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Wrong-way crashes and what Illinois drivers should know

Driving on city highways and rural roads may seem like two very different experiences, and they often are. However, when it comes to wrong-way driving accidents, the two can be more similar than you may think.

For example, imagine driving home very late at night. You see a set of headlights coming right at you very quickly. By the time you realize that the other driver is not getting out of the way, you may have no place to go to and not enough time to react before the car smashes into yours head-on. Does it matter if you are on a highway in the city or a rural road? 

Getting from point A to point B not always easy for truckers

Regular motorists across Illinois rarely get in their vehicle without a GPS device or their cellphone handy. This is because when we need to get somewhere unfamiliar, we typically need the help of a map app and real-time directions. Over the years, these devices and products have greatly improved a driver's experience in getting from one place to another by identifying the shortest route, making notes of heavy traffic levels and even setting up alerts for police and crashes on the side of the road.

However, these apps may not be that useful for truckers who are required to comply with strict road restrictions that aren't often noted in the apps that other drivers use every day. A trucker needs to have access to information about bridge heights and weight restrictions, and this information isn't always as accessible as most people would like.

Ways to minimize risks of nursing home neglect

Too many people make the mistake of thinking that patients in a nursing home facility have no family members who want to care for them or have no family whatsoever. But the fact is that nursing home residents often have family members who love and care for them very much.

While relatives may not be able to serve as a care provider for an elderly loved one by themselves, they can be vital advocates and protectors to ensure a nursing home patient is being properly cared for.

Farm workers face serious on-the-job hazards

The farming industry looks much different today than it did just a generation ago. Machines are larger and more technologically advanced; certain techniques have evolved over time; fewer people may be needed to do jobs that may now be automated. But at its core, farming is still the same in many ways.

Growing crops and tending to animals still requires physical labor, and people still work long hours outside to provide critical resources for themselves and consumers. Further, all of these responsibilities and tasks still come with certain risks. Whether you work on a smaller family farm or a large, commercial farm, you will face hazards at your job that can put your life and safety in danger.

Injured at work? The clock is ticking

In several articles on our website, we discuss the fact that workers' compensation laws in Illinois have undergone some big changes in recent years and more could be on the way. In one article, which can be read by clicking here, we discuss certain Senate- and House-proposed measure that could limit the amount of benefits available and who is eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

One thing that remains the same, however, is the fact that workers have certain deadlines that must be met in order to qualify for benefits. 

'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.

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