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Spiros Law Partners with Adopt-A-Highway

At Spiros Law, we care about the communities we live in, and we always try to do what we can to improve them. As part of our efforts, we have partnered up with Adopt-A-Highway! The Illinois Adopt-A-Highway program is a part of IDOT and helps find groups who are willing to volunteer their time to pick up litter and trash on the side of the highway.  Adopt-A-Highway has more than 10,000 volunteers throughout Illinois and we are proud to be one of the many affiliates.  As a volunteer group, we have adopted Illinois Route 136, also known as Vermillion Road, from Boiling Springs Road to West Winter Avenue in Danville. This is a busy stretch of road consisting of both residential properties and many businesses including the Spiros Law office. As part of our annual volunteer commitment, our team is responsible for walking the route to pick up the trash and litter to help keep it clean and clear. Through our efforts, we hope to offer the people of Danville safer roadways and a cleaner community.

While it may not seem like it, littering can cause serious issues. Here are some common examples of how an act as simple as littering can negatively affect our environment:

Automobile Accidents:

Littering on a highway can cause a chain reaction and leading to an automobile accident.  When litter is thrown out of a moving car it could land on a windshield and block a driver’s vision, it could land on the roadway and cause a driver to swerve, or it could cause a flat tire. All of which are serious hazards.

Environmental Problems:

It is common knowledge that litter is damaging to our environment. Non-biodegradable products are some of the most common items found along the side of the road and unfortunately, they stay there indefinitely. Litter slows the growth of plants, pollutes the air, and degrades natural areas.

Lowers home values.

When communities have high amounts of litter, home and property values can be negatively affected.

Spoils water quality.

When litter is left on the ground for long periods of time, waste seeps into the soil leading to pollution of the water underneath.

There are some simple steps you can take to avoid and combat this issue. In order to avoid littering while driving, it is recommended that drivers keep a litter bag in their vehicle, to avoid the temptation of discarding the trash out of their car window. Beyond this, if you are wondering how you can get involved in combatting this issue, please consider adding your group of friends, neighbors, or coworkers to the list of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers. According to the IDOT website, almost anyone can take part in the program, such as:

  • Civic Groups
  • Clubs
  • Organizations
  • Sororities and fraternities
  • Churches
  • Coworkers
  • Neighbors
  • Friends and Families

The team at Spiros Law is extremely excited to be representing this program, allowing us to make a positive impact in the Danville community.

If you want to make a difference in your own community and want to register a group for the program, visit the IDOT website to fill out an Adopt-A-Highway request form.


Semi-trailer collision sends 2 to hospital

Donald C. Hendershot, 63, of Gosport, Ind., and Simone Certain, 67, of Newton, Iowa, were both sent to the hospital Tuesday morning with non-life threatening injuries after their semi-trailers collided.

The crash occurred around 5 AM during inclement weather conditions. Both were traveling eastbound on Interstate 74, near milepost 213 near Danville. Possibly due to the inclement weather, Henderson lost control of the rear trailer of his Kenworth tractor with double trailers. The trailer rolled into the left lane after striking the north guardrail.

Certain, driving a 2012 International semi, tried to avoid the collision by swerving left into the median, where he then struck a concrete bridge railing.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and neither sustained life-threatening injuries. Neither were issued tickets.

To read more about this crash, keep checking our blog or check out the News-Gazette.


Semi-truck crash sends one to hospital

A twenty-four-year-old man from Herscher sustained life-threatening injuries after a semi-truck crash on Thursday morning. He was airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn for treatment following the collision.

The crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. A semi-truck, driven by a twenty-three-year-old man from Glenwood, was traveling south on Lehigh Road, and the other was traveling east on Illinois Route 115 in a 2014 Ford Transit minivan. The truck driver failed to stop at a stop sign and entered the state road, colliding with the Glenwood man’s minivan. The driver of the truck received a citation for failure to stop by Illinois State Police. He was not injured in the crash.

