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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.”

SGKR Sponsors Illinois Valley Building Trades Charitable Trust Golf Event

Published on Jul 29, 2022 at 6:23 pm in News.

The law firm of Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP was honored to serve as Gold Sponsor for the 2022 Illinois Valley Building Trades Charitable Trust Golf Outing on June 10th. The event raised $22,000 for the non-profit organization the United Way of the Illinois Valley in Peru, IL.

The SGKR-sponsored hole was dubbed the “Beat the Lawyer” hole. We were proud to be able to raise over $600 for the United Way on our sponsored golf hole alone. Our law firm also donated raffle prizes that were awarded to one of the foursomes that successfully “Beat the Lawyer.” Prizes included a 36-inch Blackstone Grill and four Garmin Bushnell Wingman GPS Golf Speakers. In total, Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP donated roughly $1,900 to the event.

How Many Truck Drivers Are in Illinois?

Published on Jun 16, 2022 at 1:28 pm in Posts.

How Many Truck Drivers Are in Illinois
Big trucks are a necessary part of modern-day life. It can be a little scary to drive near large automobiles like 18-wheelers, though. These vehicles weigh significantly more than standard passenger cars and can cause a lot of damage in a truck accident.

For the time being, tractor-trailers are still a staple feature of most interstates, so just how many truck drivers are in Illinois alone?

Michael Krzak Speaking at National Institute on Aviation Litigation 2022

Published on Jun 1, 2022 at 1:28 pm in News.

One of our firm’s attorney founders and a preeminent aviation litigator, Michael Krzak, is slated to speak at the upcoming National Institute on Aviation Litigation on June 9. The conference, which was originally to take place in person in Chicago, will now be a virtual event. Anyone interested in attending the institute can register online. Registration is open until June 8 at 5 p.m. (Eastern).

Among the topics that will be discussed at this year’s institute include:

  • Pilot shortages as it relates to the implementation of the 1500 hour rule
  • The intersection of aviation incidents and the criminal justice system
  • In-flight liability concerns, including intoxicated passengers, improperly stowed baggage, etc.
  • The ins and outs of the Montreal Convention
  • Future product liability lawsuit filings in light of the Sikkellee Saga
  • An analysis of emergent litigiousness associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

Why Did Illinois Pedestrian Deaths Increase in 2021?

Published on May 6, 2022 at 12:04 pm in Pedestrian Accidents.

Why Did Illinois Pedestrian Deaths Increase in 2021
Pedestrian travel does not guarantee safe arrival.  There are dangers wherever we walk or get out for exercise.  Between navigating cracked sidewalks, searching for crosswalks, and dodging cars in areas with little to no pedestrian infrastructure, a leisurely stroll can lead to danger while you are on your way to your intended destination.

With advances in vehicle technology and heightened pedestrian safety awareness, you might think that anyone traveling on foot, in a wheelchair, or with the use of a mobility aid would at least face better conditions than in the past. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In a troubling trend, pedestrian fatalities are on the rise in Illinois and across the rest of the country.

SGKR Sponsoring Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp Baseball Team

Published on May 4, 2022 at 3:17 pm in News.

As midwesterners, many of us look forward to the spring season as the beginning of warmer weather days after a long, bitterly cold winter. We also eagerly anticipate this time of the year because it marks the kickoff of baseball season. Here at Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP (SGKR), we’re proud to announce our sponsorship of the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp baseball team for the 2022 season.

The Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp is a collegiate summer league that plays home games at Schweickert Stadium at Veterans Memorial Park in Peru, IL. Appointment to this Prospect League Eastern Conference team allows top-tier college athletes to gain a unique insight into how the professional baseball industry functions without it impacting their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) qualified status.

Michael Krzak Seeks Justice for Injury Victim of Delivery Vehicle Accident

Published on Apr 20, 2022 at 3:20 pm in Firm News.

One of Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP’s founding partners, Michael Krzak, is representing Alejandro Perez, a male motorist. He was unexpectedly struck by an Amazon delivery driver while waiting at an Evanston intersection two years ago during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Perez continues to face significant functional impairments, including difficulty kneeling and standing, despite undergoing lower back surgery for his injuries soon after the accident.

Does Ice Increase the Chances of a Jackknife Accident?

Published on Apr 13, 2022 at 3:03 pm in Truck Accidents.

truck at sunrise

When news stations show winter weather accidents, you’ll often see your fair share of crashes involving trucks. Many times you’ll see trucks that flipped over as they attempted to pass another motorist or round a circle turn when transitioning from one interstate to another. On some occasions, you’ll catch a glimpse of a rare phenomenon that is a jackknife incident.

What If a Third Party Is Involved in a Car Accident?

Published on Apr 5, 2022 at 12:29 pm in Car Accidents.

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There is a general tendency to think of a car accident as a situation involving two drivers—and for one to assume that liability (who’s at fault) belongs to one of those two directly-involved motorists. It’s commonly believed that one driver is at fault, and the other is a victim.

Some situations arise where another party is partially or fully responsible for the collision. It’s even possible that the at-fault party wasn’t even at the scene of the accident. This outside party, a person or group not directly involved in the crash, is known as a third party. When can a third party be held liable for damages from a car accident?

How Much Slower Should Trucks Travel in Wintery Conditions?

Published on Apr 5, 2022 at 11:55 am in Truck Accidents.

snow on trucks

As Illinois drivers, we are all too familiar with the winter weather and how it can make driving more dangerous than during the warmer summer months. It is not just up to passenger vehicle drivers to exercise caution in unsafe driving conditions, though. Big rig and, semi-tractor trailer and other truck drivers also need to do their part to keep everyone on the roads safe during wintertime.

There are many actions that truck drivers can take to be safer, but perhaps one of the most important is to simply slow down. But exactly how much slower should trucks travel in wintery conditions? That depends on what type of weather and road conditions a driver is presented with. However, one important piece of advice sticks out—slower is almost always better.

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