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The life (and death) cycle of a scooter

The life (and death) cycle of a scooter - Staying Safe and Alive aboard

(CHICAGO, IL)…Most of the nation is still deep in winter, but even so, it’s hard to ignore the lure of spring bringing warmer temperatures, a new growing season and scooters back on the road.

“The Scooter Pilot Program received a great deal of interest and excitement in Chicago last summer,” says Jeffrey Kroll, Partner with Kaveny + Kroll Trial Attorneys (www.kavenykroll.com) and an advocate for transportation safety. “Based on this, the city is planning to roll out another pilot program in specific neighborhoods, to better assess the pros and cons.”

Jeffrey Kroll has a unique perspective on issues involving shared and alternative transportation, which while offering many advantages over ‘planes, trains and automobiles,’ none the less are among the most vulnerable on the roads. In 2019, Kroll represented and achieved justice in the first shared bicycle case on behalf of the family of a young woman, who was killed when riding her Divvy bike across a Chicago intersection.

From this vantage point, Kroll, like many others, emphasizes injury and death as the two greatest issues that need to be addressed. Supporting Kroll’s viewpoint are the facts and figures, not just locally but nationally and worldwide. Over 29 scooter related deaths have occurred since 2018. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) observed a “dramatic increase” in injuries and hospitalizations associated with e-scooter use in the US from 2017 to 2018. A joint study from Austin Public Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last May estimated 20 rider injuries per 100,000 trips.

“No training program, no helmet requirements, lots of red flags,” says Kroll. For novices trying to maneuver through traffic, this is a recipe for disaster.  We have already recorded a number of injuries (many being to the head) and accidents.  If our safety measures don’t improve, inevitably, we will see even more broken bones…and broken dreams.”

While the Scooter came to be with hopes that it could offer Chicagoans a greener and economically efficient means of transportation, there still remains much room for improvement.  Cities throughout the country, and the world, have banned scooters and/or issued strong warnings and requirements for your ‘ticket to ride’, in order to better enforce safety regulations.

Jeff Kroll is motivated by something far more personal. “In my years as a Personal Injury attorney, I have seen the worst of injuries and death on our roadways. As a father of two children, this information keeps me awake at night. If I can help mitigate this for my family and others, I plan on doing so.”

 

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Kaveny + Kroll Trial Lawyers (www.kavenykroll.com) is a leading boutique medical malpractice and personal injury law firm in Chicago. They were established in 2019 by award-winning attorneys Elizabeth A. Kaveny and Jeffrey J. Kroll.  The firm is driven by a commitment to justice and the need to fight for victim’s rights and financial recovery. At Kaveny + Kroll, we believe a valued law firm should take your case personally … because it is.

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

THE HEART OF THE MATTER - February is National Heart Month

(CHICAGO, IL)…Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Coronavirus; all grab headlines on a regular basis. Yet, the nation’s leading killer, Heart Disease, has remained in the ‘top spot’ as the cause of death and, as is many of its symptoms, often silent.

Cardiovascular Disease is the umbrella term for all diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels, which can cause coronary heart disease (clogged arteries), heart attacks, stroke and periphery artery disease to name a few. 1 in 3 deaths can be attributed to cardiovascular disease, claiming 800,000 lives per year in the United States (National Institutes of Health).

The heart itself is the workhouse of our body, quietly pumping blood and keeping our systems in working order, yet for all of these efforts, is often overlooked or minimized in the eyes of the ‘owner’. “Nothing seems to strike fear in the minds of most than, for example, a diagnosis of cancer,” says Elizabeth Kaveny, Managing Partner of Kaveny + Kroll Trial Lawyers (www.kavenykroll.com) in Chicago. “Yet, as an advocate in the area of medical errors and malpractice, I have seen firsthand that many, patients and physicians, can overlook the obvious.”

While heart disease certainly has a strong genetic component, it also can be the result of poor lifestyle choices including carrying too much weight, a lack of exercise, a diet too heavy in fat and sodium, smoking and unregulated stress. While surgeries to repair blocked arteries and other heart issues are far more commonplace, Kaveny reminds us that these procedures are quite complex and not without their share of issues before, during and afterwards. “February is a great time, at the beginning of the year, to be proactive in caring for your heart and circulatory system,” she says. “The safest surgery is not to have surgery at all. Instead, take steps, however small, towards a healthier lifestyle.”

Regular visits to the physician, or cardiologist if recommended, are also crucial steps to staying on top of a situation that, in most cases, can be managed. “Respect the Red,” says Kaveny. “Your life depends on it!”

 

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Kaveny + Kroll Trial Lawyers (www.kavenykroll.com) is a leading boutique medical malpractice and personal injury law firm in Chicago. They were established in 2019 by award-winning attorneys Elizabeth A. Kaveny and Jeffrey J. Kroll.  The firm is driven by a commitment to justice and the need to fight for victim’s rights and financial recovery. At Kaveny + Kroll, we believe a valued law firm should take your case personally … because it is.