Drivers have become accustomed to Illinois Department of Transportation signs along state roads. The electronic, emergency signs have been up for more than a decade informing motorists about safety campaigns and emergencies.
Children can become the victims of traffic accidents no matter how Illinois parents try to protect them. Parents' worst fears are realized when an auto accident injures or claims the life of their child. A heartbreaking discovery is learning that the driver who might have prevented a child's injury or death is the victim's parent.
A Carol Stream woman died from injuries she received as she sat in her car along the side of Chicago's Eisenhower Expressway. Three others sustained serious injuries in the fatal crash near Kostner Avenue, including a driver police speculated was intoxicated and speeding.
According to reports, a lawsuit filed regarding the death of a 59-year-old man in Geneva, Illinois, will be heading back to court. The wrongful death suit was filed by the family of the deceased man against the city of Geneva for what the man's relatives believe to be improper monitoring of the Geneva dam. Court documents show that a hearing is scheduled for this month and the suit's dismissal will be discussed.
One of the best-selling drugs in the world may have seen its generic form marred by the company that manufactures it. According to a recent recall from Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc., dozens of lots of the generic form of Lipitor may contain tiny glass particles. The potentially defective product could cause serious harm to those that ingest it and may lead to a product liability suit if the damage occurs. Consumers using the generic version of the cholesterol drug in Illinois should consult the recall to determine if they are at risk.
Another suit has been added to the Pradaxa multidistrict litigation. This one involves a man who took the anticoagulant drug for less than six months and was then hospitalized for more than a week. His 10-day hospitalization was caused by internal bleeding that he believes was caused by his use of Pradaxa. A product liability suit alleging such things was filed in late August of this year in the Northern District of Illinois, but was soon transferred to the Southern District of Illinois to join other litigation against the drug and its manufacturer.
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.
Earlier this year, a 37-year-old man died because of complications caused by a hit-and-run accident. At the time, he was driving a motorcycle in Olympia Fields, Illinois when a dark-green, four-door Kia sedan was driving in the center lane of U.S. 30, traveling west. The vehicle, which had a missing front bumper cover and some damage on the front end, went to make a right turn onto Brookwood Drive without entering the right lane. The unknown driver cut through the motorcyclist's lane of traffic, striking his vehicle and sped off, failing to stop for the automobile accident which had just occurred.
Over the past year, concussions have been brought into the spotlight as a major injury received in sports. Several studies have shown that this type of traumatic brain injury has left some athletes, both amateur and professional, with long-term effects. Because of this, two high schools in Glenview and Northbrook, Illinois are having their student athletes tested for concussions.