Posted On: September 19, 2011

10 killed in devastating air race crash in Reno, Nev.

A Word War II-era plane crashed Friday afternoon during an air race in Reno, Nevada leaving ten people dead. Seven of those killed died at the scene and three others died later on at hospitals.
Local and federal authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. Officials have stated that although it is too soon to determine what caused the crash, some suspect it may have been due to mechanical problems.

Generally, the owner or operator of an airfield is responsible for maintenance and safety. Failure to properly execute that responsibility can lead to the owner’s liability.

If you or a loved one were injured or killed in an accident involving an airplane,, you should contact an attorney immediately to make sure that evidence relating to the incident is properly preserved. To speak to an experienced aviation accident attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or dial 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest.

Posted On: September 16, 2011

Bank teller injured in Rolling Meadows when SUV crashes into building

Harris bank located at 1951 Plum Grove Road in Rolling Meadows, IL, is still closed on Friday after a Jeep Cherokee crashed through the front of the building injuring a bank teller. No one else was reported injured in the crash.

Generally, in motor vehicle accident cases in Illinois, the insurance company of the negligent party is responsible for paying damages. For more information on this topic, it would be wise to seek the advice of an experienced attorney.

To speak to an experienced car accident attorney form the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or dial 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 16, 2011

Winter driving tips from the Klest Injury Law Firm

Chicago roads become difficult to traverse in the winter. Consider these three tips when taking your car out in the snow:

1. Only go out if you absolutely have to. Reducing the number of trips you take reduces your exposure to winter driving hazars. The best way to avoid an accident is to avoid being out on the road.

2. If possible, drive only during daylight hours. This may not be possible for people who have to commute to and from work in the evening or early morning, but reducing night time driving in the winter, when possible, can make for safer travels.

3. Plan ahead. Commute times are longer when there is snow on the ground. Give yourself enough time to get to your destination on time safely.

To speak to an experienced car accident attorney form the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or dial 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 16, 2011

Target recalls Chefmate Blender because of laceration hazard

Target Corporation and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a recall of by the Target, Select Brands Chefmate 6-Speed Blender. While operating the blender, there is a reported risk of the plastic pitcher separating from the blade assembly, which can expose rotating blades and cause laceration.

The recall affects all Chefmate® 6-Speed Blenders, model BL-10. The model number can be found on the bottom of the base. The item is sold exclusively at Target stores. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the blenders and return them to any Target store for a full refund. For more information, consumers can contact Target Guest Relations at (800) 440-0680 or visit www.target.com.

If you or someone you know has been injured by the Target, Select Brands Chefmate 6-Speed Blender, please click here, or dial 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 16, 2011

Chicago woman dies in Niles car accident

A three-car crash at Milwaukee and Oriole in Niles claimed the life of a Chicago woman on Monday afternoon. The crash involved a Jeep that collided with the victim’s car while turning left onto Milwaukee Avenue when she was also trying to turn left. After being struck by the Jeep, the victim’s car was facing the wrong way on Milwaukee when it was hit head-on by a Ford SUV, which was the cause of her death.

In cases involving wrongful death, claims brought in a civil action may arise out of the Illinois wrongful Death Act, See, 740 ILCS 180/ (the “Act”). The Act entitles the injured party to maintain an action for the wrongful or negligent acts of the responsible party. With over 29 year of experience, The Klest Injury Law Firm continues to represent individuals and families who have lost loved ones as a result of a fatal accident.

To speak with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or dial 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 14, 2011

Illinois will revoke driver's license if charged with a DUI in a crash.

Drink drivers who cause accidents face both criminal and civil liability for their actions. Furthermore, the Illinois Transportation Department will revoke that person’s driver’s license.

Sometimes, drunk driving accident victims can sue the business or entity that sold alcohol to the driver. To recover from the party that provided the alcohol, it is necessary to show that alcohol was knowingly given to a visibly intoxicated person.

For a free consultation with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, please click here, or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 14, 2011

The basics of the Illinois Animal Control Act

Millions of people suffer dog bites every year. Illinois law holds dog owners liable if their dog attacks someone under the following circumstances:

• The attack is unprovoked.

• The victim is peaceably conducting him or herself in a location where he or she has a legal right to be.

See, Illinois Animal Control Act.

If you or someone you know has been injured by an animal, you should speak to an attorney right away to determine your rights. For a free consultation with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, please click here, or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 14, 2011

Negligence in truck accident cases

Truck accidents can cause serious injuries. A typical commercial truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds. Passenger cars average only about 3,000 pounds. Simply the size and weight of a truck compared to a car is a huge contributing factor in how dangerous a crash can be.

