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'Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow' targets underage drinking

We recently reported that Illinois lawmakers are considering two bills designed to deter people from getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. The proposed legislation would increase the penalties for DUI, targeting habitual offenders and lengthening the required ignition interlock period for people with at least two convictions.

Harsher penalties for DUI could be a solution for reducing the number of serious and fatal accidents that occur each year due to impaired driving, but it is a reactive approach. It is only one side of a two-sided coin. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) believes that addressing the issue of alcoholism at an early age will help attack the problem proactively.

Illinois lawmakers to vote on increasing in-car DUI solutions

Getting injured in a car crash can change a person's life in the blink of an eye. But while all car accidents have the potential to be catastrophic, drunk driving accidents in particular all share one unique quality: they can all be prevented.

For decades, efforts to curb or prevent drunk driving have launched in earnest, from increasing police patrols to increasing marketing and educational campaigns. These efforts have seen some success, but the fact remains that too many people still get in their cars after drinking too much and cause a serious accident. Currently, lawmakers in Illinois are considering new policies that are aimed at tackling drunk driving from inside a person's car.

Changes to workers' compensation could be coming to Illinois

For decades, workers have been told that they can seek appropriate compensation if they are injured on the job. They are told that they don't need to prove negligence and they don't need to be worried about going through a lengthy lawsuit against an employer to seek much-needed benefits thanks to the workers' compensation program.

Unfortunately, changes to this program over the years have been making this increasingly difficult. Across the U.S., reforms to workers' compensation have putting caps on benefits, changing medical requirements and affecting the coverage workers do and do not get. Now, more reforms could be coming to Illinois workers' compensation, and it will be interesting to see if and how workers will be affected.

Legal support can be crucial for Illinois truck accident victims

Collisions involving a huge tractor trailers are among the most catastrophic types of motor vehicle accidents. The sheer size and weight of a truck make it an enormous threat to other motorists if a trucker loses control of his or her rig.

In many cases, victims of these accidents and their families are eligible to collect compensation for the considerable damage that can be done in a truck accident. However, pursuing this compensation can be very complicated, especially if you are already struggling to recover from a crash.

CDC: Tractor injuries leading cause of fatal farm accidents

Working in the farming industry can be both challenging and fulfilling. Farm workers take enormous pride in their work and what they provide for others, but their livelihood also puts them at risk of getting hurt in serious accidents by nature of the industry.

People who work in farming often need to work with enormous, powerful machines on a regular basis. These machines can be essential to the success of a farm, but they can also be extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, one piece of equipment that many farmers work with most often is also the leading cause of death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of death to farm workers in 2012 was linked to tractor overturns.

Can I pursue damages if I was partly at fault for an accident?

One of the most important steps people can take in the wake of a car accident is to determine who was at fault. Insurance companies, police officers, bystanders and other drivers often have some statement to make in terms of what they believe was the cause of a crash, but the statements that can matter most to victims are those that are presented in court.

Establishing fault and negligence following a car accident can be crucial. Not only can it get victims the answers they deserve, but it can also play a vital role in determining if and how much a victim may pursue in legal damages. In the state of Illinois, damages can be awarded to victims but only if the victim is not more than 50 percent at fault for the accident.

No improvement in nursing home care in Illinois

In a previous article we wrote on our website, we discussed a report that ranked Illinois at 42nd in the country in terms of nursing home care in 2013. This state was better than only eight other states when it came to facilities focused on caring for the elderly.

That article, which can be found here, discussed why Illinois ranked so poorly in 2013 and why it was one of 11 states that received a failing grade. Unfortunately, any hopes that the report would prompt some positive changes were dashed when researchers from Families for Better Care, the organization that released the 2013 rankings, reported that Illinois dropped to an overall ranking of 44 in 2014.

Watch out for dangerous drivers during Super Bowl weekend

While the Bears may not be playing in the Super Bowl this weekend, football fans all across Illinois are undoubtedly looking forward to the game. Every year, millions of people tune in to watch the biggest sports event of the year, and this year looks to be no different.

Whether you plan on watching the game or not, you should still be aware of what happens across the country during and after Super Bowl games. Reports indicate that car accidents increase by a whopping 40 percent after these games, so it can be important for Illinois drivers to be aware of the potential high risk of being hit by a negligent or reckless driver this weekend.

Farm explosion results in serious burn injuries for one man

The modern farming industry can be just as physically and mentally demanding as it ever was. The introduction of new technologies and advanced equipment can make the work easier and faster, but they can also present new hazards that didn't exist a generation ago.

No matter what the cause of a farming accident is, whether it was caused by sophisticated equipment or traditional farming practices, victims should understand that they often have access to financial remedies to help them cope with their injuries. 

Advice for injured workers can be misguided, inaccurate

If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, chances are that you are getting a lot advice and suggestions for what to do next from co-workers, family members or even employers. However, unless the person giving you advice is a medical professional or attorney, you may not be getting the most accurate and helpful information available.

People who suffer work-related injuries can be eligible to pursue workers' compensation in Illinois. However, there are a number of steps that must be taken properly in order for a claim to be successful, and there are times when an injured worker may be misinformed or discouraged from filing a claim. It is for these reasons that workers would be wise to speak directly to an attorney regarding their options for workers' compensation.

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