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Who is at fault for slip-and-fall injuries?

Every day, Peoria residents step onto property owned by others for a variety of reasons. They may be visiting a friend at an apartment complex, shopping at the grocery store or even just walking on a local sidewalk. Property owners, store owners, landlords and even the government may be responsible for ensuring that their property is reasonably safe for invitees. If an invitee slips and falls on someone else's property due to a dangerous condition, one or more of these parties may be held liable for the invitee's injuries.

Slip and falls on a commercial property may be caused by a spill on the floor, uneven or worn-down flooring or a slippery surface. Generally, if a slip and fall occurs at a restaurant, store or other business property, the owner of the business may be held legally responsible for any injuries that occur on the property. To hold the business liable, victims must prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, but failed to take reasonable action to remedy it. In other words, the case may depend on whether a reasonable person in charge of the property would have been aware of the dangerous condition and repaired it. Additionally, if an employee of the business was negligent, the business itself and/or the business owner may be held vicariously liable for the employee's negligence under the doctrine of "respondeat superior."

Distracted driving makes the roads more dangerous

Do you feel like the roads should be far safer than they are? Maybe you learned that tens of thousands of Americans die every single year in car crashes. You cannot believe how little press these overall numbers get, seeing as how they make driving the most dangerous thing most people do on a daily basis. How could things be so bad in 2019, when we have so much technology and development focused on auto safety?

Your concerns make sense. Cars have seat belts, airbags, lane departure warning systems, front and rear cameras and many other safety features. They should keep people alive in ways simply not possible 20 years ago. And yet the roads continue to claim a vast amount of lives annually. One reason that things are still so bad is distracted driving.

What causes truck accidents?

Truck accidents in Illinois can occur for a number of different reasons. In some cases, a truck driver's negligent or passenger vehicle driver's negligent actions cause the accident. In other cases, the trucking company that owns the truck and employs the driver is responsible for the accident by failing to adhere to state and federal trucking regulations. In fact, many truck accidents are caused by both negligent drivers and negligent trucking companies. Victims of truck accidents can file lawsuits against these negligent parties and recover damages for their medical expenses and other accident-related costs.

Non-truck drivers may be responsible for accidents involving commercial trucks. These drivers may drive their vehicles in the truck driver's blind spot, change lanes or pass a truck in an unsafe manner, or improperly merging into traffic, thereby forcing a truck driver to swerve or brake suddenly. However, many accidents are caused by the negligence of the truck drivers themselves. Driving at an excessive speed, falling asleep behind the wheel, and overloading a truck are all forms of truck driver negligence.

Distracted driving draws attention from state

Illinois has outlawed the use of personal electronic devices while driving. But, existing penalties were apparently insufficient to combat the risk of auto accidents from drivers engaged in texting and driving. New laws were recently approved increasing the penalties for this form of distracted driving.

Illinois outlawed texting while driving in 2010. It also sanctioned using a personal electronic device, or "PED," while driving, with a warning for the first offense and issuing tickets for a non-moving violation for later offenses. On July 1, however, the use or mere holding of a PED while driving is sanctioned as a moving violation. Drivers will have their licenses suspended for three offenses.

Semi slams into stopped vehicles, leaving 3 dead and 6 injured

Semitrailer truck are common sights on the nation's highways. They provide an efficient means of moving freight, but they can also become a destructive hazard if their drivers lose control or fail to pay attention to traffic conditions. The recent failure of a semitrailer driver to reduce his speed caused a serious chain reaction car-truck accident in Southern Illinois.

The truck was heading west on Interstate 24 near Metropolis, Illinois when it came upon a line of cars and other vehicles that were stopped, apparently due to traffic conditions. According to police, the truck driver failed to slow down. His truck crashed into the line of cars, damaging seven of them. Three people died in the collision, and six others were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Police stated that the driver, a 57-year-old driver from Mississippi, failed to reduce speed as he approached the line of cars.

An overview of Illinois workers' compensation system

All employed workers in Illinois are covered by the state's workers compensation system, but very few members of this group understands how the system works. While the workers' compensation system is complex and often requires legal assistance, the basic structure of the system can be grasped by almost anyone.

Workers' compensation is intended to provide medical coverage and income replacement for anyone who has suffered a job-related injury or illness. The injured worker is entitled to receive the specified benefits even if he or she was partially or totally at fault for the injury. Anyone who suffers a work-related injury must notify the employer within 45 days of the injury or onset of the illness. If the employer denies the claim, the employee can file a claim for benefits with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission within three years of the occurrence of the injury or onset of the disease.

Tips for driving safely in a summer rainstorm

The summer months in Illinois bring warmer weather, as well as the possibility of rainstorms. If you find yourself behind the wheel when the rain begins to fall, you should immediately adjust your driving style to enhance your safety.

Here are five important tips to follow when driving in the rain:

  • Slow down: If you do nothing else, slow down to a comfortable speed. Not only does this help prevent hydroplaning, but it also allows you to stop more quickly in the event of an emergency.
  • Watch for standing water: Hitting standing water at a high rate of speed increases the likelihood of your tires losing contact with the road. This greatly increases the risk of an accident.
  • Increase your following distance: Driving too closely to the vehicle in front of yours is dangerous at all times, but this is particularly true in wet conditions. Give other vehicles more space, as this helps keep everyone safe.
  • Turn off cruise control: You should never use cruise control in wet conditions, as it can cause your vehicle to accelerate at an inopportune time, such as when driving through standing water.
  • Keep your windshield clear: It goes without saying that you should keep your wipers on, but don't forget to use your defogger as well. Precipitation on the outside of your windshield can lead to fog on the inside. This can make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to see the road.

Three-vehicle crash kills one, injures three

Rural roads in Illinois pose several unique hazards, including relatively high speed limits, lack of passing lanes, blind curves and direct driveway entrances. These hazards combined with reckless driving in rural Peoria County to cause a three-car accident that killed one person and injured three.

An 18-year-old woman who lived in Elmwood was waiting on Route 116 to turn into her parents' driveway when her vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck. A third vehicle heading east on Route 116 then struck the pickup and the other vehicle. The driver of the turning vehicle died at the scene, and five people in the two other vehicles suffered various injuries and have been hospitalized.

Truck hits tractor, killing driver

As the farming season enters its peak, more and more farm vehicles are operating on county and state highways. Some farm vehicles, such as trucks and livestock trailers, can match the high speeds of other vehicles on these roads and not create much of a hazard. Many farm vehicles, such as cultivators and tractors, are designed only for slow speeds, and they create the potential for collisions with faster moving vehicles. A recent truck accident in McDonough County demonstrates how this speed differential can become deadly.

A 64-year old Macomb man was driving a tractor north on the highway when he was struck from behind by a box truck. The driver lost control of the truck, and it ran off the highway into the median, where it stopped. The tractor was heavily damaged, and the force of the impact threw the driver off the tractor. The tractor operator was flown to Peoria, where he died from his injuries at a local hospital. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Plant explosion kills three

Industrial explosions pose a serious risk for workers whose jobs require them to handle or mix volatile chemicals. Occasionally, an explosion will occur in a plant that uses chemicals that are generally regarded as non-volatile and non-explosive. Such an accident occurred in an Illinois plant operated by AB Specialty Silicones factory north of Chicago.

The plant makes various silicone-based ingredients for other products. The blast occurred at night. Nine workers were believed to be in the plant at the time. Three workers were killed in the explosion. Five workers appear to have escaped, and a ninth man is still missing.

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