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Farm-related fatality and injury statistics

Agricultural and farm work are some of the highest risk jobs in the nation, and more than 370 fatalities were reported in 2012. The large majority of these deaths were caused by tractor roll-overs. These figures suggest that agricultural workers in Illinois may be at a high risk of injury.

Almost 2 million people work in agriculture each year, and about half of these farmers are under 20-years-old. There were 113 deaths recorded in 2012 for this age range. In addition, about 160 injuries due to farm-related accidents occur each day with approximately five percent resulting in permanent disability.

Distracted driving is on the rise

Illinois residents may not have heard about the recent report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about the rise of distracted driving collisions that happen in the United States. According to their research, over nine individuals are fatally wounded, and over 1,153 sustain injuries in collisions involving a distracted driver every day.

Accidents of this nature usually occur when the driver is using a cell phone to either text or talk, eating in the car or using a navigational system while behind the wheel. The CDC concludes that the most dangerous form of being preoccupied while driving is sending or receiving text messages or emails because it combines the three types of distraction, which are manual, cognitive and visual.

Nursing home resident abuse is a public concern

For Chicago residents, the rise of nursing home abuse cases is a concerning issue, despite the tendency of most people to change the subject quickly. The decision to put a loved one in the nursing home is never an easy one, and the idea that horrific acts could be occurring is sickening for children as well as for aging citizens who see the possibility of entering nursing homes in their future.

As nursing homes take on more and more people with problems ranging from dementia to cognitive disabilities, the vulnerability of the truly weak and aged is dramatically increased. New studies have shown that many abuse cases do not, in fact, come from enraged or perverted nursing home staff, although some do. Instead, many of the perpetrators of nursing home abuse are actually other residents in the home; some of them are mentally unsound, and others are cunning and calculating in their mischief to fellow residents.

Roundabouts can reduce traffic fatalities and vehicle crashes

Some Illinois residents may not have heard the statistics that were recently provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration about how dangerous roadway intersections can be. The department has determined that from the estimated 300,000 signalized intersections on U.S. roads nearly one-third of all fatalities occur at these locations, killing approximately 2,300 people annually.

While traffic signals can help drivers determine who has the right-of-way the DOT has concluded that roundabouts have proven to be much safer than most other intersection systems and have provided significant declines in fatalities and vehicle crashes. The benefits to utilizing the roundabout method of travel has shown to be effective in urban and rural locations with a variety of traffic conditions and continuing research is broadening knowledge about safety improvements in precise scenarios.

Illinois man facing criminal charges after accident

An Illinois man will face criminal charges as the result of an accident that occurred around 2:05 p.m. on Nov. 28. According to official reports, the man was driving a Hyundai Santa Fe in the St. Charles area when he drifted over the center median and struck an oncoming car. The driver of the second car was seriously injured in the crash and later died at the hospital.

The individual accused of crossing the center line and causing the accident is facing several different charges, including aggravated driving under the influence, possession of a control substance, driving under the influence of drugs and driving on a revoked license. These charges are in addition to the citation for improper lane usage.

Young adults at risk of stroke misdiagnosis

Young adults in Illinois who suffer stroke symptoms may be at risk of a misdiagnosis when they visit the emergency room. According to a study that was presented to a study that was presented to the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in 2009, young adults who are suffering from stroke symptoms are often misdiagnosed as having suffered something other than a stroke. Those misdiagnoses can have damaging long-term consequences.

The study was conducted by reviewing data compiled by the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Researchers looked at data from 57 patients between the ages of 16 and 50 who visited the emergency room with stroke-like symptoms. The incidents date back to 2001. Eight of those patients were diagnosed with conditions other than stroke, including seizure, alcohol intoxication and an inner ear disorder. All of the patients were later diagnosed as having suffered a stroke.

Damages that can be sought for nursing home abuse

It is every Illinois family's worst nightmare to learn that a nursing home caused their loved one harm. If there is evidence that an elder suffered a serious injury or even death as a result of negligent nursing home staff, the family may be eligible to seek compensation for the damages that they suffered by filing a personal injury or a wrongful death lawsuit.

There are certain damages that the injured person or their survivors may be entitled to. The first includes mental suffering. This includes for any fear of consequences that the elder may have suffered, anxiety regarding their physical health and even for post-traumatic stress disorder. They may also be potentially compensated if the loved one suffered a loss of enjoyment of life due to mental or physical injuries. For example, if the loved one suffered a nursing home accident that caused the him or her to be unable to walk or to communicate properly with their loved ones, they may potentially be compensated. If the elder suffered physical injuries, such as disfigurement or other debilitating injuries, they may recover the cost of their treatment.

Driver gets 10 years in prison after pedestrian crash

On Nov. 14, an Illinois judge sentenced a 59-year-old Chicago man to prison for 10 years after he admitted to fleeing a car accident that killed a corrections officer. The crash happened in July 2012 while the 38-year-old female corrections officer was crossing the road near the employee entrance to Cook County jail, authorities said.

The Chicago man was driving a van when he struck the woman. On account of the impact, the woman was propelled beneath a sheriff's vehicle, where she became pinned. Emergency crews transported her to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she ultimately died.

3-vehicle collision kills 1 in Illinois

According to reports from the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office, a three-vehicle collision that occurred on Nov. 7 left one man dead. The accident occurred in Milan around 11:30 a.m.

Deputies indicated that a 44-year-old Coal Valley man driving a pickup truck attempted to turn left into a business parking lot from the eastbound lane when another vehicle hit him from behind. The force of the rear-end collision allegedly pushed the man's pickup into the westbound lane.

Pedestrian and dog killed in crash

A pedestrian and her dog were killed by a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Illinois on Nov. 9. The incident happened around 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of Rickert and Book Road in Naperville. Investigators say the 22-year-old woman was crossing Book Road with her dog when she was struck by a 74-year-old Plainfield man driving a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Rickert Road. Reconstruction specialists with the local department's traffic unit responded to the scene to contribute to the investigation.

The public was asked to contact the local police traffic unit if anyone had witnessed the accident. The victim was brought to Edward Hospital by ambulance. She eventually died from her injuries. The dog also did not survive the crash. Once the investigation was completed, the police issued the driver with traffic citations. On Nov. 13, the man was charged with failure to exercise due care and disobeying a traffic control signal.

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