All State Releases List Of Cities With The Best Drivers

All State recently
published its annual report of the cities with the best drivers, which can be
seen
here.  The report, based on Allstate claims data, ranks
America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify
which cities have the safest drivers. Sioux Falls South Dakota was ranked the
number 1 safest city for drivers. Unfortunately, Chicago ranked number 152 out
of 200. The report noted that drivers in Chicago are 25.9% more likely to
be involved in a car accidents compared to other cities and drivers average 7.9
years in between vehicle collisions.
 

All
State also provided in their report some helpful advice on ways to avoid car accidents for drivers in big cities like Chicago:

1.         Allow plenty of time to reach your destination;

2.         Know what is going on in the city during the time you
are driving;

3.         Stay Alert (for pedestrians, emergency vehicles,
delivery trucks, taxis buses etc…) and; 

4.         Get directions to where you are going.

If you
or someone you know has been involved in a Chicago car crash or Chicago truck accident, then call Chicago personal injury attorney Aaron Bryant for a free
consultation at 312-588-3384 or go to the firm website at
www.blgchicago.com.

Train Industry Acknowledges Serious Design Flaw In Specific Rail Car

Business Week published an interesting article last week
about a specific rail car that transports thousands of gallons of ethanol every
year across the United States. If there is a train crash, the thin exterior of
this type of rail car is almost guaranteed to sever and leak fuel which and
lead to fires and explosions.

The railroad industry
has vowed to manufacture and use a new rail car that has a stronger shell,
which will help prevent leaking in case of an accident. Regardless, the train
industry has pushed back requesting lawmakers not require them to modify the current
design of existing rail cars. The first question that needs to be asked about
this resistance, is why? The short answer is money. There are apparently 30,000 to 45,000 of these types of tankers out there today. The article reports that
the railroad industry has known about this design flaw since 1991, yet have
done nothing about it until 2011. Despite knowing about this design flaw, there
have been 40 serious train accidents since 2000, which has caused 2 deaths and
multiple injuries. 

The National Traffic
Safety Board has asked for the higher standards to be applied to all tankers,
meaning existing cars would have to be retrofitted or phased out.

The industry’s
proposal “ignores the safety risks posed by the current fleet,” the
NTSB said in a report on safety recommendations, adding that those cars
“can almost always be expected to breach in derailments that involve
pileups or multiple car-to-car impacts.”

The federal Pipeline
and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, part of the U.S. Department of
Transportation, is considering both arguments, but the regulatory process is
slow and could take several years, experts said.

If there is another
crash involving these existing faulty rail cars and people are injured (or even
killed), then the rail road company will be on the hook for those injuries. Why
not bite the bullet now and start removing these existing cars from their
fleets as soon as possible. It could save lives and their company’s money in
the long run.

If you or someone you
love has been injured in a Chicago car accident or Chicago train accident, then
call Chicago injury lawyer, Aaron Bryant, for a free consultation at
312-588-3384 or go to the firm website at www.blgchicago.com. 

AT&T Chief Executive Speaks Out Against Texting & Driving

Unless you are living
under a rock, it would be hard to miss out on all of the anti texting and
driving campaigning that has been going on. There have been multiple public
service announcements on TV, multiple articles (and blogs) written and most
states (39 total) have outlawed the practice. Recently, and I think
importantly, the heads of the major telecommunications companies have been
speaking out. Specifically, Randall Stephenson, the CEO of AT&T discussed
the subject at the outset of a speech in front of investors at a conference on
the state of the telecommunications business.

The New York
Times
 reported that Stephenson began his speech before hundreds of
people by stating that there must be a change regarding the use of phones in
cars. “the Smartphone is a product we sell
and it’s being used inappropriately. We have got to drive behavior.”  He
went on to state that since he has gone public on this issue he has had to curb
his own practice of using the phone in the car. “When I went public, I
told my wife: ‘You know what this means? I can no longer touch this 
iPhone or BlackBerry in the car.’ ” He puts his
devices in a cup holder and silences them. “It was a habit I had to break.”

