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Driver gets 10 years in prison after pedestrian crash

On Nov. 14, an Illinois judge sentenced a 59-year-old Chicago man to prison for 10 years after he admitted to fleeing a car accident that killed a corrections officer. The crash happened in July 2012 while the 38-year-old female corrections officer was crossing the road near the employee entrance to Cook County jail, authorities said.

The Chicago man was driving a van when he struck the woman. On account of the impact, the woman was propelled beneath a sheriff's vehicle, where she became pinned. Emergency crews transported her to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she ultimately died.

3-vehicle collision kills 1 in Illinois

According to reports from the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office, a three-vehicle collision that occurred on Nov. 7 left one man dead. The accident occurred in Milan around 11:30 a.m.

Deputies indicated that a 44-year-old Coal Valley man driving a pickup truck attempted to turn left into a business parking lot from the eastbound lane when another vehicle hit him from behind. The force of the rear-end collision allegedly pushed the man's pickup into the westbound lane.

Pedestrian and dog killed in crash

A pedestrian and her dog were killed by a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Illinois on Nov. 9. The incident happened around 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of Rickert and Book Road in Naperville. Investigators say the 22-year-old woman was crossing Book Road with her dog when she was struck by a 74-year-old Plainfield man driving a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Rickert Road. Reconstruction specialists with the local department's traffic unit responded to the scene to contribute to the investigation.

The public was asked to contact the local police traffic unit if anyone had witnessed the accident. The victim was brought to Edward Hospital by ambulance. She eventually died from her injuries. The dog also did not survive the crash. Once the investigation was completed, the police issued the driver with traffic citations. On Nov. 13, the man was charged with failure to exercise due care and disobeying a traffic control signal.

Regulations for Illinois truck drivers

In an effort to increase overall road safety, the Federal Carrier Motor Administration has issued hours of service rules that individuals who drive commercial motor vehicles must follow. CMVs are vehicles that are involved in interstate commerce, weigh or have a gross combined weight of 10,001 pounds or more or are used to transport hazardous materials in amounts sufficient to require a placard.

A vehicle may also be considered a commercial motor vehicle if it is used to transport 16 or more passengers without compensation or is used to transport nine or more passengers for compensation; in both cases, the driver is included in the passenger count. Any vehicles meeting these conditions require their drivers to follow specific regulations related to how long they are able to work.

The frequency of nursing home falls and causes

Every year, thousands of seniors are injured in nursing home falls and suffer reduced quality of life and permanent disability while about 1,800 die from their injuries. People in Illinois who have elderly relatives in nursing homes might want to be aware of the most common causes of falls.

According to statistics, there were more than 1.4 million adults aged 65 and older living in elderly care facilities in 2012. Although only 5 percent of adults in this age group are residents of nursing homes, they account for around 20 percent of fall-related deaths in that age group. This means that 50 to 75 percent of them fall every year, and 35 percent of these accidents happen to residents who are unable to walk.

Large truck crash statistics

In both Illinois and the rest of the U.S., motor vehicle crashes with large trucks can result in serious injuries or fatalities due to the sheer weight and size of the commercial vehicles. Although regulations are in place in order to make drivers safer, truck collisions still continue to occur on the state's highways.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people injured in large truck accidents in 2012 increased by 18 percent over those killed in 2011. Occupants of other involved vehicles that were killed represented 73 percent of the year's truck-accident fatalities, while 10 percent were outside of a vehicle, and 18 percent were drivers or passengers in the large truck.

Lawsuit filed against alleged drunk driver in Illinois

An Illinois man reportedly filed a lawsuit on Oct. 30 against an alleged drunk driver and the bar he drank at for allegedly causing a car accident that resulted in the death of his 77-year-old father. The lawsuit stated that the crash occurred on July 1 in Cook County.

The man's father was reportedly riding in a sedan that was being driven by his wife at the time the crash took place. They were traveling southwest when, around 6:45 p.m., a vehicle heading in the opposite direction crossed the centerline and collided with them. The male victim was transported to a hospital, where he died several days later due to the injuries he suffered. The driver who allegedly caused the crash, a 42-year-old man, was charged with two counts of aggravated DUI. The status of the criminal case was not known at the time of the report.

Fatal accident in Illinois leaves 3 dead, 1 injured

Three individuals were killed in an Oct. 16 traffic accident, according to the Illinois State Police. The crash involved a single Jeep driven by a 21-year-old woman. The McDonough County crash reportedly occurred during the early morning hours.

That is when the Jeep traveled off the road and into a ditch, police stated. After traveling more than 70 yards in the ditch, the Jeep struck a tree as well as an embankment. According to authorities, everyone in the Jeep was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

1 injured in Illinois drunk driving crash involving 4 cars

On Oct. 16, a four-vehicle accident left one person injured, and police believe that the 43-year-old woman accused of causing the wreck was intoxicated at the time. The crash happened at the intersection of 95th Street and Wildcat Way near a Naperville high school. Police responded to the crash at around 11:20 p.m., and it was reported that three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Details of the wreck were not immediately reported, and it was not known how many occupants were in the four cars involved in the accident. However, police have charged the 43-year-old with failing to reduce her speed and DUI. Court documents showed that she had received two prior traffic tickets but that she had no previous criminal record.

What Illinois patients may expect from medical disclosure laws

Illinois patients may face limited protection when it comes to state laws requiring doctors to disclose medical errors that occur during general care or a specific procedure. Only seven states require doctors to inform patients of unanticipated results from a medical procedure. Moreover, laws in eight states prevent admissions of such mistakes from being used in medical malpractice cases.

Studies show that attitudes regarding disclosure of medical errors have improved among physicians over the years, but disclosure issues still arise. Fears of a malpractice lawsuit may prevent some doctors from disclosing errors made during treatment. Approximately 56 percent of physicians report that they would disclose the negative outcome of a medical mistake to their patient but not the nature of the mistake itself. This trend raises serious concerns for patient advocates as well as questions about how much patients are entitled to know about preventable medical mistakes that affect their care.

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