October 2018 Archives
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.