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December 2016 Archives

NHTSA launches holiday campaign to stop drunk driving

The holidays are a joyous time for loved ones to get together and celebrate. Many of these celebrations end in tragedy due to drunk driving. The last week of December and first week of January are some of the most dangerous times to be out on the roads. In 2015, over 10,000 people died in drunk driving accidents. From 6 p.m. December 24, 2015 to 5:59 a.m. December 28, 2015, over 120 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. The New Year's holiday was also devastating with 139 people killed in drunk driving car accidents from 6 p.m. December 31, 2014 to 5:59 a.m. January 5, 2015.

Extended shifts may cause increased number of medical errors

When a patient goes in for treatment, they put their lives in the hands of trained medical professionals. Patients expect that their doctors will provide them with care that meets or exceeds the standard set by the medical profession. If a New York doctor is not physically or mentally at his best when caring for a patient, there is an increased risk for medical negligence.

Two children killed in apartment radiator accident

Generally, property owners have a duty to reasonably protect those visiting or living on the property from dangerous conditions. Failure to adequately maintain the property can cause people to be seriously injured. Some people may even be killed. One New York couple is reeling after the tragic loss of their two daughters. The tragedy occurred at the family's apartment after a radiator valve popped off, releasing hot steam into the room where the girls were sleeping. The daughters, aged two and one, passed away due to hyperthermia and internal organ failure. The girls suffered burns to over 70 percent of their bodies.

Doctors are unwilling to disclose medical errors, survey shows

As patients, we trust our doctors to provide the best care possible and keep us fully informed. Sometimes errors occur due to medical negligence. If an error does occur, the standard in the medical profession requires doctors to fully disclose the error to the patient and offer an apology and explanation for what happened. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. In fact, a recent survey by Georgia State University many doctors seem reluctant to own up to medical errors that occur during treatment. While many doctors agreed to reveal partial information, most were not willing to fully disclose information regarding the error.

Fatigued driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving

A nurse who suffers various health problems, including regular headaches explained the cause of her medical problems. She says, some years ago, after working all night on an overnight shift, she got in her car and proceeded to drive home. She remembers feeling tired and considering a quick stop to buy something like coffee or soda to wake her up. However, she was so close to her home that she decided not to stop.

Possible new bill may help protect bicyclists and pedestrians

Pedestrians and bicyclists are among the most likely groups of people to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Pedestrian accident victims suffer traumatic injuries, some of which are fatal. Fortunately, some of the dangers facing pedestrians and bicycle riders are finally being addressed by New York officials. A new bill put forth by the Department of Transportation gives both pedestrians and cyclists a better chance at making it to their destinations safely.

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