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September 2017 Archives

Tips to keep your family safe on Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner, your child is probably already planning what costume to wear and where to stash the candy so little brother does not find it. Unfortunately, trick-or-treating, while often the highlight of the year, can be dangerous. This does not mean you should cancel your annual outing, but it does mean that some added precautions might be necessary.

Perceived ability to safely text and drive may put some at risk

Although a majority of motorists in Illinois and around the country may feel irritated or concerned when they observe other people texting and driving, approximately one-third of them apparently believe that they can handle both tasks at the same time. Extrapolated from the results of a 2017 Progressive Insurance study, this conclusion lies in sharp contrast to other findings in connection with this particular research effort. For example, the majority of the survey respondents believe that texting behind the wheel is dangerous, and more than 90 percent of them say that distracted driving should be illegal.

Auto accidents happen closer than most drivers think

When Illinois drivers plan to go on long road trips, they tend to prepare for the dangers of foreign roads. According to accident statistics, however, most crashes and collisions tend to take place just 25 miles from home. It so happens that drivers who do not venture far from their homes are more likely to fall into behavioral patterns that are not conducive to road traffic safety; in other words, drivers tend to get too relaxed within their own communities.

Increased visibility leads to fewer crashes

Although drivers in Illinois and other states may be unaware of the correlation, studies show that increased visibility results in lower motor vehicle crash rates. Costing drivers very little additional expense, regular daytime headlight usage could significantly reduce the number of catastrophic injuries and fatalities that occur on roadways across the nation. The research has caught the attention of some lawmakers who favor legislation that would require drivers to use their headlights at all times.

Business survey shows unaddressed slip and fall risks

The biggest threat to worker safety in Peoria could be slip and fall accidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed same-level slips, opposed to slips on inclined walkways or steps, as the primary culprit of workplace injury. Of course, the same areas posing extreme risks for an employee injury can also cause a customer injury. A New Pig survey found that a large part of the problem is lack of risk awareness.

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