The main theory of liability in truck accident cases is negligence. Generally, negligence is shown when a defendant owes a duty to the injured party to exercise reasonable care; the defendant breached that duty; the breach was the cause of the injury; and the plaintiff was harmed.

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© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 14, 2011

Possible claims for injured workers

Attorney Joseph Klest has over 29 years of experience representing clients who have been injured in the workplace.

Injured workers may have more than one available avenue towards recovery. Possible claims may arise against both employers and other, third parties.

For a free consultation with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, please click here, or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 14, 2011

Considerations in choosing a wrongful death attorney

Losing a loved one in a fatal accident or because of someone else’s negligence can leave you without knowing where to turn. In some cases, it may even be difficult to determine who was responsible.

When the death of a family member leaves you without the love and support of a parent, spouse or child, you need an experienced attorney to help protect your rights and secure fair compensation for loss.

For a free consultation with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, please click here, or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 14, 2011

Is a foreign driver's license valid in Illinois?

Illinois law states that “[a] nonresident who has in his immediate possession a valid license issued to him in his home state or country may operate a motor vehicle for which he is licensed for the period during which he is in this State.” 625 ILCS 5/6-102(2). This means that a foreign national visiting Illinois, who is not a resident of the State, but has a valid driver’s license from his or her home country is allowed to drive in Illinois with that driver’s license.

If the non-resident’s license is in a language other than English, it will be helpful to have it translated so that in case the non-resident is pulled over, a police officer will be able to understand the license.

An acceptable translation is usually included in an International Driver’s Permit (IDP). An IDP is not an international driver’s license, which would not be valid in Illinois. Also, an IDP is not valid on its own. A valid foreign driver’s license is still necessary.

If a foreign national becomes a resident of Illinois, it is necessary for him or her to obtain an Illinois Temporary Visitor Driver’s License within 90 days after becoming a resident of the State. See 625 ILCS 5/6-102(7).

For more information regarding the Illinois Temporary Visitor Driver’s License, click here to visit the Illinois Secretary of State website.

To speak to an attorney from the Klest Law Firm regarding a specific traffic violation, click here, or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 14, 2011

Drowning prevention safety tips

Most child drowning incidents happen in swimming pools. But, summer is over, which means kids won’t be doing much more swimming if at all until next year. That doesn’t mean that the risk of accidental drowning goes away when pools are closed.

Bathtub drowning is the second leading drowning risk for children, after pools. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, there were 660 incidents of submersion involving children under the age of five, from 2005 to 2009, resulting in 431 fatalities.

Children can drown in only a few inches of water. Here are some tips that can help keep your kids safe in the tub:

• Never leave kids alone in or near a tub with water in it. Kids can drown in only a small amount of water.

• Don’t leave a child in a tub under the care of another child.

• Consider putting child safety locks on bathroom doors and toilet seats.

• Learn CPR. Every second counts in a drowning emergency.

To speak with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm about your child’s safety concerns, click here, or dial 866-264-7639, for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 14, 2011

Back to school safety tips

The school year has begun. And, while rush for back to school shopping is hopefully over, child safety is still the number one thing on parents’ minds. Many schools have joined the Let’s Move! initiative, started by the first lady, whose mission is to fight childhood obesity.

The initiative is trying to further its goal by encouraging kids to walk or bike to school. Whether you’re participating in the program or your child already bikes to school, you want to be sure that he or she has the proper safety equipment.

Helmets are a key piece of safety equipment for anyone riding a bike. Here are a few tips for picking the right helmet for your child:

• Make sure the helmet fits snuggly and doesn’t move up and down or side to side. Some helmets are adjustable. Check the adjustability before trying it on.

• Check to see if the helmet is marked with the U.S Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) stamp of approval. By law, all helmets sold in the U.S. must meet the CPSC standard.

• Make sure the helmet isn’t missing any components. All helmets should have a liner, a shell, and straps. Some helmets come with a strap that is designed to accommodate ponytails.

To speak with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm about your child’s safety concerns, click here, or dial 866-264-7639, for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 14, 2011

LG dehumidifier recall announced again due to home fires

The U.S consumer Products Safety Commission and LG Electronics are urging consumers to check if they have the previously recalled Goldstar or Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers in their home. The dehumidifiers were previously recalled due to a serious fire and burn hazard. It is estimated that the dehumidifiers were responsible for more than one million dollars in property damage.

For more information contact LG toll free at (877) 220-0479 or visit the company’s website at www.30pintdehumidifierrecall.com

Manufacturers in Illinois and throughout the United States are required to produce safe products or otherwise provide adequate warning for unsafe features. If you have any questions about the safety of Goldstar or Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers or would like to speak to an attorney, please click here or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 14, 2011

Blue Line commuter falls on tracks

A person fell from the platform at the CTA Division station on to the tracks this morning and was hit by a train, causing the power to be shut off for approximately 14 minutes. It was reported that the person who fell was taken to an area hospital for observation. The person did not make contact with the electric third rail.

