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U.S. Bans Truckers and Bus Drivers from Texting while Driving

Posted on January 31st, 2010 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Truck accident attorneys in Illinois and around the nation should be aware that the federal government formally barred truckers and bus drivers from sending text messages while operating a commercial motor vehicle, effective January 27, 2010. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) did not create a new regulation or a new law, but rather […]

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Illinois Truck Accident Insurance Coverage

Posted on January 21st, 2010 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Illinois truck accident attorneys should be aware of the recent decision by the Illinois Supreme Court regarding whether the Illinois Vehicle Code’s “omnibus coverage” applies to commercial truckers. In Zurich American Ins. Co. v. Key Cartage, 2009 WL 3470846 (2009), the Court held that “omnibus coverage” mandated by Section 5/7-317(b)(2) of the Illinois Vehicle Code does not apply to commercial […]

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Illinois Sexual Abuse Victims Lose Big

Posted on September 29th, 2009 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Illinois sexual abuse victims and their attorneys were severely disappointed with the September 24, 2009, Illinois Supreme Court decision in Doe v. Diocese of Dallas, 234 Ill. 2d 393, 917 N.E. 2d 475. The court framed the issue as: “..whether section 13-202.2 of the Code of Civil Procedure (735 ILCS 5/13-202.2), may be applied to permit […]

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Illinois Law Bans Texting or Emailing While Driving But Not Cell Phone Use

Posted on August 21st, 2009 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Illinois car and truck accident attorneys in investigating the causes of vehicular crashes should always consider the possibility that one of the drivers was texting, emailing or on a cell phone at the time of the colllision. In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) published a study indicating that driving daylight hours 11% -or 1.8 million drivers-were […]

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Illinois Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Need Creativity

Posted on June 30th, 2009 by Edmund J. Scanlan

Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys should always be creative when analyzing the potential areas of recovery for their clients. According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) there were 7.1 million motorcycles on the road in the U.S. in 2007. Sales of all two wheelers in the U.S. was 1,087,000 in 2008. Motorcycles are by their […]

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