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Motor vehicle accidents: 10 injured in tractor-trailer crash

The dangers of distracted driving are often well-publicized. Unfortunately, some people may mistakenly believe that a cellphone is the only distraction in a vehicle. Reaching for an item or changing the radio station can often result in serious motor vehicle accidents, especially when done in potentially hazardous conditions, including at a construction site. In fact, a recent crash in Illinois is said to have sent 10 people to the hospital.

The incident happened on a day in mid-December. According to reports, a 53-year-old man driving a tractor-trailer allegedly reached for a drink as he approached a construction zone. Unfortunately, the truck struck a car, causing a chain-reaction accident that ultimately involved 10 vehicles.

Lawsuit filed after woman suffers dog bites

Most people in Illinois would agree that police dogs play an important role in law enforcement. However, even despite their training, they may act unpredictably or accidentally identify an innocent target. Unfortunately, a woman in another state claims that she suffered multiple dog bites in an attack by a police dog while she was taking out her garbage.

The incident happened at approximately 6:30 a.m. According to reports, police had been called to the area following a burglary. Several officers, including one with a K-9 were at the scene, looking for suspects. The officer is said to have had the dog on a leash that was 20 feet long.

Motor vehicle accidents: Speeding a cause in fatal Illinois crash

Drivers are taught to drive defensively and to obey traffic laws. While doing so may go a long way toward avoiding motor vehicle accidents, even the safest of Illinois drivers is sometimes unable to completely avoid the negligent actions of others. Unfortunately, a family is now coming to terms with the unexpected death of a loved following a recent crash.

The incident happened one morning on a day in late November. According to reports, a 51-year-old male was headed north in a pickup truck on an Illinois interstate. Unfortunately, Illinois State Police say that the truck was struck in the rear by a speeding vehicle.

Motor vehicle accidents: 3 killed in Illinois crash

While drivers must be vigilant at all times, extra vigilance is required when driving in heavy traffic, especially when there are construction projects in progress. Failure to do so could result in motor vehicle accidents with devastating consequences. In fact, police in Illinois are trying to fully understand the cause of a recent crash that killed three people.

The incident happened one evening just before Thanksgiving -- a time that Illinois State Police describe as one of the busiest travel times. According to reports, a tractor-trailer plowed into  traffic that was slowing down, possibly due to construction. Eight vehicles were ultimately involved.

Girl hospitalized after suffering dog bites to most of her body

Many families in Illinois and across the country have dogs as family pets. These pets can often be fiercely protective of their owners but can pose a significant threat to others if not properly monitored and controlled. Unfortunately, a young girl in another state is now hospitalized after suffering dog bites to the majority of her body.

The 12-year-old victim was reportedly walking to school on a day in November when she was allegedly attacked by a bullmastiff. Reports indicate that she ran into a mobile home in an attempt to escape the dog, but it followed her into the home. With the help of neighbors, a police officer was able to lock the dog into one of the home's rooms.

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.

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