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Should you try to avoid a crash by leaving your lane?

Your instincts may tell you to swerve out of your lane to avoid an accident. For instance, imagine that you're driving down the highway in Illinois when another car blows out a tire ahead of you. Worried that you're going to rear-end the now-disabled car as it slows down rapidly, you swerve to the left to avoid the crash.

But what happens when you do that? You increase the odds of a head-on collision. This is why police officers say you should never take this type of evasive action.

Uninsured teen injures 4 in car accident

Four people ended up in the hospital after a recent car accident in Illinois. The teen driver who allegedly caused the crash, and who was one of the injured parties, apparently was driving their car without insurance.

The crash happened out on U.S. 34. It took place at roughly 5:21 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, according to the local news.

Are the 'typical bad drivers' really so bad?

No doubt you have heard someone make a stereotypical comment about another driver. One of the most common examples is the way that people sometimes make jokes about women being worse drivers than men. Another example is when people accuse Asian drivers of being more dangerous than drivers of other ethnic backgrounds.

What is amazing about these stereotypes is not just that they're inaccurate, but that they're so wrong that they often get things entirely backward. The groups that are stereotyped as being poor drivers break fewer traffic laws, make fewer mistakes and get into fewer accidents.

The risk of infection from dog bites

One of the biggest threats from a dog bite is the potential for infection. This can lead to massive complications that make it far more dangerous than it would have been otherwise.

The issue is that most dog bites are puncture wounds. If there is bacteria on the skin or inside the dog's mouth, the puncture pushes it deep below the skin. It can then become trapped there, even if the surface of the bite gets cleaned. The person may think that they're recovering at first and then develop serious infection symptoms days later.

How to cope with phantom limb pain

When an auto accident or other catastrophic event causes the loss of a limb to amputation, physical and psychological recovery take a long time. The patient must deal with not only the initial trauma, but also with the necessity of adapting to his or her “new normal” that usually includes learning how to perform tasks and functions with a prosthesis. In addition, US News reports that as many as 95% of amputees suffer from phantom limb pain. This phenomenon gets its name from the fact that the pain seems to come from the limb that the patient no longer has.

Per the Mayo Clinic, physicians originally believed that PLP was psychological, although quite real. Now, however, they believe that PLP results from mix-ups in the signals passing between the brain and spinal cord.

There is a dark side to texting and driving

Driving and using your cellphone to text or call others is a violation of the law in Illinois. In 2018, the governor passed legislation to make cellphone and texting offenses moving violations. That decision went into effect the following year in July. Since then, there have been fines for drivers who decide to text or use their phones while driving.

The National Safety Council has shown that around 1.6 million collisions happen annually because of drivers using cellphones behind the wheel. These actions are dangerous, which is why lawmakers have worked to pass new laws and penalties for those who text or talk on the phone while driving.

Who pays for your Uber injuries?

When you engage the services of an Uber driver, saving money likely forms your major consideration. After all, you almost always pay less for Uber than you do for a taxi service. But you also expect to enjoy a safe ride. And if the worst happens and you sustain injuries in an accident, you expect that Uber will pay for your medical and other costs.

Unfortunately, however, this does not always happen. Insurance.com reports that although Uber drivers can purchase Uber’s “driver-partner insurance,” few of them do. Even when they do, this insurance comes with severe restrictions that may not cover you, the innocent passenger.

Do bike lanes actually serve their intended purpose?

As a bicycle enthusiast, you likely make it a point to ride in bike lanes wherever your town, city or county provides them. After all, these painted strips and symbols clearly designate the lane for bike usage only and therefore protect you. Don’t they?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. As reported by People Power Movement, a recent study shows that painted bike lanes do little or nothing to protect you from motor vehicles.

Illinois: Fourth worst dog bite state

MoneyWise reports that dogs bite 4.5 million Americans every year. In 2018 alone, insurance companies paid out $675 million in dog bite claims, representing one-third of all premises liability claims covered by homeowner’s insurance.

Unfortunately, Illinois ranks as one of the top five dog bite states as follows:

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Texas
  4. Illinois
  5. New York

Improving safety as a construction worker

If you are a construction worker, you will encounter certain hazards and risks to your safety every day. Therefore, it is important that you are proactive in your approach to safety. Your employer has the legal duty to provide the appropriate protective equipment when you are working, and you should also receive full training in workplace safety before you start working.

While no workplace is 100% safe all of the time, there are always ways that workers can improve their safety and decrease their chances of being involved in a workplace accident. The following are some things that you can do to be as safe as possible.

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