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Highway work zone crashes often caused by distracted drivers

Distracted driving, whether caused by phone use or by talking with other passengers, is a major problem in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. A vehicle going 55 mph will cross the length of a football field in five seconds, and the average text takes about the same amount of time to read. This shows how dangerous driver inattention can be.

Highway work zones, with their narrow lanes, have long been considered a challenge to road safety. Speeding in these zones has always been correlated with serious accident-related injuries. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that distracted drivers are 29 times more likely to crash in these zones.

Important steps to take if a dog bites you

Dogs have long been known as man's best friend. Unfortunately, not all dogs are friendly, and some are downright aggressive. This can result in all types of trouble, with the most serious being when a dog bites or attacks an innocent person.

If a dog appears aggressive or distressed, it's best to keep your distance. The same holds true if you don't know the dog. Attempting to get too close increases the risk of an attack.

How non-technical skills help surgeons

About 45 percent of adverse medical events involve candidates for surgery, according to a doctor from Moorfields Eye Hospital. Furthermore, up to 66 percent of these events take place in an operating room or other surgical site. However, Pennsylvania surgeons who possess skills that are not technical in nature may have lower odds of making an error.

At a minimum, those who possess traits such as humility will be able to acknowledge their mistakes or state that they don't know why a medical error occurred. Aptitude, ability and ambition are other qualities that good surgeons have. The ability to think critically and engage with other people are also skills that serve a surgeon well. This allows the provider to think through a situation before making any decisions. Finally, a surgeon needs to be able to stay calm under pressure.

How to spot a distracted driver and the steps to take

The dangers of distracted driving are real, so it's important that you always pay close attention to the road and vehicles around you. Remaining alert at all times will go a long way in keeping you safe, even when other drivers aren't taking as much caution.

Knowing how to spot a distracted driver can help you avoid trouble, so keep an eye out for these warning signs:

  • Sudden braking: If a person brakes suddenly, there's a chance that they weren't paying attention to the road. Also, if you're on the highway and see someone riding their brake, it's possible that they're not fully alert.
  • Drifting out of their lane: Distracted drivers often drift from their lane of travel. Some people catch themselves before crossing the lane line, while others make it way too far before they recognize what's happening.
  • Slow reaction at traffic signals: Many drivers are in the habit of using their phone at traffic signals, since their vehicle is stopped. If a driver delays in pulling away after the light turns green, they probably aren't watching the road.
  • The use of headphones: This is an easier one to spot, as you may be able to see something in the driver's ears. It doesn't matter if they're listening to music, an audio book or talking on the phone, it's a distraction nonetheless.

Rise in truck crash deaths and what truckers can do about it

Analyzing the years 2015 to 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that each of those years saw an increase in the percentage of fatal crashes that involved large trucks. Each of the three years also saw a rise in large truck occupant fatalities and in the percentage of fatal work zone crashes that involve large trucks. Trucker negligence may play a significant role in this trend both in Pennsylvania and in other states.

Turning around this upward trend lies in truckers' hands. Awareness of dangers is the first step. Truckers may have heard about National Work Zone Awareness Week, which is to be held from April 8 to 12, 2019. Another thing is for truckers to let the drivers behind them know ahead of time when they will merge into the open lane, by signaling the turn early on, and when they are approaching slowed or stopped traffic, by putting on the flashers.

Road Safe America urges speed governors on large trucks

Road Safe America, a highway safety non-profit organization, is urging commercial truck fleet owners in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. to utilize vehicle safety technology like automatic emergency braking. This system, which alerts drivers to slow-moving or stationary objects and applies the brakes when drivers do not react in time, can help prevent crashes.

Large truck crashes are often fatal. Even worse, their numbers don't seem to be going down. According to federal data, there were 35,882 large truck crash deaths between 2009 and 2017. While the number of miles driven by commercial truckers went down in that period, the number of fatalities actually went up. Only six states saw a decrease in fatalities. Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania saw the greatest increase.

Take these steps after a slip-and-fall accident

Regardless of how careful you are, there's no surefire way to prevent a slip-and-fall accident. Even if you're familiar with the store or building, you could quickly find yourself on the floor and wondering what went wrong.

It's important to take all the right steps after a slip-and-fall accident, as doing so will protect your health and put you in position to potentially receive compensation for your injuries.

Look for these things in an executor

Choosing an executor of your will is one of the most important estate planning decisions you'll ever make. You want to be 100 percent sure that the person you choose is willing and able to carry out a variety of estate administration tasks upon your passing.

While some people have a clear idea of whom they'll choose as an executor, such as an adult child or close friend, others are unsure of what's best for them and their estate.

Migraines can be mistaken for these seven conditions

Though migraine sufferers in Pennsylvania may be sure about their symptoms, these are not only invisible to the doctor but also capable of mimicking the symptoms of other conditions. As a result, migraines are often misdiagnosed. The following are seven conditions that migraines are commonly misdiagnosed as.

The stress of dealing with migraines can lead to anxiety. This will only make doctors more likely in misidentifying migraines as panic and anxiety attacks. Both result in symptoms like nausea, vomiting and lightheadedness. Some migraines are mistaken for Meniere's disease, a disorder of the inner ear characterized by vertigo, dizziness and hearing problems.

Issues in delivery can have life-long consequences for patients

In some ways, pregnancy, labor and delivery are one of the most basic and natural biological processes. There is no one alive on this planet yet who was not been brought into existence through the human reproductive cycle. Despite being a common, natural process, there is significant risk to both mother and child.

This is due, in no small part, to the large and advanced brains of humans. Large brains require large skulls, which can make the birthing process substantially more complicated. Labor for humans lasts longer and is far more dangerous than it is for most any other mammal.

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