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3 ways to prevent accidents from tire blowouts

When you think about car accidents in Illinois, a number of factors might come to mind. Distracted driving, reckless drivers and intoxication are all common culprits in motor vehicle accidents. You might not think about tires as a potential cause of a collision, but, in fact, they contribute to several crashes every year. This is especially true when something causes a tire to blow out in the middle of the road.

According to the Belleville News-Democrat, this was true for one Illinois driver whose tire blowout caused a fatal accident. If you want to stay safe on the road, pay attention to the following tips for avoiding tire blowouts and the accidents that can often result from such incidents: 

Should you file a workers' comp claim or a lawsuit?

Every day, people from all walks of life and a range of different industries suffer injuries at work. There are many different circumstances that might lead to such an incident, but regardless of the situation's specifics, you need to report the injury and seek medical care immediately. When you report the injury to your employer, you should receive information to file a workers' compensation claim, too.

You may wonder whether your injury necessitates workers' comp, legal action or both. This is a complicated issue that you should consider carefully. The following are important factors to take into account when you are determining the best course of action after an on-the-job injury.

Whiplash after a car accident: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

You may experience neck problems after a car accident. According to the Mayo Clinic, auto collisions are one of the main causes of whiplash. The term "whiplash" occurs to a neck injury that happens when your neck forcefully and rapidly moves back and forth. 

While you may hear about whiplash, you may not know about the exact symptoms, how to get a diagnosis or what recovery looks like. Here is a guide to understanding all these aspects of a whiplash injury. 

Top workers' compensation mistakes to watch for

If you were injured at work, you are probably working on submitting your workers' comp claim. Injured workers in Illinois often depend on workers' compensation benefits to get them through the times when their injury prevents them from earning. The last thing you want is to miss out on this crucial support due to a mistake.

There are several common errors workers' comp applicants commit that seriously complicate the process and even cost them their benefits.

A mild concussion may have long-term implications

Injuries such as broken bones, concussions, neck pain and disfigurement are common issues that result from a car crash. While their severity depends on many factors, those that are mild at first or that appear mild can have long-term implications.

Take concussions for example.

Safe driving tips for the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a time for celebration. However, it is also one of the deadliest days on the road for many cities around the United States. According to the Illinois Tollway, drivers need to remain vigilant on July 3-4 and take into account any construction going on around nearby roadways.

Naturally, you should never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or taking prescription medication. There are plenty of more actions you can take to ensure you and your family have a safe holiday to avoid a car accident

3 common symptoms of a pulled muscle

Injuries can happen anywhere, in any situation, with no warning. A careless or inebriated driver might cause an accident that leaves you seriously injured. Perhaps negligence at work caused you to fall and hurt yourself. Regardless of what circumstances preceded the incident, when you sustain an injury, you should seek medical care as soon as possible and consider what legal recourse is available, too.

Many people neglect to see a doctor because they do not experience any immediate symptoms. Some injuries, including pulled muscles, become apparent through the gradual emergence of symptoms. Do not wait to see a health care provider, and be on the lookout for the following symptoms of a muscle pull.

Teen-involved car crashes spike during “100 deadliest days”

Anytime you take to the Illinois roadway, you assume a certain amount of risk, but statistics show that those risks grow considerably during what is known as the “100 deadliest days.” The term, per the AAA NewsRoom, refers to the period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when teen drivers are out of school and out on the roads. This marks a highly dangerous time not only for teens, but for all motorists.

Just what is it about this time period that makes it so deadly?

Injury risks you face as a restaurant worker

A restaurant or food service environment is an inherently dangerous place, and your risk of suffering a serious on-the-job injury increases if your place of employment fails to train you properly or follow recommended safety protocols. Many restaurant and food service environments present similar risks for workers, meaning the hazards faced by employees of, say, fast food establishments are often quite similar to those faced by workers in high-end dining atmospheres.

Just what types of specific injury risks and hazards do you face as a restaurant or food service worker?

3 summertime driving hazards

When you think of a season that has hazardous driving conditions, you may think of winter. Out of all the seasons, summer seems like it would be a serene time to drive. However, the sunny season has its fair share of hazards. In fact, July and August have the most deadly crashes.

As the weather gets warmer, there are plenty of summertime risks that require you to be aware. From vacationers to construction, here are some reasons why summer driving can be dangerous.

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