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The many potential effects of a traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most serious types of injuries that motorcyclists can suffer in collisions. Wearing a helmet can certainly minimize the severity of a brain injury. However, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), helmets are only approximately 67 percent effective in preventing these injuries and just 37 percent effective in preventing fatalities.

A TBI can impact virtually every part of a person's life. Sometimes these impacts are short-term, while many are long-term. The long-term effects of a TBI can vary significantly from one person to the next based in part on the severity of the injury. Long-term TBI symptoms can be divided into the following categories:

FedEx driver's death believed to be linked to the brutal cold

Frigid temperatures throughout the Midwest and other parts of the country have resulted in multiple deaths. One fatality believed to be the result of the record-breaking subzero temperatures is that of a Federal Express Freight driver in East Moline.

Another FedEx employee found the 69-year-old man's body outside a FedEx distribution hub between two trucks on the morning of Jan. 31. He was not far from his own car. The temperature in East Moline that day dropped to 33 degrees below zero.

Could a contract help a parent give up their car keys later?

One of the most difficult things that people with aging family members often have to do is try to convince them that they should no longer drive. In a survey by the National Security Council (NSC) and Caring.com, respondents indicated that talking to parents about turning over the car keys was even more difficult than discussing funeral arrangements.

It may be easier to address the issue when it's still a hypothetical situation in the future. Some people are drawing up family driving contracts with parents and other older family members.

Construction sites are filled with electrical hazards

People who aren't especially familiar with the construction industry might not realize how often workers are exposed to electrical hazards. In fact, construction workers are the victims of over half of all workplace electrical fatalities.

Construction involves installing, repairing and inspecting electrical fixtures and equipment. Most electrical injuries, both fatal and non-fatal, are caused by workers coming into contact with machines, overhead power lines, tools and equipment. Even metallic objects can cause an electrical injury.

Family of Illinois man killed in elevator shaft settles lawsuits

The family of a Bloomington maintenance worker who was killed in an elevator shaft back in 2015 has reached a settlement with McLean County and two companies for over $2.1 million. The 56-year-old man was employed by the county.

McLean County officials say they believe that when the man was killed, he may have been trying to retrieve something that fell down the shaft, which was located in the Law and Justice Center in Bloomington when he was killed. The man's co-workers discovered him.

Will harsher distracted driving penalties ease Illinois crashes?

For all those drivers who are still drawn to their phone while driving, the state of Illinois is taking additional provisions to get their attention back on the road. Beginning in the summer of 2019, if a driver is caught using a phone or other similar electronic device while operating a motor vehicle, they will face harsher penalties than what is currently on the books now. With enough violations racked up, drivers will face license suspension.

Distracted driving has been a factor in over 1 million automobile crashes in North America every year which have resulted in serious injuries and even death. The Illinois State Police have warned that using your cell phone while driving will increase your chances of being in an accident by 400 percent.

Fatal big rig crashes, miles driven are down

Those of us who use Illinois' interstates and expressways to commute to work or get to other destinations see our fair share of tractor-trailers. We know how difficult to control they can be for even experienced drivers. We've also heard the reports of drivers falling asleep at the wheel after many hours on the road. Therefore, we try to give them some extra space.

Big rigs and other commercial trucks have become safer in recent years. Many are equipped with various types of driver assist technology that help truckers avoid catastrophes. Tractor-trailer drivers are also required by the federal government to use an electronic logging device (ELD). These devices record miles driven, so drivers can no longer misstate that information on hand-kept logs.

Why are trucks the most dangerous vehicles on the road?

Have you ever really thought about the dangers large trucks present to other vehicles on the roads of Illinois? Large trucks are important for the economy, but they are also incredibly dangerous for a lot of reasons. Today, we will take a look at why trucks are the most dangerous vehicles on the roads, so you can protect yourself when near them.

For starters, commercial trucks are so dangerous because of their weight. These trucks weigh multiple tons, which makes it incredibly difficult to stop at a moment's notice. Even when these trucks are empty, they weigh more than one ton, which is a lot of metal to have hit your vehicle.

Why vaping alcohol is more dangerous than drinking it

Many people have discovered a whole new way to consume alcohol -- vaping. They enjoy the fact that they can feel its effects more quickly than if they drank it. Vaping alcohol can get a person intoxicated at a speed they may not be used to.

That's just one reason why vaping alcohol before driving can be even more dangerous than drinking before getting behind the wheel. It's also more difficult for a person to determine just how much alcohol they've consumed. You know if you've had one glass of wine or scotch. However, when you're vaping, you can ingest a dangerous amount without realizing it. Because it doesn't go through your digestive system, you're not going to vomit it out, as is often the case when a person has had too much to drink.

What can and should employers do to prevent workplace violence?

According to the National Safety Council's Injury Facts 2016 report, workplace violence was the third most common cause of death for people who work in health care professions. However, workplace violence can impact virtually anyone in any profession.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) lists four categories of workplace violence:

  • Worker-on-worker
  • Personal relationship
  • Customer/client
  • Criminal intent
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