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Will adding speed limiters to large trucks help reduce serious accidents?

In late August, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a proposal to outfit all future large trucks with devices that would measure, and limit, their highway speeds. If enacted, this federal law would require newly manufactured large trucks to be fitted with technology that restrains the vehicle from going any faster than a set MPH. Currently, proposed maximum speeds are 60, 65 and 68 MPH, but the regulation has not yet been finalized. 

What to know about common construction accidents

Construction workers have some of the highest accident and injury rates of any profession. The nature of the job makes it difficult for them to stay safe in many cases, simply because construction can be risky, dangerous work. However, there are also many ways in which construction workers are exposed to risks that could easily be avoided, such as unsafe equipment, careless coworkers, and improper training.

The most common accidents and injuries for construction workers in the United States include falls, equipment accidents, falling objects, fires, collapses, and heat stroke, among others.

Don't let these car accident myths fool you

Everywhere you turn, it seems like someone has a story of a car accident causing serious bodily harm. After an accident, everyone will give you advice on what to do. However, many recommendations likely stem from common car accident myths that are untrue.

These myths can actually make it harder for you to move ahead if you intend to file a legal claim by feeding you misinformation. If you've been in a car accident, don't let these common auto accident myths fool you.

Are prescription drugs safe to take during pregnancy?

Generally speaking, most people know that pregnant women should avoid most drugs when they are pregnant, including prescribed medications. However, things don't always work out that way. Some women are already taking prescriptions when they become pregnant, and take them for a short time simply because they are not fully aware of their condition. Some doctors have their patients continue taking their existing prescriptions, and some are prescribed additional medications, such as Zolfran, for morning sickness even after they become pregnant.

Prescription drugs can pose serious risks

Although these medications are sometimes necessary, some of them can increase the risk of birth defects. Even when the prescribed drug is considered safe, there are other things that can go wrong, such as the contamination of a drug during the manufacturing process. There are also some cases when a newer drug has a potentially harmful side effect that the developer is aware of but fails to disclose even to the medical community.

We're number one (for fatal car accidents)

The United States is often known as the greatest country in the world. It's also the world leader in fatal car accidents. While this isn't something to be proud of, our progress in reducing injuries and deaths in the past several decades is at least notable.

By focusing on laws that enforce the use of seatbelts and placing stiffer fines on DUI, fatal car accidents in this country went down 31 percent between 2000 and 2013. Despite these improvements, we still have a long way to go.

Care at rehab hospitals may be harmful to patients

The idea of going to a rehabilitation hospital is so that patients can continue to receive quality health care after they've been discharged from the hospital but aren't ready to go home yet. Some patients with chronic illnesses may also have conditions that can be improved in a rehabilitation facility instead of a hospital. Sometimes, however, patients end up suffering even more harm in these specialized units.

According to a government report, nearly a third of patients in rehab facilities have suffered from such things as infections, bedsores, medication errors, and other harm due to the care received. Doctors who reviewed these cases determined that nearly fifty percent of the incidents were likely preventable.

Know the signs of nursing home abuse and your legal rights

The elderly are among the most vulnerable when it comes to injuries, and when it comes to those who live at nursing homes, the risk can be even higher. While there are many cases where nursing home residents may be outright abused by either a family member or an impatient staff member, one of the biggest concerns comes from neglect.

When neglect happens, injuries occur that should be preventable, such as falls, bedsores, and medication errors. According to the Center for Disease Control, falls alone cause 1,800 nursing home deaths a year.

What to know about wrongful death claims

If an accident results in death, family members and loved ones left behind may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This is a particular kind of personal injury case that is filed when death occurs due to another party's action or failure to act.

Truck companies still putting passengers at risk, despite new safety feature

Big trucks are essential components of our economy. Unfortunately, with more big trucks on the road, the chances of those trucks being involved an accident is increased.

One particular type of big truck accident, the "underride" accident, is especially dangerous to people in passenger cars. An "underride" accident occurs when a passenger car is pushed under the back of a semi-truck. This often results in the passenger compartment being crushed, killing or seriously injuring the passengers inside.

Medical errors cause more patient deaths than we realize

Most people have heard the term, "medical errors," but they don't often think it can happen to them. Physicians and medical staff are exceptionally well trained and often seem infallible when it comes to their profession. When we hear about cases where a patient's death is the result of medical malpractice, it seems like it must be the exception to the rule.

Unfortunately, fatal medical errors are more common than many of us realize. A new study by researchers are Johns Hopkins Medicine recently found that medical errors should be listed as the third highest cause of death in the United States. The only reason medical mistakes are not reported as a leading cause of death is because of how medical errors are listed on death certificates.

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