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Car accident kills 1 in Illinois

There are a multitude of scenarios in which a driver may lose control of a vehicle and drift off the road. Even if a car veers only slightly off path, making the transition back into the lanes of traffic can be challenging and should a driver panic and overcorrect, the results could prove disastrous. A recent car accident involving similar circumstances has reportedly claimed the life of a man in Illinois.

Law enforcement agents advised the accident occurred on a recent Monday morning. For reasons unknown, the driver of a westbound car suddenly lost control of his vehicle and drifted off the side of the road. Upon attempting to maneuver back onto the road, police say he overcorrected and crossed into the path of an eastbound truck.

1 in critical condition after fall-related workplace accident

Many construction workers in Illinois and elsewhere are constantly performing job-related tasks at heights with the use of lifts or scaffolding. Should the equipment workers use prove faulty or defective, the risk of a fall from heights is ever present and the consequences of a similar incident could prove catastrophic. Two workers suffered injuries after the scaffolding they were working on collapsed during a recent workplace accident in another state.

According to reports, the incident took place as the two workers were performing job related tasks on the roof of a home that was under construction. Both workers were reportedly standing on scaffolding when the apparatus suddenly collapsed, sending both men falling to the ground below. One of the men reportedly suffered a major head injury in the accident and is listed in critical condition.

There are many types of car accident injuries

There's no doubt about it. Illinois highways are dangerous. At the time of this blog post, there have been 222 fatal crashes in Illinois this year, leading to 235 deaths. These figures only reflect fatalities, not the day-to-day and disabling injuries that often occur. Some people can walk away from the scene of the accident with only minor cuts and bruises, but many are not so lucky.

Car accidents are alarming. Adrenaline, shock and stress take over, making it hard to get a full grasp on the big picture.

Car accidents: Crash kills 2, injures 1 in Illinois

Those who encounter a vehicle traveling in the wrong lane of traffic are sometimes left with little to no time to react and avoid collision. Head-on car accidents can be disastrous incidents that run the unfortunate chance of placing the safety and well-being of everyone involved in harm's way. Two individuals have died and another suffered severe injuries following a multiple-vehicle crash involving similar circumstances in Illinois.

The accident reportedly took place at around 12:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday. Authorities advised that for unknown reasons, the driver of a northbound vehicle veered across the median and continued traveling in southbound lanes. This vehicle proceeded to crash into a second vehicle head-on shortly thereafter and the impact of the crash forced the second car to spin out and collide with three other vehicles.

Should Illinois expunge prior marijuana convictions?

As more states began legalizing marijuana, a new debate emerged: should those with marijuana convictions have their convictions erased or expunged? That’s the current debate in Illinois after lawmakers passed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in May 2019 that the governor will sign into law.

The debate of marijuana conviction expungements has moved to Illinois now that the state government will legalize recreational marijuana. One Illinois senator estimates that there are approximately 770,000 or three-quarters of a million records eligible for expungement. That is a lot of people whose lives could change by having their convictions.

Car accidents: Debris from trailer causes multiple-vehicle crash

Individuals who transport materials via trailer have a duty to ensure the load is properly tied down and secured. Should a portion of these materials fall off a trailer, nearby drivers may be left with little time to react and steer clear of the debris and car accidents that take place under similar circumstances can have devastating results. One person was airlifted to a hospital after a recent collision in Illinois that left several individuals with injuries.

The incident is said to have taken place on a recent Monday afternoon as the driver of a southbound vehicle was towing a load of metal on a homemade trailer. According to reports, a portion of the metal suddenly fell off the trailer and onto the road. Several nearby drivers reportedly attempted to brake and avoid the debris and the sudden halt in traffic resulted in a multiple-vehicle collision.

Can more advanced technology reduce distracted driving?

Distracted driving has become an increasingly growing issue both across Illinois and the country. A study released earlier this year found that nearly eight in ten people admitted to talking on the phone while driving. Many also stated that they have engaged in some other sort of distracting activity, such as typing an email or text, using social media and even shopping online.

Across the state, Illinois state troopers are tough on distracted drivers, issuing 14,268 traffic tickets in 2018 compared to just 1,729 in 2017. However, while tickets may be one way to counter the threat of distracted driving, better technology may be another way to reduce distractions for drivers.

Motorcycle accidents: Head-on crash kills 2 in Illinois

Head-on collisions have the unfortunate chance of proving dangerous under virtually any circumstance. However, when a motorcycle is involved, the chances that those involved may suffer serious injuries or worse is even greater, as motorcycle accidents can have disastrous consequences. A recent collision in which a vehicle crossed into oncoming lanes and struck a motorcycle has claimed the lives of two individuals in Illinois.

The accident is said to have taken place at around 8:40 p.m. on a recent Saturday. Initial investigations indicate the crash occurred when the driver of a westbound truck suddenly lost control of the vehicle and crossed into oncoming lanes. The truck proceeded to strike a nearby motorcycle head-on shortly thereafter, subsequently forcing the driver and a passenger to be ejected from the bike.

Workers’ compensation: When and where are injuries covered?

Although it is supposed to be simple and straightforward, workers’ compensation can be a confusing mix of rules, exceptions and caveats. It’s not always clear which injuries are covered, which scenarios count as work-related and where an employee needs to be when an injury happens (in order to be eligible for benefits).

In today’s post, we’ll give you a basic overview (but not a comprehensive one) that hopefully clears up some confusion.

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