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3 dead and 1 hurt in Illinois head-on accident

Police in Illinois recently confirmed three people were killed and another is in critical condition after they were involved in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 158, an article of Fox 2 Now reported on December 9.

According to reports, an SUV slammed head-on into a pickup truck after it crossed the median line. The SUV driver and two passengers in the pickup were killed in the crash, while a Twitter post from Andy Banker said one person is in critical condition. Nearby residents told reports that the “S” Curve portion of the road where the accident happened was hazardous to motorists. Though police are still determining the cause of the crash, they sternly advised motorists to be more careful when traveling on Highway 158.

The wrongful death attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., in Danville understand that families often find themselves struggling after losing a loved one in a car accident. Our deepest thoughts go out to the people who were affected by the recent tragedy.


Company ordered to settle $152K after fatal construction accident

A subcontractor of the Jane Addams Tollway based in Elgin, Illinois was ordered to settle a suit of $152,000 after a worker got killed in an accident last April, an October 18 article of Chicago Tribune reported.

Aside from the fine imposed, a citation was also given by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to Omega Demolition Corp. after Vicente Santoyo, 47, was fatally pinned by a 45-ton beam that collapsed. Santoyo, who was an employee of Omega Demolition, was part of a team working on a bridge on Interstate 90 when the accident happened. OSHA findings revealed that Santoyo’s death could have been avoided if the company complied with safety standards. Three coworkers of Santoyo were injured in the accident. Reports revealed that Omega Demolition was previously cited by OSHA for violating safety standards.

The Danville lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C., represent families who have lost their loved ones in workplace accidents. We strongly believe that negligent employers should fairly compensate family members who are devastated by their loss. Find out how we may help you file a legal claim against negligent parties today by calling (217) 443-4343.


Crib side cushions implicated in increased infant deaths

The Washington University School of Medicine researchers recommended the banning of the sale or use of soft cushion pads in cribs, sometimes called crib bumpers, across the nation after a study published in November linked these accessories to an increase in infant deaths. Babies reportedly may die from suffocation if their cribs have soft padding on the sides. Researchers stated that there were 23 infant fatalities from 2006 to 2012 that were caused by these bumpers. The study also discovered that many of the infant deaths recorded since 1985 could have been avoided if the cribs did not have bumpers.

Often, new parents are inundated with information coming from a mix of reliable and unreliable sources regarding necessary equipment and proper parenting techniques. Unfortunately, when this information is not based on medical research and safety practices, the results can be truly awful. For families who have suffered any type of injury or loss as a result of a defective product, the attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. will work to seek justice. Call (217) 443-4343 today to discuss your case with our legal team today.


Bicyclist dead in Skokie semi-truck accident

A man riding a bicycle was recently killed in an accident after he was struck by a semi-truck in Skokie village, an article of Chicago Tribune reported on November 16.

Reports coming from Skokie police officer Eric Swaback said the accident happened at around 5:00 p.m. on November 13 near McCormick Boulevard. James Hinton, 43, was reportedly riding in the eastbound lane on Howard Street when he was hit from behind by a semi-truck in the same lane. Hinton later succumbed to his injuries after he was taken to a hospital in Evanston, police said. He was pronounced dead at 5:42 that evening.

The truck driver, whose name has not yet been released, remained at the crash scene and cooperated with responding police. Charges or citations were not filed and authorities continue to work to figure out the cause of the accident. At this point it is believed that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision.


Illinois worker dead in lawnmower mishap

A worker for a lawn service in Swansea, Illinois was killed after he was accidentally pinned by the machinery he was operating, an article from fox2now.com reported on September 25.

Information provided by Swansea Police revealed that they were notified of an accident involving a commercial lawnmower. Responding rescuers reportedly saw the machinery flipped at a pond shore. Responders at the scene recovered the body of an 18-year-old New Athens resident who had been trapped under the machinery. Authorities believed that the victim had been underwater for hours after the mishap occurred and they are waiting for autopsy findings to figure out the cause of his death.

Many families unfortunately have to deal with great emotional pain and financial loss after losing a loved one in a workplace accident. However, if this happen to a loved one in Danville area, the lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. may work for you if negligent parties are involved. Find out how we may possibly help you lessen your burden today by calling (217) 443-4343.


