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Truck Drivers: Get your sleep!

My boyfriend and I were riding his motorcycle on a nice sunny day with the dry pavement on the highway in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He had just finished his fourth tour in Afghanistan with, somehow, no injuries.  I had just finished paying my way through my medical school and had just received words that I made a perfect score on my MCAT Exam.  Everything was looking so bright for our future together.  He doesn’t know that I know that he’s going to ask me to marry him.  How do I know this?  Well, his brother, who will probably be his best man, not so subtly inquired about my ring size last week.  

As we’re riding along the highway, with both of wearing mostly all leather and our safety approved helmets, one of this oversized 18 wheelers just barrels right into us.  And then, everything went blank.

I woke up in the hospital later that day with both my arms and legs broken, along with some bruised ribs and some badly damaged vertebrae. 

And, as for my boyfriend, he was killed instantly.  I’m glad that he didn’t feel any pain, but I still wish he could be here and I could nurse him through all of this.  It’s entirely unfair, paradoxical, and somewhat poetically ironic that he survived so much water and moments where people were actually trying to kill him over there without a scratch on him, only to come back and have this happen.  

We would later learn that the driver of the 18-wheeler fell asleep at the wheel because he had been up all right driving to try and make his destination on time.  Now, not only will he not get there on time, we’ll be taking him to court after learning about truck driver negligence.  And, his company will be looked at for unsafe working conditions and expectations of their employees.  

The realist in me says that this will not be the last time that something of this nature unfortunately occurs.  

However, if I were able to have my boyfriend’s death truly mean something in the long term, it would be twofold.  Firstly, since he is no longer able to protect innocent lives as a soldier, his death, and the impending lawsuits against the truck driver’s employers, can both serve as a warning to them, as well as to other similar companies, that overworking employees, not just truck drivers, can cause people to fall asleep at the wheel and leave bystanders hurt or, like me, dead in the process.  Also, my family will need some form of a sizeable cash settlement to help care for me during my recovery, and pay for my physical therapy, as well as any pain and suffering that this will cause them and me. 

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Ride Safe

As the average cost of cars and trucks continues to rise many people are seeking out other options such as two wheeled motor bicycles. These smaller vehicles allow people to quickly navigate tight lane spaces and run on smaller engines that use less gas. Some new models are even applying battery technology to further combat climate change and solve emissions issues. While these machines may be increasingly popular, it is important to realize the dangers they can impose on operators and bystanders nearby. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for conducting studies that provide detailed insight to the true dangers of motor vehicles of all sorts. Their work and the work of other organizations who dedicate themselves to prevention efforts is crucial to the future safety of all civilians.

Vehicular accidents pose a great threat to the everyday safety of people all around the globe. Specifically, in the United States, accidents involving motorized vehicles are claiming millions of lives every year. Motorcycles have continuously proven to be dangerous choices for transportation. Their sheer design is provocative of danger. The culture that surrounds them is fed by high adrenaline and confidence. The NHTSA concluded, in their studies, that “4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes” during 2015. Each motorcycle rider knows the dangers of entering the road while onboard, but rarely do they consider the possibility of tragedy striking near them. These vehicles, if they wish to continue existing in the future, must be redesigned to provide safety features that can adequately weaken the impact of an accident. Technology thrives when it answers the call to our most serious of issues. Thousands of lives being taken every year should be a sufficient call for innovation. In an accident that took place in Sacramento, California, a rider and passenger were both killed due to extreme injuries after being thrown off the cycle. Both the driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. These types of sorrowful accidents could usually result in family members of the victim seeking counsel for proper guidance in their next steps. Looking forward, it is important that we remember these horrible incidents, as a species, we can rise above this epidemic.

Work is being done around the country to bridge the gap between motorcycle functionality and safety in relation to the surroundings of the road. Organizations at the regional and national level who are spearheading much of the work will hopefully see success in all their endeavors. There is no more noble work than that which can protect the lives of future citizens. Considering the steadiness in motorcycle popularity, this is crucial. In a society where there are nearly 8.6 million motorcycles on the road, there must be adequate protections for each rider.

