Cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, tractor-trailers and farm equipment all share the roads and highways throughout rural Illinois. This wide range of vehicle types poses unique risks for accidents. Driving conditions, speed, weather and any driver impairments or distractions also have direct affects on the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents in the state. From single-car accidents to fender benders to deadly multi-car pile-ups, accidents take place everyday.
The problems associated with care for elderly family members are common to a great number of Americans. Concerns about elder abuse are legitimate and scary. Reports of insufficient care of and treatment for medical conditions like bedsores or physical, emotional and sexual abuse are easily found in the media all around the nation.
Farming is well known to be one of the most dangerous professions in our country with many opportunities for serious accidents or illnesses. Exposure to chemicals and large machinery make the possibility of farm accidents such as grain bin explosions, combine accidents and more real to every farmer, every day. Safe work habits and processes are critical to keeping workers safe.
Farm jobs in Illinois abound during the summer months when crops mature and harvest time nears. Laws allow children as young as 12 to work in fields with parental consent for jobs that are considered non-hazardous, keeping a strict eye on workplace safety. Despite best efforts, farm accidents can still happen and can affect teenage workers.