June 2014 Archives

Illinois Passes New Laws for Ride-sharing Companies

ride-sharing-bizzieri-law.pngRide-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber allow drivers to operate as quasi-taxis in order to use their personal cars to take members to and from local destinations. Proponents of ride-sharing believe that it is a new frontier in public transportation. Opponents believe that this sub-industry is serving all of the functions of taxi companies, receiving all of the benefits of a taxi business, while not operating under the strict laws that govern taxi organizations. While big ride sharing companies have preemptively prepared for accident liability by erring on the side of caution and purchasing "excessive coverage,"many still believe that stricter laws must be imposed to firmly mandate liability insurance and other protections. The new statute may ultimately change the landscape for residents throughout Chicago land, including Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Burbank, and nearby communities who are injured in ride-sharing accidents.

Concerns that New Senate Bill Will Change Illinois' Workers Compensation System

illinois.PNG The new Illinois State Senate Bill 3287 ("SB 3287") has already been presented and passed by both of the Illinois legislative Houses. SB 3287 amends the existing Illinois workers' compensation law by creating tort liability for safety service organizations that work closely with brokers, employers and insurers to make sure that workplaces are as safe as possible. Previously, such organizations had immunity, which provided them with legal protections against being sued for their work with insurance companies, employers and brokers.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Law in Direct Conflict with Vehicle Code

Medical_Marajuana_Bizzieri_Law.jpgBeginning in 2014, the Illinois medical marijuana law came into effect. Though the first batch of medical marijuana is not yet available to patients, people are already concerned about how this new law will interact with other statutes. In particular many are concerned about how the legal consumption of marijuana will affect a patient's ability to follow the Illinois Vehicle Code, which provides a prohibition against driving while impaired under the influence of drugs. Our auto accident attorneys are currently observing the evolution of this issue in order to determine the legal ramifications of this conflict between the new Illinois medical marijuana law and the Illinois Vehicle Code.

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