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Tips that can help you live through a car accident

You can resolve to never break the speed limit, come to a full stop at every stop sign, and keep both hands at 10 and two and you could still be involved in a car accident in Chicago. In a lot of accidents, one driver did nothing wrong. So, while planning to avoid an accident is wise, planning to survive one is also crucial. These tips can help:

Feds ask phone makers to stop functions while users drive

Late last month, government officials for highway safety asked smart phone makers such as Apple and Samsung to shut down functions like camera apps and manual text entry when they detect the user is in motion. Although the guidelines proposed by the feds are voluntary, they aim to curb the surge in deaths on U.S. highways due to distracted driving.

Reducing the risks of black ice during the winter driving season

Although the month of November was uncharacteristically warm in the Chicago metropolitan area, first few weeks of December have been anything but balmy. Passengers in automobiles may appreciate the serene beauty that accompanies that the first blanketing of snow on trees and fields; however, Chicago drivers realize that the white accumulation also limits tire traction. With even colder temperatures settling into the region, the road conditions become ripe for accidents. Long-time Chicago residents recognize they should not expect clear roads in the months of December, January and February.

New rule gives nursing home residents the right to litigate against nursing home facilities

If you have been following our blog on nursing home abuse, you've read that Illinois nursing homes have fared poorly in the past when rated by elder advocacy groups. Reviewing files of staffing-to-patient ratios, inspection reports and documentation of complaints, the executive director of Families for Better Care gave resident facilities in Illinois an "F" rating.

Could self-driving trucks save lives on the road?

It's been all over the news lately: autonomous vehicles. From Tesla's Autopilot function on their new models, to Google potentially developing a self-driving car fleet, to Uber's launch of driverless taxis in Pittsburgh this fall, autonomous vehicles are going from science fiction to mainstream in just a few years.

A small amount of speed makes a huge difference

Think back to the last time you were driving down the road in a 30 mph zone. Were you actually going 30, or were you going 35? Odds are you don't even remember, because that difference is so slight that it feels, to a driver, like basically the same speed. You were right around the speed limit, so the risk is the same, right?

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