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Pro Hac Vice in Illinois

Pro hac vice is a legal term, which allows an attorney from one state to practice law in another state for a particular case. For example, a lawyer in Indiana may have a client who has a case pending in Illinois, and the client wants his Indiana lawyer to represent him in Illinois. An Indiana attorney can find a local Illinois attorney, have that attorney file an appearance, and then file for Permission for an Out-of-State Attorney to Provide Legal Services in Proceedings in Illinois. This allows the Indiana attorney to represent his client in Illinois. The Supreme Court of Illinois clearly defines the rules in The Supreme Court of Illinois Rule 707 (renamed as Permission for an Out-of-State Attorney to Provide Legal Services in Proceedings in Illinois).

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Reasons Not to Get Behind the Wheel When Tired

Driving down Illinois roads while drowsy is a dangerous thing to do. Many people are willing to risk driving while drowsy because they figure that they will be able to keep themselves awake long enough to make it to their destination. Unfortunately, the fact that one in five automobile accidents is connected to driving while fatigued shows that this problem is a lot more serious than people make it out to be.

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Hospital Found Guilty of Malpractice in Peoria Woman's Death

An Illinois court recently found OSF Healthcare St. Francis Hospital guilty of committing medical malpractice. According to 25 News, a Peoria woman, Diane Arrenholz, passed away after the hospital rushed her surgery.

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The Increasing Number of Pedestrian Deaths

The citizens of Illinois may be surprised to learn that the number of pedestrians who have been killed by vehicles on the road last year has reached a high the nation has not seen since 1990. To be more concrete, around 6,227 individuals passed away due to a fatal accident while they were walking on foot, which is about 250 more fatalities than what 2017 saw. The majority of deaths took place late at night; in fact, about 90 percent of the total increase in the number of dying pedestrians over the past ten years can be attributed to nighttime accidents.

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Safety Group Pushes for Crash-Prevention Tech on Big Rigs

Large commercial trucks travel throughout Illinois every day, and fatal crashes across the country involving big rigs increased 42 percent between 2009 and 2017. Road Safe America, co-founded by a man who lost a son in a truck accident, has joined other activists to petition senators and representatives to pass legislation that requires commercial trucks to use speed limiters and automatic emergency braking systems.

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GHSA Addresses Challenges of Reducing Speeding Deaths

Nearly one third of motor vehicle-related fatalities involve speeding, so Illinois residents may be wondering what is being done about this. At the root of the issue seems to be a lack of proper education on the dangers of speeding. Speeding raises the risk for a crash as well as the severity of those that occur, endangering pedestrians and bicyclists in particular. Conversely, a slight decrease in speed makes a positive impact on crash risk and severity.

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Misdiagnosing Patients Can Lead to Malpractice Claims

According to a report by a liability insurer, diagnostic errors were the most common reason for medical malpractice claims from 2013 to 2017. The report discovered that rates of malpractice claims related to such errors have not declined in recent years. This is despite the fact that this has been the case for other causes of medical malpractice claims in Illinois and throughout the country. The study took a look at 10,618 cases over the four-year time period to come to its conclusions.

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AAA Study Reveals Distractions Caused by Infotainment Systems

Car infotainment systems are a major source of distraction for many drivers in Illinois and across the U.S., according to a recent AAA-contracted study that analyzed 30 such systems on new 2017 vehicles. Researchers found all the systems demanded either a moderate level of attention (seven in all), a high level (11 in all) or very high (12). Cars in the last category include the Audi Q7 QPP, Dodge Durango GT, Mazda3 Touring and Tesla Model 7.

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Learning from Dump Truck Accident Statistics

Illinois motorists may find recent statistics about dump truck accidents beneficial. Although there have been initiatives enacted by federal regulators as well as industry safety experts, the number of serious accidents involving large trucks have been on the increase.

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5 Tips to Avoid a Slip and Fall This Winter

Illinois sees plenty of cold weather in the winter, with its fair share of snow and ice. Many people consider themselves lucky to get through the winter without a spill or two on the icy ground.

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