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What driving behavior causes most fatal crashes?

This is a common question and the thing that makes it interesting is that the answer can change. As we note elsewhere on our site, the act of driving a motor vehicle is risky business. In 2014 alone, Illinois officials recorded nearly 300,000 crashes. More than 61,000 people were injured in those vehicle accidents. Of those victims, 845 died.

The factors that contribute to a crash can vary widely. No two cases are ever alike. But one thing remains consistent, regardless of the factors involved, identifying options for victim compensation and holding responsible parties accountable often depends on working with a skilled attorney.

What exactly is 'pain and suffering'?

Any time someone is involved in a car accident, there is the potential for damages to be suffered. When people think about these damages, they often jump right to physical injuries and property damage, which are typically the easiest damages to see.

However, victims also commonly suffer less visible damages. Among these are pain and suffering. If you have recently been in an accident, it can be helpful to know more about pain and suffering damages, as they can have a dramatic impact on the compensation available. 

If I suspect I've been exposed to asbestos what can I do?

The hazards of asbestos have been known for years. There is no shortage of medical research showing that asbestos, as good as it is at retarding fire, is something that can cause serious and deadly diseases in those exposed to the material.

Contact can be brief. And these days, exposure on the job is possible because asbestos can be found in many places throughout Central Illinois. This can happen without the worker even knowing it. Unfortunately, symptoms of any resulting illness might not develop for decades. Regardless, workers' compensation rules are in place to provide health care and wage benefits to those who qualify. In some cases, it may be possible to seek broader compensation based on a negligence claim.

Trucking regs are for everyone – including crash victims

Long-haul truckers enjoy nearly mythological status across central Illinois and the rest of the country. Some call them the last American cowboys. They are riders of the open road, free and independent spirits. The reality is that those who are in the trucking trade are subject to a great many rules and regulations.

Most who climb into the cab understand there's good reason why those rules are in place. They might not always like them, but they follow them. Some drivers and trucking companies, however, fail to live up to standards set by state and federal authorities. Accidents result and very often serious or even fatal injuries occur.

Farm hazards remain in depths of Illinois winter

People who live in the city have little clue about the hazards that farm workers in Illinois face on a day-to-day basis. Knowledge about such things comes from experience and urban dwellers often never get any closer to the farm than passing by them on the way to grandmother's house, which might be in some other city.

Indeed, we would not be surprised to find that most people think that farm folk only work during the growing season from spring to fall. Not so. Farm work is a year round business. Hazards may be of greater variety during the warmer months, but attorneys experienced in dealing with farm accidents know there can be serious workplace threats in winter.

How do I report suspected abuse at a care facility?

The Illinois Department on Aging is the agency that bears responsibility for helping citizens find proper care facilities for their loved ones. To that end, it has various web-based resources. Included on the list of possible pages are some that guide consumers on what to do when they suspect their loved one is suffering neglect, abuse or exploitation.

We have found that sometimes these tools don't always work the way they should. But that does not mean that anyone who has a complaint should be swayed from following through. The protection of our most vulnerable citizens is too important to allow technological hurdles to frustrate the efforts. And if full accountability requires taking legal action, consult a skilled attorney to understand your rights and options.

Don't blame nature for the crash, no matter how bad the weather

Anyone who drives around Central Illinois in winter knows it can sometimes be treacherous out there. Weather can wreak havoc and major vehicle accidents that lead to serious injuries or death are always possible.

However, if drivers who are responsible for such accidents try to cast the blame for the wreck on the weather, victims should know that such claims aren't likely to survive legal challenge. Nor should insurance companies be allowed to slough off fulfilling their duty of care because of road or weather conditions.

OSHA's goal: Preventing deaths and injuries

Providing a safe and healthful environment for work is not just nice to have. It's a requirement. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 establishes that employers have the obligation to make sure work sites are safe. Should any accident occur that results in injury or death, state laws in Illinois and the rest of the country require benefits to cover medical expenses for treatment, recovery and rehabilitation.

Anyone who has been in the workforce for any number of years, though, knows that environments are changeable. Research is always being done to identify best practices and federal regulators – meeting their obligation on behalf of workers – update the standards. The goal is to make sure that employers are doing all they should be to prevent avoidable injuries and death.

Annual brake safety check put 20% of trucks out of service

Most people would probably agree that there are at least some government rules worth doing away with. Though it's unlikely to ever happen, it might interesting to see what the regulatory and economic landscape might look like if every person with a deregulatory desire got their wish.

Rules are in place for good reason. We don't live in isolation. Our lives intersect. This is particularly true on the highways of Illinois. When someone fails to meet regulatory standards, risks of car and truck accidents increase. Serious injuries or deaths can result.

Death provides object lesson on farm safety awareness

Defensive driving is something that good instructors try to teach their pupils. If all Illinois drivers adopted some very simple practices early on, such as maintaining a long- rather than short-distance view of the road, it would lower the risk of deadly or debilitating accidents on the road.

The same principal applies off the road on the farm. As we have mentioned often in this blog, agriculture is an industry fraught with hazards. The powerful equipment and heavy machines create conditions that can result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. That farms are often family owned and operated only makes such incidents harder to face.

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