January 2019 Archives
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.