A 27-year-old woman from Aurora, Illinois recently pleaded guilty to charges brought against her for driving under the influence. According to the authorities, the woman tested positive for marijuana after her vehicle was deemed the cause of a motor vehicle accident that killed two people.
Recently, several cars and big trucks were cruising down Skokie Highway (U.S. Route 41.) Suddenly, one of the big trucks slammed on its brakes and in seconds, the semi had caused a six vehicle pile-up. Four cars and one mangled rig later, one man was dead and several others were injured.
There are new developments in a product liability case against a leading pharmaceutical company. In a previous blog, we discussed the allegations against pharmaceutical giant Bayer in regards to two of its contraceptives. In a federal court in Illinois, a document has now been unsealed that is telling the court that Bayer withheld information its researchers had uncovered from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004.
In many states, including Illinois, drivers must move over or slow down if emergency vehicles are on the shoulder. It is also courteous to do the same for anyone stopped on the side of the road, in order to keep Illinois roadways safe. Unfortunately, a recent news story may be an example of some drivers' disregard for those on the side of the road and the effects of negligent behavior.
Distracted driving is a major problem in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois. In an attempt to cut down on the number of Chicago car accidents caused by distracted driving, the city banned the use of all hand-held mobile devices behind the wheel. Even talking on a cell phone is prohibited, unless the driver is using a hands-free device.
Pharmaceutical giant Bayer is facing allegations that are bringing two of its well-known contraceptives into the headlines. A product liability suit has been filed against the company for supposed off-label marketing and an alleged disregard for the health of women taking Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills. More than 10,000 suits have been filed against the company by users of the contraceptives in question. For users in Chicago that have experienced negative side effects, this may be the time to speak up.