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Researchers: The key to distracted driving is in where you look

It’s easy to avoid distracted driving: just keep your eyes on the road and traffic, and watch where you’re going. While some readers might dismiss that observation as painfully obvious, MIT researchers say that no matter how evident it might be, it is true.

If more people would focus on the road rather than their latest text message, we would see fewer motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Survey: Drugged driving a major problem in trucking industry

States across the nation are adopting ever-stricter laws against drunk driving and drugged driving. It is now clearer than ever before that driving under the influence creates an unacceptable level of risk and results in preventable deaths and injuries each year.

If we expect regular drivers to be chemical-free behind the wheel, shouldn’t we expect even more of professional drivers? Unfortunately, according to recent research, a regulatory issue at the federal level could mean that there are up to 301,000 truck drivers on U.S. roads that would not be able to pass a certain kind of drug test.

Illinois interstate tractor-trailer crash kills three, injures six

If you drive south of Edwardsville for about 170 miles, you will come to Metropolis, Illinois. The seat of Massac County was the site of a violent tractor-trailer crash on an interstate highway that left three people dead and six more hospitalized.

The eight-vehicle accident yesterday took place in the early afternoon on I-24. Officials said that three children were among the vehicle occupants in the chain-reaction crash. A news report stated that an 18-wheeler failed to slow for traffic stopped on the interstate and slammed into a line of seven vehicles.

Working during summer can result in heat-related illnesses

Summertime means an increase in certain workplace safety concerns. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you may be at a higher risk of heat-related illnesses and injuries if you work outdoors or in the following positions:

  • Construction worker
  • Farmer
  • Firefighter
  • Miner
  • Factory worker
  • Bakery worker

You are also at greater risk if you are overweight, are at least 65 years old, have high blood pressure, have heart disease or take certain medications. Here is some information to help you understand heat stress and how you can stay safe while working this summer

A poorly named auto safety feature may create more danger

Many product liability lawsuits related to automobiles center around design or manufacturing defects that make a car dangerous to operate or unreliable in a crash. A good example is the Takata air bag recall that impacted millions of vehicles made by dozens of auto manufacturers. The air bags could inflate with too much force, causing an explosion that could send shrapnel into the cab of a vehicle.

Much rarer are cases involving products that are dangerous simply because their names are misleading. But that seems to be the case with a feature offered on vehicles from Tesla, one of the nation’s premier luxury automakers. In recent years, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Consumer Reports have each called upon Tesla to change the name of its “Autopilot” feature, claiming that it dangerously misleads drivers into thinking that they do not need to stay engaged in their steering duties.

Illinois man killed, wife injured in violent interstate crash

It takes just a short while to drive southeast of Edwardsville to get to Aviston. The small Clinton County village is today mourning the loss of one of its residents.

According to news reports, the 52-year-old man was killed in a violent three-vehicle interstate crash in Alabama.

Your ride-sharing vehicle may have an unfixed safety problem

Ride-sharing services are becoming an ever-larger part of the urban experience in Illinois and across the country. The nation’s two largest companies, Uber and Lyft, are now household names. And the business model of hiring regular car owners to drive commercially in their own vehicles has largely disrupted both traditional taxi services and public transportation.

Unfortunately, this radical change in how we get around has come with significant problems related to insurance coverage, driver/passenger safety and legal liability for accidents. And recently, the group Consumer Reports identified another issue impacting a significant portion of ride-sharing vehicles: Open safety recalls.

Illinois cops stress need to amp up for pot-smoking motorists

“We won’t be ready by Jan. 1, 2020.”

So says Sgt. Brian Cluever, a police officer and traffic safety director in one Illinois community. Cluever laments how “incredibly unprepared” state law enforcers are – and will still be in upcoming months – concerned an oft-cited roadway nemesis.

Common catalyst in legions of car accidents: third-party negligence

The material facts that underlie every motor vehicle accident are flatly unique. Notably, though, one key factor commonly exists that both figuratively and literally drives crashes and other adverse roadway outcomes.

That is third-party negligence marked by the careless or inattentive behind-the-wheel conduct of a driver. Legions of accidents occur daily in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere across the country because a motorist’s failure to exercise due care yielded stark downsides for other parties sharing the road.

Safety tips to help motorcyclists avoid accidents and injuries

Now that the sun is out and shining longer in Illinois, you might find yourself tempted to park the car in the garage and bring out your motorcycle. As appealing and freeing as it may seem to ride out, do not forget that there is a higher risk of danger to motorcyclists on the roads. Motorcycle accidents tend to be more serious than car collisions. Some riders do not sustain injuries that are minor enough for them to live or ride again. 

Before you get ready to hit the road, brush up on some motorcycle safety pointers. The more you know and precautions you take to avoid motor vehicle collisions can mean the difference between life and death. 

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