Posted On: June 12, 2008

Chicago surburban car-truck accident results in the death of a Joliet man

The accident occurred Monday June 9th. The Joliet Camry driver was on Archer Ave just north of 127th street in Cook County Illinois. As the driver was slowing he was rear ended by A Dodge Durango that failed to slow down. The force of the crash pushed the Camry into the path of an oncoming semi-trailer truck. The Camry driver identified as Robert Bato, 66 was pronounced dead at Loyola Medical Center late Monday evening.

The driver of the Durango received a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and for driving without a license.

The fact that the driver of the Durango may have not had a valid license may present issues as to whether he is also validly insured. As difficult as it may be the family of Mr. Bato should consult with a knowledgeable in jury attorney as soon as possible to investigate all avenues of liability and possible methods of recovery. This may even be a case where the semi truck should be impounded to determine if the driver of the semi tractor trailer truck was speeding. Most trucks contain a so called “black box” that records the speed and braking maneuvers just before a crash. If this information is not obtained immediately it will likely be lost forever and the family may not make a full economic recovery.

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Posted On: June 11, 2008

A Chicago worker was exposed to toxic fumes which resulted in his death at a Chicago chocolate factory

Gerardo Castillo of Chicago was killed by fumes that were released when some substance was mixed into the chocolate. OSHA and the Chicago Fire Department are investigating the cause of his death and trying to determine the source of the fumes. The investigation may take several weeks

I would encourage the family of Mr. Castillo to retain a knowledgable experienced lawyer to help preserve any evidence. While OSHA may do a thorough job of investigating, because of cut backs they may not have the resources to develop all of the evidence necessary to prosecute a wrongful death claim should some third party company be responsible for the fumes. It might benefit the family if they had their own attorney help look out for their interests.They should retain someone who has more than just workers compensation experience as there my be others that are liable for the injuries that caused his death.

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Posted On: June 11, 2008

Bicyclist hit by opening car door in Chicago dies of head injury

Clinton Miceli age 22 died of head injuries he received Monday on the north side of Chicago when the driver of a parked SUV opened his door into Miceli’s path.

On Tuesday another bike rider was struck by a CTA bus and injured.

It seems that the streets of Chicago are becoming less and less safe for bike riders as the city is trying to encourage more and more people to bike to work. Gas prices are also adding to the bike traffic, while drivers are more and more distracted by cell phones and other electronic devices.

I would encourage all bike riders to ride defensively and assume that they are not seen by people driving cars. They should also use designated bike lanes when possible and always always wear a helmet.

If the City of Chicago wants to encourage more people to ride their bikes the should be more proactive in developing wider bike lanes, perhaps even eliminating parking lanes and converting them to wide bike lanes on the heaviest bike trafficked roads.

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Posted On: June 11, 2008

A man riding a bicycle suffered serious head injuries in Chicago

A bicyclist suffered serious head injuries on Lasalle Street in Chicago Monday night when the driver of a parked car opened the door in his path. The bicycle rider was thrown under an on coming car and suffered critical head injuries.

Four bicycle riders have been killed this year riding their bikes on the streets of Chicago.

Several years ago I represented the family of a man who died in a similar accident on Fullerton Avenue in Chicago. He was riding his bike to work when the driver of a parked car opened his door without looking back and pushed him under the wheels of a tractor trailer truck.

The jury held that the driver who opened the car door and the truck driver were each 50% at fault for the death of the bicyclist. The jury awarded a substantial 7 figure verdict which greatly helped the family of the bike rider. Without the jury award the family would have been impoverished. Because of the jury award the children were able to finish school in a good suburban school and the mom was able to be around to help keep them out of trouble. I recently ran into one of the boys and he told me that they are all doing great.

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Posted On: June 10, 2008

Man dies in Chicago after being hit by a hit and run truck driver.

James Waddick was killed by a hit and run driver in Frankfort Square, Will County Illinois, on May 18, 2008. Authorities are looking for information about a pick up truck that they believe was involved in the fatal accident.

Whether or not the driver of the pick up truck is found the family of James Waddick should consult with a competent Illinois injury attorney. There may be several remedies available to them, Including uninsured motorist coverage and possibly dram shop claims.

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Posted On: June 9, 2008

Jose Manual Chavez, padre de cuatro de Berwyn, Illinois, fue identificado como el trabajador de carretera que fue matado en la carretera I 57 ayer en Chicago.

El Sr. Chavez fue matado cuando una carro lo atropello y el chofer huio del accidente. El chofer del carro fue aprehendido con cargos pendientes. Otro trabajador de carretera tambien sufrio heridas en la cabeza en el mismo accidente.

En el teimpo del accidente el Sr. Chavez estaba recogiendo un signo o un barricada como parte de su trabjajo para la Corporacion de Seguridad de las Carreteras en Addison, Illinois.

21 personas fueron matadas el ano pasado en zonas de trabajo de carretera, la mayoria fueron automovilista, dos fueron trabajadores de carreteras.

En mi opinion no hacen los sufficiente para el seguro de los automovilistas y trabajadores en zonas de trabajo. Hay muchos procedimientos de seguridad que pueden llevar acabo para aumentar la seguridad. Muchos de estos procedimientos no son implementados para ahorrar dinero. En mis 25 anos de manejar lessiones de zona de construccion yo e visto muchas implementaciones de procedimientos como el resultado de las demandas de accidents y muertes que podian ver sido prevenidas.

En muchos casos no es hasta que las companias de construccion reconocen que les costara mas en ignorar el procedimiento que implementar el procedimiento que empiezan a tomar los pasos necessarios para la seguridad.


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Posted On: June 8, 2008

John Boria was killed riding his motorcycle on the northwest side of Chicago.

The accident that caused his death occurred when the driver of 2003 Subaru ran a stop sign at the intersection of Addison and Osceola.
Boria was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park ridge where he was pronounced dead.

Increasingly drivers are distracted by their cell phones. If a wrongful death claim is brought for John’s death the Subaru driver’s cell phone records should be subpoenad to determine if cell phone use was a contributing factor. There should also be an investigation of the scene to see if brush overgrowth or other factors may have obstructed the driver's view of the stop sign.

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