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Under the influence truck driver kills Ohio teen

Our state has many large trucks on the roadways, and drivers must be cautious around them. There is an inherent trust that the operators will watch out for people, follow the truck laws and not drive while intoxicated. Realistically, though, not all truckers are so concerned about safety. And, for drivers, at least there is some semblance of protection, if there is a truck accident. Pedestrians are not so lucky.

For example, a 17-year-old girl recently died after she was hit by a truck. The incident occurred during an afternoon walk. The truck, driven by a 26-year-old man, ran off the road and crashed into the girl.

Do you have an elevated risk for mesothelioma?

There was a time when people talked about cancer in hushed whispers and called it "the big C." Nowadays, it's difficult to meet anyone who doesn't know someone directly or through another person who currently suffers from or survived cancer.

Even so, some forms of cancer continue to be rare, which also means that they may not be curable. For example, even though the "powers that be" knew that asbestos caused harm to those who spent time around its dust and fibers, it took more time to realize that it also served as the primary cause for a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma, which to this day has no known cure.

Motorcyclist hospitalized and crash with delivery truck in Ohio

Large trucks are a constant on the road in Ohio and while they can be dangerous, other vehicles can also cause risk, in part, because drivers cannot see around the large truck. This can cause a crash with injuries and fatalities. People who are in large vehicles whether it is a semi-truck, a box truck or some other delivery truck have a responsibility to be as safe as possible, to be predictable and ensure that other drivers -- especially those in smaller vehicles -- see them and know what to expect. When there is a crash with a truck, there can be serious injuries and death. It is especially dangerous for motorcyclists.

A motorcycle and a box truck collided in the mid-evening at around 6:30. The police investigation states that the box truck was driving north. A semi-truck was in the turning lane waiting to make its turn. The box truck went into the path of a 2004 Harley-Davidson.

Rate of fatal medical error statistics troublingly high

Ohio residents will have a basic understanding that there is a chance that a doctor error can cause injury and death, even in the most benign circumstances. The scope of the problem is far worse than people were led to believe. Recent research has shown that a fatal medical error is the third most common cause of death in the nation. The study, from Johns Hopkins University, says that at least a quarter-million people die because of medical mistakes.

This study places the numbers on the lower end of the spectrum. Another report in the Journal of Patient Safety says that there could be up to 440,000 deaths after a fatal medical error. These numbers were the impetus of a documentary that was featured in Cleveland called, "To Err is Human."

Statistics show truck accidents on the rise

Ohio drivers are typically not thinking about accident statistics and potential dangers they might face when they grab their keys and head out on the road. However, they should take some time to be aware of the dangers they may face. In particular, they should be cautious around large trucks and buses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently released data related to truck crashes and the results show a worrisome increase in recent years.

The FMCSA recently published a study of traffic accident data from 2016, the most recent year for which statistics were available. The study shows the number of fatal accidents involving large trucks rose by 3 percent that year compared to the year before. Statistics for 2015 to 2016 showed a 3 percent increase.

Truck accident study: speeding linked to other risky behaviors

Trucks are a constant on Ohio roadways. Most truckers operate their vehicles safely and professionally and make certain they are adhering to the law. However, there are some drivers who take part in risky behaviors behind the wheel. Studies are done to examine accidents, why they happen, and how they can be prevented. For people who have been injured in a truck accident or lost a loved one after a truck crash, this research can be beneficial when filing a lawsuit.

Statistical analysis from SmartDrive Systems found that truck drivers who go beyond the speed limit have a greater likelihood of taking part in other risky behaviors when on the road. The number of driving events used in the study surpassed 220 million. Drivers who drive above the speed limit were also found to be 2.5 times more likely to go through stop signs, make unsafe lane changes, and drive distracted.

Study shows mistakes prevalent in cleaning medical equipment

Ohioans who receive medical treatment place their trust in medical professionals to ensure that the environment is completely safe. Unfortunately, mistakes happen, and people suffer worsened medical conditions and sometimes even die because of errors or negligence. Patients may not often think about the basics of safe medical treatment, but, as a new study shows, cleanliness and safety are often absent.

According to the American Journal of Infection Control, a study of three California hospitals showed that 71 percent of medical scopes that were declared safe for patient use had bacteria on them. Contamination can be dangerous if the bacteria is still on the equipment even after it has been cleaned and deemed safe for use. The scopes are used to perform procedures on the lungs, to do colonoscopies, and to remove kidney stones, along with other procedures. Since 2013, at least 35 people have died because of gastrointestinal device contamination.

Truck accident believed to have been caused by trucker tailgating

Drivers of conventional vehicles in Ohio might be intimidated when they see large trucks sharing the road with them. These vehicles are big, travel at high rates of speed and, sometimes, the drivers are reckless and negligent as they try to get to their destination as quickly as possible. When there is a crash between a smaller vehicle and a large truck, the aftermath can be terrible for those in the smaller vehicle.

A 47-year-old woman suffered a head injury, broken ribs and a fractured pelvis when her SUV was rear-ended by a semi-truck and forced underneath a box truck. According to the driver of the box truck, the semi was in the middle lane and following the SUV too closely. It appeared to be speeding and crashed into the SUV. The two passengers in the SUV were injured as well. They were taken to the hospital for treatment and released. The accident is still under investigation and it is possible that the driver of the semi will face charges.

Secondary exposure to asbestos usually strikes family members

One often hears about the dangers of second-hand cigarette smoke, which can pose serious health hazards. However, few people know about the dangers of secondary asbestos exposure, which also may prove fatal.

So much of the asbestos awareness seems to focus - and rightfully so - on the workers who handle the fire-retardant asbestos. This group may include firefighters, machinists, industrial workers and construction workers.

A distracted truck driver can be risky on the road

Trucks are a common sight on Ohio roads and are an accepted part of the landscape. However, these vehicles are large, travel great distances and often move at significant speeds. In addition to the dangers they present in general, the behaviors of the driver can make them even more of a threat. Ordinarily, this involves speeding, going beyond the legal time limits for being on the road, using drugs or drinking, and other risky behaviors. Specifically, a distracted truck driver can cause a trucking accident and lead to injuries and fatalities. With April being designated "Distracted Driving Awareness" month, the issue of distracted truckers is something to think about when on the road with trucks.

According to the National Safety Council, there were more than 40,000 deaths on U.S. roadways in 2017. This is the second consecutive year in which the number surpassed 40,000. Other research from Cambridge Mobile Telematics shows that drivers were distracted in 36 percent of their trips in the past six months. This came from analyzing 65 million vehicle trips. It is believed to be due to the increased use of smartphones. Professional truckers are also affected by the rising use of devices.

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