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Posted By Legal Team | October 24 2023 | Firm News

Trucks, SUVs Behind Soaring Rise in Pedestrian Deaths

Last year, over 7,500 pedestrians tragically lost their lives while walking on roads. The number of fatalities shot up a whopping 77%, hitting a 40-year high. What’s behind this disturbing trend? One major factor is the proliferation of massive trucks and SUVs. They are bigger and bulkier than their predecessors, making them harder for drivers…

Posted By Legal Team | September 13 2022 | Firm News, Wrongful Death

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Wrongful death suit is settled for $7.3 million

Chicago, July 10, 2022 – Smith LaCien LLP announces the $7.3 million settlement in wrongful death lawsuit against a Joliet hospital brought by the family of a woman who died from sepsis after an endoscopy went wrong. In June 2016, Michelle Swallow, 30, was diagnosed with acute gallbladder inflammation and had surgery at Silver Cross Hospital…

Posted By Legal Team | September 13 2022 | Firm News, Spinal Cord Injury

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Man hurt in Bubble Ball game settles for $10 million

Chicago, June 15, 2022 – Smith LaCien LLP announces the $10 million settlement in a case involving a man who cannot walk due to a spinal injury he suffered while playing bubble ball at a Chicago suburban park district. Collin Hogan was 15 when his accident occurred at a birthday party on July 8, 2017. The…

Posted By Legal Team | May 24 2022 | Firm News, Motor Vehicle Accidents

To counter increase in roadway deaths, Feds to provide $1 billion in grants to localities

A car is much more than a possession. For many Americans, it represents a way to earn a living – building them, repairing them and selling them. For drivers, a car is a symbol of freedom whether heading out into the wild blue yonder or just the local mall. To accommodate drivers, laws were passed…

Posted By Legal Team | May 13 2022 | Firm News, Truck Accidents

Train-truck crashes often catastrophic

The tragic train-truck crash in Clarendon Hills on Wednesday that killed a Metra BNSF passenger also injured four other passengers including the conductor and train engineer. The train struck a slow-moving semitrailer truck when it became stuck behind another vehicle. The truck driver leaped to safety without injuries. A federal investigation will ultimately identify the…

Posted By Legal Team | May 4 2022 | Firm News, Personal Injury

Embrace the orange when driving through work zones

Those bright orange signs and striping lines that designate a roadway work zone are popping up everywhere. They warn motorists to slow down and use caution but can challenge and frustrate even the safest drivers. Drive too fast or recklessly through a zone, and you can endanger yourself, your passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Even the…

Posted By Legal Team | April 29 2022 | Firm News, Personal Injury

Can I get compensation if I get hurt riding CTA trains or buses?

When you hop on a train in the morning on your way to work or get on a bus to take you across the city, you are likely most concerned with whether everything is running on schedule and what time you will arrive at your destination. You may not give much thought to whether you…

Posted By Legal Team | April 25 2022 | Firm News, Personal Injury

Make way, Chicago, for 4,000 electric scooters!

In early May, Chicago is set to receive some 4,000 rentable, stand-up electric scooters for use by the public. The arrival is good news for environmentally conscious people who want to get around quickly and inexpensively. But will the entrance of so many scooters lead to more traffic accidents? The city says it has already…

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