Motor vehicle accidents have been occurring on Illinois interstates and roadways since they day they were built. Despite years of learning best practices to maintain safety for everyone involved, accidents that result in personal injury and death continue to occur on a daily basis. Despite laws, flashing lights, signs and education, motor vehicle drivers often place firefighters and other emergency worker lives at risk when they drive distracted near an accident.
Although improvements towards worker and workplace safety continue, employees still suffer serious on the job injuries. Employees injured at work have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. The most important step of a workers’ compensation claim is the initial reporting. Unfortunately, many employees fail to report workplace injuries in a timely manner, leading to a loss of benefits.
As the weather warms up, motorcycle riders all over Illinois are promoting May as Motorcycle Awareness Month, which has been occurring for 35 years. Riders hope that their message will encourage other drivers on the road to be watchful and cautious when a bike is in the vicinity because a collision with one can result in serious personal injury or death. One man shared his past year's struggle after suffering serious injuries when a tractor-trailer collided with his bike.
After a fireman was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting another driver along the side of the road, Illinois legislatures passed Scott's Law. The law is also known as the "Move Over" law, and violations of it can result in thousands of dollars in fines and suspended driving privileges. Recently, a semi-truck driver was charged with violating the law after his actions resulted in the personal injury of a construction worker.
An unexpected and accidental death in the workplace can traumatize workers. Sadly, a worker's family is more than traumatized, often facing a wide range of emotions as they struggle to cope with their loss. Because of workers' compensation survivors' benefits, many families are able to avoid financial stress because many qualify for these death benefits. Sadly, an Illinois worker recently suffered a fatal work accident.
Spring has sprung in Illinois and in most of the country, and people all over are flocking outdoors to thaw out from the brutal winter. Because it is prime weather to plant seeds and plants, farmers tend to be very busy this time of year. Large farms often must use the same roadways as other vehicles to transport equipment and tractors from one farm to another or to places to be repaired; as a result, the occupants of farm vehicles are in jeopardy of serious personal injury when accidents occur just like everyone else. Unfortunately for one young man, his recent trip on a tractor turned into tragedy.
When you work in construction, there can be many potential hazards at your worksite. For one, there can be a range of harmful substances at construction sites. Some sites may have lead present. Construction is one of the fields where it is still not uncommon for workers to be working around lead.