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December 2016 Archives

Safety advocates fear Trump could scrap speed limiter rule

Highway safety advocates fear that the incoming Trump administration may shelve a government rule that would electronically limit the speeds of tractor-trailers traveling in Illinois and nationwide. The rule was published last August, and a public comment period ended in December.

Trucking industry lobbying to get safety rules repealed

Illinois motorists might be interested in learning that Republican lawmakers in Congress have for now blocked trucking safety regulations that were meant to keep fatigued truck drivers off of the road. The American Trucking Association indicated that it will return to lobby when the Republicans are in control of the legislative and executive branches of the federal government in order to try to get additional safety regulations repealed, blocked or rolled back.

Fatal crashes blamed on social media app

Several studies have found that a disturbing number of motorists in Illinois and around the country feel that sending text messages, making phone calls and even watching videos while behind the wheel are acceptable. While companies like Twitter and Facebook have been criticized by road safety advocates and law enforcement figures for not doing enough to deter this kind of behavior, the company behind the popular Snapchat messaging application has been accused of encouraging motorists to drive at dangerous speeds.

How Is Your Average Weekly Wage Calculated?

When you are injured on the job and as a result cannot work, how much you receive in lost wage benefits and in settlement at the end of your case will depend on your average weekly wage (AWW). Most people automatically assume that their hourly rate multiplied by the number of hours they are normally scheduled to work will be their AWW. Sometimes, it can be much more complicated than that.

Illinois Health Care Services Lien Act and Minors

When an injured person receives medical treatment as a result of personal injuries he or she sustained due to another person's negligence, then to recover for the treatment rendered, Medical Providers and Medical Professionals under Illinois Health Care services lien act can claim a lien on injured person's personal injury case. This lien cannot be claimed if the services rendered are due to and under the provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act. Even though a lien can be claimed by the Health Care Providers/Professional for the full amount of the services rendered/bills generated, Pursuant to the Health Care Services Lien Act, if there are multiple liens claimed by different Providers/Professionals, the sum of all liens combined cannot exceed 40% of the total settlement or award. If there is one lien holder, then the lien for that Provider/Professional cannot exceed more than one-third of settlement or award.

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