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The dangers of distracted driving at accident scenes

Motorists who slow down to take photographs or shoot videos of accident scenes or traffic stops in Illinois and around the country are a serious threat to the safety of first responders according to a recent survey. A worrying 71 percent of the American drivers polled by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute and National Safety Council admitted to engaging in this dangerous behavior, and an equally alarming 16 percent said that they had almost struck a police officer, paramedic, or firefighter as a result.

The April 3 release of the poll was timed to coincide with the beginning of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. While slowing down to capture images of rescue personnel at work is dangerous enough, it is what motorists do next that leads to the most car accidents and injuries. Two-thirds of the respondents said that they attach the images or videos to emails and 60 percent admitted to posting them on social media. They also admitted that they do this while still behind the wheel.

How companies can guard against lawsuits

Premises liability lawsuits are something that companies in Illinois and throughout the country need to remain aware of. If an employee is injured, he or she may have to file a workers' compensation claim. However, if a customer is injured, that person may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit. The most common type of premises liability claim relates to slipping and falling.

This type of accident can occur when a person trips on a torn carpet or runs into an object because of poor lighting. A wet floor, a narrow aisle, or an icy parking lot could also cause a person to fall and get hurt. In a premises liability lawsuit, the plaintiff must show that the accident was caused because a business owner was negligent. Furthermore, the plaintiff must also show that he or she was acting in a careful manner when it occurred.

Have you lost someone to a medical error?

Going to the doctor when you are sick or suffering from a serious injury is essential for your health and well-being. But could it also be putting you at risk for further injury or even death? Medical errors are a serious problem in the health care industry, and the problems are so entrenched that it might be difficult to find a solution any time soon.

Medical errors can occur in virtually any health care setting. From hospitals to outpatient treatment centers to pharmacies, the problem is widespread and hard to quantify. Unfortunately, because major government agencies do not track medical errors, no one is really sure just how big this problem is.

Exposing the dangers of driving while fatigued

Residents of Illinois and every other state across the U.S. would likely agree that sleep deprivation has a negative effect on a person's body and mood. It can be difficult for most people to concentrate when they are tired. While the negative effect that sleep deprivation has on the body is well understood, some people feel that driving while drowsy is not as dangerous as it really is.

A popular vehicle manufacturer decided to highlight some of the dangers that a person is exposed to when they get behind the wheel when fatigued by allowing young drivers to wear a "Sleep Suit." This was done on March 15, 2019, designated as World Sleep Day. It gave young people a much better idea of how fatigue can play a major role in car accidents.

Distracted driving fatality rates linked to state cellphone laws

Illinois residents should know that their state has the 10th highest rate of distracted driving fatalities in the nation. This is based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. DoT's Federal Highway Administration. In all, from 2015 to 2017 there were more than 1,400 car crash fatalities that involved at least one driver using a cellphone.

The findings were gathered by analysts at ValuePenguin and go like this. Tennessee saw the highest rate of distracted driving fatalities (7.2 people per 10 billion miles traveled). This was followed by Delaware (3.28), Wyoming (3.22), Texas (3) and Montana (2.91). Tennessee's rate is nearly five times the national average, which came to 1.49 fatalities per 10 billion vehicle miles. These five states together accounted for 31 percent of all fatalities.

Dealing with a Netflix account during divorce

We all have one person on our Netflix account who pays for zero of the cost but watches all the new shows before you. If we do not have that one person, we are that one person. But what happens if that one person is our ex-husband or wife?

The digital age brings new concerns to divorcees including who gets the Netflix account, what to post as your relationship status on Facebook and is your browsing history coming up in divorce proceedings. Luckily, there are ways to navigate the internet during a separation.

Conditions that frequently lead to slip-and-fall accidents

There are many different conditions that can contribute to a slip-and-fall accident. Residents of Illinois should know what these are. For business owners, it's important to make sure to keep a property free of such hazards. As for entrants, they should know when a premises liability claim would be valid.

Icy and snowy walkways are a frequent factor in slip-and-fall accidents. However, property owners do not necessarily have a duty to clear ice and snow from the outside of a building as a result of the weather. Only in the case of an unnatural accumulation, such as when melting snow trickles past a clogged drain and turns to ice over the ground, are owners responsible. Whenever owners choose to remove the ice or snow, they must do so thoroughly.

Report finds no progress made with speeding-related fatalities

Many Illinois motorists probably believe that exceeding the speed limit isn't a big deal. This may be because some drivers assume that the worst that can happen is that they might get a speeding ticket. However, speeding can also contribute to serious and sometimes fatal motor vehicle accidents.

According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, excessive speed is a factor in roughly a third of all fatalities related to car accidents. The report also concluded that no significant progress has been made with efforts to reduce speeding-related deaths. GHSA's executive director stresses the need to emphasize the importance of slowing down while behind the wheel. Speeding also increases risks for pedestrians and bicyclists in addition to occupants of other vehicles. Even smaller decreases in speed can save lives by reducing the severity of crashes and injuries.

The hazards of driving while drowsy

It's common knowledge that driving while sleepy is not very safe. Nevertheless, nearly one in three drivers in a AAA survey admitted to having driven while drowsy in the previous month. One cause of this problem may be the proliferation of sleep aid prescriptions in Illinois and other states throughout the country. According to a Consumer Reports study, roughly 20 percent of survey participants on these types of drugs said that they had gotten behind the wheel within seven hours of taking a dose.

Unfortunately, drowsy driving is a problem that's very hard to avoid. Public transit is simply not an option in most parts of the country, and that forces people to get out and drive even when they shouldn't. Even worse, sleep impairment can negatively affect driving skills as much as alcohol intoxication. According to the National Sleep Foundation, staying awake for 24 hours or more is equivalent to having a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

How attractiveness differences can affect a marriage

The dating scene can be a challenging place for many people in Chicago. People who are considered exceptionally attractive may receive lots of solicitations on dating sites or in person. However, while social standards of beauty and attractiveness are pervasive, people may have widely disparate views of what they consider to be personally attractive. Still, the way that people are perceived by others can have a significant impact on how well a relationship functions over time. A number of researchers have delved into the question of whether couples with a presumed gap in attractiveness are likely to succeed in their relationships.

Some research found that couples in which one partner was widely considered to be far more attractive than the other were likely to face problems. Some found that the partner considered to be less attractive could become jealous or controlling, leading to increasing levels of conflict. Another study involved women who considered their male partners to be much less attractive than themselves. These women said they were less committed to their relationships and more likely to flirt with others. However, their attitudes may be related to other issues with contempt or disregard, both of which can contribute to divorce.

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