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Can you get workers’ comp benefits if hurt while commuting?

In Illinois, injured workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries suffered on the job or otherwise “in the course of employment.” An injury sustained while clocked in at work is a pretty clear case of eligibility for benefits, but injuries in other contexts are less obvious.

For instance, what if you get injured in a car accident driving to or from work? What if you are injured while driving (or riding as a passenger) for work-related purposes other than commuting? In today’s post, we’ll discuss some of these scenarios and explain what’s known as the “going and coming rule.”

May is about awareness of motorcycle safety

April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Illinois and across the country. It was an appropriate month for the campaign, considering that driving tends to increase in the summer – particularly among teenagers who are out of school.

Now that May is here, we mark another seasonally appropriate campaign: Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The weather has gotten warmer and more motorcyclists will be out riding this summer. That means a much higher risk of serious and fatal motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are about 5 times more likely (than drivers) to be injured in a crash, and about 27 times more likely to be killed.

3 ways to avoid an accident this summer

Summer is the season for road trips and more driving in general due to not having to worry about ice and snow. It is a time of adventure and fun, but unfortunately, it is also a time of more motor vehicle accidents. 

School is out, so there are more teens and tourists on the road, as well as truckers and bikers. With such a busy scene to navigate, follow these three tips for a safe summer.

Researchers trying to turn distracted drivers into safe ones

The data on distracted driving is all one-sided. There are no studies showing that it’s a harmless diversion from boring driving. Each and every study of the growing problem shows different aspects of a phenomenon that is increasing the risks of being involved in a motor vehicle accident that causes injuries or fatalities.

The traffic data firm Zendrive recently took usage data from millions of cellphones and asked drivers how well they focus on the road and traffic in an effort to determine how well people assess their own use of their phone while they’re behind the wheel. The results of this latest research are not encouraging.

When Are Experts Used in Car Accident Cases?

 

In a car accident case, the plaintiff must prove liability. By a preponderance of the evidence, the plaintiff must convince the jury that the defendant breached the duty of responsible driving incumbent upon all licensed drivers, and that this breach resulted in his or her injuries.

Why truck accidents occur

It’s common to hear about truck accidents occurring on expressways through Illinois. At the very least, such crashes cause traffic delays. However, the real issue is the truck size. Big-rigs are generally many times larger than other vehicles on the roads, and a truck accident will often involve multiple vehicles. Fatal truck accidents often result in the deaths of occupants in much smaller vehicles.

One car insurer recently published an article discussing the most common reasons that commercial truck accidents occur. The five reasons they list for such accidents include:

St. Jacob firefighter killed in violent crash

It is just a few miles southeast of Edwardsville to get to St. Jacob, the small town that is today mourning the loss of one of its residents. The 30-year-old had already put in a decade as an on-call firefighter with Swansea’s fire department.

The firefighter was married and the proud father of an 18-month-old son, who will now grow up without his dad. The man law enforcement officials believe caused the violent collision in a St. Louis County intersection has been arrested on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Illinois and Missouri are observing Distracted Driving Month

As many regular readers of our Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog know, April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. And state troopers in central and southern Illinois are joining law enforcement agencies in Missouri and across the nation in reminding drivers that it is time to pay attention to the roads and traffic rather than their phones or in-dash devices.

The Illinois State Police says it will have more troopers available to write citations for those drivers looking at their phones while behind the wheel. The hope is that a ticket will get drivers to change their behavior and make them less likely to cause a motor vehicle crash with injuries and possibly fatalities.

Drivers need to pay attention to motorcycle riders

A large number of injuries and deaths on the road involve motorcycle riders. Sadly, these accidents are often avoidable if other drivers would pay sufficient attention. Too often we hear drivers say: “I didn’t see the motorcycle.”

According to one source, there were 5,000 motorcyclists killed in the U.S. in 2017. This means a motorcycle rider is 28 times more likely to die on the road than operators of other vehicles.

Nature of interstate living can present workers' comp challenges

The Mighty Mississippi separates Illinois and Missouri. The waterway doesn't stand as a barrier to travel between the two states most of the year; spring flooding time being the exception to the rule, perhaps. Generally, those who live on one side of the river and work on the other think little about making the daily commute.

However, if you take into account that each state has its own workers' compensation laws, it might be important for individuals to be aware of the possible implications of this reality. If you are hurt on the job and go into the claims process unaware of the law, you could be frustrated by unmet expectations. Unless you fully understand your options, you may shortchange yourself at a time when you need confidence of getting optimal benefits.

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