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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.

Workplace hearing loss: How great a problem?

If you suspect that your ability to hear is deteriorating, your job could be causing that deterioration. Per California Healthline, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists hearing loss as the number one workplace injury.

As for Workers’ Compensation, hearing loss claims total nearly $242 million annually in the U.S.

What are the most common auto accident injuries?

Motor vehicle crashes represent the number one cause of injury in the U.S. FindLaw explains that each year, upwards of 5.6 million crashes occur in this country, 1.6 million of which result in injuries and over 30,000 of which result in death.

Common car crash injuries fall into the following three broad categories:

  1. Head and back injuries
  2. Neck and chest injuries
  3. Other injuries

What dangers do jackknifing trucks pose

Of all the dangerous situations you can encounter while driving, a jackknifing truck perhaps represents one of the most potentially devastating. Why? Because once a truck begins jackknifing, its driver has no control over it whatsoever. Regardless of his or her over-the-road driving experience, (s)he cannot control what the truck will do or where it will end up once the inevitable crash occurs.

Per Evans Transportation, trucks can jackknife for a variety of reasons, chief among them being slippery roads caused by the accumulation of rain water, ice or snow. Other common reasons include the truck going down a steep grade or going around a curve or turn.

What must you prove in a slip-and-fall case?

If you slip and fall on someone else’s property and sustain an injury, you have the right to sue the property owner or operator. Establishing his or her liability for your injury, however, may prove more difficult than you initially think.

FindLaw explains that property owners and operators have the duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. Nevertheless, they do not have the duty to maintain it in a condition that will prevent all persons from slipping and falling at all times. You, as a visitor or invited guest, bear responsibility for your own safety. This includes avoiding all hazards that a reasonable person would avoid.

When are the most dangerous times to drive?

Many people in the United States drive on a daily basis. While the mode of transport is considered relatively safe due to the extensive safety regulations in place, collisions are, unfortunately, common, and people lose their lives due to being involved in car accidents every year.

If you are a driver, you should learn more about what you can do to minimize the chances of being involved in an accident. You might be surprised to learn that the time of day that you get behind the wheel can influence your chances of being involved in a collision.

Is the building you work in making you sick?

If you begin coughing, sneezing or rubbing your eyes every time you go into your place of work, the possibility exists that you suffer from sick building syndrome. It’s true. Health Line explains that, indeed, some buildings, both new and old, can become “ill” when their air quality becomes compromised.

The problem with sick building syndrome stems from the fact that your symptoms mimic so many other illnesses and conditions, including asthma and the common cold. For instance, typical SBS symptoms include the following:

  • Coughing and other breathing difficulties
  • Sneezing and burning in your nose and/or eyes
  • Headaches
  • Itchy skin and/or eyes
  • Body aches
  • Nausea

Where do most slips and falls occur?

A slip-and-fall accident refers to a situation in which you slip, trip or fall while on another person's property through no fault of your own and receive an injury as a result.

FindLaw explains that slips and falls represent some of the most common accidents people become involved in and can occur either indoors or outdoors

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