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SGKR Nominated for ‘Best of North Central Illinois’ Personal Injury Attorney for 2023

Published on Feb 20, 2023 at 4:57 pm in Firm News.

SGKR Nominated for 'Best of North Central Illinois' Personal Injury Attorney for 2023
It’s a pleasure to share that our personal injury law firm, Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP (SGKR), has again been nominated for the “Best of North Central Illinois” award for 2023. Our law firm, which has one office each in Ottawa, Peru, Chicago, and Morris, has previously won this annual “Best Of” recognition as a contender in the category of “Service: Personal Injury Attorney” for the past three years.

Winning is decided by votes from the community. Voting for our firm and this year’s other nominees kicked off today, Monday, February 20, at 12:01 a.m. and runs through Saturday, March 25, at 10:59 p.m. Studstill Media, the company that presents this regional award competition, will announce winners soon after the voting closes in late March.

Large Chemical Plant Explosion at LaSalle Chemical Plant

Published on Jan 11, 2023 at 3:07 pm in Work Accidents.

An explosion occurred at a chemical manufacturing plant in LaSalle, IL early on Jan. 11, 2023, causing a massive fire and the release of at least one dangerous substance into the environment. Carus, a global supplier of products used for air purification, soil remediation, and the treatment of water and wastewater, says that the explosion occurred in a shipping container that was located at the facility. It is currently unclear what was inside the shipping container at the time of the explosion.

Nearby residents reported hearing multiple loud explosions as black smoke began to fill the air. Local authorities issued a shelter in place order, affecting people in their homes, at work, and at the nearby LaSalle-Peru Township High School.

How Often Do Drivers Run Red Lights?

Published on Dec 23, 2022 at 4:11 pm in Car Accidents.

How Often Do Drivers Run Red Lights
One of the first things you learn about driving is how traffic lights work. This is an easy concept most of us are taught as children. Green means go, yellow means slow down, and red means stop. As we get older, we also learn that there are more nuances than that.

Green means go when it is safe to do so. When the traffic light is yellow, you should slow down and stop unless you are too close to the intersection to do so safely. You should always stop at a red light, although you are allowed to make a right turn on red in some cases.

Why Are Elderly Drivers Commonly Involved in Car Accidents?

Published on Dec 9, 2022 at 6:20 pm in Car Accidents.

What Are the Common Reasons Why Elderly Drivers Are Involved in Car Accidents
If you regularly watch the news, you’ve probably seen many stories about elderly motorists running into other vehicles, stationary objects, and people. Issues like these aren’t anything new. Reports like these have been circulating for what seems like forever.

Many studies have launched over the years where researchers have sought to determine how a person’s age may affect their driving abilities. There have also been proposed initiatives that have come and gone without receiving majority support to restrict our aging relatives’ vehicle operation rights.

How Can the Truck Driver Shortage Impact Road Safety?

Published on Dec 9, 2022 at 6:14 pm in Truck Accidents.

How Can the Truck Driver Shortage Impact Road Safety
In 2021, it was reported by American Trucking Associations (ATA) that the trucking industry was roughly 80,000 drivers short of where it needed to be. That number was projected to pass 160,000 by 2030. The ATA estimated that one million new drivers will need to be recruited and hired over the next ten years to keep up with industry growth and replace drivers who will retire, resign, or be removed from duties for violating regulations.

If you’ve been to a grocery or retail store in recent months, chances are you have seen the effects of the truck driver shortage. As consumers, we experience the obvious effects of an employee shortage in an industry that is integral to over 70% of the nation’s economy – both price increases and lack of inventory.

Welcoming Melinda Rowe-Sullivan to SGKR

Published on Nov 9, 2022 at 12:35 pm in Firm News.

The attorneys at Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP (SGKR) are thrilled to announce the addition of attorney Melinda Rowe-Sullivan to our experienced and award-winning legal team. Ms. Rowe-Sulllivan, who grew up in the same LaSalle-Peru community that our law office serves, brings a wealth of experience in handling Illinois worker injury cases to our firm. She is eager to help ensure you get the compensation and justice you deserve in yours.

Clients who previously worked with an early ideation of our law firm, Schweickert & Ganassin, may remember working with lawyer Melinda Rowe-Sullivan early on during her legal career. She went on to work as an Arbitrator with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for six years before recently joining our rebranded law office of Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP.

Matthew Rundio To Speak at Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Seminar

Published on Sep 16, 2022 at 3:49 pm in Firm News.

Matthew Rundio, partner with the North Central Illinois firm of Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP, will be presenting on adjudicating liens at an upcoming Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Update & Review Seminar. This professional workshop will take place at the Westin Chicago River North on Oct. 10, 2022.

ITLA is a professional organization that brings together attorneys from across our law firm’s service areas of Peru, Ottawa, Morris, Chicago and elsewhere throughout Illinois who have committed their legal careers to representing residents of our state that have been hurt in a personal injury incident, whether they were injured at work, home, or while out and about anywhere else in our great state.

Liens often play a big role in larger personal injury cases involving catastrophic injuries. Attorneys must have the necessary knowledge to address these financial obligations on a client’s behalf.

How Can I Spot a Sleepy Driver on the Road?

Published on Aug 26, 2022 at 4:30 pm in Car Accidents.

How Can I Spot a Sleepy Driver on the Road?
How many times have you felt exhausted after a late night out at a party, concert, sporting event, or after pulling a double shift at work yet drove yourself home? You may have even found yourself in such a predicament because an emergency occurred, or you ventured out to render aid to a friend or family member in need of your help. Some people even stay out longer on the road than they probably should in hopes of reaching a certain landmark on schedule as they drive somewhere.

No matter your reason for being out on the road, most of us probably wouldn’t want to find ourselves out there beyond the point we’re feeling our best. Sadly, some people allow themselves to constantly run on empty and then get behind the wheel of their cars regularly, endangering their lives and everyone else who is in their car or in their path on the road.

How Much Slower Should Trucks Travel in Poor Conditions?

Published on Aug 26, 2022 at 3:42 pm in Truck Accidents.

How Much Slower Should Trucks Travel in Poor Conditions?
Whether you drive a box truck, like those available for rent at U-Haul or Penske, or an 80,000 pound 18-wheeler, there will invariably come a time when you will find yourself driving in inclement weather. While you might want to keep your foot heavy on the gas pedal in such weather conditions to minimize the chances of reaching your destination late, doing so is ill-advised.

Multiple studies show precisely why that is the case, one of which comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to data compiled by the government agency, wet roads and careless driving contribute to some 70% of weather-related vehicle accidents. But the reality of what happens on American roadways in poor weather conditions does not end there.

The Chicago Bar Association Appoints Michael Krzak as Aviation Law Committee Chair

Published on Aug 22, 2022 at 2:52 pm in News.

SGKR - Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Aviation Law Committee
Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP is pleased to announce partner Michael Krzak’s recent appointment to the Aviation Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. While this isn’t Attorney Krzak’s first time being named Chair of this committee, but instead his third, his plans for how to forward the committee’s objectives are even stronger now than ever after his previous appointments.

Attorney Krzak noted in his acceptance of the appointment that he aims to do his best to “continue carrying on the Aviation Law Committee’s long tradition of providing his fellow Chicago Bar Association members who are interested in aviation law with the contacts and other resources needed to ensure they can properly tackle the aviation law cases they undertake.”

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