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May 2013 Archives

Illinois residents concerned over proposed speed limit increase

The exact impact of vehicular speed in crashes varies, based on many factors, but there is nonetheless a connection between higher speeds and more severe accident outcomes, including brain injuries, amputations, and spinal cord injuries. In a truck accident, for example, one reason may be the increased impact that naturally occurs as the rate of movement climbs. Another might be the decreased time for driver response when travelling faster.

Increase in fatal traffic accidents seen across country

Car accidents continue to kill drivers in the U.S. every day. Despite safety efforts to reduce fatal car accidents, a new report found that fatal car accidents have increased during the last year. A total of 34.080 deaths due to traffic fatalities were reported in 2012, which is a 5.3 percent increase. 

Texting teens more likely to drive drunk, not wear seat belt

It's well-known that texting while driving is a very dangerous behavior. That danger might be rubbing off on teen drivers as a new study found that teens who text behind the wheel are more likely to portray other risky behaviors while driving.

Manure pits expose toxic gases to farm workers in Illinois

The agricultural, forestry and fishing industry is the most dangerous industry for workers in the U.S. Workers in this industry have a fatality rate eight times higher than any other industry combined. Farming is part of this industry and it continues to be plagued with safety hazards.

New technology may help during tractor accidents

Farming poses many risks for workers. One of the most dangerous risks for farm workers is being involved in a tractor accident. Tractor rollovers cause the most fatal farm accidents in the country, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. They report that roughly 250 fatal accidents are caused by tractor rollovers every year.

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