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March 2018 Archives

Bruises: What to expect after an injury

Everyone has suffered from a bruise at one time or another. It's an easy injury to get, and usually, it's one that won't lead to lasting complications. Interestingly enough, some bruising is serious enough to require treatment. If you have significant bruising, it's something you should have a doctor examine.

Recalled smoke detectors could leave families at a loss

Consumers purchase and install smoke detectors to protect their loved ones, homes and possessions from the devastation of a house fire. Most people take great care to hang the devices in the proper place. You may even have a reminder on your phone to check the batteries once a month. You press the button to elicit a chirp, ensuring the device will work when you need it.

Highway deaths: the most common factors

A whole host of factors can contribute to accidents on the highway, especially fatal ones, so drivers in Illinois and across the U.S. should know what they are. That way, they can exercise greater caution while understanding that some situations cannot be avoided. For example, some geographic features make it impossible for roads to be built without a few hiccups in the design, such as blind intersections, tight curves, and narrow shoulders.

Study determines top causes of truck accidents

Each year, millions of commercial trucks travel throughout Illinois and the rest of the U.S. Unfortunately, many of those trucks become involved in serious truck accidents. Federal statistics show that truck crashes have been on the rise for years. Over the last decade, truck accidents have increased by 20 percent.

Why drowsy driving is common among truckers

Drivers in Illinois are probably aware that drowsy driving leads to accidents but may not be aware that the number is at least 100,000 annually in this country. When drivers fall asleep at the wheel, they can injure themselves by going off the road and injuring other drivers and pedestrians by swerving into the other lane. When the vehicle is a commercial truck, the injuries that result can be catastrophic and even fatal.

How soft tissue damage occurs

Soft tissues are the muscles, tendons, ligaments and other non-bony parts of the body. These tissues are often damaged during car accidents when the impact and sudden braking causes harsh movements. Since soft tissue injuries are difficult for physicians to detect, victims of car accidents in Illinois should pay attention to possible symptoms.

Report gives governors a 'road map' for enhancing road safety

Road safety conditions in Illinois, as in the rest of the U.S., can be lacking. After years of decline, traffic fatality rates have recently been on the rise again. There was a 5.6 percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2016. That year, 39 states saw a rise in traffic deaths.

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