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The benefits of defensive driving in Illinois

Defensive driving is a great skill to have no matter how often you drive the roads of Illinois. This skill can wind up saving your life someday by helping you avoid accidents caused by other drivers on the road. Drivers of all ages and experience levels can learn to be better defensive drivers. Here are the benefits to defensive driving.

One of the biggest benefits of learning how to be a defensive driver is that you will be able to maneuver your vehicle around road hazards and accidents that happen in front of you. When you see a distracted driver, speeder or other unsafe driver, you will be able to navigate around them safely.

You can avoid these common car accidents

It is unlikely that you woke up this morning and said, "Hey, I think I'll get in a car accident today!" While we typically do not go looking for a car wreck, the fact is, if you are going to get behind the wheel, you are putting yourself at risk. You can follow the traffic laws to the letter and be the safest driver on the road, but that may not save you from other drivers and out-of-the-ordinary events.

Part of staying safe on the road is being aware. This does not just mean being aware of what's going on around you, but also being aware of the most common types of car accidents and how you can avoid them. Read further to find out more about these common car accidents and strategies for avoidance.

How do I drive safely near large trucks?

Driving is an inherently dangerous activity, even if you practice all recommended safety measures to prevent accidents. It's one thing to be a safe driver, but it's another thing to anticipate the movements of drivers around you. You cannot trust that other drivers will be just as safe as you -- including truck drivers. Here's how you can safely drive near large trucks in Illinois.

You need to be patient when driving near large trucks. They do not accelerate as quickly as cars or SUVs and might even have speed restrictors installed. Do not tailgate, honk your horn, pass aggressively or engage in any other egative behavior that could lead to a collision with a truck.

An overview of chemical hazards in the workplace

Going to work on a daily basis should not be dangerous, unless you work in the emergency services or other professions that are inherently dangerous. But, there is still the possibility that you can get injured on the job when chemical hazards are present. Here is a brief overview of chemical hazards in the workplace.

There are a host of terms used by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that all employees should know when working closely with chemical hazards.

Common injuries suffered in an Illinois motorcycle accident

Riding a motorcycle on the roads of Illinois is exhilarating. It is also a dangerous venture that not everyone is fit to explore. You need to be extra cautious when operating a motorcycle for the sheer fact that there is no protection around your body like when you drive a car. Here are some common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents.

Road rash is one of the most common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents. When a motorcycle is involved in a crash, the operator will likely be thrown from the vehicle onto the road. Victims can skid across the road, causing road rash to the body, even if the victim was wearing the proper protective clothing.

Investigation of fatal pedestrian-car crash underway

An investigation into a fatal pedestrian-car crash is underway in Jackson County. The investigation is being led by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. The accident occurred Sunday night around 10:45 p.m., at the intersection of Warren Road and East Pleasant Hill Road in Carbondale.

According to witnesses, a truck barreled into the front yard of a home Sunday night and just 20 yards from it lay a dead man. One witness, the owner of the home where the truck came to a stop, said the following:

For The Elderly, Crossing The Street Can Be Dangerous

While all people are at risk of being involved in pedestrian accidents while crossing the street, young children and the elderly are especially at risk.

In fact, older adults account for around 13 percent of pedestrian injuries and 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In order to keep yourself safe or to prevent an elderly loved one from being involved in a pedestrian accident, it's important to understand why older adults are more likely to be hit by cars. 

What is the trucking log and why is it important?

The trucking industry is one of the most important industries when it comes to the health of our country's economy. The more trucks you see on the roads, the healthier the economy. Trucks can also pose a dangerous risk when on the roads because of their size and time it takes for them to come to a complete stop. Trucking logs are required by drivers to complete for various reasons.

The Federal Highway Traffic Safety Administration (FHTSA) requires truck drivers to complete a truck log each time they head out on a run. Drivers are also required to take a reset between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. The law also states that truck drivers must take breaks when they drive for eight hours or more. All of these laws are in place in an effort to reduce the number of accidents caused by truck drivers who might be tired or falling asleep at the wheel due to their long trips.

How to spot distracted drivers in Illinois

Distracted driving has become a major problem on the roads of the country and Illinois is no exception. Wherever there are drivers, there will be distracted driving, no matter how hard law enforcement tries to put a stop to it. Distracted driving accidents have quickly become one of the most common types in recent years and the numbers continue to climb. Here's how you can spot a distracted driver in Aurora.

There is an acronym that is gaining steam across the country from the National Safety Council (NSC) that teaches drivers how to spot others who might be distracted on the roads. The acronym is SPIDER.

What you should do following a construction accident

Construction accidents are avoidable if everyone on the site takes the proper precautions. There are times when accidents happen even when the proper safety precautions are taken and the proper protective equipment is worn. Here are some important tips for what you should do following a construction accident in Illinois.

The first thing you must do following a construction accident is to notify a superior immediately. A written report of the accident should be documented and sent through the proper channels at the company and to the authorities. Never admit fault to anyone on the construction site, even if the accident was your fault. This can hinder any legal action you wish to take.

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