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5 common causes of car accidents and how to avoid them

Safely operating a motor vehicle is more challenging today than ever before. In addition to advanced technology, which often acts as a distraction, many people are always in a rush.

As a driver, it's imperative to have a solid understanding of the most common causes of car accidents. With the right knowledge, you'll find it easier to avoid trouble on the road.

How (and why) trucking industry is attracting new drivers

Have you noticed fewer commercial vehicles on the road? What about increases in shipping costs? Are you having to wait longer for food and goods to get from point A to point B?

Even if you haven't noticed these things, they are all occurring, thanks to the current shortage of truckers. For more than 20 years, the trucking industry has been trying to remedy this shortage, most recently employing a few specific tactics.

Lawsuit cites numerous failures in fatal dental procedure

Any time a child gets sick or suffers fatal injuries unexpectedly, there is cause for concern. This is especially true in cases where a child was in the care of medical professionals at the time. 

Under such circumstances, a thorough investigation will be crucial in determining what went wrong and who -- if anyone -- is to blame. In cases revealing medical mistakes, parents will want to examine their legal options for holding the appropriate party accountable. 

Why is proper worker classification important?

Today's workforce is more diverse than ever, not just in terms of worker characteristics, but also in terms of job roles and functions. For instance, in today's economy, fewer workers are employees; more are working in independent contracting or freelancing capabilities.

This is largely due to modern workplaces and the interests of younger workers who are actively driving the so-called gig economy. Whether you are someone working in this capacity or an employer looking to hire people, knowing the differences between the types of workers will be crucial.

Doctors often misdiagnose these conditions

The simple act of seeking professional medical treatment is often enough to put your mind at ease. There's nothing better than knowing that you have a qualified medical professional looking after your health.

Unfortunately, even the best doctors make errors every now and again. For example, a doctor could mistake your serious ailment for something much more common, thus resulting in additional harm and long-term complications.

Disabled trucks can put other motorists in danger

Commercial vehicles don’t need to be moving to pose a threat to others. For instance, a disabled truck can lead to catastrophic crashes when it blocks traffic or causes secondary accidents when other drivers react to a stopped truck.

Below are a few reasons why trucks can be disabled and what motorists can do if they are in an accident with one.

Alphabet Inc. shareholders file lawsuit against board

Shareholders have rights, including the right to take action against officers or a board of directors if they are doing something shareholders believe is wrongful or outside the interests of the company.

This is the step shareholders are taking against Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc.

Typos, error-prone abbreviations can have catastrophic outcomes

Specificity and accuracy are critical components of practicing medicine. Everything from a surgical procedure to a patient prescription depends on precise measurements and instructions.

Medicine is also an incredibly complex field. And medical workers are often under incredible pressure to meet deadlines and tend to as many patients as possible. As a result, it is not uncommon for mistakes to occur when it comes to making, reading or translating medical information. These mistakes -- even a seemingly small typo -- can have a catastrophic impact on patients.

How do New Mexico hospitals rate for patient safety?

Hospital safety is a critical issue for both patients and hospitals. For patients, it impacts their well-being during (and possibly well after) hospital stays. For hospitals, it impacts their reputation, liability exposure and ability to serve their mission of helping patients. So, how hospitals in the state are doing when it comes to patient safety matters considerably.

Recently, New Mexico slipped a fair amount in the Leapfrog hospital safety ratings. In recent years, Leapfrog has released hospital safety ratings in both the spring and fall. In these ratings, hospitals throughout the U.S. are given safety grades on an A through F scale.

FMCSA reports rise in dump, ready-mix concrete truck crashes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has some crash data out for 2016 that should be of interest to truck drivers in New Mexico. In that year, the latest for which there are statistics, the number of serious accidents among dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks rose by 9 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively. (By a "serious" crash is meant one where the truck had to be towed away.)

In all, there were 8,206 serious dump truck crashes and 838 ready-mix concrete truck crashes. Dump truck crashes that caused injury went up 2.7 percent to a total of 5,483. This includes dump trucks used for non-construction purposes. For ready-mix concrete trucks, the rate increased 3.8 percent.

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