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Falls: Combating construction's largest threat

Year after year, falls continue to plague the construction industry. They are the biggest reason for life-threatening injuries and fatalities. They're the greatest risk to workers.

For instance, if you look at the statistics from 2016, you'll find that 991 workers died in falls in that year alone. That's not even taking into account workers who were paralyzed, disabled or seriously injured in other ways. Nearly 1,000 people lost their lives, underscoring just how huge this problem is.

Driver loses control, hits police car in Illinois

Three vehicles were recently involved in a crash in Illinois, including one that belonged to the Illinois State Police Department. The wreck happened out on I-55, in the northbound lanes.

Per reports, the police car had its emergency lights going, and it was parked on the shoulder of the road. A second car came up behind the police car and went out of control. It then slammed into the back of the parked vehicle and spun into traffic, where it was hit by another car.

3 potential reasons for wrong-way driving

For a driver, few things are as terrifying as seeing a set of headlights coming toward you on the interstate. It happens so fast that you may not even be able to react to it. The cumulative speed of the two vehicles is likely over 140 miles per hour.

Plus, that car should never be there. You never expect it the way you do on a two-lane road. Even before an accident, you know something has gone very wrong. That type of crash has a high probability of leaving at least one person dead or seriously injured.

Black ice driving tips: Stay safe out there

Black ice is one of the most terrifying things you can encounter while driving. A patch of black ice can render you helpless as suddenly you can’t stop, turn or control your vehicle’s speed. Your car seems to have a mind of its own as it drifts toward the shoulder, slides into oncoming traffic or begins to spin out of control.

A considerable amount of snow and ice have swept through the Chicagoland area this year—putting drivers, passengers and pedestrians at risk. When the risk of encountering icy road conditions is high, it’s important to adjust your driving behaviors to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a traffic accident.

Wrongful death suit filed in fatal crash with Chicago salt truck

The estate of a Chicago man who died in a three-vehicle crash in late January has filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of his five children. The crash occurred on Chicago's South Side.

According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the man who was killed struck the side of a city salt truck at an intersection in the early morning hours of Jan. 27. The front of the SUV the man was driving crumbled upon impact with the truck. Another vehicle then rear-ended the man's SUV.

How do you know if a driver is impaired?

At any given time while we're driving, we're likely sharing the road with at least one impaired driver. Of course, alcohol and drugs are what most of us think of when we hear the term "impaired driver." However, people can be impaired by fatigue or distractions. These distractions can be anything from a phone to a screaming child to a spilled cup of coffee.

We have no way of knowing -- short of seeing someone chugging a beer or texting on their phone behind the wheel -- that a fellow driver is impaired. However, there are a multitude of signs we should be on the lookout for that can indicate that someone is driving while impaired. These include:

  • Driving under the speed limit for no apparent reason
  • Drifting out of their lane or even weaving within their lane
  • Making unnecessarily wide turns
  • Sudden turns, braking or acceleration
  • Not having headlights on after dark
  • Tailgating
  • Delayed response to traffic light changes
  • Keeping their face near the windshield
  • Staying near the edge of their lane (on the dividing lines)

Driver who killed trooper allegedly had cannabis in his system

A 61-year-old man has been charged with reckless homicide in the death of an Illinois State Police (ISP) trooper last month. The 34-year-old trooper had been on his way home late in the afternoon on Jan. 12 when he stopped to assist victims of a crash on Interstate 294 in Northbrook.

The trooper was outside his vehicle, which he had parked in the left lane, when a passing driver struck him. A nurse who was at the crash scene administered CPR before the trooper was taken to the hospital. He died there that evening. The ISP trooper, who was an Army veteran, is survived by his wife and a baby daughter.

Wrongful death suit filed on behalf of motorcyclist

The fiancee of a 29-year-old Bolingbrook man who was killed last fall in a motorcycle crash has filed a wrongful death suit against the driver who struck him. The crash occurred in Joliet on the evening of Oct. 29.

The lawsuit claims that the driver abruptly decided to make a U-turn at an intersection. When he did, he caused the motorcyclist to crash into him. The lawsuit says that the driver "failed to keep a lookout in the direction of travel" and that his abrupt U-turn "could not be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic...."

Consumer product litigation: 3 types of dangerous products

American consumers expect a certain level of safety when purchasing products at grocery and department stores. Nevertheless, some products -- be they pharmaceutical drugs, manufactured goods or food items -- are defective and pose serious threats to the health and safety of consumers.

When defective products cause consumers to suffer harm and injury, the manufacturers and sellers of the products may be liable to pay for the resulting damages. There are three primary types of product defects:

Chicago-area man killed in crash with snowplow

This time of year, Illinois drivers are often sharing the road with snowplows. While these large, slow-moving vehicles are generally easy to avoid, a collision with one can have catastrophic consequences.

Earlier this month, a young Bellwood man lost his life when the car in which he was a passenger collided with an Illinois Tollway snowplow that had stopped to help control traffic in the aftermath of another crash. The accident occurred shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 on Interstate 294.

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