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How long trucker commutes are endangering motorists

Most Americans recognize that there are inherent risks involved with sharing the road with commercial truckers due in part to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles. When truck drivers engage in substance abuse, alcohol abuse or distracted driving behaviors, the risks become even more pronounced, but safety advocates believe there is a new factor affecting today's truckers and their driving abilities: long commutes.

Lawsuit: Drunk driver killed South Roxana father of two young kids

The South Roxana man and father of two young children was driving north on Illinois Route 255 last month. Without warning, an allegedly drunk driver making a U-turn slammed head-on into his vehicle. The 30-year-old father to a son and daughter died of his injuries.

What type of driving weather is most dangerous in Madison County?

As we write this, the weather forecast for Edwardsville is that the temperature will get up to 73 degrees tomorrow, while the high for tomorrow is projected to be a mere 38. As long-time residents understand, it's not unusual for our weather to swing from one extreme to another -- sometimes in the course of a single day.

Get the physician assistance you need with workers' comp

After an accident, people depend upon medical professionals to assist them with getting better and adjusting to a new physical wellbeing, if need be. In the case of a workers' compensation claim, this relationship may become tainted.

Truck accidents: by the numbers

Because Edwardsville is nearly surrounded by interstate highways, we understand better than most the dangers posed by large commercial trucks to occupants of passenger vehicles. Enormous 18-wheelers are longer, taller, wider and heavier than cars. Experts say that big rigs are also much more difficult to maneuver and stop.

The distracted driving laws that apply in Illinois

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about distracted driving. This is a major problem in our society nowadays, as cell phones have completely absorbed our attentions and our mental space. We use them in awkward situations, such as in the middle of intimate conversations. We use them while we walk our dogs and while we perform once uninterrupted activities. And, of course, we use them in far more dangerous situations, such as while we drive or operate heavy machinery.

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