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How to protect children from dog attacks

Illinois dog owners have a moral and legal obligation to prevent their dogs from attacking people. This especially applies to preventing their dogs from attacking children.

Children are smaller and can't fight back against dogs the way adults can, so they tend to be more susceptible to serious injury in a dog attack. Also, dogs may act more aggressively -- in unsuspecting ways -- against children, so dog owners need to be alert whenever their animals are in the vicinity of children.

Dog bites: Police search for dog after attack

Many households in Illinois have a pet dog. To most families, these animals are beloved family members who take part in many activities with their families. Unfortunately, some dog owners may overlook the potential harm their pet can cause, including inflicting injuries due to dog bites. In fact, police in another state are searching for the dog involved in an attack.

Police say that they responded to a call about a dog attack one morning in early September. The victim had apparently sought treatment at a Veteran Affairs clinic. The victim received an injury to his arm that reports describe as "extensive."

Motor vehicle accidents: Illinois man killed in moped crash

People in Illinois often turn to alternative modes of transportation, including mopeds, for a variety of reasons. For example, these options are often cheaper and better for the environment. Unfortunately, people using such methods may be at risk for serious harm if involved in motor vehicle accidents due to their smaller size and relative lack of protections in comparison to more traditional vehicles. For example, a man was recently killed while riding a moped.

The incident that led to the 61-year-old man's death reportedly happened one morning on a day in September. Reports indicate that the man was waiting to make a left turn. Unfortunately, his moped was allegedly struck behind by a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old woman.

Illinois motor vehicle accidents: Crash kills 2

Because many people in Illinois and across the country spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel, driving can often become routine, resulting in complacent drivers. However, due to the size of vehicles and the speed at which they travel, drivers must be conscious of the potential for motor vehicle accidents and the harm they can cause at all times. Unfortunately, a man and woman recently lost their lives in an accident.

Police reports indicate that the accident happened during the early morning hours of a day in August. The two victims, a 49-year-old male driver and his 31-year-old female passenger, were traveling in a van. Unfortunately, police say a car driven by a 21-year-old man sideswiped them.

Motor vehicle accidents: Illinois crash involved train

Because a collision with a train can have devastating, often fatal, consequences, there are many safety measures in place in Illinois to protect motorists at railroad crossings. Despite these efforts, however, motor vehicle accidents involving trains can still occur. Unfortunately, multiple people were recently sent to the hospital in such a crash.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in August. According to reports, the driver of a sports utility vehicle stopped at a railroad crossing. However, the driver of a van reportedly failed to stop in time, causing the van to strike the rear of the SUV.

Motor vehicle accidents: 1 killed, 3 injured in Illinois crash

Cellphones have greatly impacted the day-to-day lives of the people who own them. With them, people are nearly always able to stay in constant contact with family members, among other benefits. With this, however, comes many negative side effects. For example, some drivers in Illinois become distracted by their electronic devices, ultimately causing serious motor vehicle accidents.

In fact, reports about a recent crash on an Illinois interstate seem to indicate that it was caused by a driver of a commercial vehicle who was using an electronic device. According to reports, several drivers had stopped as a result of road construction. Unfortunately, a driver of a tractor-trailer allegedly failed to stop.

Slip-and-fall accidents at a business may cause serious injuries

If you were to believe the way they get depicted in movies, slip-and-fall accidents are nothing but a laugh. People in films and on television go flying into the air, only to get back up with nothing more than bruised pride. In the real world, slip-and-fall accidents can have a profound impact on someone's health. They are no laughing matter. In some cases, they can lead to permanent disability. People can even die from a slip-and-fall accident.

For example, a pregnant woman could injure her child when falling or experience placental detachment. That could put her life and the life of her baby in danger. Older people could easily break a bone just from trying to stop the fall with an arm. Even otherwise healthy adults could end up breaking a bone, dislocating a joint, sustaining a head or brain injury or damaging their spinal cord.

Illinois motor vehicle accidents: Man killed in crash with semi

There are hazards that can appear unexpectedly while driving on Illinois roadways. Many of these hazards occur when other drivers fail to respond to a change in road conditions or areas of construction, for examples, potentially causing fatal motor vehicle accidents. State police claim that a man recently died in such a crash.

The incident occurred one afternoon on a day in August. According to reports, three vehicles had either slowed or stopped to accommodate construction on an Illinois interstate. Officials claim that a tractor-trailer failed to slow in time, slamming into the back of a vehicle driven by a 61-year-old man.

Motor vehicle accidents: Pregnant mom, 2 kids killed in Illinois

Parents often have many fears regarding the safety of their children. Many in Illinois, for example, may worry that family members will be victims of motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, one man is now coping with the news that his three children and pregnant wife were recently killed in a crash that could have likely been prevented.

The incident happened one morning on a day in late July. Reports indicate that the family, including a 29-year-old woman, 21-month-old toddler and 4 and 6-year-old boys, were on the way to church at approximately 8:30 a.m. Police say that their vehicle was struck on the driver's side by a pickup truck whose driver failed to obey a stop sign.

Motor vehicle accidents: Driver killed in Illinois collision

Tractor-trailers are vital to the economy of the United States. Because of the large number of them that utilize the country's roadways, users of these same roadways are fortunate that most drivers are well-trained professionals who are committed to safety. When motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers do occur, however, they can result in serious injuries due to their large size. Unfortunately, a driver in Illinois has recently been killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

The incident is said to have occurred during the early morning hours of day in July. According to reports, a tractor-trailer struck a car; reports indicate that the cause of the contact is unknown. Nevertheless, the tractor-trailer overturned, and the car caught on fire.

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