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Illinois high court rules on workplace injury case

When Illinois residents suffer injuries caused by another person or entity, it's essential to know what the statute of limitations is for filing a civil legal claim to seek compensation and damages. This includes work-related injuries.

Last month, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in a case that involved a woman who suffered injuries back in 2012 while working as a custodian in a Chicago office building. A desk that had been standing upright, apparently because carpets were being replaced, fell on her while she was cleaning.

How can I protect my family from drunk drivers?

Hundreds of people in Illinois die each year because of drinking and driving, according to the Illinois State Police. This knowledge can be especially scary if you are a parent who depends on being able to safely drive your children from place to place. However, you are not powerless. There are some actions you can take to help prevent being hit by a drunk driver when you are on the road.

Several ways to avoid a car accident with a drunk driver, include:

  • Give other vehicles plenty of space. By driving several car lengths behind another vehicle, you will be able to have more time to respond to any act of erratic driving. To make this work, you may need to turn off cruise control. You may also consider avoiding typically busy driving hours or congested routes, so you will naturally have a little more space between you and other vehicles.
  • Be especially vigilant at intersections where drunk drivers may run red lights or fail to stop at stop signs. Make sure to look both ways before entering the intersection regardless of who has the right of way.
  • Avoid driving late at night. Many drunk driving accidents happen late in the evening or early in the morning, especially on weekends and holidays.

Alleged drunk driver faces jail time, immigration consequences

The attorney for a Cicero woman facing four aggravated DUI charges says his client won't accept any plea deal that includes jail time.

According to prosecutors, the woman was driving home from Aurora around 2 a.m. in October 2017 after leaving a party. Three children were in the SUV with her — her 6-year-old son and her daughters, age 12 and 15. Her 21-year-old sister was also a passenger. The driver lost control on a curve and the SUV ended up in a nearby pond.

Recent bail increase means jail for driver in fatal June DUI

A 20-year-old man is facing charges of aggravated DUI involving death and reckless homicide after a fatal crash in Elk Grove Village on June 30. The young man was on duty at his job as a seasonal employee with the Cook County Forest Preserve District when police say he drove a dump truck into multiple vehicles that were stopped in traffic on Arlington Heights Road.

The crash killed a 44-year-old Bloomingdale man who was returning home from work. A number of other people were injured, including the dump truck driver.

Illinois man killed by truck while changing flat tire

This time of year, it's not unusual for cars to become disabled on the snowy highways of Illinois and points north. Motorists need to get their car off of the road before attending to it. Even then, it's essential to watch for oncoming traffic because drivers may not see you in time to stop -- particularly if they're traveling at highway speeds.

Tragedy struck earlier this month near Edgerton, Wisconsin, when an Illinois man was fatally struck by a semitruck after he got a flat tire. The accident happened just before 4:00 a.m. on Nov. 7 on Interstate 39/90.

A Willowbrook man is sentenced for causing a fatal hit-and-run

A 21-year-old Willowbrook resident pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run charges on Oct. 31 in a DuPage County courtroom. Before doing so, he stood accused of having fled the scene of a fatal collision on May 17, 2017, along state route 83. A 26-year-old Westmont resident died in that crash.

On that fateful day, witnesses reported seeing the defendant pull out from a side road into the path of the decedent's oncoming sports utility vehicle (SUV). The two cars collided with one another and the decedent lost control of the car before crashing into a nearby tree. The decedent was ejected from his SUV during all of this.

Round Lake Beach sees second fatal crash in just over a week

A 56-year-old bicyclist died after being struck by a vehicle on Oct. 30 in Round Lake Beach -- a northern suburb of Chicago. Local police say the crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. as the Round Lake Park man was crossing Fairfield Road.

Authorities say that the driver who struck him, a 41-year-old man who lives in Lake Villa, remained on the scene. He was given a toxicology test, but results are still pending.

Safe driving tips for the holidays

As the holidays get closer, many people are thinking about hitting the roads to visit friends or family. While this is exciting, it can also be dangerous. Between cold weather, snow, ice and increased traffic, traveling over the holidays presents many different risks.

Here are a few tips you can use to get you and your family to your destination safely in anticipation of the holiday festivities.

Tips for staying safe on your motorcycle this winter

Some Illinois motorcyclists keep their bikes in the garage during the winter. It can be very uncomfortable to ride in cold, snowy, windy conditions. It can also be extremely dangerous. However, if you don't want to hang up your helmet for the winter, the following tips can help you stay safe and (relatively) comfortable on the road.

Invest in heavy-duty winter gear

Central Illinois woman sentenced for aggravated DUI

A Pekin woman has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for a fatal crash that occurred a year ago in Bartonville. It left a 7-year-old girl dead and a 5-year-old girl in a wheelchair with partial paralysis.

Under Illinois law, the woman will have to serve at least 85 percent of that relatively light sentence. She could have gotten as many as 14 years for the aggravated DUI conviction.

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