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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.

Surgical errors linked to stress

Pennsylvania residents often feel a great deal of stress when they go to the hospital for surgery, but their doctor's stress levels may have a significant effect on the outcome of their procedures. According to a study conducted by researchers at Columbia University, surgeons may make substantially more errors on patients during moments of stress in the operating room. The study made use of technologies that measure the electrical activity of the heart and found that both serious issues and minor incidents could affect surgical quality.

Every year, 250,000 to 440,000 people lose their lives in the United States due to medical mistakes. A significant number of the most serious doctor errors occur during surgery. Therefore, efforts to reduce surgical errors could also save lives lost due to these incidents. The research made use of a shirt usually used to measure athletes' physiological responses to instead measure those of a surgeon while operating. Stress could be measured by increased heart rate variation, tracked by the shirt. At the same time, each surgery was recorded on a laparoscopic camera.

Tips for sleep-deprived drivers in Pennsylvania

Sleep deprivation among drivers only raises the risk for an accident. The National Sleep Foundation says that driving after being awake for 24 hours is like driving with a blood alcohol content of .10 (the legal limit being .08). The CDC says everyone should get a minimum of seven hours of sleep every night, but many fail to get this much.

Even those who do get seven hours may find themselves sleepy behind the wheel, in which case they may want to be evaluated for sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea. They should also consult with their doctor about the medications they take. Antihistamines, antidepressants, blood pressure medications and sleep aids are just some of the prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can make one drowsy.

Who all is at fault for my car accident?

If you were involved in a serious car accident, you already know that being injured is about more than just physical pain. You have doctor appointments, medical bills, ongoing suffering, lost wages, emotional trauma and so much more on your plate. HoldingĀ the negligentĀ driver responsible is often essential for realizing a full recovery, but there could be somebody else at fault.

You can potentially hold the owner of the vehicle vicariously liable for your accident, even if he or she was not the one who was driving at the time. As such, some Pennsylvania employers or vehicle owners are still responsible for the actions of those driving their vehicles.

AAA study shows what vehicle tech is distracting drivers most

Many drivers in Pennsylvania who wish for new technology know that it can bring opportunities for distraction with it. University of Utah researchers have conducted a study for AAA showing that infotainment systems, in particular, are dangerous. They analyzed 30 systems on new 2017 vehicles and found that seven demanded a moderate level of attention, 11 a high level and 12 a very high level.

The participants in the study, aged 21 to 36, were asked to use the various features while driving. Researchers noted how drivers would fail to halt at stop signs, drive way under the posted limit and swerve out of their lanes when distracted by the systems. Even listening to the radio and using voice commands proved to be distracting at some level.

Adverse drug events, and their impact on patients

Pennsylvania residents who take prescribed medications are most likely aware of the danger of adverse drug events. ADEs refer to any medication-related injuries, such as those relating to allergic reactions, overdoses or prescriptions. They are behind 100,000 hospitalization cases and more than 3.5 million physician office visits every year. ADEs also happen to be the fourth leading reason of death in the entire world.

The medication errors that lead to ADEs can be made at any stage, including the prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, adherence and monitoring stages. Doctors are largely to blame for these errors, but patients could compound a mistake. For example, patients may fail to bring up issues out of fear or pay little attention to any but the most severe symptoms.

More and more young people are suffering strokes in the U.S.

An average of 795,000 people in the U.S. suffer from strokes every year, and of those, 10 percent are 45 years and younger. The American Heart Association has found that stroke rates among young patients, which rose between 1995 and 1999, have risen even more dramatically from 2010 to 2014. Pennsylvania residents may wonder what is behind this trend.

One factor is the rise in obesity and other chronic conditions. Plaque can develop in the arteries in the presence of cardiac risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. As it does so, it can periodically rupture and completely obstruct the arteries, causing heart attacks and stroke.

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