The Klest Law Firm is experienced in handling train accident cases and is pursuing claims on behalf of the victims of the Metra derailment of May 13, 2011. To speak with an attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, please click here or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 14, 2011

Red-light cameras to be turned back on in Elk Grove Village

Eight months ago, Elk Grove Village turned off its red-light cameras on Busse Road and Devon Avenue. Since then, traffic accidents at that intersection increased nearly three times. From January to August of this year there were 29 crashes, compared to last hear where there were only 10. This has prompted the Village Board to vote Tuesday night to have the cameras reactivated.

To speak to an experienced car accident lawyer from the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or dial 866-264-7639, for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 13, 2011

DUI driver kills motorcyclist

A Lake Villa woman has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and causing death or great bodily harm in relation to a crash that happened last month when she ran her car into a motorcyclist who was riding with his 9-year-old daughter. The rider’s daughter survived but was critically injured. The driver, who reportedly had marijuana, cocaine, opiates and benzodiazepine in her system when the crash happened, is currently being held at the Lake County Jail in lieu of bond.

Motorcycle accident victims can suffer devastating consequences when they are involved in automobile accidents. The Klest Injury Law Firm handles all type of vehicle related personal injury matters including motorcycle accidents. If or a loved one has been injured in a Chicago area motorcycle accident and would like a free consultation, please click here or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 12, 2011

Most sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows

According to the Chicago Police Department, Domestic Violence Newsletter, more than 70% of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. Between March 2010 and March 2011, in the City of Chicago alone, 1,349 incidents or criminal sexual assault were reported. (Statistics on sexual abuse are reported by the office of the Illinois Attorney General.)

These statistics are alarming, but there are things you can do to stop or prevent abuse. When it comes to children, never let your guard down. If you notice unexplained bruises or marks on your child, you should investigate immediately. Ask questions and listen to what your child has to say. The only way a sexual predator doesn’t get caught is if everyone remains silent.

The Klest Injury Law Firm has represented victims of sexual abuse in Illinois and throughout the country. The firm recently announced a milestone victory by receiving a $28,000,000 verdict for a sexual abuse victim. This verdict represents the largest civil sexual abuse verdict in Illinois history and is among the largest in the nation. To speak to an experienced sexual abuse attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or call 866-264-7639.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 12, 2011

Get your car ready for winter.

Anyone who has driven in the snow knows, winter roads can be treacherous. Here are some safety tips From the Klest Injury Law Firm that could help you avoid injury and perhaps save your life.

• Be sure to get regular oil changes. It’s recommended that you change your car’s oil every 5000 miles or every 3 to 6 months. Changing your car’s oil is the most important thing you can do for your car’s maintenance. Oil becomes less effective as a lubricant over time, and this causes parts of the engine to wear out. Regular oil changes will also save you money in the long run by avoiding large mechanic bills later on.

• Check your windshield wiper blades. Drivers have the most trouble seeing the road in the winter months. Replacing your wiper blades before the first snow hits can save you the trouble of having to change them in the cold.
• Stock up on windshield washer fluid. Having washer fluid is just as important as having good wiper blades. One of the worst realizations for winter drivers comes when you press the washer fluid button and nothing happens. Being able to see the road ahead of you without obstruction is a crucial part of safe winter driving.

• Make sure your battery is up to the task. Car batteries can get corroded. A bad battery can leave you stranded out in a winter storm. Check to see if your car batter has clean connections and free of corrosion.
• Check your tire pressure. Proper tire pressure will give you proper traction. Low tire pressure, especially in the winter time can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. You may even consider getting snow tires before winter rolls in.

• 4 – wheel drive. 4 – wheel drive is great to have in the snow. If your car has this feature, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s working properly so you can take on winter snowfall with greater control.

• Have an emergency kit ready. If you do get stuck, it wouldn’t hurt to be prepared. Gather up a few things that could come in handy in a pickle. Here’s a list that is far from exhaustive:

• Blankets
• Flashlight
• Granola bars
• Jumper cables
• Flares
• First aid kit
• Bottled water
• Ice scraper
• Toll kit
• Small shovel

If you do get stranded, don’t wander away from your car unless you know exactly how far you need to go to get help. If you have enough gas in the tank you can run the heat for 10 to 15 minutes per hour to stay warm. This list is by no means exhaustive. The point is that planning ahead can help you have a safe and enjoyable winter.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 12, 2011

Motorcycle accident on the Edens

This morning, a motorcyclist was hospitalized after an accident on the Edens Expressway near Highland Park. According to Highland Park Police officials, the crash occurred around 7 a.m. in the southbound lanes. The rider was taken to Evanston Hospital; however officials have given no word as to the person’s condition.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 3,846 motorcycle crashes in the state of Illinois in 2009. In the same year, motorcycle crashes accounted for only 1.3 % or all motor vehicle accidents, but the crashes that resulted in the death of the rider reached 14.3 % of all motor vehicle fatalities in the state. Nearly 82 % of those killed were not wearing a helmet.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please click here, or dial 866-264-7639 to speak to an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm.

