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Tesla's newest Autopilot function criticized as unsafe

Tesla has recently added functions to improve its Navigate on Autopilot system. However, testers with Consumer Reports have found these updates wanting. Pennsylvania motorists should know that the Autopilot can now change lanes without the driver's input.

Testers at Consumer Reports called the performance worse than that of a human driver. The vehicle would cut off cars that were speeding up in the other lane. Furthermore, it would pass other cars in ways that constituted traffic violations. When merging, the vehicle would sometimes automatically brake to make room for other cars, surprising the driver inside.

Reducing wrong-site surgery errors

Most surgeries in Pennsylvania go as planned. However, there are about 40-60 wrong-site surgeries (WSS) that occur every week in the United States. This is why annual events like National Time Out Day are held to provide an added incentive for surgical teams to remain vigilant and proactive.

The highest number of wrong-site surgeries involve orthopedic procedures, followed by dental and spinal surgeries. Recent data suggests that WSS events are commonly caused by human errors such as poor competency, training and education. Risky areas for patients include both the surgical prep area where anesthesia is administered and the OR itself. Patient risks may be reduced if there's a safety culture in place that's driven by leadership and a willingness to allow team members to voice concerns.

Taking your child to the ER after a dog attack

As a parent, you understand that your child will probably not go through life unscathed. Bumps, bruises and even broken arms from falls and bicycle crashes are to be expected. Still, you may feel shocked when a serious incident results in your child needing to go to the emergency room.

Because emergency rooms are busy places with a number of potentially scary sights, you may dread the idea of having to take your child in for care. However, if a dog attacks your child, and he or she suffers serious injuries, you have no other choice than to seek medical attention right away.

Memes and other social media distract many drivers

Root Insurance has shared the results of an online study conducted by Wakefield Research that may interest drivers in Pennsylvania. The study focused on distracted driving and involved nearly 2,000 US. drivers. One thing that became clear was that few are ignorant of the dangers of distracted driving. Even individuals who engage in it are critical of others who do.

Almost half of the respondents marked distracted driving as their main worry while on the road. Using a phone while driving was recognized by 99% of those surveyed as being among the top three most distracting activities, and 89% said they would give Lyft or Uber drivers who texted while driving a bad rating. A whopping 90% rated themselves as better drivers than ride-hailing drivers.

Volvo technology designed to reduce drunk driving accidents

More than 10,000 people die in drunk driving accidents every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's almost 30 fatalities per day throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S. Furthermore, those numbers are just for drunk driving and do not include the number of deaths due to distracted driving. Volvo plans to reduce both categories by installing in-vehicle cameras and sensors that will observe driver behavior.

The Volvo systems will be looking for signs of intoxication or distraction. When such behavior is detected, the system will issue a warning. If the warning is ignored, the system will institute one or more measures designed to counteract the actions of the driver. Such measures range from limiting the vehicle's speed to parking it in a safe place.

IIHS: newer pickups may be neglecting front passenger safety

It appears that newer pickup trucks pose a greater danger to passengers than to drivers. After a round of crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that passengers of modern two-row pickups are more liable to suffer injuries or death than drivers. The tests involved 11 pickup models, some of which Pennsylvania residents may be familiar with.

Their ability to protect front passengers from harm was ranked from "good" to "poor." Three were ranked "good": the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan. Below that were two with an "acceptable" rating, the Honda Ridgeline and the Toyota Tacoma. Below that, and just above "poor," were five vehicles with "marginal" performance. One was the Nissan Frontier, and the others were the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and GMC Sierra 1500.

As truck crash deaths rise, NHTSA criticized for failure to act

Truck drivers in Pennsylvania should know that large truck crashes are on the rise. In 2017, a total of 4,102 people died in such accidents; 68 percent of those were occupants of cars, and 14 percent were pedestrians, motorcyclists or bicyclists. In all, the number of fatalities has risen 28 percent since 2009. Now, many truck safety advocacy groups are criticizing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failure to do anything about this trend.

On at least 10 different occasions since the 1990s, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the NHTSA mandate forward collision avoidance as well as mitigation systems on all large trucks. The NTSB published a critique of the NHTSA's failure to act back in 2016, asserting that these systems can easily reduce the number of rear-end accidents (which are among the most serious of all crashes).

Insurance often covers dog bite injuries

Dogs are a popular pet in Pennsylvania, and you find it difficult to find someone who does not adore these cute animals. However, as you already know, pets are still animals who can act in very animalistic ways. You also know that dog bite injuries can be extremely traumatic in more than one way.

Dog bite victims usually need to seek prompt medical care. Treatment can be expensive and painful, and in some cases, recovery times can be long. Like others who have dealt with the devastating experience of a dog bite, you may have had to take time off work to focus on your recovery. If you are seeking compensation, here are a few things you might want to know about who will pay for your injuries.

Safety groups push for speed limiters in large trucks

Over the last few years, fatal truck accidents have been on an uptick in Pennsylvania and around the country. However, a coalition of truck safety advocates believes that passing regulations mandating the use of speed limiters and automatic emergency braking, or AEB, systems could help reverse the troubling trend.

Road Safe America, the Truck Safety Coalition, and other truck safety groups have been trying to get the U.S. government to pass rules requiring the use of speed limiters and AEB systems since 2006. However, neither Republican nor Democratic presidential administrations have been able to get the job done. As a result, the groups are pushing President Trump to step up and tell the U.S. Department of Transportation to adopt the rules.

Determining the severity of car crash injuries and damage

There are several steps that drivers must take after a car accident in Pennsylvania. If they do everything correctly, they will have an easier time filing their auto insurance claim. The first step is to remain calm; that way, one will be able to remember the details more clearly.

If anyone is in need of emergency care, it's important to call 911 right away. If the vehicles are in a dangerous place, they should be moved. Ideally, though, everything should be left as is. Then begins the process of physically documenting details, namely the severity of the injuries and vehicle damage. Drivers can take pictures of any skid marks and damaged property, such as light poles and trees. A list should be made of missing or damaged personal property, such as electronic devices and glasses.

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