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January 2018 Archives

Property owner could be liable if you fall into an icy lake

With winter here, lots of people want to head out to local lakes and try their hands at ice skating in the natural environment. Most property owners with ponds make sure to put up signs that state how deep the water is or that there is no trespassing allowed, in an attempt to limit liability in the case that someone gets hurt on their properties.

What to do if you're hit by a texting teen

You were at an intersection waiting at a red light when you first noticed the driver next to you using a cellphone. You thought the teenager was likely texting, since his eyes rarely came up to check the road in front of him. You were stopped, so you didn't think much of it. There was time for him to put down the phone and drive safely.

NTSB recommends ways to discourage speeding

Speeding is a danger in Illinois and around the country, but few may know that speeding is a leading factor in the nationwide rise in traffic fatalities. This is according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB analyzed crash data between the years 2005 and 2014 and found that 112,580 deaths, or 31 percent of all fatalities, involved speeding. In comparison, drunk driving deaths totaled 112,948.

Improperly loaded trucks are a major public safety risk

Approximately 70 percent of all freight tonnage transported in the United States is moved by trucks. The manner in which that freight is loaded could be putting lives at risk and creating liability for trucking companies and their cargo owners. Improperly loaded freight is one of the leading causes of trucking accidents, and unless drivers inspect their cargo, they might be unaware of the increased rollover risks associated with improperly loaded freight.

Understanding your incomplete spinal injury

Incomplete spinal injuries differ from complete injuries in that you may still feel pain or the sensation of touch. You could have some movement but have weakness, spasms or other symptoms. Incomplete injuries mean you retain more of your abilities, but in exchange, you may still struggle with pain or nerve damage.

Keep the right of way in mind to avoid crashes

People in Illinois know that it's important to be aware of who has the right of way when driving. The rules that govern this distinction, also called failure-to-yield laws, determine who is legally correct in moving first when driving. Understanding who has the right of way can be critical in avoiding traffic tickets, moving violation citations and, most importantly, auto collisions and the risk they pose for serious personal injuries.

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