The rampant act of texting and driving shows no signs of stopping or slowing down anytime soon. Even with the addition of laws, public safety announcements, driving simulations in schools, and stories of fatal accidents, distracted driving is becoming less of a trend and more of a way of life. But, safety regulators aren't giving up.
It's not very often that we hear of a government agency wanting vehicles to be louder. However, that is exactly what happened when the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a new requirement for hybrid and electric light cars, which mandates that they make audible noise when traveling in reverse or forward at speeds of 19 miles per hour or less.
When you have a hip replacement procedure done, you do so under the assumption that the device will be safe. Unfortunately, not every product is made perfectly. Such are the allegations with the recent uptick in Stryker Accolade V40 Taper failures.
The problem stems from metal-related poisoning, bone and tissue damage, and unnecessary revision surgery due to premature hip implant failure. With the Stryker V40 cases, there are two specific types of injuries, which may give the patient grounds for a products liability lawsuit.
Any parent can tell you that their first priority is keeping their child safe. Among the numerous safety issues that parents must consider is vehicle safety. In addition to choosing the best vehicle, parents are also charged with choosing the best car seat or booster seat. With so many options, choosing the right one can get complicated. Here are three steps to helping you select the right car seat for your child.
Doctors, nurses, surgeons and other medical professionals face a daunting task in learning all of the complex, frequently-changing medical devices they use on a daily basis. And the risk is more significant than you might think at first.
Although most medical devices in modern hospitals have safety features, they are far from perfect. When medical professionals begin trusting the safety features of their technology-driven instruments, and these instruments fail, the results can be disastrous.
The instruments doctors are using to help people can actually cause more harm to patients when these devices break down.
Many people believe that medical record mix-ups are terrifying but rare. A new study by the ECRI Institute says otherwise. The report found 7,613 cases of wrong-patient error at 181 health care organizations over the period of three years. The number spread out over several hospitals and three years might not seem so scary but the cases were submitted voluntarily by the hospitals. This means that the number only contains a small fraction of the actual number of mix-ups which occurred.
Medical record mistakes are a huge threat to patients
One small slip up from a clinician can be deadly or life altering when it comes to medical records. Take an example of a Winter Park, Florida woman who had a false cancer diagnosis due to a record mistake. She ended up having a surgery to remove a section of her rectum and later found out that the cancer diagnosis was for a different patient. The woman proceeded with a lawsuit against the hospital.
Automotive recalls are not uncommon. Mass production of any product makes it susceptible to mistakes. Vehicles in particular contain an extensive amount of mechanics and electronics that can include faulty parts or function defects. In October there were nearly 50 vehicle recalls issued due to such matters as brake issues, fuel leaks, air bags, and even loose sunroofs that could fall into traffic.
Here is a roundup of some of the major automotive recalls in October 2016:
A harrowing amusement park accident at Australia's Dreamworld this week reminds us of the dangers inherent everywhere. Inspections are regular at amusement parks to guarantee safety and most assume that, if something did run amiss, it would be the speeding rollercoasters and gravity defying rides.
In Australia, it was a malfunction of Thunder River Rapids, one of the park's tamest attractions, where four park visitors died in a horrific accident. It's humbling news that makes everyone think twice about the risks of amusement park rides, even the seemingly benign ones.
In an unfortunate trend, traffic fatalities are once again on the rise. A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 17,775 people died from motor vehicle traffic crashes from January through June of 2016. This is 10.4 percent more than the same period in 2015.
The NHTSA report also noted that the "second quarter of 2016 represented the seventh consecutive quarter with increases in fatalities as compared to the corresponding quarters in previous years." What's behind the rise in fatalities? It could have something to do with the number of miles traveled, which were estimated to be 3.3 percent more during the first half of 2016 when compared with the same time period a year ago.
The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles estimates that there are 200,000 car accidents in Florida each year. Florida requires that all motorists have a minimum type of insurance called personal injury protection or PIP. This type of auto insurance is also sometimes called no-fault insurance. The second type of insurance that is required is called property damage insurance. Both of these types of auto insurance offer specific protections for the person who is insured in the event of an auto accident.