Fatigue found as a factor in Tracy Morgan crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded on August 11 that the Walmart truck driver involved in the deadly accident that seriously injured Tracy Morgan in New Jersey was sleep deprived at the time of the accident, Chicago Tribune reported.

According to NTSB, truck driver Kevin Roper was awake for 28 hours prior to the accident on June 7, 2014 that killed comedian James McNair and injured others, including Morgan. However, the Board also found that the severity of the injuries sustained in the accident could have been reduced if Morgan and the other passengers in the limo were wearing seatbelts and had properly adjusted their headrests. At least 21 people were involved in a series of collisions that occurred when Roper failed to slow his truck on the highway.

Losing a loved one in a truck accident can be a devastating occurrence. If your loved one has been the victim of a truck accident in the Danville area, the lawyers of the Spiros Law, P.C. may help you build your case against negligent parties. Find out how we may help you pursue damage claims today by calling 217-443-4343.


Worker dies from burn injuries caused by lawnmower accident

A worker from Belleville recently suffered fatal burn injuries after the equipment he was operating tipped over and caught flame, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported late last month.

Reports said the 74-year-old man, a part-time employee of Minton Outdoor Services, was operating a commercial lawnmower on Frank Scott Parkway when the accident occurred.

The man was operating the lawnmower at around 7:45 a.m. when it flipped while heading to a raised embankment. Three Scott Air Force Base airmen were driving by and saw the man on fire. They draped an overcoat over him and doused him in water to stop the fire, but he still sustained burns on over half of his body.  The man was transported to a burn unit in Creve Coeur and was pronounced dead at around 4:00 p.m that same day. Preliminary investigations revealed that the lawnmower’s gas cover was missing when the equipment caught fire.


Bicyclist killed in Quincy hit-and-run accident

A male bicyclist was killed after he was struck by a vehicle near Quincy, Illinois, WGEM reported on June 21.

Authorities apprehended the vehicle driver, who they believe attempted to flee the scene of the accident.

The Illinois State Police identified the bicyclist as Michael Pulliam. Pulliam, 62, was riding his bike at about 4:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Spring Lake Road when he was struck by a vehicle. Authorities later arrested 21-year-old Colton Walker due to suspicion of his involvement in the crash. An unmanned vehicle apparently owned by Walker was found by authorities; they noted its damage and related it to the accident. Walker, who was charged in relation to the crash, was booked at Adams County Jail.

The legal team at Spiros Law, P.C., in Danville send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends affected during this difficult time.


Charges filed against Red Bud woman in fatal drunk driving crash

Several charges were filed against a Red Bud female resident in relation to a fatal drunk driving accident in January that left two people dead, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on May 27.

Reports revealed that charges of reckless homicide and a second felony charge of drunk driving were filed against 20-year-old Crystal Steinheimer. Hannah Porter, 20, reportedly was a passenger of Steinheimer when their vehicle veered into the opposite lane of Illinois Route 159 and crashed into an oncoming vehicle operated by Abigail Liefer, 19. A maximum of 28 years of imprisonment awaits Steinheimer if she is found guilty of the charges filed against her.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s reckless behavior, you may pursue financial compensation in court to recover any financial losses, as well as prevent an accident like this from happening again. Find out how the Danville legal team of Spiros Law, P.C., may work on your behalf by calling our offices at 217-443-4343 today.


Female motorcyclist killed in Romeoville accident

A female motorcycle operator recently died from injuries after she became involved in an accident in the province of Romeoville, the Chicago Tribune reported on May 19.

Reports said motorcycle driver Pamela Jimenez, 58, succumbed to her injuries on May 18 after her motorcycle was crashed into by a vehicle driven by 82-year-old Helen Anderson. The accident reportedly happened at around 1:55 p.m. on Weber Road near Grand Boulevard. Anderson was also transported to the Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital hospital due to minor injuries she sustained from the crash. She has since been released.

Police Commander John Ferdinardo reported that a citation was given to Anderson after she failed to yield while making a left turn. Authorities are still investigating the fatal motorcycle accident. The results of their investigation may determine whether Anderson will receive additional charges.

The deepest thoughts of the Danville lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., go to the family and friends who are grieving for the untimely loss of their loved one.