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Archive for the ‘Transportation Injuries’ Topic

Chicago Suburb Cracking Down on Texting While Driving

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by Romanucci & Blandin
Illinois has issued a hands-free cellphone law, but unfortunately, there are still many drivers who choose to ignore the law.  According to the National Safety Council, there are 1,600,000 car accidents each year that are caused by texting while driving.  This accounts for almost 25% of all car accidents.  The Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts breaks this down into 11 teen deaths every day that are caused by texting while driving.  The National Highway Transportation Safety Adminis ... Read More

What Is Transportation Negligence?

Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Romanucci & Blandin
Some vehicle accidents are unavoidable. When a deer darts onto a foggy road and a driver swerves to miss it, who is to blame? Not the driver, not the ditch where his car meets its end, and certainly not the car’s manufacturer. If anything, we blame the deer. But when accidents occur because drivers, car designers or road planners didn’t take proper precautions, these accidents are caused by something we call transportation negligence. Transportation negligence can occur with any vehicle, ... Read More

All Aboard for Train Safety

Posted on: November 1st, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
If an Amtrak train had been the old fashioned variety, rather than a "smart" train equipped with an Incremental Train Control System, there might have been even more serious injuries than the nine reported following a train that derailed at high speed in Michigan. But, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the control system that can detect problems involving track switches, signals and railroad crossing warning devices, did its job. The National Transportation Safety Board, which i ... Read More

Group Discusses Ways to Reduce Deaths on Illinois Tracks

Posted on: October 12th, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
With Illinois climbing to No. 2 – behind Texas – in the number of roadway-rail collisions, organizations determined to reduce accidental deaths and suicides on our state’s tracks met this week in Oak Brook to discuss the problem and possible solutions. Sponsored by the DuPage Railroad Safety Council and themed “Safety is Good Business,” the conference, which featured Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider as the luncheon speaker, included panels of experts to address the ec ... Read More

Cabs Rank High in Pedestrian Crashes, Study Says

Posted on: September 28th, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
A taxi driver turns left ignoring a pedestrian crossing the street. An out-of-control cab strikes a man waiting for a bus. These are just two examples of how reckless taxi drivers have recently plowed into innocent people who were simply going about their daily lives. A study by the Chicago Department of Transportation counted 3,100 pedestrians who were seriously injured or killed in Chicago’s Loop or its North Side in the period studied. And, of that number, 28 percent involved taxis. Publ ... Read More

Kudos to City of Chicago for Plan to End Pedestrian Deaths

Posted on: September 19th, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
We were heartened to read in both Chicago daily newspapers, that the City of Chicago intends to implement a plan to end pedestrian deaths in the foreseeable future. Our applause for the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) intent comes from two hats we wear: as pedestrians who regularly navigate downtown streets while dodging drivers who ignore traffic signals; and as personal injury attorneys who too frequently are witnesses to stories of serious injury and death caused by reckles ... Read More

Deaths Involving Cars, Motorcycles, Jump In 2012; State Is Taking Greater Accident Prevention Steps

Posted on: August 14th, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
We were disappointed to learn that traffic deaths have spiked by 9 percent in Illinois in 2012 compared to this time last year. The reason cited are the area’s warm winter and spring, which encouraged more people to be on the roads, leading to fatalities. More than 530 people were killed in vehicle and motorcycle crashes, and catastrophic accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians. “That’s a 45-death increase from last year’s total through late July, when 488 deaths were recorded, ... Read More

Megabus Accident Kills One, Seriously Injures Many in Downstate Illinois

Posted on: August 3rd, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
Like people across the U.S., we were saddened to learn about Thursday’s accident involving a megabus in which one woman was killed and scores injured, some seriously. The crash, which occurred near Litchfield, Illinois, was the result of a tire blow-out. The driver couldn’t keep the bus on the road and crashed into a concrete bridge support pillar on I-55. This is the 5th fatal accident of megabuses in the past two years according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Their we ... Read More

Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Can Lead to Injuries, Deaths

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
Reports of inebriated drivers who injure or kill innocent people infuriate us because we know these accidents and deaths could have been avoided if only the person at the wheel didn’t drink and drive. Typically, we don’t apply the same revulsion to drunken boat drivers and their passengers, even though alcohol on the water carries similar risks as cars on the road. According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, “A passenger on a boat bound for Chicago's Navy Pier to watch the Fo ... Read More

Federal Transportation Department Warns Urban Systems to Improve Safety, Reduce Crashes

Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
Our team at Romanucci & Blandin salutes a bold new federal law that allows the U.S. Transportation Department to withhold grant money to urban transit systems that don’t make safety improvements. The new law, which was prompted by a bill introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., “mandates the establishment of federal safety standards for subway, bus, light rail and streetcar systems.” According to the Sacramento Bee, “such transit has not been regulated by the federal government s ... Read More

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