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Teens are at highest risk right after getting a driver's license

Parents of young drivers are often incredibly nervous that first night that their teen takes the car out alone.

The parents know that the teen passed driver's training and took the proper certification tests. They know that the teen was properly educated. They drove along with the teen on the learner's permit, so they know that he or she has done it successfully for hours on end.

New technology can predict accidents, and the proof is on video

Car accidents are often impossible for drivers to predict. They happen so quickly for reasons that are entirely out of the drivers' hands.

However, technology has been getting better and better at predicting crashes in the seconds before they occur, and it's working to keep people safe. One crash that was caught on video illustrates this perfectly.

Carnival ride ended in 1 death at Ohio State Fair

Last month 24 fair-goers got on the "Fireball" ride at the Ohio State Fair. The pendulum-based ride started to swing the riders back and forth, when suddenly a row of seats broke free and flew through the air. The passengers were still inside.

A video was posted on YouTube showing the tragic incident. News stations aired the video on television, but they cut the feed just before the row of seats came crashing to the ground. Nevertheless, the terror-ridden riders and their flailing limbs could clearly be seen, with people upside-down in places the shouldn't have been.

Justice takes time in medical malpractice suits

Medical malpractice injuries and deaths are particularly hurtful to the victims and their loved ones. It is difficult to understand how the very people we trust to heal us could actually harm or kill us with their negligence, but it is a grim reality for thousands of individuals.

When it comes to medical malpractice, there's good news and difficult news. The good news is that those who suffer harm at the (gloved) hands of medical providers have legal options available to pursue compensation for these injuries. In fact, depending on the nature of the loss, the compensation for such a medical care error is often quite substantial.

What is defensive driving and how do I do it?

The roads of Chicago can be unbearable to drive at times. There's just so much traffic that you have nowhere to go and it seems like it's only getting worse. Because of the traffic, you need to know how to anticipate issues with other drivers and road hazards. This is part of defensive driving, which is an incredibly important trait to have no matter your experience level as a driver.

First and foremost, you need to eliminate the distractions from your trip. This is especially true when it comes to using a handheld device of any kind, including a GPS device. Taking your eyes off the road to check the GPS or send a text message can lead to an accident within seconds.

Conditions that can cause slip-and-fall accidents outside

It's not uncommon for people to slip and fall indoors. In fact, it's a leading cause of premises liability lawsuits in Chicago. There are so many hazards inside a commercial or residential building, such as wet floors, objects, poor lighting, broken stairs and much more. Here are some of the conditions that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents outside.

Since we are in the midst of the summer heat, we won't discuss ice or snow here, but these items can still cause slip-and-fall accidents. Summer storms can be just as severe, if not more severe, than those that hit in the winter. High winds, heavy rains, flooding and lightning can cause quite a bit of damage. Property owners are required to clean their property within a reasonable amount of time after a storm so the hazards do not cause injury to someone.

Protecting yourself at work from chemical hazards

Going to work each day can be stressful. There's no reason to add to that stress when chemicals are present in the office or on your worksite. Take as many safety precautions as possible when working with or near chemicals while on the job. The safety precautions put in place by your employer should be followed in an effort to prevent any accidents.

Employees who use chemicals, or work in a setting where chemicals are used often, can experience any of the following issues:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Asthma
  • Nosebleeds
  • Eye burns
  • Skin burns
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Itchy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Dizziness

Weather leads to crash that injures three

Severe weather and flooding led to a crash that injured three people on the morning of July 20 in the Chicago area. Heavy downpours, severe thunderstorms, and wet roads led to multiple accidents. The severe weather made it difficult for drivers to see and for them to stop.

The three people injured in a crash involving that many cars occurred on the Edens Expressway in the Chicago suburb of Skokie. One of the three people injured suffered critical injuries in the crash.

Road trip safety tips to follow this summer

When the time finally comes to hit the road for your summer vacation, it goes without saying that you'll be looking forward to every last minute of your trip.

While driving on vacation is something many people enjoy, you must always keep one thing in mind: your safety and well being.

How does premises liability work in regards to children?

Premises liability is an important subject that all property owners should brush up on every now and then. The laws differ from state to state, but tend to be the same when dealing with children and premises liability. For the most part, property owners have a special responsibility placed on them by the law because of their curiosity and inability to comprehend what can be a danger to them.

The law that protects children from dangerous items on your property is known as the attractive nuisance law. The law has three aspects:

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