The link between driver health and serious truck accidents

Nearly 6 million Americans are Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers, and most of them drive the semi and tractor-trailers you see crisscrossing highways and interstates across the country. For these drivers, who spend days and weeks at a time on the road, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Numerous studies have linked the driving profession with having some of the highest risk factors for health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and obesity.

With low access to dependable healthcare, many drivers may not even be aware of the serious conditions that may be impacting not only their health, but their ability to drive safely.

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Can your prior health history strengthen your personal injury case?

medical recordsBy William J. Price

After you’ve suffered a serious injury, it can be hard to get your mind off the future. Will you be able to go back to work? How will your medical bills get paid? What impact will your injuries have on your loved ones?

Being able to provide a thorough, documented health history can greatly improve the value of your case and help you get your life back on track as you recover. Continue reading “Can your prior health history strengthen your personal injury case?”

4 Tips to avoid deer accidents this fall

To many in Ohio, autumn means changing leaves,  and football. Fall is a season of change, as the temperature drops and the heating bill rises.

Unfortunately for motorists, it also means deer are much more active.

How much so?

Your chance of hitting a deer doubles between October and November.

Ohio drivers have a 1 in 134 chance of hitting a deer.

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5 Tips to help ensure a safe ride in a rented limo

On October 6, a group of 17 friends rented a limousine for a surprise birthday party in upstate New York.

The day was supposed to be a celebration among friends, but it ended tragically. All 17 passengers, the driver, and two pedestrians were killed when the limo ran a stop sign, slammed into a parked vehicle, and crashed into a ditch.

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Neonatal health problems higher among black and Hispanic babies

A new study by the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention shows a large disparity between black and Hispanic babies and white babies when it comes to developing certain neonatal health conditions.

Black and Hispanic babies are more likely to be born prematurely than Caucasian babies.

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Jury awards mother $8.9 million after traumatic delivery

Giving birth is one of the most memorable days in a mother’s life. Unfortunately, sometimes it is memorable for the wrong reasons. Rather than delivering a healthy, happy baby, too many women suffer traumatic deliveries that result in serious injuries to their baby.

For instance, a jury recently awarded a mother nearly $9 million for the damages she and her son suffered during a difficult delivery.

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The lingering and devastating consequences of medical malpractice

Medical errors affect hundreds of thousands of people every year. An estimated 250,000 people die as a result of these errors every year, according to data analysis from experts on patient safety from Johns Hopkins.

However, even if a patient survives a medical mistake or misdiagnosis, they can still suffer considerable damages that affect every area of their lives. In these situations, taking legal action to pursue compensation for these damages can be critical.

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Truck drivers and sleep apnea

Truck drivers have a responsibility to safely operate 40,000+ pound vehicles. Considering the size and power of these vehicles – especially when comparing to much smaller passenger vehicles – one mistake could mean catastrophic results.

Unfortunately, truck drivers are among the millions of Americans who struggle with sleep apnea.

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Surprising elements affecting self-driving cars

In recent years, we have been reading a lot about self-driving cars, and there is no shortage of promising, enticing details. We hear that they could reduce accidents caused by drunk, drowsy or distracted drivers; we learn that they can react faster than humans; we are told they could revolutionize the transportation industry. Understandably, a lot of people are eager to get self-driving vehicles out on the roads.

However, while Ohioans may be ready for automated cars, the cars may not be ready for Ohio.

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Alternative transportation options for older adults

Having a car and driving is something many of us take for granted.

For senior drivers who are about to stop driving, the loss of independence can be a difficult thing to go through.

Fortunately, there are transportation options available to help seniors get around, attend medical appointments, run errands, etc. Learning what ride options are available and figuring out how to use them can be overwhelming. But with practice and help from friends and family members, this is not an impossible task.

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