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Tips for staying safe this winter on your motorcycle

Many Illinois motorcyclists put their bikes away in the garage for the winter. Others can't bear to give them up for even a few months. If you plan to ride this winter, you need to take some extra precautions to stay safe.

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Winter brings additional injury risks for construction workers

While construction work slows down here in Illinois during our brutal winters, it doesn't come to a halt. Some projects still have to move forward. However, employers need to take some additional precautions to protect their employees from extreme cold, strong freezing winds and icy conditions.

The chances of illnesses related to the cold increase during the winter months. Workers need to have clothing and gear that will help protect them from sub-freezing temperatures. They also need to be able to take regular breaks to get inside and warm up. Employees and supervisors need to be able to recognize the signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

What's behind last year's rise in fatal crashes in Illinois?

Could a healthy economy contribute to a rise in traffic fatalities? It could be one factor, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Officials are looking at a recent concerning trend in the state: While traffic fatalities were down approximately 2 percent nationwide last year over the previous year, they rose by that amount in Illinois.

In 2017, 1,100 people lost their lives in crashes on Illinois roads. That's the highest number in over a decade and put our state at eighth in the country in fatal accidents last year.

After a car accident, don’t do this

Imagine driving through Aurora on your way to work. You leave at your usual time, follow your usual route and even stop at the corner café for your usual cup of coffee.

Unfortunately, what should have been a normal day at work literally goes sideways when another driver runs a stop light and slams into your car, pushing you across the intersection. Once things come to a stop, you may be wondering what to do next.

Why are large truck crash fatalities continuing to rise?

Amid some good news recently from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that traffic fatalities were down by 1.8 percent in 2017 over the previous year, there was some troubling news regarding trucks. The number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks (those weighing at least 10,000 pounds) rose by 9 percent during that same period. Straight (single unit) trucks saw the greatest jump in fatalities at 19 percent. Moreover, the number of large truck fatalities rose by more than 40 percent since 2009.

Safety advocates reacting to the latest data note that while passenger cars are increasingly packed with safety features like lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking systems, safety standards for trucks remain lacking. In fact, Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety (AHAS) said that the trucking industry has been successful at loosening existing safety regulations. Additionally, industry lobbyists are working to lower the minimum age to 18 for drivers who cross state lines.

1 killed, 1 injured at suburban Chicago construction site

A construction site in suburban Chicago turned deadly earlier this month when a steel beam fell some 30 feet and struck two workers. A 55-year-old man died and his 27-year-old co-worker was critically injured.

The accident took place in Evanston, where crews were working on a nine-story apartment building. They were unloading steel beams when the rigging on the crane they were using failed, causing one of the beams to drop.

Rural roads pose unique dangers

Often, when people get away from the Chicago area and take to Illinois' many rural roads, they let their guard down. Rural roads somehow feel safer than navigating the interstates in and around Chicagoland. However, they carry their own unique dangers that drivers need to be aware of.

One danger of rural roads is that drivers get complacent on them. They don't have vehicles surrounding them every moment, so they let their guard down and don't remain attentive to their surroundings. They may ignore speed limits. It's easy to go faster than you realize when there's no traffic around you.

Multi-vehicle crash kills 1, injures 2 in Batavia

Many people would stop to help a stranded motorist if they saw one on the side of the road. However, doing so can be dangerous -- particularly in the early morning before the sun comes up or in the evening after dark. This is because it can be difficult for other drivers to see people who are on or near the road.

Unfortunately, that's what happened on Randall Road in Batavia in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 14. Shortly before 5:00 a.m., three people were helping a driver whose vehicle had broken down. A semitruck hit them, and a 48-year-old man from Montgomery was fatally injured and died at the scene. Two other people suffered injuries as well. The injuries of one of those victims were described as serious. The other one was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

A fatal car crash can provide grounds for a wrongful death suit

Learning that a loved one died because of a motor vehicle accident is a difficult reality to bear. Once you come to terms with your profound loss, it is common to experience anger and profound sorrow.

You should give yourself time to work through these emotions, but also explore ways to protect and provide for your family. This is particularly true when your loss relates to a crash caused by another driver. Asserting your rights after a fatal car accident is one way to seek justice for an unexpected loss and to help your family move through the grieving process. 

Workers detain allegedly impaired driver in construction zone

As we recently discussed, construction workers whose jobs put them on Illinois interstates and expressways are at considerable risk of injury by negligent, reckless and impaired motorists. Recently, some Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) workers actually detained an alleged drunk driver until Illinois State Police (ISP) could get to him.

The incident happened on Sept. 19 in a work zone on Interstate 255 near Dupo. According to an ISP trooper, the driver crashed his pickup truck into some construction barrels that had been placed in the work zone by IDOT workers and then pulled his truck over on the shoulder of the road.

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