To read more about this accident, keep checking our blog or read more at the Daily Journal.


Half of the injuries and deaths during childbirth in America are preventable

The United States is the most dangerous country in the developed world to give birth in, according to a recent report by USA Today. American women suffer from injuries and death that, at least half the time, were preventable at a rate that is unmatched by countries like the United Kingdom. Annually, 50,000 American women are injured during childbirth. 700 American women a year die as a result.

This is despite an abundance of knowledge and resources that could save their lives. For nearly a decade, there has been information available detailing techniques, equipment, and standards that hospitals should follow to save mothers’ lives. These recommendations have been compiled into “safety bundles” by the Aim Program, which gives hospitals detailed instructions on how to best care for their patients.

Unfortunately, many hospitals nationwide choose not to follow these standards. Exact numbers are unavailable for a variety of reasons, with many hospitals refusing to disclose how many of their patients suffered complications after childbirth. It seems, however, that roughly half of the women who experience complications during childbirth do not receive the prompt and adequate care they need.

Many of these complications are a result of high blood pressure and internal bleeding, which lead to seizure, stroke, and eventually death. The Aim program specifies how to prevent and treat these issues, but when hospitals fail to follow the standards, tragedies happen. Many women are forced to endure emergency hysterectomies or die as a result of hospitals’ failure.

The lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. are available to help people who have suffered at the hands of negligent hospitals receive justice and compensation. If you were recently injured during childbirth and suspect your hospital is at fault, contact us right away at (217) 443-4343.


UPDATE: Food poisoning outbreak across Midwest linked to McDonald’s salads

An intestinal parasite, linked to McDonald’s salads, has caused a food poisoning outbreak across the Midwest. Symptoms of the parasite, called cyclospora, include vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps.

Presently, the Illinois Department of Public Health has been unable to identify the source of the parasite. To be cautious, McDonald’s has pulled salad from 3,000 locations, and possibly affected distribution centers.

Anyone who has consumed salad at a McDonald’s since May is advised to visit the doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms can take up to a week to appear, and may subside before reappearing. They can last for days or months.

Up to 90 people may have been affected by the parasite, though not all consumed salad. Since mid-May, 20 people have fallen ill in Illinois. An additional 15 people in Iowa became ill in late June, early July.

Did you get sick after eating at McDonald’s? If so, help is available to you. Contact the experienced food poisoning attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C. at (217) 443-4343 to schedule a free confidential consultation today and get the qualified legal representation you deserve.

Updated 7/30 –

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 123 more people have become ill with cyclospora infection after consuming McDonald’s salad. This brings the total number of infected to 286, with 11 of those people having visited the hospital. Authorities expect these numbers to continue to rise, because symptoms can take up to six weeks to appear.

Restaurants in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have all been infected. In addition, people from Florida, Tennessee, Connecticut, Michigan, and Virginia have also been infected while traveling through the Midwest.

McDonald’s changed their salad distributor on July 20. However, officials have still not identified the cause of the outbreak, and are still in the process of tracing it through the supply chain. They are confident that it is not linked to the cyclospora outbreak in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan currently affected Del Monte vegetable trays.

For more information on this developing story, keep checking our blog or read more at CNN. Contact Spiros Law, P.C. at (217) 443-4343 if you have become sick after eating McDonald’s salad in the past few months.

Updated 8/3 –

After 109 additional cases of the cyclospora infection were reported Thursday, the total number of cases has grown to 395. This number is only expected to rise.

The FDA has been able to detect the presence of the parasite in an unused bag of Fresh Express salad mix that McDonald’s received, though it was past its expiration date at the time of testing. They are still in the process of tracing the source of the infected ingredients. Fresh Express has recalled the salad mix, which was also sold in grocery stores.

If you develop food poisoning or flu-like symptoms after consuming McDonald’s salad in any of the 15 affected states, seek medical attention and contact Spiros Law, P.C. for help. To read more, keep checking our blog or read more at CNN.


