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Motor vehicle accident involved trailer haul

If an Illinois driver is operating a vehicle that is hauling a trailer carrying a heavy load, it can place nearby motorists at risk for injury if the load is not properly secured. If the proper restraints are not used or something malfunctions, the item or items on a trailer can suddenly become airborne, possibly striking a nearby vehicle. A recent motor vehicle accident on Route 159 involved a John Deere skid steer that was being carried on a trailer. 

A 37-year-old man was behind the wheel of the vehicle that was hauling the skid steer at the time. He was traveling in a southbound direction when the equipment fell off the trailer and landed in the northbound lane. A 57-year-old woman happened to be traveling in that lane, and her vehicle struck the skid steer head-on.

Tragic workplace accident claims life of Illinois worker

There are many jobs in Illinois and beyond that carry an inherent personal risk for on-the-job injuries. For instance, those who work with heavy machinery or in construction zones are no doubt aware that their jobs are considered more dangerous than working in an office behind a desk, although office workers can also be involved in a workplace accident that results in injury. An emergency situation arose on a recent Wednesday in a grain elevator.

Two co-workers were attempting to exit the bin when a terrible accident occurred. One of the men suddenly fell 70 feet, landing on thousands of bushels of corn. His co-worker, age 28, immediately descended back down into the bin to try to rescue him.

Motor vehicle accidents: Recent tragedy resulted in 3 fatalities

An Illinois community was rocked with grief after a recent roadway tragedy. When fatal motor vehicle accidents like this one occur, investigators often have their work cut out to determine what or who may have caused a particular incident to occur. In this case, a group of people who were traveling in a limousine together had no way of knowing that their lives were about to change forever.

As the 39-year-old limo driver carried his group of passengers along Route 34, another vehicle veered across the yellow line and hit the limousine head-on. Behind the wheel of that car was a 27-year-old man. The sudden impact of the crash was so forceful, both drivers were killed. Everyone in the limo was immediately transported to area hospitals for emergency treatment of their injuries.

Construction employees at great risk for workplace accidents

In Illinois and throughout the country, construction workers have a high risk of personal injuries on the job. Workplace accidents occur often in the industry. Sadly, a Monday morning accident in another state proved fatal. An investigation of the tragic incident remains active at this time; however, a few key details were immediately clear.

There are numerous reasons why construction work is so dangerous, including the fact that employees often move about in the vicinity of heavy machinery. Accidents involving massive construction vehicles or machines often cause severe, even life-threatening injuries. The 55-year-old worker involved in the incident was working near a crane that was lifting and transporting rebar, a steel rod that is used to reinforce concrete. Somehow, the rebar struck the man, resulting in an emergency situation.

Motor vehicle accidents often involve mergers gone bad

An Illinois family is grieving this week after a tragedy that resulted in fatality for two of its members. Motor vehicle accidents occur often in this state, especially during the holidays when there are more cars on the road and people are in a great hurry. Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of the recent collision that involved multiple vehicles and sent several people to the hospital with serious injuries in addition to claiming two lives.

A woman, age 64, was behind the wheel of one of the vehicles in the crash. She was reportedly traveling in a northbound direction at the time. At some point, another vehicle tried to merge in the same direction, and a massive collision occurred. The woman's car rolled over and slid into an opposing lane.

Head-on motor vehicle accidents often result in fatalities

Illinois investigators are still working to determine what or who may have caused a recent collision. When rescue workers arrived at the scene, they immediately noticed that both vehicles had sustained a lot of front end damage. Sadly, as in this case, motor vehicle accidents that occur head-on often result in fatalities.

A 20-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-vehicle crash. She had been behind the wheel of one of the cars when a collision occurred just after 2:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. There were two occupants in the other vehicle, both of whom suffered life-threatening injuries. The two, a woman and a man, ages 48 and 45 respectively, were transported to a nearby hospital but no further information was provided regarding their conditions.

Workplace accidents: Who's at fault if a robot causes one?

Those who work in the Illinois construction industry no doubt understand the high risk for injury associated with their jobs. Construction work typically tops most lists as one of the most dangerous types of employment in the United States. Some companies have begun to implement changes that officials believe may help reduce the number of workplace accidents that occur.

However, the new system also prompts several important questions, one of which pertains to potential liability if an accident takes place. The changes can be observed in a company who is currently taking on a large building project at an Illinois naval station. Robots are being used to do manual labor. 

Motor vehicle accidents: What can you do about driver negligence?

Navigating an Illinois roadway can be dangerous whether you are driving, riding as a passenger or walking. Motor vehicle accidents often occur suddenly, with little to no notice, resulting in serious, even life-threatening injuries. Perhaps, you were sitting at a red light when another car crashed into your vehicle from behind.

This type of accident is common, and is often caused by drivers who were distracted instead of focused on the task at hand. Someone reading a text message may not notice that traffic has slowed or stopped entirely. Alcohol consumption is another common factor of collisions at traffic lights or intersections. It is not your responsibility to make sure a stranger does not get behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content that exceeds the legal limit.

Workplace accidents more likely in factories

Illinois residents who work in factories are at great risk for injury. Factory work, construction, commercial fishing and many other types of jobs are prone to workplace accidents that result in serious, often life-threatening injuries.  Any number of issues may increase a safety risk, including lack of proper training or equipment.

An employer is obligated to inform every employee of all known risks associated with a particular position. If there is equipment available to help a worker carry out his or her duties in a safer manner, then the employer is also obligated to provide the equipment. Even when employers fulfill their obligations, workplace accidents can still occur.

Which workplace injuries do Illinois workers suffer most often?

Some jobs in Illinois are more dangerous than others. Nearly every worker in every type of industry can suffer a personal injury on the job. There several workplace injuries that are most common in the average job setting. Even if a person works behind a desk in an office, it pays to have a basic understanding of the workers' compensation claim process in case an injury or legal problem arises.

Heat-related injuries such as burns are among the most common across the country. Nearly 16,000 workers suffer thermal injuries every year. Such injuries typically necessitate taking six or more days off work to recover. Those who are regularly exposed to the elements as well as those who work near chemicals and other hazardous substances are at risk for these types of injuries.

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