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Follow these tips to stay safe on winter roads

Winter driving in the Addison area can be very hazardous. It is bad enough with wet, icy or even snow-covered streets, but when people do not compensate and practice safer driving habits, the roadways become even more dangerous. While the safest thing you can do is to stay home when the weather is bad, sometimes that is not possible.

Whether you are driving to work, school or to attend a special event, there are some things you can do to mitigate your risk. Read further to find out about winter driver tips that can help keep you safe.

Premises liability: Man wins $7.5 million in lawsuit

Many people in Illinois often experience accidents due to their own clumsiness and inattention. Others are injured as a result of a property owner's negligence -- the failure to adequately recognize and/or correct potentially dangerous property conditions. For example, a man who recently won a premises liability lawsuit against Walmart claims that while he used to be able to play basketball several times a week, now he must use a walker due to a fall that was the store's fault.

The injured man was reportedly attempting to obtain a watermelon that was sitting in a container atop a wooden pallet. The pallet, according to the lawsuit, was not visible. Although he did not step on the palate, his foot reportedly became caught in its side opening. When he turned to his shopping cart, he fell.

2 children suffer personal injury at Illinois trunk-or-treat

Many streets in Illinois may see relatively few pedestrians during the majority of the year. However, Halloween is a time when pedestrians fill the streets. Because this is an event that is anticipated by many people year round, drivers should be aware that additional caution must be taken on the holiday that brings children in the area out on the streets. Unfortunately, two children were reportedly struck by a car, resulting in personal injury.

The incident happened at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Halloween. Police reports indicate that the two victims, siblings aged 7 and 12, were attempting to cross the street near an intersection at the corner of a park when they were struck by a sedan driven by a young woman. Police claim that the park where the accident occurred was full at the time.

Motor vehicle accidents: 2 killed in Illinois crash

Most people in Illinois and across the country recognize the importance of tractor-trailers. They are able to move goods across the country relatively quickly and, typically, are driven by well-trained professionals; unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers can have devastating consequences, making it necessary for both drivers of commercial vehicles and those who may encounter them to exercise caution. For example, two men were recently killed in such a crash in Illinois.

The incident happened one evening in late October. According to reports, a car containing three men was traveling in the same direction as a tractor-trailer driven by a 63-year-old man. Unfortunately, the tractor-trailer driver reportedly attempted a left turn at the same time the driver of the sedan attempted to pass it.

Dog bites send Illinois woman to hospital

For all the benefits a dog may bring a family, owners must take measures to protect others. Because dogs can act unpredictably at times -- especially around people with whom they are unfamiliar -- owners must ensure that dogs are properly secured or restrained. Unfortunately, one woman was recently hospitalized after suffering dog bites in an attack in Illinois.

The incident happened at an apartment complex. Reports indicate that police were called to the scene one afternoon on a day in October. According to reports, a woman was attacked by a pit bull as she walked through the complex. Police believe that the dog was able to leave a unit as a result of an open screen door.

Rental car insurance, accidents and things you should think about

Many people choose to rent a vehicle when they are going on a trip. This saves wear and tear on a primary vehicle since the mileage will be put on the rental car. Before you get on the road, you have to think about some important points about rental vehicles.

As unpleasant as it is, you have to consider what will happen if you are in an accident in the rental. Even if you are a safe driver, others on the road might not be as responsible behind the wheel.

Motor vehicle accidents: Illinois man accused of homicide

Every single person who has driven Illinois road has likely been tempted to exceed the speed limit. While people may let the needle on their speedometer creep over posted limits, doing so, especially when it involves driving excessively fast, can result in motor vehicle accidents that have serious consequences. For example, a woman was recently killed in a crash in which speed is suspected to have played a major role.

The accident happened at approximately 11 a.m. on a day in late September. Reports indicate that a car driven by a 62-year-old man struck a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old woman in the rear. The woman's car caught fire after the collision.

Dog bites: Settlement for lawsuit over field trip

For many children in Illinois and across the country, going on a field trip with their class is one of their favorite school-related activities. Such opportunities allow them new adventures to which they may not normally be exposed. However, a recently settled lawsuit involved children who were apparently placed in unnecessary danger while on such an outing with their class, resulting in dog bites.

The lawsuit involved a field trip that happened in another state in Oct. 2013. According to reports, an 11-year-old boy went with his elementary class to a courthouse. While on the trip, a demonstration involving a drug dog was conducted.

Illinois motor vehicle accidents: Motorcyclist seriously injured

Any driver who has encountered a motorcycle on an Illinois roadway likely knows that such vehicles can be more difficult to spot. As a result, there could be serious motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles. However, visibility does not appear to have played a role in a recent crash in Illinois.

The incident happened just after 6 a.m. on a day in late September. Reports indicate that a 53-year-old man was headed west on a motorcycle in a rural section of Illinois. Unfortunately, an oncoming sedan driven by a 48-year-old man is said to have crossed into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision with the motorcycle.

Illinois motor vehicle accidents: Tractor-trailer driver cited

There are many actions that defensive drivers can take to protect their safety. However, some motor vehicle accidents occur because of actions of others that cannot be avoided or anticipated. For example, police in Illinois believe that a recent car crash was caused by a driver who attempted an illegal U-turn.

The incident happened on a day in September. According to reports, a 57-year-old man was driving a tractor-trailer north on an Illinois highway. While in the right lane, police say he attempted a U-turn in order to head south.

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