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Legislation could prevent some commercial vehicle accidents

The Safe Roads Act of 2019 was presented for consideration by three members of the House of Representatives on July 16. If passed, it may prevent commercial truck accidents on highways throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the nation. It would require that new commercial trucks come equipped with an automatic emergency braking system. That system would need to be activated whenever the vehicle was being operated. According to one of the legislation's sponsors, this type of system could be installed for as little as $500 per vehicle.

Trump administration set to ease trucker hour limits

Truckers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere could soon be able to drive more hours each day, according to media reports. Apparently, the White House is considering a proposal to ease hours-of-service rules that are meant to prevent truck driver fatigue.

Surgeons' bad behavior heightens risk for patient complications

Seven million surgical procedures are performed every year in Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S. In some cases, patients may develop post-operative complications like pneumonia, infections, sepsis, cardiovascular conditions and stroke. Now, a study published in JAMA Surgery has explored the link between the risk for complications and the behavior of the surgeon.

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