Big rig truckers often feel the pressure to get to their destination ahead of time with the goods and supplies they are entrusted with. It takes quite a bit of teamwork for each driver to accomplish their daily goals. Staying in touch with trucking headquarters for any dispatches and changes, accounting for traffic or road concerns, and keeping their semi-trailers in working order takes constant effort and awareness of everything going on around them.
Truckers might view their cell phones as essential to keep them on track and entertained, but drivers should know that distracted driving – especially in a big rig – can cause a deadly accident. The latest data from the Department of Transportation shows that distracted driving killed 9,000 people and injured 500,000 other individuals. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and its Operation Safe Driver initiative want big rig drivers to remember that, “At 55 miles per hour, a three-second glance at a cell phone, messaging device, or instrument panel will result in the vehicle moving nearly 250 feet down the road – almost the length of a football field.”
Briskman Briskman & Greenberg’s team of Chicago truck accident attorneys represents big rig drivers and passenger car drivers and their riders in Illinois collisions. To learn more, call 877-595-HURT (4878) or visit more of http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.
The leading cause for injury death in senior citizens is falling. When an older adult lives in a long-term care facility or nursing home, the staff and management should have multiple fall prevention measures in place to help protect their residents. Even if a fall does not cause an early death, it often creates extensive injuries and expensive hospitalization.
Up to 30 percent of seniors deal with hip fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and cuts and bruising from a fall, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These complications can make it even harder for a senior to be mobile or live more independently.
Health care facilities must look at their fall rate and investigate what other steps can be done to improve the safety culture of the staff to help prevent falls. Not only should nurses that interact with the patient be accountable, but the nurse manager should share in the responsibility. Today’s Hospitalist also encourages health care professionals in all types of care settings to assess how changes in care or a resident’s health could increase their chances of falling. Best practices include bed and chair alarms for at-risk individuals, assisted bathroom visits, and monitoring the dosage of diuretics and sleep aids that can contribute to falling.
Briskman Briskman & Greenberg’s team of Chicago personal injury attorneys represents seniors and their families when they have concerns about their loved one falling because of the negligence or carelessness of a person or facility. To learn more, call 877-595-HURT (4878) or visit more of http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.
The word is getting out that using a cell phone while driving is not a smart thing. No matter if a person is emailing or texting while driving, 95 percent of drivers know they could compromise their personal safety, reports AAA in their annual Traffic Safety Culture Index. But sadly, 35 percent of these same drivers have admitted to reading or sending a message anyway.
The AAA Foundation’s survey found that people know distracted driving can be just as deadly as driving under the influence of alcohol. If a driver must stay connected, a hands-free or dashboard system that works with Bluetooth technology is better. It only takes a few seconds of not paying attention to the road to cause a serious or deadly auto accident.
Texting while driving is against the law in Illinois. Using a cell phone in work and school zones is also banned. Even if a driver is stopped at a red light, driving on a quiet, residential street, or in a traffic jam, it is no time to risk your life just to text, email, or chat.
Individuals and their loved ones should seek a personal injury attorney’s counsel when they have been in an accident with a driver who was texting and driving. Briskman Briskman & Greenberg is a leading Chicago personal injury law firm that helps individuals and their loved ones take legal action to recover from serious auto accidents and wrongful deaths. To learn more, call 877-595-HURT (4878) or visit more of http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.