This is
a small step but still meaningful. It must be pointed out the AT&T and
other cell phone companies only recently stopped their lobby against the
curbing of cell phone use in cars.  This was a significant move on these
companies part, but real progress will take place when they actually put their
money where their mouth is and join the lobby towards approving cell phone and
driving laws.

If you
or someone you love has been injured in a Chicago car accident or Chicago truckaccident, then call Chicago personal injury attorney, Aaron Bryant, for a freeconsultation at 312-588-3384 or go to the firm website at www.blgchicago.com.
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NY Times Video On Distracted Driving Points Out Dangers Of Texting & Driving

If you click here you can view a video on the New York Times website regarding the dangers of texting and driving. The video clip points out all of the statistical dangers of using your phone while driving. For example, studies have shown that talking on your phone while driving is so distracting that it is the equivalent of having a blood alcohol content of .08, which is legally drunk for driving.

I have written on this subject and discussed multiple studies in the past on this blog. The reason I am posting this video is due to all the people interviewed in the clip. Many of the people all admit to using their phone (talking and texting) while driving. People know it is dangerous – – they see others being distracted by it – – yet they continue to do it. It is kind of funny because the only person interviewed who admitted to switching to a blue tooth for his ear stated that he switched over because he had received 5 tickets for using his phone while driving. I find this amusing because I have argued over and over that the only way to convince people to stop texting in driving is to increase the penalties. Raise the fines, require safety classes and if someone is injured in a crash, then suspend the license and threaten jail time. I am convinced that this is the only way to convince people to stop texting and driving.
If you or someone your love has been injured in a Chicago car crash or Chicago truck accident, then call Chicago personal injury attorney, Aaron Bryant, for a free consultation at 312-588-3384 or go to the firm website at www.blgchicago.com.  

New Online System Allows Tracking Of 311 Calls In Chicago

In 2007 a giant concrete chunk fell
from a viaduct in Chicago landing on a pregnant woman’s windshield causing her
injuries. The lawsuit, which was recently settled by the city for $450,000,
alleged that the city new about the condition five months prior based on a 311 call
from a man who complained that a concrete block had fallen on his car from the
same location.

As a result, the Chicago
Sun-Times
 reports that the city has implemented a new online tracking
system that residents can use to follow the results of their 311 calls. The
so-called, “service tracker” feature will allow people who call 311 for 14 of
the most requested city services to track their service requests from the time
they are submitted and receive an email when the issue is resolved.

Nearly 40 percent of the most requested service calls
fielded by the 311 non-emergency system are duplicates or follow-up calls from
Chicagoans checking on the status of their requests.

By giving people a tracking number that allows them to chart
the progress of their requests online, call volumes and waiting times should be
reduced.

“Allowing Chicagoans to track and submit service requests in
real-time brings an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability to
city government,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated in a press release. Emanuel’s
transition report called for an “Open 311” system to provide an “easy and
transparent way” for Chicagoans to submit and monitor their service requests on
the Internet.

The service-tracker technology was developed by Chief
Technology Officer John Tolva and Innovation and Technology Commissioner Brett
Goldstein in partnership with Code for America. The program is being funded, in
part, by a $300,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust’s so-called “Smart
Chicago Collaborative.”

Chicago is one of eight cities chosen to participate in Code
for America’s national fellowship program and the only city in the country to
include a service tracker in its open 311 system.

I love this new system for multiple reasons. First, I think
it will make our city safer by helping prevent accidents that happened to the
pregnant woman in 2007. Second, transparency in government is always important
as residents want to know what is being done to correct issues and also keep
transparent where tax dollars are being spent. Hopefully this new system will
help our city government be more efficient while also protecting people from
dangerous situations.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a
Chicago car accident or a Chicago premises accident, then call Chicago personalinjury lawyer, Aaron Bryant, for a free consultation at 312-588-3384 or go to
the firm website at www.blgchicago.com.