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The immense personal and financial cost of bike accidents

Last week, we wrote a post about bicycling being named the official exercise of the state of Illinois. Obviously this makes it a critical priority to the state, and lawmakers should have a focus on promoting safety regulations that look after bicyclists.

This is a particularly important issue now, given that despite a dramatic decrease in the amount of traffic fatalities in the U.S. from 2006 to 2015 (18 percent decline) there was actually an increase in the number of biking accidents during the same time (6 percent increase). In 2006, 772 bicyclists died and another 44,000 suffered injuries. In 2015, those numbers increased to 818 and 45,000, respectively.

Beware: Driving distractions can kill

If you like to text, speed and mess with your car’s infotainment system when you drive, you are engaging in practices that make you a reckless driver. Keep in mind those are a few of the many types of distractions motorists in Illinois and Missouri use when they operate their vehicles. Distractions are the cause of many car accident fatalities

When it comes to driving, you can never be too sure of what the motorist in front of you is doing. They could be texting and talking on their phone while they drive. In order for you to stay safe while operating your vehicle, you must be able to anticipate the actions of drivers and respond in a manner that does not increase the risk of harm to yourself and everyone else. Here is a brief overview of how distractions lead to death on the roadways. 

Bicycling named official state exercise of Illinois

Illinois took legislative measures at the beginning of 2018 to establish bicycling as a priority in the Prairie State. As of January 1, bicycling is the official state exercise of Illinois.

When the bill was originally introduced, State Representative Dave Severin said he thought it was important for the state to encourage an active lifestyle for long-term health and encourage citizens to use the trails state and local governments have invested in over the past two decades.

How should you respond when you get into a car accident?

There are some things in life that we have to deal with, even though we are in no mood to do so, or we may just not want to. The aftermath of a car accident is one of these situations. Once a car has collided with you or you have collided with another vehicle, one of the last things you will want to do is get out of the car and discuss it with the other people involved.

Alas, it is what you must do. But there are some other things you can accomplish to in the wake of a car accident, and today we are going to discuss these important matters.

How to prevent getting frostbite at work this winter

You may think that work injuries only come in the form of falls, disease, repetitive motion and the like. However, injuries from weather conditions are just as valid types of workers’ compensation claims as others are.

For example, you may be at risk for sunburns in the summer and frostbite in the winter while working outside in extreme temperatures. You can prevent suffering from frostbite this winter with a little information and preparation.

The damage done by drunk drivers in the holiday season

The holiday season is not only one of the most joyful times of year, but it's also one of the most dangerous. Edwardsville residents know well the risks of driving in snow and ice, and when you compound those natural hazards with the manmade perils of drunken driving, the Christmas season is one in which drivers are urged to proceed cautiously so that everyone gets home for the holidays.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that every single day, about 29 people die in U.S. motor vehicle accidents involving a drunk driver. Although those number are down from where they were three decades ago, we are still losing more than 10,000 people each year to impaired driving.

Top mistakes people make when pursuing a personal injury claim

When you are seeking compensation for a personal injury, it is important to cross your t's and dot your i's. After all, the slightest misstep could have a profound effect on your case.

In fact, it could be that you are about to make what could be a costly error. Read on to find out about some common mistakes people make.

What can be done after a car accident?

A lot, actually.

But let's give a more detailed answer to the question posed in the title. After a car accident, many people think that there isn't anything that you, the accident victim, can do. However, there are many proactive steps that you can take to protect yourself and the other people who were involved in the crash.

Distracted driving could spike upon in-car app release

Think about all the things that already distract Illinois drivers: texting, music, other passengers, GPS adjustments and other items in the car. What if the next problem becomes shopping while driving?

General Motors announced the release of an in-vehicle shopping app called Marketplace that has already drawn the attention of the National Safety Council. This app, which would be accessible on the vehicle’s dashboard console, allows drivers to order food, make hotel reservations and even purchase grocery items – all while racing down the highway.

4 ways your employer can protect you from winter slip and falls

When the snow starts falling and ice begins forming, you are at a higher risk of slipping and falling at your workplace. Slip-and-fall injuries can easily cause a traumatic brain injury, fracture or spinal cord injury. A winter workplace injury like this can cause you to lose income and rack up hospital bills. 

Your employer has a responsibility for making sure you are safe at your workplace at all times, but there are special precautions during the winter months. Read below to learn what your employer should do to protect you from slipping and falling on snow and ice. 

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