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Driver death rates go up as the economy improves

Although vehicles are performing increasingly well in crash tests, driver death rates in Illinois and other states are on the rise. In 2015, the number of reported driver deaths increased by 7 percent over the previous year. Contrary to what might be expected considering improvements in safety technology and vehicle design, economic forecasters say that an increasing number of traffic fatalities is a predictable consequence of an improving economy.

Rising consumer confidence may be a factor. According to data, motorists take to the road more frequently when the economy is better, and the amount of discretionary driving increases, which is associated with increased risk. A report published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in May 2017 also suggests that people drive faster as economic conditions improve.

Fireworks recall shadows Fourth of July celebrations

In America, celebrating the 4th of July typically requires parades, barbecue cooking and, of course, fireworks. Whether you're taking your family to a massive municipal display or you buy your own for a smaller show at home, fireworks are a big part of how many people celebrate the 4th of July.

There's something so eye-catching and awe-inspiring about these brilliant, colorful and controlled explosions. Of course, most people know that fireworks come with some risk. People who ignite huge displays often have special training and insurance. Home fireworks are typically smaller.

4th of July holiday ranks deadliest for car accidents

Auto claims from an insurance company reveal that the most dangerous days for summer driving are the July 4th holiday and the three days leading up to it. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety goes further saying that over the past 10 years, the July 4th holiday has been the deadliest day for drivers. Illinois drivers, and especially the parents of teen drivers, will want to take extra precautions or avoid the roads altogether.

An officer at the company pointed to several reasons for the average increase of 7 percent over other summer holidays. Busy roads are just one reason for the uptick in car accidents. Fatigue is also a major issue for people visiting faraway relatives or vacation spots. Another problem is seen with drivers unfamiliar to an area. Checking maps and responding to texts can make for a distracted driver and the associated higher risk of a car crash.

Achieving a beneficial outcome after a car crash

A serious car crash can potentially occur at any time, so Illinois motorists may want to know the steps to take following an accident when another driver is at fault. Filing a lawsuit may be an option in some situations, and in most cases, the steps taken immediately after a car wreck could help an affected motorist achieve the most beneficial outcome possible.

First, emergency responders should be summoned if any drivers or passengers are injured. If no one is hurt and it is safe to do so, the wrecked vehicles should be moved off the roadway, away from oncoming traffic.

What to do after you are injured in an interstate accident

As you are driving along I-74, you notice there is a car that isn't really staying in one lane. It is barely drifting over the lines. You figure the driver is probably just tired. As you approach the vehicle to pass it, the driver suddenly swerves and sideswipes you. Since the crash happened at interstate speeds, it's likely that you are injured, perhaps seriously.

You contact emergency services and wait for the police and emergency medical services to make it to the scene. Now is the time for you to think carefully about your next steps.

Ankle injuries caused by slip-and-fall accidents

A person who slips and falls while in a Peoria store or a restaurant could be at risk for suffering serious ankle injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, the person could have trouble with temporary or permanent limited mobility and severe pain, making it difficult to get around and potentially even preventing him or her from working or being involved in normal activities.

There are three major types of ankle injuries a person can suffer. For example, a person can suffer fractures in one or more of the three bones that make up the ankle, which could prevent the injured person from being able to walk normally or unassisted. The ligaments or tendons could be stretched or otherwise injured, causing pain to the foot. Finally, the tendons or ligaments could actually be torn, causing the ankle joint to be weak or unstable. A person can suffer one type of injury or multiple different types.

Truck driver training laws to take effect in 2020

Five months after it was supposed to take effect, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's rule about national standards for drivers is now law. The rule was delayed because of Trump administration-ordered regulatory reviews. However, although it took effect on June 5, there are almost three years before it must be followed. The rule will apply to drivers in Illinois and throughout the country who receive a commercial driver's license on or after Feb. 7, 2020.

Driver trainees and applicants for CDLs will be provided with a core curriculum. The FMCSA will maintain a registry of trainers who have been certified by the agency, and drivers must be trained by someone from this registry.

International Roadcheck emphasizes load securement in 2017

Before International Roadcheck draws to a close on June 8, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance enforcement inspectors are expected to have checked an average of 15 commercial vehicles per minute over a 72-hour span for possible safety violations. The inspection event takes place each year on roadways in Illinois and throughout the United States and Canada. In 2016, 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers were placed out of service during the CVSA inspection.

While the event affords the CVSA the opportunity to conduct comprehensive compliance, enforcement, and educational initiatives, the association identifies a different area of emphasis each year. Cargo securement is the focus of the 2017 event, and it is anticipated that special emphasis on this area will serve as a reminder to carriers and drivers of its ultimate importance.

Zimmer Biomet issues recall of Implantable Spinal Fusion Stimulators

Zimmer Biomet® has announced it is recalling its SpF PLUS-Mini® and SpF XL IIB® implantable spinal fusion stimulators due to higher than allowed levels of harmful chemicals that may be toxic and deadly to tissues and organs. The FDA has indicated that use of the affected products may cause serious adverse health consequences that include, but are not limited to, chronic infections, additional surgery(ies), hospitalization, paralysis, and even death in some cases.

Fidget spinners: Are they toys or hazards for children?

Children see toys and other items on ads and are usually willing and ready to jump on the latest fad. While many fads are pretty harmless, there are fads every now and then that are actually dangerous.

One of the newest crazes, fidget spinners, might not seem like that they are dangerous, but stories coming out lately show that this might not be the case. In fact, from the look of things, it seems like these seemingly innocent toys might be very dangerous.

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