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What to do after being hit by a car

As a pedestrian, getting hit by a car can be a very traumatic experience. Whether you were seriously injured or only suffered a few cuts and bruises, you are likely to be suffering mentally and emotionally, and you will be at a much higher risk for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is important, therefore, to make sure that you know your rights when it comes to recouping damages for the suffering that you have endured, the wages that you have lost and the medical expenses that you have had to pay.

The following is some advice in taking next steps after being hit by a car.

Driver of 18-wheeler who killed four in November is identified

On November 21, two days before Thanksgiving, four young people lost their lives in an auto accident. The accident occurred in Hamel on Interstate 55. A tractor-trailer semi crashed into several vehicles that were either going at a very slow speed or had come to a full halt in a construction zone.

According to a spokesperson with the Indiana State Police, the 53-year-old driver of the semi has now been identified, although no citations have been issued yet. However, the investigation is still ongoing.

Health care workers at risk of serious injuries

Peoria nurses, aides, orderlies and other direct care providers can seriously injure themselves by improperly lifting and moving patients. These workplace injuries can be career-limiting, or even cause health care professionals to be unable to work at all.

Musculoskeletal injuries common for direct care workers

Avoid dangerous behavior as a pedestrian

Like most people, there will be times when you are considered a pedestrian. For example, you may enjoy walking or biking to and from the office. Or maybe you're a pedestrian when walking from the parking lot into your office building.

As a pedestrian, you need to remember one thing: You are not always as safe as it appears. With cars traveling in close proximity, one mistake by you or a driver can result in serious injury or even death.

What to do if you suspect that your workplace is unsafe

There can be many instances in which a workplace may be unsafe and present a danger to both employees and the general public. This is especially true for construction sites, mines or factories. The law says that all employees should have the right to be able to raise safety concerns without fearing that they might lose their job or be otherwise retaliated against.

After raising safety concerns to your employer, the next step you should take is to request an inspection from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Woman expected to be cited for accident causing death of 2 men

A fatal accident occurred in Tazewell County on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. It was a life-changer for at least two families and maybe more. The accident occurred on Manito Road in the early afternoon when two trucks collided.

A 70-year-old woman was driving a Ford Ranger pickup, and for an unknown reason, she crossed the center line and collided head on into a Chevrolet Colorado pickup. In the Chevy pickup was a 58-year-old man and his daughter's 19-year-old boyfriend on their way back from a hunting trip. Both vehicles went off the road, and the Chevrolet burst into flames. The men in the pickup did not survive. The woman was rescued by the firefighters and is listed in fair condition at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center.

Could you be part of a truck accident? Unfortunately, yes

Although no one wants to think about being part of a truck accident, there could come a point when you find yourself in this very position.

There are many causes of these accidents, which makes it a challenge to remain safe on the road.

Woman arrested in Illinois truck collision

A woman with a young infant in her care was arrested in La Salle county after she was involved in a collision with a truck on Saturday, Nov. 4. It is reported that she was arrested after the collision was due to several reasons, the most incriminating of which being the fact that she was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, which means that she had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more.

The LaSalle County Sheriff's Office also reported that the woman was also charged with the crime of putting a child's life in danger due to her reckless driving. In addition to this, she has also been charged with improper usage of lanes, and failing to reduce speed in order to avoid an accident.

Tips to help you avoid car accidents during an Illinois winter

Whether you love it or hate it, winter is a fact of life for those of us who live in Illinois. In addition to making some of us feel cold all the time, an Illinois winter often comes with unpredictable weather conditions. This can leave our roadways treacherous and cause more car accidents than might occur in warmer weather.

While some car accidents appear to be unavoidable, it makes sense to do everything possible to reduce your risk while driving in the winter. Like you, we often wonder how to accomplish this goal. We found some answers on the Illinois State Police website.

  • Plan an alternate route if storms are a factor
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest weather information
  • Watch for patches of snow and/or ice
  • Drive defensively and use more caution than usual

What are the best bus stop safety tips?

It doesn't matter if you send your child to the bus stop alone or accompany him or her, nothing changes the fact that safety should always be on your mind.

There are many safety tips you and your child can follow to prevent trouble at the bus stop. Here are some that you should never forget:

  • Never stand too close to traffic
  • Avoid roughhousing at the bus stop
  • Line up away from the street as the bus gets close to the stop
  • If crossing in front of the bus, make sure you are at least 10 feet ahead of the vehicle
  • Never cross in front of a bus until you receive the go-ahead from the driver
  • Never stand in close proximity to the rear wheels of a bus
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