January 2014 Archives
Winters in Illinois can be very treacherous, especially for people driving on snow-covered roads. Snow and ice can make driving very difficult, and the winter season often sees many car accidents caused by winter weather.
Who is to blame when a Cook County commercial truck driver spends too many hours behind the wheel? The Federal Motor Carrier Administration sets hours-of-service rules to avoid truck driver fatigue.
You've probably heard the expression "You get what you pay for." So, does that mean when you buy something at a Chicago store that a product can be dangerous because it's inexpensive? If you burn your hand on a kitchen stove, the injury is no less painful because of the appliance's value.
Certain Cook County occupations have a built-in risk factor. Nearly one in five of over 3,900 fatal workplace accidents in 2012 occurred in the construction industry, according to the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. More than half of the fatal injuries among construction workers had one of four causes – falls, employees caught in between objects, electrocution and injuries caused by workers getting hit by objects.
Chicago traffic accident victims and families who've lost loved ones in DUI crashes share a belief. The drunk driving accidents didn't have to happen. The pain and suffering of victims could have been avoided if the at-fault driver had considered the possible consequences.
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration reported over 4,300 on-the-job deaths last year. Nearly one in five fatalities in private industries happened at construction sites. Falls caused 278 employee deaths, while another 78 construction workers died after being struck by objects.