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Reasons not to get behind the wheel while tired

Most Illinois drivers would readily admit that driving over the speed limit is dangerous. However, many may not be as aware of the dangers that come from driving while tired. According to some experts, if a person remains awake for 18 hours, their abilities are impaired comparable to what a person experiences when they drive under the influence of alcohol. When a person has a blood alcohol level in excess of the legal driving limit, they need to sober up before getting behind the wheel. Likewise, when a person is tired, the only cure is getting sleep.

To emphasize the potential dangers drivers may face when driving while tired, an automobile manufacturer is allowing young drivers to experience a 'Sleep Suit." This suit is used in conjunction with a pair of specialized glasses designed to simulate what a person who is excessively tired experiences while driving on the road.

How can I prove that distracted driving occurred?

If you were involved in a car accident in Illinois, you will want to take action so that the responsible party is held liable for what they have done. It is understandable for you to be angry and bitter toward the person whom you believe caused the incident. At the same time, it is better to put that negative energy into being proactive and taking the appropriate action.

As a victim of the car accident, you may have some memory of the events that led up to the incident, but if you suffered injuries, you may have suffered from memory loss, in addition. It is important that any witnesses who were at the scene come forward to make statements. These statements can help you to prove that the driver was engaging in distracted driving, and may help you to prove fault.

AAA warns against drowsiness after daylight saving time

Drowsiness is, for many in Illinois, the natural consequence of losing one hour of sleep for daylight saving time. If these same people choose to drive while drowsy, though, then they are endangering both themselves and others. Everyone needs at least seven hours of sleep a day. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that to miss one to two of those hours in a 24-hour period is to nearly double one's car crash risk.

The National Sleep Foundation says that anyone who sleeps for less than two hours is unfit to operate a motor vehicle. AAA goes further by saying that sleeping for only five hours can produce the same level of impairment as that experienced by a drunk driver.

Younger patients with colorectal cancer are often misdiagnosed

Young people in Illinois and across the U.S. run a higher risk of being diagnosed with later-stage colorectal cancer (also called colon cancer). The reason for this, according to the American Association for Cancer Research, is that people under the age of 50 with this disease tend to be misdiagnosed during their initial appointments.

Specifically, a study of 1,195 colon cancer patients made by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance found that 71 percent of patients below the age of 50 had stage 3 or 4 colon cancer. On the other hand, those over 50 were more prone to be diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 colon cancer. Close to 65 percent of the respondents said they waited three months to a year to be screened for the cancer. Many had to see between two and four physicians before they could be correctly diagnosed.

Rare diseases and medical malpractice

Patients who suffer from rare diseases in Illinois may wait longer to get a correct diagnosis and proper treatment because the symptoms of these conditions often mimic signs and symptoms of more common illnesses. Failure to diagnose a condition can be a form of medical malpractice.

In the U.S., a disease is considered rare if it affects less than 200,000 individuals per year. It is estimated that more than 50 percent of those suffering from rare diseases are children.

Erb's palsy causes paralysis in babies following birth

Erb-Duchenne Palsy, commonly referred to as "Erb's palsy" or brachial plexus birth palsy, is a medical condition that occurs to babies in 1 out of every 1,000 births. It's one type of obstetric brachial plexus injuries that affect Illinois infants, and it is characterized by paralysis, weakness and loss of motion in the arm and shoulder. Erb's palsy usually occurs during the birth process as a result of a birth injury.

The brachial plexus is a collection of five nerve fibers that stem from the spinal cord to the arm. The nerves are responsible for conveying sensations to the brain and moving the arm. Erb's palsy occurs when these nerves are stretched as a result of the baby's head and shoulder being moved in opposite directions. When these fibers become damaged, they can no longer convey these messages resulting in loss of sensation and movement.

Taking action after your construction injury claim was denied

If you suffered a work-related injury as a construction worker in Illinois, it is likely that you were not able to work for a significant amount of time afterward. The construction industry requires that their workers are physically able to lift and operate machinery. If you become physically injured, you may even need to consider a change of career in the long term.

Many people go through the process of applying for workers' compensation, but, for one reason or another, get ultimately denied. It is important that you do not blindly accept a workers' compensation denial, because you may be able to successfully appeal the decision by looking into the details.

What the NTSB wants to see happen this year

The National Transportation Safety Board has come out with its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety, and six of the 10 items relate to trucks or truck drivers. The top item on the list is to eliminate distracted driving. The NTSB recommends that drivers not be allowed to use handheld electronic devices while driving in Illinois or any state. An exception would be made for those using a device to get directions.

Another allowance would be made if the device was used for emergency purposes. The NTSB is also asking that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration determine how many drivers use drugs or alcohol while driving. Furthermore, the NTSB wants the FMCSA to create a program that will better diagnose sleep apnea in drivers. This may help to reduce the number of crashes caused by fatigue.

Road Safe America urges speed limiting on large truck fleets

As the number of large truck deaths continues to rise, the highway safety non-profit Road Safe America urges truck fleet owners in Illinois and across the U.S. to incorporate vehicle safety technology. One device they recommend is automatic emergency braking, which alerts drivers to stationary or slow-moving objects and applies the brakes when drivers do not react in time.

The non-profit is also advocating the use of speed governors. Ideally, 65 mph should be the maximum speed set for large commercial trucks. Speed limiting gives truckers more time to avoid a crash and can lessen the severity of any crashes that do occur.

Kia, Hyundai car fires may be due to improper recall fixes

Illinois residents who own a Kia or Hyundai vehicle may have heard of fires involving cars from these two brands. The Center for Auto Safety reported a total of 276 across 44 states with 25 fires in Florida alone. This data spans up to the first week of January 2019. It turns out, however, that a certain Kia employee had warned the automaker back in 2017 about an issue that could be contributing to the fires.

The man was formerly a member of the warranty department at Kia's U.S. headquarters in Irvine, California. While performing Kia dealer audits, he noticed the defective repair work that some dealerships were doing on recalled engines and that this was resulting in highly flammable fuel pump leaks.