the consequences of medical malpractice

It goes without saying that no surgical procedure is truly free of risk. Patient safety the top priority of doctors and surgeons in the state of Illinois but, because of the fast-paced environment in most medical facilities these days, it is not uncommon for standard safety procedures to get neglected. Surgeries require extreme focus from surgeons, doctors and all caregivers. Any lapse in attention or care can result in very serious injuries to patients. Unfortunately, thousands of people across the country suffer every year due to medical malpractice.

In another state, a woman filed a lawsuit against a surgeon over allegations that the surgeon's errors led to the woman suffering injuries and complications. According to the claim, the woman underwent a thigh lift and breast augmentation procedure performed by the defendant. The lawsuit alleged that the surgeon removed too much skin during the thigh lift procedure.

Truck accidents: Interstate crash results in serious injuries

The U.S. economy continues to thrive, and as a result, more commercial vehicles are present on roadways across Illinois than ever before. Massive trucks such as tractor-trailers are used to ship goods and merchandise across the country to retailers and consumers. These trucks are often considered the backbone of the economy, but they are also very dangerous for those in smaller vehicles. Since tractor-trailers are so massive, truck accidents involving passenger vehicles have a higher probability of serious injury or death.

An accident in Cortland involving a van and a tractor-trailer seriously injured two people. The crash happened on Interstate 88 near mile marker 96 during the overnight hours. According to reports, the driver of a tractor-trailer crashed into the rear of a passenger van.

Car accidents are inevitable these days

Roadways across the state of Illinois are becoming more and more dangerous every day. These days, just getting from point A to point B can be a very risky endeavour. Now more than ever, drivers should always pay attention and remain focused at all times behind the wheel. Car accidents can happen without warning in the blink of an eye.

A recent multiple-vehicle crash near Germantown claimed the life of one man and injured five other people. The accident involved three vehicles total and happened on Illinois 161 during the afternoon hours. According to reports, the driver of an eastbound pickup truck crossed the center line of the highway and drove into oncoming traffic. Reports said the truck sideswiped a westbound car then collided head-on with another westbound car.

Hit and run crashes a significant danger to pedestrians

In Chicago and across Illinois, it is an unfortunate reality that car accidents can happen at any time. Often, these accidents involve pedestrians. Because they are so vulnerable and drivers are increasingly indulging in risky behaviors, pedestrians are in near-constant danger. When there is a crash, a pedestrian can suffer severe injuries and even lose their lives. These accidents are compounded when the driver of the vehicle decides to flee the scene rather than check on the victim and call for help, if it is needed. For people who have been injured or lost a loved one in a hit and run pedestrian crash, it might be useful to have legal help to pursue compensation.

An elderly pedestrian was seriously injured when he was hit by an SUV. The SUV subsequently fled the scene with law enforcement still searching for it and the driver. The accident happened in the late afternoon at around 5:30 p.m. The pedestrian, 73, was crossing the street in the crosswalk when the turning SUV crashed into him. After the pedestrian was hit and was lying in the road, the vehicle hit him in the head as it sped away. He was diagnosed with several fractures. He also had a head injury. The vehicle was described by witnesses and investigators are looking through possible surveillance images.

How does informed consent relate to medical malpractice?

It seems like common sense that a doctor or other medical professional in Illinois would have to ask for your permission before medically treating you. However, the issue of consent in the world of medicine is rarely that simple. Sometimes complications arise regarding whether the doctor obtained the patient's informed consent before performing a procedure or administering treatment.

Informed consent generally requires a lot more than just asking for permission to treat. In order to get informed consent, the physician must first determine whether the patient is able to understand all the necessary medical information to make an informed decision. If the doctor finds that the patient incompetent and cannot decide on their own, the doctor must obtain consent from the patient's guardian. Legally, minors are generally always presumed to be incompetent, and therefore, doctors must get informed consent from the minor's parent or guardian.

Legal help for pedestrians hurt by a negligent driver

Pedestrian accidents can be disastrous for victims who are vulnerable to careless and negligent drivers on the roadways.

Pedestrians can suffer extensive physical, financial and emotional damages when they are unexpectedly struck by a negligent driver.

Preventing mistakes that could cause harm to patients

When you go to your Illinois doctor, you probably assume that you will receive quality medical care. You think the doctor will provide you with the right diagnosis and set you up with the appropriate care plan. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Sometimes, doctors make mistakes, and patients end up suffering physical, emotional and financial harm. 

If you suffered an injury after going to the doctor, you could be the victim of medical malpractice. Many malpractice incidents are the result of the mistakes that are entirely preventable with better safety practices and other steps. If you believe you are a victim, you may find it beneficial to take quick action to find out what legal options may be available to you.

Why are Illinois intersections so dangerous?

There are definitely some Illinois roadways that are more dangerous than others. Perhaps, you've been driving for several decades now and have never been involved in a collision other than a mere fender bender in a parking lot or something. Then again, maybe you're among other licensed drivers in the state who have spent time in the hospital after suffering moderate to severe injuries in a car accident.

Some of the most dangerous locations on Illinois roads are intersections. Not all of them are controlled or marked with signage. Even those that are can be busy, chaotic places, especially if someone runs a red light or steps into the crossroads against the light. You definitely have to be on guard when you approach an intersection if you hope to safely pass through or navigate your turn.

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