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Vehicle fleeing police causes serious collision injuring 5

Crashes happen every day, but when they involve you and your family, it can feel like your entire world is under attack. Everything you know changes in an instant, putting you under stress and potentially leaving you in pain.

While crashes do happen regularly, there are some that should have been avoided. Take, for example, crashes that result from drivers fleeing from the police.

Know the signs of whiplash and get medical care

When you're involved in a car accident, one of the injuries you may suffer from is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the shoulders, neck and head are torn or strained during a collision. This often happens because of the head whipping forward or backward quickly, which is how whiplash got its name.

Whiplash is an interesting type of injury, because it doesn't always appear right away. Sometimes, those who suffer from whiplash feel fine for the first day or two after an accident. However, as the adrenaline from the accident fades, it's common for injuries to emerge and symptoms to become prominent.

Walking with your child can help teach pedestrian safety skills

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) most recent available data, 245 children in the United States were killed after being hit by a car in 2016. When any pedestrian is hit by a car, severe injuries can occur. This is especially true if the pedestrian is a child.

Drivers have a responsibility to look for pedestrians and to yield to pedestrians in many circumstances. However, children may not automatically know how to behave safely when they are walking near traffic. As a parent, there are several actions you can take to help your child develop these skills.

6 hurt in 3-vehicle crash in Illinois

Multi-vehicle crashes can be some of the most dangerous since it's possible for victims to face injuries from the initial impact and a secondary impact. In pile-up crashes, it's normal to see multiple people suffer injuries and for those injuries to be significant in some cases.

That's what happened in this instance. Six people were hurt in a multi-vehicle crash reported on April 13. According to the report, the incident involved two police officers and three vehicles in all, leading all involved to receive medical care at the scene and five to go on to receive care in area hospitals.

Can you sue if you're hurt at a park?

It's the spring, and that means that it's a time when more people go outside to see one another. With children heading to parks to play, now is a good time to talk about parks and liability for injuries.

There's no question that children get hurt often. Many times, those injuries are caused by carelessness or falls that have nothing to do with the quality of playground equipment or the state of the park. However, some injuries are a direct result of a park that is in disrepair.

Trooper hit, suffers severe injuries in semicrash

Drivers need to pay attention, especially when emergency personnel are nearby. They may be warning them about hazards up ahead or be helping victims of serious accidents.

When others don't pay attention, they put emergency teams in danger. A state police trooper was hit and seriously hurt when a semi-truck collided with him at the scene or another incident. There were three Illinois State Troopers at the scene on Interstate 55, responding to a call involving a vehicle that had gone off the roadway and hit a light pole. The pole fell and blocked the lanes of the interstate. Before troopers could arrive, another seven vehicles collided with the pole.

Yes, your dentist can face lawsuits for poor work

When you think about medical malpractice, the providers you usually consider are surgeons, doctors at hospitals and nurses. One other party who could be held liable for malpractice is a dentist.

Even dentists can make mistakes that cause people pain and suffering. For example, taking an X-ray and claiming there are cavities where none exist would put patients through unnecessary dental work. Dental offices that don't sterilize equipment correctly could expose patients to dangerous bacteria. Errors in diagnosing things such as abscesses could end up threatening a patient's life.

Speeding: A risky behavior to avoid

Car accidents can affect anyone, from a teenager who is just learning to drive to an elderly person who is driving home from visiting their grandchildren. In many cases, these people are not to blame. They're affected by those who are negligent or distracted behind the wheel.

Of all possible negligent acts, one of the most common is speeding. Speeding has a serious impact on collisions, and it's something you should avoid at all costs. When you see a speed limit, it has been designed to keep traffic slow enough to reduce the likelihood of fatal injuries. Speeding above those limits increases your risk of fatal injury multiple times over.

Chicago woman sues over medical malpractice in long-term care

Imagine going to a facility for medical treatment and receiving poor care. You may end up with an infection, suffer from the worsening of your condition or even develop new conditions as a result of the subpar treatment you received.

This happened in Chicago, according to a new medical malpractice claim filed by a woman who is suing a long-term care facility. She filed the claim in January claiming that Oak Brook Care did not protect her from neglect.

Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving

Driving while sleepy is a common occurrence in America. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adults in the United States have driven while drowsy, and 33 percent of people have fallen asleep behind the wheel.

With the prevalence of drowsy driving, many experts claim it is as dangerous as drunk driving. Recent studies found being awake for 18 hours straight makes you drive similar to a driver with a blood alcohol level of .05 percent. In Illinois, the BAC limit is .08 percent for drivers.

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