Posted On: March 30, 2011

Bicycle Advocate Groups Call for State to Track ‘Dooring’ Accidents

The Active Transportation Alliance and other cyclist groups have recently levied heavy criticism against the Illinois Department of Transportation for its failure to keep records on cycling injuries and deaths that result from ‘dooring’. ‘Dooring’ accidents, considered by many to be the most common type of vehicle-bicycle accident, occurs when a vehicle door is opened into the path of a bicyclist. The Active Transportation Alliance has launched a campaign to increase dooring awareness. The group considers dooring accidents to be the biggest threat to cyclists in the Chicago area. The group has conducted informal surveys that show nearly half the people that bike in the Chicago area have been doored at least once. The surveys, however, cannot be backed by solid statistics as IDOT has not required law enforcement agencies to track the accidents. The ATA estimates that the exclusion of dooring accidents from crash counts likely decreases vehicle-bike accident numbers by at least 15 percent statewide.

A City of Chicago statute carries fines ranging from $150 to $500 for opening a vehicle door in the path of a cyclist. The Chicago law also requires motorists to stay at least 3 feet away from cyclists and bans driving within the bike lanes. Chicago tracks dooring accidents and reports them to the State however IDOT foes not maintain the data. Chicago Police reported sixty six dooring accidents in 2010 and sixty two in 2009. There are similar state laws regarding the distance a motorist must keep from a cyclist and passing cyclists, however there is no state statute addressing dooring.

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Posted On: March 25, 2011

Federal Prosecutors Seeking 1 Million in Restitution for Child Porn Victim

Federal prosecutors have asked a northern Indiana child porn convict who is currently serving an 11 year sentence on child pornography charges to pay almost $1 million dollars in restitution to one of his victims. The convicted felon, Mark Ontiveros, now faces a restitution request of $984,000.00 filed this Tuesday at a federal court in Hammond, IN. The requested funds are intended to help the child pornography victim cover costs of future counseling, educational, vocational counseling, lost earnings, and litigation and attorneys fees. The Times of Munster newspaper has reported that Ontiveros has already paid $236,000.00 in restitution to the child pornography victim.

Ontiveros was sentenced last week to eleven years in prison on the heels of a conviction for possessing and receiving more than 1,000 images of child pornography. Some of the child pornography victims were as young as four years old. Only information related to the restitution of one victim has been released to date.

If you have been the victim of child pornography, there may be avenues of civil recovery available to you. You may be entitled to monetary damages even if the abuser has been criminally convicted. To find out more about child pornography victims’ rights or to speak with an attorney, please click here.

Posted On: March 23, 2011

Chicago Sun Times Executive Death Ruled Accidental Prompting Response from Medicare

The death of Chicago Sun Times Chairman James Tyree was ruled an accident last week on the heels of an investigation that revealed he died from an air embolism. The tragedy has prompted Medicare to release a statement regarding the payment of treatment considered medical error. Tyree was being treated for cancer and pneumonia when he died from an intravascular air embolism last Wednesday. He was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center at 4:24 p.m.

An air embolism occurs when a vein or artery is obstructed by an air bubble. These bubbles are often benign but in certain situations can shut off blood flow and cause death. Death from intravascular air embolism is considered a ‘never event’ medical error. Never events are widely considered preventable situations that should never occur according to the National Quality Forum, a medical standards organization. One national expert on patient safety has admitted that death by an embolism of this type is a rare event and that there are a host of established techniques in place to prevent this type of death from occurring. In response to the tragedy, Medicare has said that it will no longer pay for treatment of medical errors that are deemed ‘never events’. Medicare’s position will have nationwide effects on victims of medical malpractice throughout the nation.

If you or someone you know has been denied Medicare coverage due to a never event denial, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to review your case and protect your rights. To speak with a Chicago medical malpractice attorney, please click here.

Posted On: March 18, 2011

Naperville High School Counselor Indicted on Sexual Abuse Charges

A Naperville North High School counselor and coach was indicted on eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse early this morning. The accused, 33 year old John Carbonaro of Warrenville, IL, allegedly maintained a relationship with a 16 year old student from July 2010 through October 2010. The sexual abuse indictment included allegations that Carbonaro had inappropriately touched the 16 year old. He has been released on $20,000.00 bond and is scheduled for arraignment on March 23rd. He has been suspended by Naperville Unit District 203 with pay and removed from all duties and responsibilities according to school district policy.

The accused has been an employee of the Naperville school district since 2006. A spokesperson for the District has indicated that Carbonaro was an assistant girls’ softball coach and golf coach at the High School. Carbonaro’s lawyer has released a statement flatly denying the allegations and has vowed to fight the matter at trial. More information regarding the specific sexual abuse allegations remains unavailable at this time.

If you have been the victim of childhood sexual abuse, you should consider contacting a civil attorney. A civil attorney may be able to bring a civil sexual abuse case even if the accused is already being criminally prosecuted. To speak with an experienced Illinois sexual abuse lawyer, please click here.

Posted On: March 16, 2011

International Child Pornography Ring Exposed

An enormous international child pornography ring was busted earlier this week by European authorities. The international police initiative identified nearly 670 suspects and about 230 child pornography victims in thirty countries. The international pedophile ring itself is thought to be the world’s largest with more 70,000 members. Reports have indicated that 184 suspects have been arrested so far including teachers, police officers, and scout leaders. Most of the detained individuals have been accused of directly abusing children. The police action was spearheaded by a European police agency called Europol as part of its Operation Rescue. A spokesman for Europol has commented that the pornography ring is probably the largest of its kind in the world.

