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June 2017 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Child deaths from car accidents vary across the U.S.

Illinois residents who are concerned about child fatalities in traffic accidents might be interested in the results of a new study. The research, conducted by Harvard and UT Southwestern Medical Center, found that while 16 percent of children involved in car crashes from the years 2010 to 2014 died. However, the rate fluctuated in different regions of the country.

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