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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. 

Winter work safety: how to avoid danger zones

Snow and ice will once again become workplace hazards as temperatures in the Midwest drop over the next few months. The weather can cause a wide range of potential injuries regardless of whether you mainly work outside or inside.

In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last year that winter weather was, at least in part, responsible for 42,480 workplace injuries during 2014. Out of that amount, 1,720 happened here in Illinois. Now is the time to review safety tips that will protect you from slipping, freezing and sliding.

The future for trucks and motor vehicle accidents

Tesla recently unveiled a new sports car and its first commercial semi truck. Most reports focused on the sports car because it has features that could allow it to compete with muscle cars.

The game-changing technology, however, is the semi-truck. It will have Tesla’s auto-pilot, a system that partially automates driving on the highway. This is the first real step toward automating overland trucking. The debate regarding the economic and safety issues with self-driving vehicles has raged for several years, but many observers say the vehicles would make roads safer.

3 tips to prepare for driving in snow

As winter is on its way, it is time to prepare for falling snow and icy roads. Driving in winter weather can be challenging, even if you have lived in the Midwest your whole life. In fact, you may have even picked up some bad tips over the years so it is important to refresh your mind of winter driving best practices.

It is, of course, possible to drive safely in a snowstorm, but you need to properly prepare. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you hit the road as it gets colder.

Car accidents increase the week of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means more drivers will be on the road returning from family holidays and heading to the nearest Target for a doorbuster deal on a new TV.

The increase in road activity brings with it an increase in auto accidents. Two years ago, Progressive Insurance released claims data back to 2010 comparing the two weeks before and the two weeks after Thanksgiving to the holiday week.

Stay safe while traveling the roads this holiday season

The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for you and your loved ones to be on the roads in the St. Louis area. The number of car accidents and fatalities that occur spike considerably around this time of year. This is partially due to the increase in traffic. 

No matter when a collision occurs, the challenges car accident victims endure can be overwhelming. Many of them must deal with their injuries, property loss, lost wages and rising medical costs. These factors and more can make what is usually one of the most joyous times of the year, hard for some accident victims to deal with. To avoid finding yourself in similar shoes, take some time to review the following safety tips. 

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