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According to a study published in the Society for the Study of Addiction’s journal, there is ample evidence that drivers who are high on marijuana are twice as likely to get into a car crash than sober drivers. This research yet again demonstrates the dangers of driving while under the influence of marijuana.
Now that spring has officially arrived, everyone in Chicago is looking forward to warmer weather. When sunny spring days come, few things are as relaxing as a day out on a golf course enjoying the sun. Unfortunately, nothing can ruin a nice day out more than a golf cart accident. Golf cart accidents can often cause minor injuries and damage, but the worst accidents are catastr ...
Football is a national pastime and a sport that many Americans love to watch and play. Unfortunately, it has been revealed to be the cause of thousands of brain injuries over the past few decades, and recent investigation has revealed that the damage cause by concussions suffered while playing football can last for years and even be permanent.
Anyone who has driven through an Illinois work zone is familiar with the chaos inherent with these areas. Construction is messy. Not only is there often debris, but also poor lighting in the evenings, making it difficult to maneuver through the work zone safely. When sign or cone directing traffic is misplaced, drivers get confused and cannot safely navigate the construction zone.
As every driver knows, few things interrupt a commute or trip more than the sign “Slow down. Road work ahead.” While highway repairs are necessary, they are also quite frustrating for almost all drivers. Partially, this is due to the slower speeds, but highway work zones are most frustrating due to the inherent danger.
Playgrounds are a fun place to relax with your children. Most parents spend plenty of time every year visiting playgrounds with their kids. Yet playgrounds are not always as safe as they are fun. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,00 children under the age of 14 are treated at emergency rooms in the United States for serious playground-re ...
There is nothing scarier than facing a serious or untreatable condition. That’s why we count on our doctors to give us as much honest and helpful information about our diagnoses as possible. Because of this bond, we often feel that going to another doctor for a second (or third) opinion would be a betrayal.
Car crashes happen every day. Luckily, most of these car accidents aren’t fatal or even particularly dangerous. Still, any type of crash can do serious damage to your vehicle and cause lasting, life-changing injuries. In order to better protect you and your family from serious car accidents, it is important to know what types of crashes are most common, so that you can learn how to avoid them.
Every day, more and more people hit Chicago bike trails – either to exercise, as a means of transportation, or even simply to have fun. This expansion will only continue as the weather warms up and spring begins. It is always good to have more people choosing to bike instead of choosing less sustainable means of transportation.
As Divvy bikesharing grows in popularity in Chicago, the debate about helmets grows accordingly. While advocated by many lawmakers, helmets are not legally mandated throughout the city for most riders. In Illinois, only bike messengers and delivery people on bikes are required by law to wear helmets. Any other adults have a choice.
All of us wish we could get more sleep. We try to get a good night’s rest as often as possible, but with our busy schedules, improving the quality of our sleep by simply sleeping more isn’t always an option. We have all heard the common tips to sleeping better: developing a bedtime routine, waking up the same time every day, avoiding caffeine before bed, etc.
There is nothing worse than getting into a bad car accident. These crashes can hurt you and the drivers and passengers in all the cars involved. Because car crashes can be such a traumatic experience, we never imagine that other people would deliberately cause an accident or stage a car crash. Unfortunately, immoral and dishonest scammers stage car crashes on a regular basis in ...
St. Patrick’s Day is a lot of fun for the whole family, especially here in Chicago. There are parades, parties, and green decorations, foods, and drinks everywhere. Even the river goes green this Saturday at 9:30 in the morning! At the Staver Law Firm, we love St. Patty’s Day! Still, every big event comes with its risks, and we want you to have a chance to think through some s ...
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 1.5 million people experience a traumatic brain injury every year. While some mild concussions have no lasting impact, most injuries of this sort have lasting effects that can range from headaches and dizziness to serious long-term disability. In fact, there are over 5.
While car accidents that happen while backing up may not be the most fatal, these car collisions are much more damaging than most people realize. When we think of accidents that occur when backing up, our first thought is of fender benders when parallel parking or scrapes and dents caused by stationary obstacles.
We trust our transportation workers to get us safely from place to place, whether we’re going on a short bus ride to work or on a transatlantic flight. Despite the great responsibility that bus and taxi drivers, pilots and train conductors have to keep us safe while doing their job, a 2012 study by the National Sleep Foundation reveals that about one fourth of these professiona ...
This Sunday, March 8th at 2 a.m. signals the start of daylight savings time. While the first sign of winter’s end is a relief for all of us braving the Chicago weather, the impact of losing that extra hour of sleep is greater than most of us realize. Every year, thousands of people actually experience serious negative health consequences due to the change.
If you have private property, you probably know that you can be held liable for a person’s injuries from an accident caused by negligence. If you are a member of a homeowners association (HOA), however, this duty of care can be a bit murkier. While some HOAs are only responsible for maintaining common neighborhood facilities, many HOAs are responsible for taking care of certai ...
Being a pedestrian in Chicago this time of year is bracing, but rewarding. After all, you get much-needed exercise, do your part for the environment, and avoid the heavy traffic congestion that tends to clog our streets in winter. Unfortunately, walking along our roadways can be one of the most dangerous things you do all day. Pedestrian accidents in Chicago are all too common.
Most of us have heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the past, but many of us associate the term with veterans leaving war zones and victims of violent crimes. Research has revealed, though, that PTSD may affect more people than we think. In fact, around 9 percent of people in car accidents experience serious PTSD symptoms.