2-Vehicle Crash Leaves One Dead

A 2-vehicle crash at an intersection 4 miles east of Flatville left Lorin A. Schluter, 59, of Armstrong dead on the afternoon of Saturday, July 7th. The intersection is located at County Road 2500 N and 2500 E in eastern Champaign County.

Schluter was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix when he failed to stop at a stop sign. When he entered the intersection, a Dodge Ram pickup truck driving north crashed into him on the driver’s side. The pickup truck did not have a stop sign.

The cars ended up in a cornfield on the northwest corner of the intersection. Authorities pronounced Schluter dead at the scene. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck sustained non-life threatening injuries.

This accident is still being investigated. To learn more, keep checking our blog, or read more at the News-Gazette.


Two killed in head-on collision on Illinois 1 near Hoopeston

A head-on collision on Illinois 1 near Hoopeston has left both drivers dead, according to a report from the Illinois State Police. The accident occurred at 6:21 p.m. on Wednesday near County Road 3870 N.  It is believed that a 59-year old woman heading southbound in a minivan was hit head-on by a 52-year old man driving a pickup truck. Authorities do not know the reason why, but the driver of the pickup truck crossed the center line into the southbound lane, causing the vehicles to collide. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the woman was airlifted to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, and the names of the victims have not been released. For more information on this story, read the News-Gazette report, or check back with us for more details.


Alcohol-related rollover crash on I-74 leaves 1 dead and 5 injured near Ogden

Authorities are still investigating a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 74 near Ogden that occurred at 11:27 p.m. on Friday night. A 27-year old Danville man was killed in the rollover accident, and five other men aged 15-24 were transported to a local hospital for treatment for their injuries. The occupants of the Chrysler Pacifica were headed east when their vehicle left the road, hit the median wires, and overturned, ending up in the westbound traffic lanes.The deceased was ejected from the vehicle in the crash. Illinois State Police state that alcohol was found at the scene, and they did not know if any of the individuals in the accident were wearing seatbelts at the time of the rollover crash.

Because police are still investigating the accident, no tickets have been issued and the official cause of the accident has not yet been announced. For more information on this devastating accident, follow the story at The News-Gazette, or check back here for more details as they are announced.


Spiros Law is proud to sponsor Culture Shock Danville

This year, Spiros Law has joined other local businesses in proud sponsorship of the three-day music fest, Culture Shock Danville. The festival will take place September 22-24, and will feature amazing bands, craft and art vendors, and food vendors for festivalgoers to enjoy. Bands that will be taking the stage at the festival include The Main Squeeze, Matthew Curry, Steady Flow, The Werks, The Royal Hounds, and many, many others. Visit the festival’s Facebook page for a longer list of acts that will be appearing. The finalized lineup and times have not been released yet, but check the festival’s official page, CultureshockDanville.com in the coming week for more details.

The three-day festival promises to provide family-friendly fun for people of all ages, and the best part is, admission is free!

The entire team at Spiros Law is excited to sponsor this great event and enjoy some great entertainment with our neighbors here in the Danville community.


Simulated car crash imparts lesson to students

The Emergency Medical Services group of Western Illinois University simulated a drunk driving crash to impart a lesson to high school students about the risk of drunk driving, wgem.com reported on April 29.

In the mock driving crash performed on April 28, two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision in which one individual was killed after being ejected from the vehicle and hit by another vehicle driven by a drunk driver and at least three individuals were trapped inside the vehicle. Students from Macomb High were used in the crash simulation to hopefully have an impact on other teenagers. David Mitchell said the mock drunk driving crash imparted a message to everyone to not drink and drive and to always fasten their seat belts.

Victims of drunk drivers often sustain serious or even fatal injuries that can result in heavy financial losses. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a drunk driver in Danville, a lawyer from Spiros Law, P.C., may be able to help you take legal action against the responsible party. Learn more by calling us today at 217-443-4343.