August 27, 2008

Antidepressants and depression may increase chance of car accidents

A new study suggests that depressed drivers who take antidepressants are more prone to car accidents. The study, published by a University of North Dakota psychology resident, focused on the impact antidepressants have on driving performance.

During the study, the research team asked 60 people to "drive" a computerized version of a car in a program that replicated real-life conditions. Approximately half of the participants were taking at least one type of antidepressant, and the level of depression for those on antidepressants were subsequently categorized as experiencing either low or high depression at the time of the driving test. Participants had to perform common driving tasks such as braking, steering, and scanning sightlines in response to an unfolding video of car traffic, stop signs, speed limit signs and traffic lights. The research team found that the drivers on antidepressants who were highly depressed registered markedly worse scores on some driving skills than those not taking antidepressants.

Ultimately, the study appears to correlate poor concentration and a weakened ability to react to situations where a divided attention is required to depression. More details about the study can be found here. Comments about this post can be directed to Chicago Car Accident Attorney Chris Hurley at (312) 553-4900.

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August 21, 2008

Car accidents eliminated by 2020?

Car accidents may be eliminated by 2020. That’s the plan established by Volvo, who claims that its drivers and passengers will escape even the most serious car crash without harm as a result of new technologies and designs they are developing. Ford-owned Volvo is not the only car market participant who has set their sights on injury-free accidents—other automakers, parts suppliers, government and global agencies from the United Nations to the OECD are all looking at ways to eliminate the 1.2 million deaths and 50 million injuries related to car accidents each year. However, Volvo is the first to set a deadline to accomplish this endeavor.

It is no secret that safety sells cars and as recently as January, nearly 77 percent of U.S. consumers polled by Consumer Reports ranked Volvo as the safest car brand. Consumer Reports shows NHTSA’s Volvo crash test here. Now, other carmakers are following suit and are putting out their own safety credentials. Regardless of the car manufacturers’ motivation, there is no argument that safer cars save lives, and that’s something that we all can get behind. Comments about this post can be directed to Car Accident Attorney Chris Hurley at (312) 553-4900.

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August 14, 2008

City sues Chicago School Bus Company for Fire Truck Accident

The city of Chicago has sued a company that operated a bus involved in collision with a fire truck that resulted in the death of a veteran firefighter. The dailyherald.com reports that the Chicago suit seeks more than $350,000 for damage to the fire truck, a light pole and other costs in connection to the March 2007 collision.

School bus driver Darlene Lewis allegedly hit a fire truck while it was on the way to responding to an emergency call. The suit alleges that the fire truck spun out of control after the school bus clipped the back of the fire truck. The Chicago Police Department cited the bus driver for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. She was also a named party in the lawsuit.

Traffic accidents involving large trucks or buses are the most serious accidents on the road. Many times, these collisions can result in serious bodily injury or even death, especially to the driver of the smaller vehicle. The law governing bus accidents is complex, and it is common for muncipalities and school districts to be parties to the lawsuit. In some instances though, the law may provide immunity from lawsuits to some entities.

If you or a loved one was injured by a bus or in a truck accident, it is important to seek legal advice immediately. Illinois law limits the amount of time an injuried party has to file a lawsuit against a negligent bus or truck driver. The lawfirm of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. has extensive experience representing clients injured or killed in car, bus and truck crashes. Please contact us for a consultation.

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