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3 reasons for wrong-way drivers

Wrong-way accidents can be horrific. They're incredibly violent, both because of the combined speed of the vehicles moving toward each other and due to the suddenness of the crash -- most drivers who are hit have barely any time to take evasive action. They never expect a car to be coming toward them.

In the wake of such a crash, there's often an outcry from the public. How could this even happen? How could things go so fundamentally wrong? Millions of drivers use the interstate correctly every day, so how could someone get on going the wrong direction?

Workers Play An Important Role In Making Construction Sites Safer

Every year, hundreds of people are injured and killed at construction sites in the United States. Between 1992 and 2010, an average of 730 construction workers died annually from highway incidents, falls, electric shock and being struck by objects.

While the construction industry is inherently dangerous, many injuries and deaths can be prevented. For example, in 2010, falls were the leading cause of death at construction sites, despite that fact that there are proven fall-prevention techniques and equipment.

3 things employees must do when moving loads

When moving loads overhead on a job site, there is the risk that objects will come loose, fall and injure workers on the ground. In fact, injuries in which workers are struck by objects are among the four most common types of injuries in the industry.

That doesn't mean these serious accidents can't be prevented. There are three key things employees must do to stay safe.

Are you protected enough if you crash with an uninsured driver?

You follow the rules of the road, which means you drive safely and you carry insurance in case of a crash. Sadly, not everyone in Illinois is as diligent. Every day, many people choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle without insurance in place. These people are breaking the law, but many of them don't get caught until they cause a crash.

So what happens if you end up in a collision caused by an uninsured driver? You could wind up paying for a lot of your losses, including medical bills and car repairs, out of your own pocket.

How motorcycles rank compared to other dangerous activities

If you're trying to decide just how safe it is to ride a motorcycle, you may want to take a look at the fatality statistics. They can show you if riding a bike is more or less dangerous than other things you do on a daily basis.

Below are five potentially deadly activities, ranked in order:

Your fatal car accident odds

Naturally, the odds of being killed in a car accident are not the same for everyone. Things like the number of vehicle miles traveled have to be factored in. Someone who works out of a home office and doesn't drive during the week is in less danger of being hit and killed by another driver than someone who commutes an hour to work every day -- and an hour home at night.

That being said, looking at the strict odds can be eye-opening, showing you just how common car accidents are. According to one report, car accidents take about a dozen lives per every 100,000 people. That statistic is based on 37,195 car accident deaths in a year.

Did lawmakers accidentally make people ignore the speed limit?

You know that people ignore the speed limit. Ten minutes on any road in Illinois will show you that. On many roads, if you actually follow that posted limit, drivers will pass you or tailgate you the entire time.

Why is this? Why do people decide to ignore speed limits so often when they observe most other laws? After all, most people who would never break into a house or rob a store, who think of themselves as law-abiding citizens, still break the speed limit on a fairly regular basis.

A reminder about school bus safety

In all of our posts about auto safety (e.g. avoiding distracted drivers) we have not discussed school bus safety. Given that thousands of children in our region are returning to school in the coming weeks, and that news about school bus driver shortages have garnered national headlines, it is about time that we do so. After all, given that school bus drivers have precious lives in their hands every day, they are under a higher level of scrutiny.

Despite this, the internet is replete with examples of how school bus drivers may not be following the rules of the road. Drivers are on camera running red lights, driving above the speed limit and not stopping at train crossings as required by state law. Indeed, not all the videos show that children are on these buses when these violations occur, but they do raise genuine concerns about bus safety in light of the recent driver shortages. 

4 key tips to avoid a left-turn crash on a motorcycle

A left-turn accident can be devastating for a motorcycle. This type of accident happens when another car pulls out of a side street, turning left onto the road the motorcycle is already traveling down, or when a car going the opposite direction turns left across the motorcycle's travel lane.

Often, the small size of the motorcycle plays a huge role. Other drivers simply don't see the bike, assume the road is clear and think they're making a safe turn. To avoid this type of crash, there are four key things riders should do.

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.

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