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slip and fall injuriesAs temperatures in the greater Chicagoland area continue to rest below freezing temperatures, ice and snow continues to spread. Most people are well aware of the increased dangers of driving during the winter, as limited visibility, decreased space on the road, and worsening conditions, make driving in the winter a risky endeavor. But winter weather does not only change the landscape of vehicular travel, it increases risk of injury for pedestrians and employees, as they navigate the sidewalks to and from their stores of choice and respective places of work.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 800,000 people are hospitalized annually due to an injury caused by slipping and falling. If you or a member of your family suffer an injury due to slipping on the ice this winter, contact a personal injury attorney.

Types and Costs of Injuries

The two most common injuries that occur during a fall are injuries to the head and hip. Suffering head trauma can be incredibly painful, disorienting, and expensive. A break to the hip bone, however, can be one of the most grueling injuries imaginable and almost always requires surgery.

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seatbeltIf you drive a vehicle, chances are you’ve heard the slogan “click it or ticket” used on more than one occasion to reinforce the importance of seatbelts as a means to reduce death and serious injury in car accidents. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) uses the catchy phrase as part of their nationwide campaign efforts to bring attention to the dire need for drivers to wear their seatbelts anytime, and every time they operate a vehicle. When it comes to car collision safety, the concept behind the slogan is clear: More passengers wearing seatbelts means more lives saved, and fewer tickets issued. The proof is in the statistics - wearing seatbelts saved nearly 14,000 lives in the year 2015 alone.

Seatbelt Safety’s Role in Preventing Injury and Fatality

Wearing the proper safety restraint is one of the easiest, most effective ways to protect yourself behind the wheel of a car, and doing so also sets an example for any passengers traveling with you who may otherwise choose to neglect wearing their seatbelt. The goal behind the Click It or Ticket enforcement effort is to hold drivers accountable for their part in seat belt safety through periods of increased monitoring and citation issuing. The mission is to illuminate the seat belt’s role in preventing accident injury and fatality rates across the nation.

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