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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walking and running are generally considered to be activities good for one's health. They can also provide positive, environmentally friendly alternatives to driving. Sadly, they seem to be putting more people in harm's way. New data from the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that pedestrian fatalities across the United States have skyrocketed in recent years.
Marijuana was legalized in the state of Illinois earlier this month, but according to the 2020 DUI Fact Book, published by the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, driving while impaired by marijuana is still prohibited. Much like with a DUI stop for alcohol use, if an officer stops a vehicle and sees signs that the driver is under the influence of marijuana (e.g., red eyes, drowsiness, etc.), the officer will request that the driver submit to field sobriety tests. Based on the results, the officer may arrest the driver and take him or her into the station, where they will be asked to submit to a blood, breath or urine test within two hours of the traffic stop. If the driver is found to have more than 5 nanograms of THC, the main active chemical found in marijuana, per milliliter of blood, or more than 10 nanograms of THC per milliliter of any other bodily substance, they could lose their license and face criminal charges. However, there is concern that these results may not be solid proof of driver impairment as THC can remain in someone's body long after the effects have worn off.
Americans are working harder than ever before, trying to juggle families, multiple jobs and countless errands. As a result, many people are getting too little sleep, and engaging in drowsy driving as a result. Drowsy driving typically refers to driving while exhibiting common signs of sleep-deprivation, including yawning, head dropping, having trouble remembering the last few miles driven and making careless driving mistakes (e.g. missing road signs, failing to maintain speed, swerving from lane to lane).
Heavy traffic isn't just an inconvenience, it can also be a hazard. When many vehicles are moving quickly in close proximity to each other, any collision between two of them can quickly turn into a multi-vehicle accident, with many people hurt.