© Joseph G. Klest

Posted On: September 12, 2011

Texting while driving incident

A Hawthorn Woods man died after being struck by a car while he was changing a tire on his pickup on the shoulder of Illinois Highway 53 near Rolling Meadows. The driver in the fatal crash was allegedly looking at her cell phone when she hit the victim’s car, which caused him to be pinned and terribly injured.

The driver, who failed to show up to court last Thursday for citations she received for the crash, was cited with texting while driving, improper lane usage and driving on the shoulder. Prosecutors are now weighing whether or not to pursue more serious charges against her.

Distracted driving is, unfortunately, a common cause of accidents. The reason texting while driving is so dangerous is because it cases someone to look down at his or her cell phone instead of at the road.

For a free consultation with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 9, 2011

Pottery Barn dolls recalled due to strangulation hazard.

On September 8, 2011 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Pottery Barn’s Chloe, Sophie and Audrey soft dolls due to a strangulation hazard. The doll’s hair and headband are large enough to fit around a child’s neck and pose a strangulation risk to children.

Consumers are instructed to immediately take these dolls away from children. For more information about the dolls and the recall, consumers are asked to contact Pottery Barn Kids at (855) 880-4505 between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m., Pacific Time, seven days a week or visit www.potterybarnkids.com

The Klest Injury Law Firm has been representing injury victims in the Chicago area for nearly 30 years. If your child has been injured by Chloe, Sophie and Audrey soft dolls, please click here, or call (866) 264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest 2011

Posted On: September 8, 2011

Naperville motorcycle accident

Naperville, IL – A man and a woman riding a motorcycle on Wednesday night in Naperville were hit by a car that drove into oncoming traffic. According to Naperville Police, a 2004 Honda Accord was traveling west on Warrenville Road near Herrick Road at approximately 6:30 p.m. The car crossed the center line colliding with one other car before it hit the motorcycle. The motorcyclists were seriously injured and taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville. Police are currently continuing the investigation.

To speak to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or dial 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 7, 2011

Illinois Motorcycle Helmet Law

Illinois is one of the few states without a motorcycle helmet law. This means that motorcycle riders throughout the State are not required to wear a helmet while riding regardless of age. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 130 riders died as a result of crashes involving motorcycles in 2009. Those 130 people who lost their lives represent over 14% of all motor vehicle fatalities in the State. However, motorcycles account for only about 3% of all registered motor vehicles in Illinois. The Department of Transportation also reported that 82% of riders killed were NOT wearing a helmet.

Nevertheless, under the laws of the State of Illinois, motorcyclists still have a choice as to whether or not to wear a helmet. Making the decision to wear a helmet may save a riders life.

To speak to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or dial 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: September 6, 2011

I was bitten by a dog, what should I do?

The most important thing to do if you are ever bitten by a dog is to seek medical attention immediately. In some cases, dog bites can cause infections that can lead to further medical problems. Once you are safe and in stable condition be sure to document your injuries. Get copies of your medical records and take pictures if possible.

Next, gather what information you can about the dog’s owner at the time of the incident. These facts will be relevant when you consider whether or not to pursue legal action.

In general, actions seeking relief for dog bite injuries in Illinois may be filed under common law theories of negligence and strict liability. In certain cases they can also be filed pursuant to the Illinois Animal Control Act, 510 ILCS 5/16 (the “Act”). The following elements are necessary In order for this Act to apply to a particular dog bite case:

• The Defendant is the owner of the dog that caused the injury.

The Act defines an “owner” of the dog as, “any person having a right of property in an animal, or who keeps or harbors an animal, or who has it in his care, or acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits a dog to remain on any premises occupied by him or her.” 510 ILCS 5/2.16. Some previous court decisions may also play a role in defining who is considered an “owner” in these types of cases. You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to determine how this question may apply to a specific set of circumstances.

• The injured person did not provoke the dog.

• The injured person conducted him or herself peacefully.

• The injured person was present in a place where he or she had a legal right to be.

To speak to an experienced attorney at the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or call 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

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