The Dangers of Unsafe Trucking Practices

The Dangers of Unsafe Trucking Practices

When you pull your car out of your driveway, you put your life in the hands of other drivers you encounter on your trip. We all share the road together, and one bad decision or distracted moment can bring grave consequences for others nearby.

Consider your latest commute. You probably passed multiple cars, minivans, and SUVs. You also likely passed large semi trucks. The trucking industry is an important one, as it moves goods across the country with efficiency. However, sometimes that efficiency can transform into danger when poor decisions are made.

Concerns About the Trucking Industry

Just like most businesses, the trucking industry is driven by profit. Sometimes, companies and drivers are rewarded for fast delivery. This need for speedy transportation can leave most drivers choosing between a good night’s sleep and pushing through to meet their delivery deadline.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has regulations that are designed to keep drivers safe. There are required rest periods, electronic logs, pre-trip inspections, and other rules to assure trucks, and their drivers, are functioning at their best. Unfortunately, there are incidents of truck drivers ignoring these regulations.

Truck drivers have a higher incidence of driving while exhausted, driving while under the influence of stimulants, failing to maintain their truck, and even driving while texting or using the internet. This is especially frightening because a truck vs. car accident can be deadly.

What To Do

Professional truck drivers are held to a higher standard than drivers of cars because they are covering more miles and driving more hours each day. However, if a truck driver does not follow best practices and federal regulations, it can result in serious injury or even death.

If you, or your loved one, have been involved in an accident with a semi truck, finding an experienced lawyer immediately is crucial. Trucking companies are known for swooping into accident investigations quickly, and they may offer compensation that is significantly less than you are entitled to.

Call our team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates. We are not intimidated by large trucking companies and keep your best interests at the forefront. Contact us today to get started.

Cancer and Roundup: A Surprising Connection

Cancer and Roundup: A Surprising Connection

Cancer is always scary, and receiving a diagnosis is always shocking. Most cancer diagnoses come with no explanation as to whyor howcancer happened. Unfortunately, sometimes there is a connection between a hazardous substance and a cancer diagnosis later in life. Even more troubling is the fact that the person using the hazardous substance didn’t even know there were potential complications; they simply trusted the company making the substance.

One example of this is the mesothelioma and asbestos connectionwe have written about before. Another example gaining national attention is the connection between Roundup weed killer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The History of Roundup and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

For decades, Roundup weed killer was widely used throughout the country on both corn and soybean fields. It had everything a farmer, on a large or small scale, needed – it was quick, efficient, and easy. However, people who had contact with Roundup as an applicator or farmer began to notice an increase in non-Hodgkin lymphoma as compared to others without Roundup contact.

Monsanto quickly purchased Roundup as complaints began to increase. Currently, there have been three juries who have been convinced Roundup was the cause of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in cases that went to court. These cases have given traction to other cases that link Roundup to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

What You Should Do Next

If you or your loved one have received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma andyou have a history of working with Roundup, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associatesimmediately to talk more about your situation. We are experienced in working with cases like these and are not afraid to fiercely advocate for your best interests.

You don’t have to go through this time alone, and we would be honored to work with you to achieve a favorable outcome. Contact us today to get started.

Boating Safety

Boating Safety

The temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer. Summer has finally started to arrive here in the northern Illinois area! This season is a great time to get outside and enjoy time with loved ones. For many of us, summer temperatures give us more time to be out on the water. Before you log any more time on your boat this year, be sure you are brushing up on good practices that will keep you, and everyone on the water with you, safe.

Skip the Alcohol

Just like driving a car, choosing to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol is an unsafe and irresponsible decision. The Coast Guard reports that alcohol is responsible for at least 16% boating fatalities and for half of all boating accidents. Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is a serious offense and applies to all vessels, including kayaks or canoes.

Why the big deal about drinking and boating when many people seem to think the two go hand in hand? Alcohol affects judgment, response time, and other abilities that are crucial to safely operating a boat. Skip the cocktail and choose to boat safely.

Brush Up on Rules of the Water

When you hit the river or lake, you aren’t the only one. Boaters share the water with swimmers, kayakers, and other vessels. It is important to brush up on general rules of the water to be sure you are not inadvertently putting yourself, or others, in danger. We like the BoatUS Foundation’s resources and encourage you to take a look as well.

