Court Says Remote Texter Could Be Liable For Distracted Driving Accident

 Liability for a distracted driving accident just took a significant turn: a person texting a driver from a remote location can be held liable to anyone injured if the driver was distracted by the incoming text. Specifically, a New Jersey appellate court held that the sender of such a text message could potentially be liable…

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In Landmark Case, Bicyclist Sentenced for Manslaughter for Fatally Striking Pedestrian

 In and around Chicago, people are taking up cycling recreationally and as an alternative method of transportation. With the help of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city has become a friendlier environment for cyclists with the addition of bike lanes and stiffer penalties for motorists and bicyclists who fail to observe traffic safety laws. According to…

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Governor Signs Legislation Banning Handheld Devices While Driving

 According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, beginning on January 1, 2014, drivers throughout the state of Illinois will be banned from using a handheld device behind the wheel. The main impetus behind the legislation is to reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. It is believed that too many of these…

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Chicago Governor Signs Three Teen Driving Bills To Promote Safer Roads

 In an effort to make Chicago roads safer, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law three bills aimed at teen driving. According to a news article, two of the bills seek to make it more difficult for certain teenagers to obtain a drivers license, while the third would prohibit a judge from granting supervision to anyone…

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Chicago In Connection With Recent Quebec Train Derailment

 According to the Chicago Tribune, the estate of a man from Quebec, who was killed in the recent train derailment, has filed a negligence lawsuit in Cook County against 10 different defendants. The litigation stems from an accident that killed more than 40 people, as the train carrying oil exploded when it derailed and crashed…

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