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Cook County sees increase in alcohol, speed fatalities

As vehicle technologies focused on safety continue to advance, people in Illinois might believe that fewer crashes should take place or that the injuries experienced in crashes should be less severe than those experienced in older vehicles without today's modern safety features. Unfortunately, even the best technology seems to be unable to prevent drivers from making very poor and negligent choices that put innocent people in harm's way.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of vehicular fatalities involving alcohol and excessive speed have been on the increase in Cook County after a dip in these deaths between 2013 and 2014. In 2013, 97 people died in drunk driving accidents and 119 people died in crashes in which speed was a factor. The following year, those numbers dropped to 85 and 103, respectively.

For road conditions, the little things matter to motorcyclists

Summertime is motorcycle season in Chicagoland, where road conditions and the cold keep winter biking to a minimum.

But road conditions can be a year-round blessing or curse for motorcycle safety. Motorcyclists, legislators, highway engineers and you can all do something to help keep bikers safe.

Factors commonly involved in workers' compensation disputes

If you work in Illinois, it will be important for you to have an understanding of how the state's workers' compensation program operates. Most people never expect to become ill due to a work-related situation or environment or to get hurt at work but this can and does happen. Being prepared and informed is important when it comes time to file a claim for benefits.

Even if you believe your situation is clear and that your injury or illness is work-related, you should learn about some of the factors that may contribute to either a denial of benefits or a dispute about your benefits. As explained by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, the failure to notify an employer within the given timeframe of an injury or an illness is one factor often associated with a dispute or a denial.

What should you do if a dog attacks you?

As an Illinois resident, you probably come into contact with dogs on a daily basis even if you do not have a pet of your own. You may interact with dogs in your neighborhood or at parks and other public places. While most domestic dogs are friendly, attacks still happen occasionally. If you experience an attack or a bite, it is important to know what to do to protect your health and your livelihood.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several essential things to do if a dog attacks you. If possible, try to place an object, such as a jacket or handbag, between yourself and the dog. If the dog knocks you onto the ground, you may protect yourself by curling into a ball and covering your head and neck with your arms.

Higher speed limits leading to more traffic deaths

Speeding is perhaps the traffic violation that nearly all of us has been guilty of at one time or another. We lead busy lives and want to get where we’re going as quickly as we can. But the time we save by speeding may not be worth the risk. Research shows that speed-related crashes claim about 10,000 lives each year in the United States.

Unfortunately, the problem has only gotten worse over the past quarter-century as most states have raised speed limits. A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety claims that the increases have corresponded with nearly 37,000 additional deaths over the past 25 years.  

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