Truckers often violate driving limits

Commercial truck drivers are often prone to drowsiness on the road due to long hours spent hauling products across the state or country. Federal regulations aimed at increasing safety and decreasing driver drowsiness went into effect in July of 2013. Known as hours-of-service rules, this new regulation provides updated guidelines as to when truck drivers […]

Federal government pushes ignition interlock technology research

In 2012, drunk driving related deaths escalated to over 10,000 deaths, which was the first increase in more than seven years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a result, lawmakers and automakers in the United States have increased funding on research to develop advanced ignition interlock technology. This technology would prevent anyone […]

Autoimmune diseases and workers’ comp

Autoimmune diseases are a serious problem in the United States. In fact, they are in the top 10 causes of death for women aged 15 to 64, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Although 75 percent of people who get autoimmune diseases are women in this age group, other […]

How workers’ comp payments are determined in Illinois

When an employee receives an injury on the job, he or she is entitled to compensation for the medical expenses and missed wages due to the injury. Under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act, injured workers can receive temporary total disability benefits when they are receiving treatment for an injury received at work and are unable […]

Mistakes to avoid when applying for workers’ compensation in Illinois

According to the Workers’ Compensation Commission, 48,296 workers’ compensation cases were decided in Illinois in 2012. Eleven percent of those cases were dismissed with no compensation. In the immediate trauma and aftermath of a workplace injury, many employees make one or more common mistakes when applying for workers’ comp. To cut down on the possible […]

Night shifts put police officers at greater risk of injury

Police officers in Chicago face a greater risk of injury than the general public, and research shows police officers are also more likely to experience health problems such as chronic diseases. However, these risks may not be distributed evenly. New research suggests officers who work the night shift are significantly more likely to sustain injuries. […]

Illinois bill seeks to reduce penalty for drunk driving to make roads safer

Motorists in Illinois rely upon other drivers every day to make safety decisions that have the potential to significantly alter their lives. Motorists fail to live up to the expectation of mutual safety when they drive under the infulence.    Despite the clear danger presented by drunk drivers, Illinois lawmakers are seeking to relax the punishments […]

Cognitive distraction study shows risks with hands-free devices

Operating a motor vehicle always carries some risk for Chicago residents. Distracted drivers are found on the roads every day across the nation, and their preoccupation with things unrelated to driving often result in car accidents. With laws in place that prohibit the use of all hand-held devices while operating a vehicle, drivers may be […]

Distraction and truck drivers in Illinois

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that truck drivers who choose to text and drive are 23.2 times more likely to cause a safety-critical event, like a crash, near-crash or lane deviation than their counterparts that do not text and drive. In 2011, a restriction was placed on all handheld cellphone use for truck […]

The unpredictability of a head injury in Illinois

According to the Brain Trauma Foundation, approximately 5.3 million Americans, or 2 percent of the population, currently live with disabilities resulting from a head injury. These injuries are extremely unpredictable in terms of effects and recovery and occur when the scalp, skull or brain is hurt due to inflicted trauma. While some head injuries may […]

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