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5 top causes of snowmobile accidents

As winter comes into full swing, it may be time for you to take your snowmobiles out for a fun time. If snowmobiling with family and friends is one of your winter traditions, then you likely cannot wait. However, you also know this wintertime activity can be dangerous.

The inherent nature of snowmobiling is what makes it both enjoyable and potentially harmful. Zipping through extreme weather conditions at high speeds can give you both a boost of adrenaline and a serious injury. Here are five common causes of snowmobile injuries you should be aware of this winter.

Understanding disk herniation

As with all injuries of the spine, a disk herniation in Illinois is potentially serious. It may be helpful to understand what a disk herniation is, what causes it and what one can do to prevent it. 

To understand disk herniation, it is important to first understand what a disk is. According to the Mayo Clinic, disks consist of cartilage and exist in the spaces between the vertebrae. Their purpose is to act as cushions, absorbing the shock of any blow to the spinal column. Each disk actually consists of two separate layers: a soft layer of cartilage on the inside surrounded by a protective layer of tough outer cartilage. If the harder outer layer of cartilage ruptures, allowing the softer inner layer to protrude out through the crack, then the disk has become herniated.

Thanksgiving Weekend Becoming More and More Dangerous for Drivers

Thanksgiving weekend is consistently one of the biggest travel events of the year. However, with the increase in drivers on the road, Thanksgiving also proves to be one of the most unsafe weekends for drivers. Forbes.com released an estimate that more than 48.5 million drivers will take to the road between this Thursday and Sunday, a 2.5 million increase over 2017. Unfortunately, this creates more opportunities for distracted and unsafe driving.

Just how dangerous is eating while driving?

The dangers associated with drinking and driving are well known, and the risks of texting or talking on your cell phone while behind the wheel have gained much more exposure in recent years. Could there be, however, another form of reckless driving that may be equally as dangerous yet you and others in Naperville are unaware of? Indeed there is; eating behind the wheel is another major driving distraction, yet one that few appreciate. 

If you have recently been involved in an accident, and the driver that struck admitted to eating something as they were driving, consider exactly how that action might have contributed to your collision: 

  • The driver had to take at least one hand off the steering wheel in order to grasp whatever was being eaten
  • The driver had to focus their attention on what they were eating
  • That change of focus forced them to take their eyes off the road ahead

How Naperville is helping create safer drivers

Car crashes are a reality across the country, and the city of Naperville, Illinois is no exception. While drivers of any age can suffer the devastating effects of a motor vehicle crash, there are some particular age ranges more susceptible to accidents behind the wheel.

New drivers are notoriously at risk for car crashes because of their inexperience. However, drivers over 50 are also at risk for completely different reasons. The city of Naperville recognizes the need to help drivers maintain their safety behind the wheel and is taking steps to do so.

How can falls cause serious injuries?

People fall all the time. Often, such accidents are not serious. They may result in some scrapes and bruises and a little embarrassment, but the person recoups and carries on without much thought about the incident. However, in some fall accidents, a person gets seriously injured. According to iMedPub, most serious falls happen to older adults who already have other health problems or who may have balance issues, so they fall harder.

When you fall, your injuries occur due to the energy from your fall. The surface stops you and your body must absorb that energy. If you fall from a higher distance, there is more energy for your body to absorb, so the chances increase for severe damage to your body. If your body is compromised in any way, such as weak bones, your chances increase for a severe injury even with a short fall.

What is shoulder dystocia?

As an Illinois mom to be, your developing baby’s health and welfare likely are the top things on your mind. That is why you do your best to maintain your own health so that your baby can likewise thrive prior to birth. Unfortunately, however, you cannot control every aspect of your baby’s welfare, such as whether or not (s)he suffers a birth injury like shoulder dystocia.

As explained by WhatToExpect.com, shoulder dystocia is a birth injury that can occur during labor and delivery if one or both of your baby’s shoulders gets stuck behind your pelvic bone while descending through your birth canal. While only one in 100 babies weighing six or less pounds at birth suffers from shoulder dystocia, the risk goes up to nine in 100 if your baby’s birth weight is nine pounds or more.

3 common holiday accidents

The weather is cooling down, decorations are going up and you are starting to shop for gifts. These things all mean that the holiday season is in full swing yet again. While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be dangerous. 

There are tens of thousands of holiday-related injuries every year. If you are curious about what causes so many accidents during the holidays, check out the list.

Is Sterigenics International increasing your risk of cancer?

Residents like you who call Illinois your home want to grow up and spend your life in a place that's conducive to good health. Unfortunately, certain factors can diminish your overall quality of life or even introduce elements that can harm you and your loved ones.

The Chicago Tribune takes a look at one such situation. Sterigenics International, a global company that operates out of sixteen cities, has recently faced heat for the possibility of increasing the risk of cancer by introducing carcinogenic pollutants to the air in the area. The primary pollutant in question, ethylene oxide, has been a known carcinogen and on the federal government's official list of carcinogens since 1985.

4 common car defects

When you buy a car, you expect it to be safe for you and any passengers. You should not need to fear that a defect will harm you or someone else in your vehicle. Unfortunately, vehicle defects occur all too often, and they can have deadly consequences. 

The first step to being safe is being informed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigates potential vehicle defects and provides a list of vehicle recalls. Here are some faulty components that often make the list:

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    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
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    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
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  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
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  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
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  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
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  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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