The concept of interstate commerce might not be something most people around Springfield give much thought to. Routines might be restricted to waking up, getting the children to school, getting to work and getting everyone home safely at the end of the day. It's only when extraordinary events occur that we might have to confront broader issues.
If you cut your finger, you can pretty well guess what it is going to take to fully recovery. It might require nothing more than an adhesive bandage, maybe several of them. More serious lacerations might need stitches and more concern about possible infection. In any event, there's little chance that the circumstances will warrant even considering seeking recovery through a personal injury claim. It just wouldn't be worth the effort.
Language is kind of a funny thing. It's so important that each culture has its own rules of language use. At the same time, language is not a static thing. It's dynamic. It changes over time depending on the needs of the day. When's the last time you heard anyone in Illinois say floppy disk? If someone told you to don your britches, would you even know what they mean?
Two trucks were involved in a crash in Galesburg, Illinois recently, and the police will cite one of the drivers for being reckless and dangerous. The accident occurred on Interstate 74 during the night. It was foggy out, and according to a meteorologist, visibility was down to a quarter-mile. One of the trucks was driving "too fast for conditions" and the police are expected to cite the driver for that offense.
Volvo cars didn't used to be all that great looking. The feature that made the Swedish-made vehicles stand apart from the rest of the pack was safety. Some Illinois readers may remember company marketing material from a few years ago that declared, "They're boxy, but they're good." The message was that it was better to be safe than sexy.
It is estimated that about 25 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea. Somehow it seems fair to wonder if maybe that estimate isn't a little on the low side. Consider that experts say that one of the hallmarks of OSA is that the person with it snores to beat the band, followed by stopped breathing and then gasps.
About a month ago, we wrote a post about trucks and the trucking industry, and how the National Transportation Safety Board wants fewer accidents involving tired truck drivers. That's just one of many areas involved in the trucking industry where improvements could cut down on potential accidents. Another factor that the trucking industry could try to address is the size of the trucks -- but that would hinder they're ability to transport cargo across the country.
We live in a 24/7 world. At least some of us do. Truck drivers could be considered among those who don't always follow the typical 9-to-5 routine that most of the rest of us do in Illinois. And as we noted in a post last November, the demands of the 24-hour long-haul industry have a way of leading some drivers to push the envelope on hours of service a little too far.
It is no secret that the United States faces economic challenges. One of them, as we pointed out in at least one post in the not-too-distant past, is the fact that there is a growing shortage in Illinois and elsewhere of people willing to get into the truck driving trade.
It may be easy to muster some level of compassion for truckers. As we have noted before, commercial drivers face much stricter regulation of their activity than most people in Illinois may appreciate.