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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.

Determining when and if to sell the home during a divorce

It can be a challenge for divorcing couples in Illinois to divide their assets during their divorce settlement. Certain assets can be divided down the middle. Others, such as houses, automobiles, and properties, may not provide this option. On paper, selling assets and then splitting the proceeds 50-50 seems to be the best idea. However, there are circumstances, including personal attachments to items and family responsibilities, that may not make a 50-50 split right for some.

For some divorcing individuals, privacy is paramount. When there is a huge For Sale sign in front of the home, the neighbors and everyone around may suspect that something is happening. It may open up a conversation that the divorcing couple is not ready to have.

Defining an attractive nuisance

Property owners could be held liable if a child trespasses and sustains injuries while on their yard or other space that they control. In Illinois and many other states, children are not expected to fully comprehend the dangers that they could face. Therefore, property owners who have something that could attract a child to their property are responsible for putting safeguards in place. Failing to do so could result in financial and other negative consequences.

Examples of attractive nuisances include large machinery, a distinct pathway or a swimming pool. As a general rule, a court will only consider an object a nuisance if it is maintained to some degree. This means that natural bodies of water are generally not attractive nuisances. Furthermore, a court will likely expect a child to have some idea that certain actions can result in harm. Those actions may include falling from heights or touching a hot object.

Automatic emergency braking reduces collisions, study shows

Drivers in Illinois weighing their new vehicle options may want to look for models with automatic emergency braking, a safety feature that has proven to be effective at reducing collisions, according to results from an Insurance Institute For Highway Safety study. The study looked at 10 popular models released by General Motors over a two-year period.

After receiving VIN numbers for all of the models that were to be evaluated, IIHS researchers looked through reports of car accidents to compare accident frequency between vehicles with AEB and those without it. Two levels of protection are offered by the manufacturer - one that only alerts drivers of a possible collision without taking any further steps and one that automatically applies the brakes to minimize or prevent an impact.

Lack of sleep greatly increases risk of car accidents

Illinois readers know that it's important to get enough sleep. However, they may be shocked to learn how much sleep deprivation can impact their risk of getting into a car crash.

Several studies have shown that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Federal statistics show that fatigued drivers play a role in 7 percent of all crashes and 16 percent of fatal crashes across the U.S. each year. Despite this, surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies show that one-third of drivers fail to get adequate sleep each night.

What parents can do to help children adjust to divorce

Illinois children might struggle with their parents' divorce, but there are things parents can do to help them adjust. They can help children build resilience during this time.

Since a divorce brings so many changes to children's lives, it is important for parents to try to keep as many things the same as possible. For example, even those who have different parenting styles may be able to agree on certain expectations for children. If parents do not agree in all areas, as long as the child is not harmed, it is usually best for them to avoid interfering. Children who are upset about a parent's decision can be encouraged to discuss it with them.

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