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3 things to do immediately after a car accident

Imagine driving through Countryside on your way to work. Your normal commute is uneventful until you stop at the last intersection before your office. While you came to a slow stop at the red light, the driver behind you did not.

The next thing you know, you are in the middle of the intersection hoping that you do not get t-boned by the traffic coming from the cross street. Fortunately, after the initial impact, the other cars in the vicinity did not hit you. But, you still have a bit of a mess on your hands after the rear-end collision.

Wrongful death claims can help survivors pursue justice

Losing a loved one is never easy. When that loss is the result of a preventable accident, like a motor vehicle crash, it can be heartbreaking for the family. There is no way to adequately describe the grief and anger that comes from knowing that someone's negligence, intoxication or distraction cost the life of your loved one. Whether or not that other driver faces criminal charges, surviving family members should carefully consider the option for a wrongful death lawsuit.

When someone dies as the result of a wrongful act, neglect of default of another, Illinois law allows surviving family members to to seek damages from the person responsible for the death. While it's common to spend weeks or even months working through grief, don't put off considering this lawsuit for too long. Survivors usually only have one year from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim.

Be aware of signs of potential nursing home abuse or neglect

Deciding to put an elderly parent into a nursing home or assisted living facility is never a simple choice. Even in situations with severe illnesses, physical impairments or dementia, adult children often struggle with their inability to provide the care themselves and worry about the quality of life that their loved one will have once in a nursing home.

You may have done research into every nearby facility and picked one with an impeccable record of care. Perhaps you received recommendations from people you know and trust about the facility. No matter how carefully you select a nursing home, it only takes one bad hiring decision to put your loved one at risk. You need to inform yourself about the signs of abuse and neglect in nursing home occupants.

Could the proposed median cause more accidents in Countryside?

Any new road construction project is likely to ruffle a few feathers, but the latest plan proposed in Countryside has some residents concerned it may cause more problems than it will solve.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is currently working on a plan to improve 55th Street, from LaGrange Road to East Avenue. Proposed additions are a cement median on both 55th Street and LaGrange Road, adding storm sewers on the north side of 55th and widening that road.


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