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Many people say the Midwest has two seasons: winter and road construction. You probably dislike the rough condition of the roads after the snow melts. Yet, if you’re like most drivers, you might also get upset about the efforts dedicated to making necessary repairs.

You know you can’t have things both ways, although you might get upset about the temporary inconvenience of work zones, regardless of crews’ attempts to maintain safe roadways. However, while road construction often slows down traffic for a bit, there are some ways you should increase your safety, and that of those around you, in work areas.

Three safety tips for road construction zones

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Though many people utilize the interstate because it offers quicker ways to get to their destinations, it is not unusual for traffic on these roadways to cause issues. In some cases, vehicles can come to a standstill, and if drivers approaching the slowed or stopped traffic do not adjust their speed, it is common for auto accidents to take place. Unfortunately, some of these incidents can prove fatal.

It was recently reported that a crash on Interstate 70 in Illinois had a fatal outcome. According to reports, traffic had come to a stop in the right-hand lane of the roadway due to construction. The driver of an approaching vehicle did not adjust his speed as he came upon the stopped traffic, and as a result, his vehicle collided with the rear of another vehicle driven by a 68-year-old man.

The collision caused the man's vehicle to move forward and collide with another vehicle, and that third vehicle struck a tractor-trailer in front of it. The driver of the first vehicle that was hit suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. It was not reported whether any other injuries resulted. The driver of the vehicle that struck the first car was given a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

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Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by collisions involving cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. Injuries are usually caused by a violent blow to the head, such as someone hitting a dashboard, windshield or other solid objects.

Brain injuries can be mild, moderate, or severe and come with an array of physical and psychological effects. Concussions, post-concussion syndrome, brain hemorrhaging, and hematomas are all types of traumatic brain injuries. Symptoms can show up immediately after a crash, while others can take days or weeks to show up. Recovery from TBIs depends on the severity and the person. Sometimes they are temporary and other times, they are permanent.

Suffering a head injury in a collision warrants calling an attorney immediately. Kaiser Hafezi Law can hanlde your case. Call us at 630-274-4400.

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Many parents believe they are better drivers when their kids are in the car. This may seem logical because most parents want to protect their children at all costs. However, distracted driving is still a problem for many families, and sometimes parents do not even realize they are doing it.

Do you frequently break up sibling squabbles or tend to a fussy baby as you drive? Is your rear-view mirror directed at your backseat instead of the road behind you? Do you distribute snacks, collect trash, or fix the DVD player while driving? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you are not alone. However, these and other distractions could be putting you and your children at risk.

What counts as a driving distraction?

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