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How to best prevent injury in car seats

Most new parents already know the basics about transporting their babies by car: use a car seat, and face it towards the back. However, car seat safety guidance is becoming more sophisticated as crash tests are starting to account for changing factors as your baby grows.

In today’s post, we examine two important new recommendations with respect to car seat safety:

How to proceed when injured in an Uber

Distracted driving is a primary cause of car accidents in Illinois. Unfortunately, Uber and Lyft drivers have to keep a massive distraction in front of their faces at all times: their smartphones. Combined with a lack of knowledge of local roadways, it is incredibly easy for an Uber driver to end up in an accident with you as a passenger. 

You should not consider yourself out of the clear when you end up in an accident while riding an Uber. There is work for you to do, and you want to make sure you protect yourself in case you sustained any injuries that you are not aware of yet. 

Third party liability and your workplace injury

Illinois residents who suffer an injury at work often think of workers' compensation as their only recourse. However, in some situations, you also may be able to pursue a standard personal injury lawsuit, which can help you recover a wider range of damages.

Generally, you may have the option of filing a lawsuit if a third party, who is not your employer, bears the fault for your injury. Figuring out whether this is the case may involve a detailed investigation into the sources of the injury. Depending on the specific situation, you may face some fairly tight filing deadlines, making it is important to set the process in motion promptly.

What's your legal recourse if you get injured at a cycling event?

The Spectrum Ride is a popular weekly cycling event in Sunnyvale, California. Every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., riders convene at a set location and embark on a 50-mile group ride around the city.

While not officially a race, the group ride is known to get competitive and fast--with sprints often exceeding 30 miles per hour. Unlike a professional race, the roads aren't blocked off. Traffic rules still apply. The event is open to the public--attracting professional and amateur-level cyclists alike.

How restaurant managers can help prevent workplace injuries

In the food service industry, workers in many different roles must coordinate like a well-oiled machine to get food prepared and delivered in a timely manner. In such a fast-paced environment, injuries are quite common. In today's post, we discuss one key area in which restaurant managers can help to reduce workplace injuries.

There are many opportunities for accidents in a bustling kitchen setting. A cook could sustain burns from hot appliances. A waiter could slip and fall on a slippery floor and break a bone. A sous chef could strain their wrist from repetitive chopping motion. A runner could develop shoulder problems from carrying heavy trays of food. However, one of the most common injuries resulting in workers' compensation claims in restaurants comes from knife accidents.

3 errors to avoid after a car accident

It can be hard to think clearly in the aftermath of a car accident. The effects of such a trauma can last far beyond the period immediately following the incident.

However, it is important to keep in mind that pursuing legal recourse can be the best way to get the financial compensation you will need to cover medical bills and other losses. In addition to taking some important steps at the accident scene, avoiding the following common mistakes can benefit your case.

Steps to take after a motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents can be common, due to drivers not paying attention to their surroundings or having a bike in their blind spots. These types of accidents can be dangerous, as individuals on motorcycles have a lot less protection surrounding them at the time of impact.

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, what should you do?

What you should know about substance abuse among truckers

When you drive Illinois’ roadways, you have little choice other than to share the road with commercial trucks, but for some motorists, doing so can prove unnerving and uncomfortable. In addition to being difficult to see and maneuver around because of their sheer size and weight, semitrucks are also often dangerous because many truck drivers admit to engaging in dangerous driving practices while on the job.

Substance abuse, in particular, is a common problem among many truckers, and when the drivers of these massive vehicles drink or use drugs before climbing into the driver’s seat, they endanger you and anyone else who crosses their path.

How to stay safe as a pedestrian on the road

It is rare to think that a car will not stop for you, as a pedestrian walking down the sidewalk. Unfortunately, this does happen.

Almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed due to traffic fatalities in 2017, an 25-year high. There is not much you can do about drivers’ actions while on the road, but you can take care of yourself. Following these recommendations may help you stay safer as a pedestrian.

IKEA recalls dressers, cites dangerous tipping hazard

You just moved into your first home. It's exciting but also a little daunting--it's by far the biggest financial investment you've ever made in your life. Your wallet is noticeably lighter than it was, and you still have an entire house to furnish. How do you fill up your new space on a budget?

If you're like many new homeowners, you may turn to garage sales or thrift stores. And if you have your heart set on new furniture, you'll probably also hit up discount furniture stores--like IKEA. This Swedish furniture company is able to keep their prices low by selling their furniture disassembled in a warehouse setting. You haul it home and put it together yourself.

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