A spokesperson for the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released a statement indicating that there have been five arrests and four convictions within the U.S. as a result of the investigation and bust. Specific arrests have been made in both Georgia and Connecticut. The investigation included authorities from thirteen countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. The site operated from a server based out of the Netherlands and reportedly at one time had up to 70,000 members. The site administrator aided authorities in breaking encryption measures following his arrest. Police identified members of the site that posed the greatest risk to children leading to the aforementioned arrests. Investigators also posed as children online as part of the investigation. The investigation is expected to yield more arrests.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of child pornography, you might be entitled to civil recovery. To speak with an attorney about child pornography victims’ rights, please click here.


Posted On: March 11, 2011

Southside Hit and Run Chicago Car Accident Injures Four

Four Chicago teens suffered injuries earlier this week when they were involved in a hit and run car accident on city’s Southeast side. The Chicago car accident occurred at 2:33 a.m. near the corner of West 115th St. and South Torrence Avenue according to South Chicago police. According to reports, a 2001 Pontiac Montana minivan was northbound on Torrance around 2:30 a.m. when it was struck by a second vehicle. The force of the collision caused the minivan to lose control and spin out eventually colliding with a light pole. The other vehicle fled the scene of the Chicago car crash and no description of that vehicle is presently available.

The Chicago Fire Department has reported that four individuals were injured as a result of the Chicago car crash. Two of the victims were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, while two others were rushed to John Stroger Jr. Hospital. All of the accident victims were listed in serious to critical condition. One of the accident victims, a 14 year old boy that was a passenger in the rear of the van, was listed in critical condition. The three other teen car accident victims have been stabilized according to local hospitals. The car accident is still being investigated by Chicago Police.

Hit and run car accident victims can have avenues of recovery other than the driver of the vehicle that left the scene. If you have been involved in a hit and run accident and would like to speak with a Chicago lawyer to investigate your rights, please click here.

Posted On: March 9, 2011

Five Injured in West Side Chicago Car Accident

Five individuals including a newborn infant were injured this morning in a two vehicle Chicago car crash near the United Center on Chicago’s West Side. Reports indicate that the Chicago car crash involved two sport utility vehicles. According to Chicago Police, the Chicago car crash occurred at around 2:00 a.m. on the 1800 block of West Warren Boulevard when a 2006 Toyota Highlander struck a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche head-on. The driver of the Highlander reportedly admitted to authorities that his vehicle’s global positioning system directed him the wrong way on a one way street.

Both the driver of the Highlander, a 21 year old Massachusetts man, and his 23 year old male passenger were injured in the Chicago car accident. The 39 year old driver of the Avalanche was also injured along with his two passengers, an infant and a teenage girl. All of the Chicago car accident victims were hospitalized and were initially listed by Chicago Fire Department Officials in serious to critical condition. The driver of the Highlander received a traffic citation for driving the wrong way down a one way street.

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Posted On: March 4, 2011

Chicago Pedestrian Killed in North Side Vehicle-Pedestrian Accident

A Schiller Park man was struck and killed by a vehicle on Chicago’s northwest side yesterday. The fatal Chicago pedestrian accident occurred on the 9800 block of Lawrence Avenue. The victim, 41 year old Leonard Daddosio of the 4900 block of Harold Avenue in Schiller Park, IL, was pronounced dead at Resurrection Medical Center around 9:22 p.m. according to a spokesperson from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The incident was not classified as a hit and run accident. The circumstances surrounding the fatal Chicago pedestrian accident are still being investigated.

Pedestrian related accidents claimed 4,092 lives in 2009 according to the NHTSA. This figure amounts to eleven deaths a day. The administration also reported 59,000 pedestrian injuries in 2009. While these figures show an overall decrease since 1995, the numbers are still alarming. Chicago pedestrians should be careful to use crosswalks and intersection signals at all times. Pedestrians should also make sure to pay extra attention to surrounding traffic at particularly busy intersections and during peak traffic times. Also, the NHTSA statistics reveal that 70% of pedestrian fatalities occur at night. Pedestrians should take extra precaution when using Chicago streets at night and also consider wearing bright clothes.

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Posted On: March 2, 2011

West Side Chicago Car Accident Injures Five

A West Side Chicago car accident left five injured on Tuesday March 5th. The Chicago car accident occurred at the intersection of Washington and Central in Chicago. IL. Reports indicate that an EMS Plan I was called to the scene of the accident at about 7:50 a.m. An EMS Plan I automatically dispatches five ambulances to a crash scene. The Chicago car accident involved at least two vehicles one of which was a grey four door sedan.

Reports indicate that at least five people were injured in the Chicago car accident. Three of the accident victims were taken to West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, IL, while another was taken to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center. The identities and ages of the Chicago car crash victims have not been released. Police have not indicated the exact number of vehicles involved in the crash or whether citations were issued. Initial dispatch reports indicate that the multi-vehicle Chicago car crash may have involved a bus.

If you have been involved in a car accident resulting in injury, you should contact a Chicago injury lawyer as soon as possible to evaluate the accident and protect your rights. If you are interested in a free initial consultation, please click here.

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