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How a Hot Car Can Lead to Tragedy

By Brady McAninch on June 6, 2018

The hot Illinois summer is upon us, and that means it’s time to break out the shorts and turn up the air conditioning. Unfortunately, summer also brings with it the potential for serious tragedy in an unexpected place. More than 36 kids die in hot cars every year, according to CNN, and the hottest months inevitably bring the highest numbers of incidents.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Tractor-Trailer Underride: Not Your Average Rear-End Accident

By Brady McAninch on May 21, 2018

Rear-end car accidents. They’re equivalent to a fender bender, and all parties can leave with just an exchange of insurance information, right? Wrong. These accidents can be quite dangerous, especially when a tractor-trailer enters the mix.

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

Regulations on Rover: Understand Your Local Dog Bite Laws

By Brady McAninch on May 7, 2018

Between an outraged dog bite victim and a defensive dog owner, things can get heated. Fortunately, most states have specific laws regarding dog bites, which lay out how to determine fault and what bills get paid. Since we at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, are located in the Belleville and practice in the Metro East area, we’ll cover both sides of the Mississippi River today as we talk dog bite law.

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Posted in: Dog Bites

New Transportation Safety Laws? Maybe Not…

By Brady McAninch on April 23, 2018

New Administration = Rollback of Transportation Safety Legislation

A new presidential administration brings many changes. One such change under the Trump administration is the rollback of many federal transportation safety rules and regulations. At least a dozen safety rules that were under development or already adopted have been repealed, withdrawn, delayed, or put on the back burner during Trump’s first year in office, according to an Associated Press review of the Department of Transportation’s rulemaking activities.

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

When a Deck Collapses, Is Someone to Blame?

By Brady McAninch on April 17, 2018

Many homes, condominiums, and apartments in the greater Belleville-Metro East area are equipped with decks of various sizes. Decks are great places for people to get together and socialize in warmer weather, and we all have fond memories of attending a barbecue or party on a neighbor’s deck.

Unfortunately, some decks are poorly constructed or maintained, resulting in tragic collapses.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

Have You Babied Your Car Lately?

By Brady McAninch on April 9, 2018

Happy April-Is-Car-Care-Awareness Month

Car crashes are overwhelmingly caused by (you guessed it) human error. As people, we allow distractions and risky choices to get in the way of safe driving. This is one of the reasons that new automated vehicle safety features—like automatic emergency braking (AEB), for one—are so compelling, but in the meantime we have to focus on taking care of ourselves and our cars.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Driverless Uber Car Kills Pedestrian

By Brady McAninch on March 20, 2018

The fledgling autonomous car industry was dealt a serious setback after a female pedestrian was hit and killed by a driverless sports utility vehicle in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe on Sunday night.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Driverless Trucks May Be the Future of Freight

By Brady McAninch on March 19, 2018

It’s 2018, and while we may not have the robot maids and flying cars The Jetsons promised us, vehicle automation technology is moving full-steam ahead. We see occasional news articles about tech companies like Uber or Google testing driverless vehicles, but many of us really don’t understand much about the concept.

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

When a Slip-and-Fall Causes More than a Couple Bruises

By Brady McAninch on March 12, 2018

March is National Brain Injury Awareness month, and according to the Brain Injury Association, each year an estimated 2.5 million children and adults sustain a traumatic brain injury. Today, we’re going to tackle the most boring cause of traumatic brain injuries: a slip, trip, and fall.

It’s funny in the movies. But not in real life.

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A Not-So-Silent Epidemic: Nursing Home Abuse

By Brady McAninch on February 16, 2018

It’s every family’s worst nightmare: they entrust their loved one’s care to a nursing home, and their loved one is ignored and mistreated. That’s exactly what happened to a family in Georgia when their 89-year-old father, grandfather, and World War II veteran was captured on video being laughed at when he called for help at his northeast Atlanta nursing home. The man died as nurses failed to take life-saving measures before paramedics arrived (Fox42).

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