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Car accidents in Illinois may lead to fatal injuries

Three people in Illinois have sadly lost their lives in a tragic car crash. The accident involved a single motor vehicle and took place in the early morning hours on a recent Wednesday. Sometimes, these types of car accidents happen as a result of negligent driving, which is grounds for litigation.

The recent Illinois car accident took place at around 1:22 a.m. along Illinois 33. Police said that a woman, 21, was driving a car along the interstate but had trouble with negotiating a curve. As a result, the woman reportedly left the street and hit a pole. Her car then came to a stop in a line of trees.

Fatal car accidents may result from DUI

The life of an individual in Illinois has sadly been snuffed out in a motor vehicle crash reportedly caused by drunk driving. However, the man who allegedly caused the car crash has been arrested for driving under the influence. In addition, the drunk driving that can cause these types of car accidents is grounds for litigation.

The recent Illinois accident took place in the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway on a Friday morning. At around 3:53 a.m., a 47-year-old man was reportedly driving a car along the interstate. However, he then allegedly hit a black car due to failing to reduce his speed.

Illinois obstetricians do C-sections for these reasons

Having a baby is one of the most exciting yet challenging experiences of a lifetime. Whether you're expecting your first child or have already navigated pregnancy, labor and delivery several times before, you no doubt understand how unique every pregnancy is. Maybe you have not had morning sickness but have a friend who can barely leave home because of it.

An issue that complicates one woman's pregnancy may not even be a concern for another. This is one of many reasons it pays to stay closely connected to your obstetrician or midwife and medical team. You can trust your care provider to closely monitor your and your baby's condition, and to know if there's a problem, such as those that might warrant a C-section delivery.

What should you never eat or drink while driving?

Of course, it would probably not be a good idea to eat or drink anything while driving because it will most likely distract you from driving. However, many people here in Chicago and elsewhere do eat and/or drink while they drive.

Numerous accidents happen because a driver was eating or drinking instead of paying attention to the road. While any food or drink could increase the potential for a crash, some items tend to be more potentially troublesome than others are.

Are your symptoms suggestive of a post-collision skull fracture?

Illinois roadways are often dangerous places, especially intersections or busy, downtown areas. Maybe you've been battling bumper-to-bumper traffic in a daily commute to and from work for years. Then again, perhaps, you work from home and are glad you only have to get behind the wheel to run errands or travel by choice.

Either way, as a licensed driver, you know there are traffic laws and safety regulations in place to help you and drivers with whom you share the road to avoid collision. Such laws are also meant to help keep pedestrians safe. If a driver is negligent, and you suffer injury because of it, the road to recovery may present many challenges, especially if you have a skull fracture.

Are you driving next to a trucker with untreated sleep apnea?

If you are like many others here in Illinois, driving next to a tractor-trailer makes you nervous. Looking over and seeing nothing but big tires next to you may cause you to speed up just to get away from the truck. In some cases, your instinct could end up saving your life since truck accidents are often some of the most catastrophic and devastating, especially to those in smaller vehicles.

Even so, few would dispute that truck drivers have a challenging job. Driving for long hours alone can cause fatigue and boredom, which can lead to mistakes. However, when a driver also has an untreated medical condition, he or she could present a significant risk to you and your loved ones.

Car accidents may occur due to failure to yield to traffic

A woman's life has sadly been cut short due to a motor vehicle collision in Illinois. In addition, a man suffered serious injuries in the recent two-car collision. These types of car accidents can easily happen when a driver is negligent behind the wheel -- for example, by failing to yield to oncoming traffic -- which is grounds for litigation.

The recent accident in Illinois took place at about 1 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. According to police, a 61-year-old woman started to turn south from a parking lot to enter Illinois Route 133. However, she reportedly did not yield to a car that a 37-year-old man was driving.

Recent report says fatal car accidents are increasing in Illinois

Operating a motor vehicle requires focus and attention at all times. Driving is a privilege that comes with great responsibility. Unfortunately, these days, it seems that driving is often taken for granted. Roadways across the state of Illinois are becoming more crowded and more hazardous with each passing day. According to a report from the National Safety Council, fatal car accidents are on the rise so far this year. 

The report said that, although the number of miles driven in Illinois dropped by nearly 40 percent compared to this same time last year, the traffic fatality rate rose nearly 6 percent across the state. With fewer vehicles on the roadway, more drivers are speeding, according to the National Safety Council Statistics Manager. He said traffic congestion can help to decrease or maintain travel speeds.

Medical malpractice lawsuit settled for over $12 million

Thanks to modern technology and updated safety regulations, surgical procedures in Illinois these days are much safer than previous decades. However, no surgery is truly risk-free. When humans are involved, there will always be a chance for errors. Tragically, patients suffer the consequences of medical malpractice

A medical malpractice lawsuit filed in another state claimed that negligent care resulted in a young boy losing his leg. The lawsuit said the boy, who was 5 years old, underwent a surgical procedure to remove his tonsils and adenoids. According to the lawsuit, the child had complications during the procedure and had to be resuscitated.  The lawsuit claimed that doctors punctured both of the boy's femoral arteries in an attempt to establish lines in them. The boy was transferred to the intensive care unit and placed on a ventilator, the lawsuit said.

Truck accidents: Tips for sharing the road with tractor-trailers

Highways and interstates in Illinois are heavily utilized by commercial traffic. For motorists in passenger vehicles, traveling near large trucks like tractor-trailers can be incredibly intimidating. Because tractor-trailers are so massive, truck accidents involving passenger vehicles are more likely to end in severe injuries or death. The following tips could be helpful in preventing accidents when sharing roadways with tractor-trailers.

Always remember to give tractor-trailers plenty of space and stay out of blind spots. Tractor-trailers have huge blind spots on all four sides. Motorists should keep in mind that, if they cannot see the truck driver in the truck's side-view mirror, the truck driver cannot see them. In order to pass a tractor-trailer, signal clearly and pass promptly. Do not linger in the blind spots.

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