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A closer look at an Illinois highway crash

If you drive south of Edwardsville for about 100 miles, you will come to the small town of De Soto which sits just north of Carbondale. The village was recently the site of a violent, head-on motor vehicle crash on U.S. 51.

A man was killed Monday morning after his southbound vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed head-on into a northbound vehicle, law enforcement officials said.

Injured in a hit-and-run accident? Don't lose hope

In any car crash, there is a risk of injury and property damage. This is why drivers must stay on the scene of an accident if there may be injuries or damage in excess of $1,500. In fact, it is a law in Illinois that parties must report these accidents.

Unfortunately, not everyone complies with this law and they leave the scene of a crash. In these cases, it is important for injured parties to not lose hope: There are ways to identify and find hit-and-run drivers.

Considerations re Illinois wrongful death laws, claim filings

It is concededly a sensitive subject that a compassionate and experienced Illinois personal injury attorney addresses only with true respect and empathy.

In fact, the topic of wrongful death is in fact often bypassed or otherwise muted in many discussions centered on fatal personal injuries. Grieving families understandably have a lot to deal with in the wake of a loved one's passing. And their anguish is compounded when deep personal loss is linked with third-party negligence or purposeful conduct having tragic results.

Drunk driving death rates in Illinois and Missouri

There are certain driver behaviors that can make things much more dangerous out on the roads. One of these is drunk driving, given how severely alcohol can impair driving ability. Driving while intoxicated can lead to truly devastating accidents. Sadly, drunk driving accidents sometimes leave fatalities in their wake.

How common drunk driving deaths are varies quite a bit from state to state. A recent SafeWise study looked at and compared the impaired driving death rates of the states and the District of Columbia for 2017. The rates were based off of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Shift work may pose some unique risks

Not all workers are on a traditional work schedule. The need to provide services all day and night is present in many industries, and shift work is often used to meet this need. Doing shift work is very common in the United States. It is estimated that around 15 million Americans are shift workers in some regard.

Now, working non-traditional work hours, such as night shifts, can pose challenges for workers. This includes safety challenges. Research has linked shift work to certain health and safety risks.

NTSB issues recommendations for improving pedestrian safety

Pedestrians are often the victims of traffic accidents. Whether a person is walking in the middle of a bustling city, like Edwardsville, or down a country road, there is danger lurking.

In recent years, the rate of pedestrian injuries and fatalities has increased. The National Transportation Safety Board released a report that outlines a few things that need to occur to keep people safe while walking around motor vehicles.

Illinois gets a failing grade for school zone safety

It is critical for drivers to act responsibly in school zones. How drivers behave in such zones can have major implications for student safety. Missteps by drivers could lead to significant and tragic accidents. Unfortunately, a recent study suggests that drivers in Illinois may be falling quite a bit short when it comes to protecting the safety of students.

The study, by ZenDrive, looked at driver conduct around schools across the country. Among the things the study did was give each state a grade for school zone safety.

What is pain and suffering in a personal injury case?

People often hear the phrase “pain and suffering” without really knowing what it means. It is a legal concept used by courts to refer to the physical and mental pain a person experiences after an injury.

Courts will often award damages for this pain, depending on a variety of factors. There are two types of pain and suffering in a personal injury case: physical pain and suffering, and mental pain and suffering.

Are Missouri and Illinois good places for drivers?

How life is out on the roads for drivers can be affected by many things. These factors can vary considerably from place to place. So, the overall driver experience isn’t the same in all states.

A recent report from Bankrate ranked the states for how good of places they are for drivers. In reaching these rankings, the report looked at data touching on three main things: safety, cost and driving quality.

Tips for preventing slips, trips and falls in the workplace

Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents are among the most disabling workplace accidents. According to a 2018 workplace safety index by Liberty Mutual insurance, these accidents are the second most common on-the-job accident causing disability. Slips and trips without falling can also injure workers and ranked No. 7 on the list.

Both slips and trips result from an unexpected change in the way the feet contact the ground.

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