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Icy conditions are causing multiple fatalities, injuries on roads

We're certainly used to severe winter storms here in Illinois. However, this January, a powerful winter storm has been impacting people from the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic and as far south as North Carolina. Already, numerous people have suffered serious and in some cases fatal injuries on the roads.

In one case, a pickup truck lost control on a slick highway, crashing into another car. An elderly man died and three other people suffered serious injuries. Slick roads can cause even heavy trucks carrying sand to put on those roads to overturn. In fact, tractor-trailers and other large trucks can have particular difficulty maintaining control on icy roads.

Commercial truck fatalities are down but still cause for concern

For those of us who share Illinois' expressways and interstate highways with large trucks, some data reported at the end of the year from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) may be reassuring. Even though the number of miles traveled by large trucks like tractor-trailers has increased in recent years, the number of fatal crashes involving them has decreased.

The data, which compared 2016 numbers with those from 2007, showed that in 2016, these trucks traveled almost a combined 288 million miles. That's up about 20 million from 2011. However, it hasn't returned to the pre-recession 304 million miles in 2007.

Vehicle, machinery operators need to take care when backing up

One of the most dangerous elements of working on a construction site is being around vehicles and machinery that are backing up. Those in charge of construction sites have a responsibility to ensure that workers who are operating these vehicles and machinery exercise caution when putting their equipment in reverse. All workers should also be trained to take care when working around moving vehicles.

Anything that moves on a construction site should have the right equipment to help make backing up safer for everyone. This includes backup alarms that are loud enough to be heard over the noise of these sites, ear protection that workers may be wearing and rear-mounted cameras. Another good safety tip is to place a cone on the back of the machine or vehicle. This forces the operator to look there before moving.

After a truck accident, you must protect your rights quickly

All traffic accidents can cause serious injury or even death, but accidents that involve large commercial trucks often have catastrophic results. The process of recovery can take months or even years, and may leave victims with permanent losses and disabilities.

Needless to say, it is always important to create a strong legal strategy when you file a personal injury claim after a commercial truck accident — otherwise, you may not receive the complete compensation that you deserve.

Two Cook County correctional officers involved in fatal DUI crash

A crash in Woodbridge this month left one man dead and another behind bars on DUI charges. Both men were correctional officers with the Cook County Sheriff's Department.

The crash occurred around 4 p.m. on Dec. 17. Two passenger vehicles and a light-duty box truck were involved, although it wasn't reported who was driving which vehicle.

Driver facing multiple charges in death of construction worker

People who work in road crews doing construction on interstates and tollways around Chicago have some of the most dangerous jobs there are. Aside from the usual dangers involved in working in any construction area, they face the threat of distracted, impaired and just plain reckless motorists.

On Sept. 14, a 59-year-old construction worker died after he was struck by a Glenview man on Interstate 294 near Touhy Avenue shortly after 10:00 p.m. According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the 26-year-old driver also struck an unoccupied construction vehicle when he sped into the closed lanes where construction work was taking place.

How to avoid drowsy driving this holiday season

Drowsy driving is a problem here in Illinois and across America's roads all year. One in three drivers surveyed by AAA admitted to driving "when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open." According to AAA, about 20 percent of fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver.

This time of year, when people are driving long distances to family gatherings and popular holiday destinations, the chances of sharing the road with a driver who's not sufficiently awake to drive safely are especially high.

Electrocutions on construction sites are often preventable

Electrocutions are the third most common reason for construction worker deaths -- accounting for 10 percent of them. Many are the result of live wires around and above construction sites. As with most on-the-job injuries and fatalities, they're often preventable with training, planning and proper equipment.

The federal government has regulations to help prevent electrocutions on construction sites. These include requiring that wires be checked to ensure they're properly grounded. Overhead power lines also have to be checked. These can be particularly dangerous to workers on cranes.

What can you do about these causes of car and truck accidents?

Even though it's not always easy to share the road with commercial trucks, you have no choice. There will be times, especially on the interstate, where you find yourself in close proximity to many of these vehicles.

As a driver, your goal is to maintain a high degree of safety at all times. By understanding the most common causes of accidents involving cars and commercial trucks, you can define a strategy for avoiding trouble.

Tips for driving during a whiteout

You're driving home from work or school or running errands in a gentle winter snowfall. Then suddenly, the snowfall becomes a blizzard. Next thing you know, you're driving in whiteout conditions.

If you can't pull over safely and wait it out or you just want to power through to your destination, there are things you can do to avoid a crash. Following are a few tips from law enforcement officials and safety experts for driving in a whiteout:

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