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Legionnaires' disease strikes 2 in Embassy Suites

The Embassy Suites Hotel on North State Street in downtown Chicago has recently become embroiled in a bit of a scandal when two guests came down with Legionnaires' disease.

Following this event, the Chicago Department of Public Health directed the hotel to close down its water systems for an investigation. These systems were then disinfected so that they can safely get put back into use.

Follow these tips to drive safely in a work zone

If you live in or around the Chicago area, you're never surprised when you find yourself driving into a work zone. Even if you're used to this, it only takes one mix-up to cause a serious accident.

Driving safely in a construction zone takes a unique approach. Here are five things you can do to keep yourself, other drivers and workers safe:

  • Know the speed limit: The speed limit in a work zone is almost always lower, as it's imperative for drivers to slow down and pay attention to what's happening around them. Keep an eye out for a speed limit change so you can slow down at the appropriate time.
  • Watch for signs and flaggers: For example, a work zone may have a sign warning that construction vehicles frequent the area. You may also come across flaggers who are staffed with the responsibility of telling you what to do. Pay attention to signs and flaggers and follow directions closely.
  • Use your headlights: Even if there is no sign telling you to turn on your headlights, doing so is always a good idea. It allows you to better see the road ahead, while also helping workers and other drivers see your vehicle.
  • Don't follow other vehicles too closely: When traffic slows down, it's easy to get too close to the vehicle in front of yours. Avoid doing so, as driving too closely can cause a rear-end collision in the event of an abrupt stop.
  • Avoid distractions: This is a must at all times when driving, and is particularly true when navigating a work zone. Don't pay attention to your cellphone, other people in your car or the song playing on the radio. Focus all your attention on your safety.

"Dooring" self-defense: Prevent these dangerous bicycle crashes

"Dooring accidents," in which a motor vehicle driver or passenger opens up their door in the path of bicyclists, are exceedingly dangerous. Numerous Chicago cyclists have incurred devastating and catastrophic injuries as a result of these tragic incidents.

Because of the risk of injury and even death in dooring crashes, it's important for bicyclists to be on alert and do everything they can to avoid them. Here are a few ways cyclists can avoid getting "doored" by asking themselves these questions while they're sharing the roadway with motor vehicles:

5 common bicycle accident injuries

When a bicyclist crashes, it's a very different situation than when a motor vehicle driver crashes. A bicyclist is completely unprotected during an accident, and is also balanced precariously on top of a bike seat. When a cyclist falls, loses control or strikes a vehicle, the cyclist is likely to hit something forcibly with his or her body resulting in an injury.

If you were recently involved in a serious bicycle accident, you might have the broken bones and other injuries to prove it. Perhaps, for example, you're suffering one of the following five most common bicycle accident injuries:

Get ready for winter bicycling in the Chicago area

The weather in the Chicago area is moving toward the bitter temperatures of winter. Many avid cyclists opt to still ride throughout these cold temperatures, which increases their risk of encountering hazards on the road.

Now is the time to brush up on your winter weather riding skills. Whether you've been riding for years or this is your first winter in the Chicagoland area during which you will bicycle, remember these tips:

Factors to consider in a wrongful death pedestrian accident case

Although it isn't possible to right the wrong of a pedestrian dying due to the negligence or wrongful behavior of a reckless motorist, Illinois courts will strive - as best they can - to make surviving family members whole. That said, measuring damages relating to the loss of a loved one in a Chicagoland pedestrian accident is never a clear-cut process in a wrongful death lawsuit.

In damage valuations associated with wrongful death cases, Illinois courts will focus on determining the "pecuniary losses" suffered by close family members of the pedestrian who died. Pecuniary losses relate the loss of support, services, future inheritances, the cost of funeral expenses, and other categories of losses depending on the unique circumstances of the case.

Avoid drunk driving crashes by spotting intoxicated drivers

Many Illinois motorists frequently find themselves driving late at night due to their work schedules or type of employment. Although roads in Chicagoland tend to be less congested during the early morning hours, more drunk and intoxicated motorists also tend to be on the road at these times. These drivers make driving late at night extra-dangerous. It's important for late-night drivers to learn how to spot drunk drivers, so they can take evasive action to give these accident-prone motorists plenty of leeway.

Here's what to look for when spotting an intoxicated motorist:

Things you can do to avoid a bike crash

Bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Since cyclists don't have any exterior protection -- aside from a helmet hopefully -- getting struck by a vehicle can easily end in catastrophic injuries for the bicyclist, and zero injuries for the motorist.

Due to these risks, cyclists need to do everything possible to stay safe and avoid such incidents. Most bicyclists know to wear a helmet and use lights and reflectors on their bikes, but are you following these bike safety tips for car accident avoidance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?

Understand the many potential causes of a pedestrian accident

As a pedestrian, you can never lose sight of the fact that some drivers don't pay attention to what's happening around them.

Consequently, there is always the possibility of being in a vehicle-pedestrian accident. Due to the fact that pedestrians don't have much (if any) protection, the end result can be serious injury or even death.

Should Chicago turn to Denmark as a role model for bike safety?

Tragic "dooring" accidents are catching Chicago bicyclists off-guard left and right. With the city's horrible bicycle safety statistics, Chicago is clearly lacking when it comes to keeping pedal-powered bikers free from harm. On the other hand, Denmark, and its capital city of Copenhagen, both boast envious bicycle safety records.

Could Chicago learn a few things about bike safety from its Nordic friends? The answer to this question is probably "yes."

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