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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

How much is your pain and suffering worth?

When you sustain injuries due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, such as in a car crash that someone else caused, you can sue that person for personal injury. FindLaw explains that if you prevail in your lawsuit, the judge or jury will award you both economic and noneconomic damages. Pain and suffering represents one of your noneconomic damages.

In Illinois, your economic, a/k/a special, damages consist of your medical bills and other out-of-pocket expenses to which you can attach a precise amount. Conversely, your noneconomic, a/k/a general, damages consist of those things, including your pain and suffering, to which neither you nor anyone else can attach a precise amount. Consequently, the judge or jury will determine how much your pain and suffering is worth.

Could a car crash leave you blind?

If you are like most people, you probably fear blindness above all other disabilities. In this visual world in which we all live, your eyes provide you with the vast majority of the ways you experience and navigate it. Losing your ability to see would therefore represent a catastrophic loss.

Ideal Eyecare reports that, unfortunately, about 25,000 people become partially or totally blind each year as the result of a car crash. Usually this occurs because of retinal detachment.

How can I drive more safely in bad weather?

One thing that we can't control when driving is the weather. While driving safely can greatly reduce the chance of becoming involved in an accident, the weather is something that can pose a safety threat to even the most careful of drivers.

While we don't have any control over whether severe weather will occur, we can change the way that we react to it. By doing this, we have a better chance of protecting ourselves, our loved ones and other people on the road. The following are some of the ways that you can ensure increased safety on the road in bad weather.

Why are crush injuries so dangerous?

No one denies that a car crash can cause you to suffer a variety of injuries, some definitely more serious than others. Crush injuries, however, represent an especially serious type of injury because they often can — and do — lead to catastrophic complications.

MedLine Plus explains that, by definition, a crush injury is one in which part of your body becomes trapped and crushed between two heavy objects or unforgiving surfaces. Your legs, feet, arms and hands face the most risk in a car crash since they can easily get caught underneath your dashboard and/or within your steering wheel.

Understanding how your resignation could impact your benefits

If you were injured at your job in Illinois, one of the first things you probably did after receiving medical attention was file a petition to begin receiving workers' compensation benefits. This support can provide monetary relief, but should also be focused on helping you transition back into working as you begin healing and recovering. If you have decided that you no longer wish to work for your employer, it is important that you understand how this decision could impact your benefits. 

The injuries you sustained in your accident may be challenging to deal with, but they may seem especially daunting if you are confident that your accident could have been prevented. If you feel that your employer failed to provide adequate protection to allow you to perform your job safely, you may no longer wish to maintain your employment with them. Should you decide to resign, Chron suggests that you at least try to continue your employment until your case has been settled completely. 

What are the worst times to drive?

Unfortunately, we are in the dead of winter when the days are shorter, the nights are longer, Daylight Saving Time has ended, snow and ice represent an ever-present threat, and driving becomes even more dangerous than usual. The National Safety Council warns that all of these factors taken together make nighttime winter driving hazardous at best.

Specifically, the NSC lists the following as the worst times for you to drive:

  • Evening rush hour (4 p.m. to 7 p,m., especially on Fridays)
  • Very early morning hours (midnight to 2 a.m., especially on weekends)
  • Nighttime hours (4 a.m. to 6 a.m.)

What does Illinois law say about snow removal?

With winter only about half over for this year, you likely already are more than ready for spring. You hate the thought of any more snow, ice, below-zero wind chills, shoveling, and all the other things that go along with an Illinois winter. Nevertheless, you persevere in removing the snow from your sidewalks and steps so no one will fall on them and sue you for the injuries they receive. You fervently wish everyone else did the same.

It may surprise you to learn that Illinois law does not require individuals and businesses to remove the snow and ice on their property. Furthermore, Illinois law does not automatically allow you to recover damages in a slip-and-fall lawsuit if you fell because of snow and ice. Why? Because, as points out, rather than following the “reasonable care” rule, Illinois still follows the “natural accumulation” rule.

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