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Drivers speeding to destinations could increase truck accidents

Large trucks are a constantly going to and through Ohio. Since ground transport is such an integral part of the economy providing jobs, goods and services, this is a good thing. However, the size of these trucks, the speeds at which they travel, and the frequency in which truck accidents occur is understandably worrisome to those who share the road with them. Researchers seek to learn why these crashes happen and devise ways to prevent them.

Recently, it has been suggested that truck drivers who are trying to overcome federal regulations regarding how much time they spend on the road could factor in with the rise in truck crashes. The rate of large truck accidents has risen in recent years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in 2017, they spiked to their highest total in nearly three decades. An association that represents owners/operators says that drivers are pressured by regulations to try to make better time by driving at higher speeds.

Fear of asbestos-related illness sparked by discovery at school

The debate over the dangers of asbestos seemed to have been settled long ago. However, the political climate has again sparked questions as to how dangerous it truly is and whether it can still be used for certain purposes. Still, for people in Ohio and across the nation, the mere mentioning of the word sparks concern that exposure will eventually lead to asbestos-related illness, significant health problems, and almost certain death. Understanding what steps to take when there is a belief that there was asbestos exposure is imperative in a medical and legal sense.

A middle school in Kentucky had a part of its building closed when it was believed that ongoing construction exposed asbestos. The school was undergoing renovation in a conference room and it was believed might have unearthed asbestos. There is no immediate concern that health is at risk, but the staff and families of the students were informed. The release of the substance was said to have been limited to the area in which the work was taking place. That area was closed as the investigation continues and Environmental Protection Agency guidelines are being followed.

Understand never events before undergoing surgery

Unless you are a licensed medical doctor, nurse, practitioner or employee of another related medical field, you may not be aware of some of the jargon used in the industry. Like most Ohio residents, you're probably most familiar with terms, such as "code blue" or other medical phrases most adults have heard at some time in their lives.  

If someone were to ask you what a "never event" is, would you know? If not, then you are definitely part of the majority. If medical professionals, in particular those who work in surgical units, would be asked the same question, most would likely say they know exactly what it is; in fact, some may have witnessed one first-hand. A never event is medical slang for a patient injury that should never have happened and took place because of doctor or other staff member's negligence.    

Three critically injured after semi-truck accident in Ohio

It is a nightmare scenario for Ohio drivers who are in a truck accident with a large semi-truck. These vehicles are heavy, travel fast and can cause so much damage that any trucking accident can result in serious injuries and fatalities for those who are unfortunate enough to be involved. Often, these accidents involve multiple vehicles. As the case is investigated, those who were impacted should think about the future and consider a legal filing for compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages and other expenses.

A truck accident involving multiple vehicles led to four people being hurt. The accident happened in the mid-afternoon shortly before 2 p.m. According to the police investigation, a semi-truck driven by a 52-year-old man hit a another vehicle being driven by a man, 38. The car went out of control, ran through the guardrail, and flipped over in a ditch. The truck also went through the guardrail and hit a a third vehicle being driven by 49-year-old man. Three of the four people injured were critically hurt and taken for treatment via helicopter. The victims were reportedly alert after the crash. The accident is still under investigation.

Statistics show rise in fatal truck accidents from 2016 to 2017

Given the number of semi-trucks that are on the road in Ohio, they are an understandable concern to people who share the road with them. Their size, speed and the distances they travel make them a significant risk for being in a crash. Researchers and government agencies keep track of truck accidents to gauge how and why they happen in the hopes that there are steps to take to reduce their number and make people safer. A worrisome trend in the latest truck accident numbers available says that there was a rise in fatal truck accidents from 2016 to 2017.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there was a 9 percent in fatalities in 2017 vs. 2016. This came about while the number of overall road fatalities lowered by 1.8 percent. The total of deaths was 37,133 in 2017. This is a reduction from 37,803 the previous year. Those who died in large truck accidents was 4,761. The previous year, there were 4,369. Large trucks are classified as those that weigh more than 10,000 pounds.

The distracted truck driver phenomenon sparks concern

Distracted driving is a problem in Ohio and across the entire country. It is the cause for many accidents with injuries and fatalities regardless of what type of vehicle the distracted driver is operating. When it is a large truck, however, it is of greater importance that semi-truck drivers refrain from distracted driving. Truck companies are cognizant of the trend and are entreating their drivers from being a distracted truck driver. Unfortunately, it continues to happen. Those who have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a truck accident because of an apparent distracted trucker should know the steps to file a lawsuit for compensation.

It is not simply a matter of surfing the web, sending and replying to texts, and checking social media that is spurring the rise in distracted driving. People believe that they can multitask and have increased productivity by using their phones behind the wheel. This creates danger for themselves and especially for others on the road. According to AAA, the biggest risk on the road today is distracted driving. 88 percent of those who took part in a survey said they think there are more people driving while distracted. This is 20 percent more worrisome than aggressive drivers, 33 percent more than drivers under the influence of drugs, and 45 percent more than drunk drivers.

Failure by government agency could spark asbestos-related illness

Asbestos is widely known to be a potentially dangerous substance that can cause illness for Ohioans and people across the nation who are exposed to it. For many, the use of asbestos led to exposure during the time before it was understood to cause such illnesses as mesothelioma, asbestosis and other serious health problems. Once it was discovered to be dangerous, various state and federal government entities were trusted to monitor it. This is particularly important in schools since it was once used in these buildings regularly. If there is a failure in that responsibility, those who were exposed and became ill could have evidence to file a lawsuit.

A recent report has shown that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not met its responsibility in keeping track of asbestos in schools. From 2011 to 2015, there were only 13 percent of the required inspections it was supposed to do. This differs from states that were required to inspect schools as 87 percent of these inspections were done. In addition, there were reductions and eliminations of EPA resources to monitor asbestos.

Mesothelioma: Know the risks, the types and the treatment options

You or your family member might be one of many people in Ohio or surrounding regions who have contracted a rare form of lung cancer. Cancer is a topic studied worldwide although even the greatest minds have not yet been able to eradicate this disease. There are many types of cancer, and one that factory workers, mill workers, miners and shipyard workers often get is Mesothelioma. 

You might already be aware that this rare lung disease most often occurs after the person afflicted had exposure to asbestos. However, you do not have to be the one directly exposed to asbestos on the job. You may be the spouse or family member of a worker, thereby contracting the disease yourself through second-hand exposure. The more you know about the types of Mesothelioma, the risks and what options are available to help you as the disease progresses, the better.  

Research seeks find and address common medical mistakes

Suffering from a worsened condition due to medical mistakes or a misdiagnosis is a fear that any Ohio resident who goes for medical care will have. Few will expect it to happen to them. Unfortunately, it does - all too often. People are negatively impacted by these medical errors to the tune of having longer stays in the hospital, exacerbated illnesses and conditions, and even death. Those who have been affected by these problems should know that even medical professionals are acknowledging this must be addressed and use their research as part of a legal filing for compensation.

With the understanding of the issue, a group of entities who specialize in advocacy for providers and patients began an initiative that will span two years and is an attempt to find diagnostic mistakes and identify them to reduce their number. An estimated 80,000 people die from these errors and lead to medical malpractice cases. With their research, there were six factors that often interfere with accurate diagnoses. These can be warning signs for people who believe they might have been harmed by these errors.

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