Beware of Towing

Part of the fun of having a boat is the opportunity to tow a water skier or tuber. However, towing can be extremely dangerous if your driver is not experienced, or if your driver participates in risky behaviors. At MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates, we have taken on tragic cases that involved unsafe towing and unfortunately know the very real consequences of towing more than one tube at a time.

Spending time on your boat, or on friend’s boat, is a hallmark summer experience. However, choose to enjoy the time together safely, and without alcohol.

If you do become involved with a boating accident that results in injury, don’t delay in contacting our team. We have years of experience working with victims of boating accidents and are ready to help you during this difficult time.

Stay safe out there.

Trampoline Injuries

Trampoline Injuries


These days, many backyards are equipped with structures to encourage family fun. Swing sets, sandboxes and tire swings can keep kiddos busy when the weather is nice enough to play. However, these backyard additions can also pose the potential for injuries. One of the biggest culprits of backyard injuries? Trampolines.

While trampolines are a great way for kids to bounce, exercise, and burn some energy, roughhousing and catching a double bounce can make the trampoline a dangerous place. The Mayo Clinic reports that childhood injuries for kids can include sprains and breaks, as well as neck or head injuries. If you have a trampoline at home, or if you will be visiting a home that has a trampoline, you should take care to protect yourself and others.

Set Limits
As with most childhood experiences, it is up to the parents to set appropriate limits and rules to keep everyone safe. Don’t allow bigger kids to be in the trampoline with smaller kids, as their weight difference can be especially dangerous. Don’t allow flips or other tricks on the trampoline and encourage only one person to be on the trampoline at a time. Finally, keep a close eye on kids when they are in the trampoline.

Keep the Structure Safe
Trampolines should never be on a hill or uneven surface. Instead, put the trampoline on a flat area of the yard. Next, assure the trampoline has a safety net appropriately installed on the perimeter of the trampoline. Cover springs with pads as well to keep fingers, toes, and feet safe.

In Case of Injury
Taking precautions does not eliminate the chance of injury. If someone is injured on the trampoline, follow first aid recommendations. For an ankle sprain or injury, use ice on the area and follow up with a doctor if the swelling does not go down. For potential head or neck injuries, do not move the person. Instead, call 911.

If you have a trampoline in your backyard, it is your responsibility to let your home insurance company know. Their coverage will be able to cover costs for any injury sustained on your property. If you are injured on someone else’s trampoline, keep all medical bills and work with their insurance company to file a claim.

Working with a reputable and experienced attorney can be beneficial if you, or someone you love, have been injured due to a trampoline. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates are ready to advocate for your needs and assure you get a fair outcome. Give us a call to talk more about your options today.

Is It Medical Malpractice?

Is It Medical Malpractice?


If you have had a bad or traumatic experience with a doctor, you may be wondering what constitutes malpractice? Do you chalk up your trauma or injury to something simple like poor bedside manner or confusing communication, or should you pursue something more serious? These are difficult questions to be considering, especially while attempting to heal and recover from your injury or situation.

While every case is different and unique, there are some parameters that could indicate medical malpractice. Here is what you need to know.

What is the definition?
Malpractice is defined differently in each state. Here in Illinois, medical malpractice occurs when a physician, healthcare professional, or institution (like a hospital) breaches the standard of care when treating a patient. This breach then results in injury or death.

What is the standard of care?
In order to determine if your situation was caused by a breach in the standard of care, we must look at what is considered the standard of care. This phrase includes a generally accepted set of standards of how other physicians, professionals, or institutions would treat a similar patient.

What are examples of medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice could include serious events like a surgery that results in death, or it could include things like a misdiagnosis or incorrect treatment plan that leads to injury.

What should I do next?
If you, or your loved one, have been injured due to a medical mistake or breach in the standard of care, you are entitled to fair compensation. While medical professionals are human and make mistakes, some mistakes can negatively affect your life moving forward. At MacCloskey Kesler and Associates, we can work with you to determine if your situation is medical malpractice and develop a plan to get you the compensation you deserve.

Let us take care of advocating for you while you spend time recovering from your injury or situation. We have decades of experience working on cases like yours, and we aren’t afraid to go to trial to get you a fair outcome.

Give us a call today to get started.

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