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Defining an attractive nuisance

Property owners could be held liable if a child trespasses and sustains injuries while on their yard or other space that they control. In Illinois and many other states, children are not expected to fully comprehend the dangers that they could face. Therefore, property owners who have something that could attract a child to their property are responsible for putting safeguards in place. Failing to do so could result in financial and other negative consequences.

Examples of attractive nuisances include large machinery, a distinct pathway or a swimming pool. As a general rule, a court will only consider an object a nuisance if it is maintained to some degree. This means that natural bodies of water are generally not attractive nuisances. Furthermore, a court will likely expect a child to have some idea that certain actions can result in harm. Those actions may include falling from heights or touching a hot object.

Automatic emergency braking reduces collisions, study shows

Drivers in Illinois weighing their new vehicle options may want to look for models with automatic emergency braking, a safety feature that has proven to be effective at reducing collisions, according to results from an Insurance Institute For Highway Safety study. The study looked at 10 popular models released by General Motors over a two-year period.

After receiving VIN numbers for all of the models that were to be evaluated, IIHS researchers looked through reports of car accidents to compare accident frequency between vehicles with AEB and those without it. Two levels of protection are offered by the manufacturer - one that only alerts drivers of a possible collision without taking any further steps and one that automatically applies the brakes to minimize or prevent an impact.

Lack of sleep greatly increases risk of car accidents

Illinois readers know that it's important to get enough sleep. However, they may be shocked to learn how much sleep deprivation can impact their risk of getting into a car crash.

Several studies have shown that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Federal statistics show that fatigued drivers play a role in 7 percent of all crashes and 16 percent of fatal crashes across the U.S. each year. Despite this, surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies show that one-third of drivers fail to get adequate sleep each night.

What parents can do to help children adjust to divorce

Illinois children might struggle with their parents' divorce, but there are things parents can do to help them adjust. They can help children build resilience during this time.

Since a divorce brings so many changes to children's lives, it is important for parents to try to keep as many things the same as possible. For example, even those who have different parenting styles may be able to agree on certain expectations for children. If parents do not agree in all areas, as long as the child is not harmed, it is usually best for them to avoid interfering. Children who are upset about a parent's decision can be encouraged to discuss it with them.

Child pedestrians: Are they safe on Halloween?

Children and young adults flock the streets on Halloween night, and it is just around the corner. While it is tradition to go door-to-door collecting goodies, how safe are child pedestrians?

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, child fatality is, on average, twice as high on Halloween than any other night of the year. What are the biggest hazards to children on Halloween and how can parents help them stay safe?

Hazards to motorcyclists

Many motorcycle accidents occur happen, not because of crashes with another car, but because of hazards on or in the road. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash statistics, over 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in 2016. What are the most hazardous conditions for motorcyclists?

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Chicago

Centers_for_disease_control-bizzieri.jpgAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), numerous deaths occur each year in the United States including: 120,000 due to injury; 26,000 due to falls; 33,600 due to motor vehicle accidents; and 33,400 due to poisoning. A number of these deaths occur as a result of the negligence of another. A wrongful death claim occurs when the negligence of one party causes the death of another by "wrongful act, neglect or default," according to state law. If your loved one has passed as a result of someone else's negligence, contact a Chicago attorney today for a consultation on your rights.

Prompt Payment Required in Illinois Personal Injury Settlements

Il-Gen-Asslembly-Bizzieri.pngEarlier this year, the Illinois General Assembly passed736 ILCS 5/2-2301, requiring defendants and insurance companies settling personal injury cases to pay all sums due to the plaintiff agreed upon during negotiations within 30 days of signing the settlement documents. This rule of civil procedure went into effect on January 1st and was passed in response to concerns over delayed payments issued to injured parties, which sometimes would take up to 6 months longer than the deadline in the settlement agreed to by the parties. The law pertains to lawsuits regarding personal injury, damage to property, wrongful death, or other tort actions.

What's the Process? Understanding Your Illinois Personal Injury Lawsuit

emergency-room-bizzieri.jpgAccording to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, approximately 37.9 million emergency room visits are injury-related. Personal injury claims arise when someone is injured as a result of another's negligence. Personal injury attorneys usually are retained on a contingency fee basis, meaning that legal fees are collected if and when your case succeeds. The most common type of personal injury cases, based on injury statistics, include motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and work-related injuries. If you believe you have a personal injury claim, here is what you can expect.

Injured on the Job in Illinois? Four Things You Should Do Immediately

work-related-accidents-bizzieri.jpgApproximately 200,000 work-related accidents occur in Illinois each year. Of those accidents, fewer than 50,000 are reported to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Workers' compensation is a no-fault system of benefits paid by employers, to employees who are injured while conducting work-related duties. There are certain requirements that must be fulfilled to qualify for workers' compensation under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. If you have experienced a work-related injury, below are four things you should do right away.

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