To conclude, the motorcycle is a technological invention that continues to serve members of the global population by taking them from destination to destination. They are smaller than cars and thanks to future technologies are becoming more ecologically friendly as well. The future seems to have a place saved for motorcycles in our choices for transportation. We can only honor this space if they provide competent safety measures for our future generations.

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Driver Fatigue and Auto Accidents

When you think about reckless driving behaviors, the first behaviors that come into your mind are drunk driving, speeding, street racing, and tailgating. Indeed, those behaviors are reckless, and they put at risk not just their doers, but also those who are around these doers.

But did you know that driving while fatigued can also be considered a reckless driving behavior? This is because fatigue has different effects on the driver’s body that can compromise his or her driving skills. In fact, according to the website of the Houston car accident lawyers of Williams Kherkher, those who have been hurt because of fatigued drivers may have legal options, such as getting compensation from the damages they have sustained.

In other words, fatigued drivers can get involved in an accident, get injured themselves, and still have to pay monetary compensation for the innocent parties they have involved. There is really no advantage of driving while fatigued.

Increased Irritability

If a driver is tired, he is more likely to be moody, because he just wants to get home and rest already. Even minor inconveniences can turn to road rage episodes. Increased irritability may also lead to increased tendency to do other reckless behaviors, such as speeding and weaving through traffic.

Poor Comprehension

A tired driver has compromised cognitive abilities. This can be particularly dangerous on the road because there are various stimuli you need to comprehend, such as road signs and the positions of the vehicles and pedestrians around you. Poorly understanding these stimuli may result into poor decisions on the road.

Slow Reaction Time

This goes hand in hand with poor comprehension. For example, if you cannot effectively comprehend traffic light changes, turning vehicles, and crossing pedestrians, you may be giving yourself limited time to react to them as well.

Tendency to Fall Asleep

It is common knowledge that tiredness lead to sleepiness. This is dangerous when you are on the wheel. You can lose control of the vehicle and crash on your own or collide with an innocent motorist. Even if you don’t fall asleep, you may still close your eyes and nod your head from time to time, and this may compromise you vision.

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Types of Bone Fractures

Fractures or broken bones can result to debilitating pain for an individual. The risk of getting the condition depends on the age of an individual. It is quite common in childhood and older age. In the case of a child, the bone is still forming and they may fall off from bikes or climbing frames. In older people, osteoporosis sets in which can make the bones more brittle and get broken after a fall.

Broken bones can also happen as a result of catastrophic accidents. According to the website of Mazin & Associates Law Firm, while fractures can be repaired, it can leave long-term issues on mobility and chronic pain which could require continuous medical treatment. There are different types of fracture that an individual can experience.

In a displaced fracture, the bone snaps into two or more parts and moves in such a way that the two ends are not in a straight line. A non-displaced fracture is when the bone is either partly cracked or all of the way through. Although it is moving, it maintains its proper alignment.

In a closed fracture, the bone breaks but there is no puncture or open wound in the skin. Open fracture is one that breaks through the skin. It may then recede back into the wound and would not be seen through the skin. An individual with an open fracture is at risk of deep bone injection.

How severe the fracture will depend on its location and the extent of damage to the bone and surrounding tissues. Serious fractures need to be treated right away to avoid possible complications such as damage to blood vessels or nerves and infection of the bone or surrounding tissues. Time of recovery will depend on the age and health of the patient as well as the kind of fracture.

Minor fractures in children can heal in a matter of few weeks but major ones in older persons may require months to heal.

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What are Uterine Fibroids?

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths, smooth muscle tumors that form on the wall of the uterus in women.  While these fibroids are usually harmless, power morcellators could potentially spread these cells into other areas of the body causing a rare form of cancer called leiomyosarcoma. According to the LeioMyoSarcoma Direct Research Foundation, leiomyosarcoma is one of the forms of a very rare and aggressive cancer called Sarcoma. Power morcellators are devices used during a hysterectomy or a myomectomy to mince up tissue and fibroids into smaller pieces so they are able to be removed more easily.  Although the procedure was minimally invasive, there was soon found to be a strong correlation between morcellators and cancer development in women.  In fact, 1 in every 370 of women who underwent a procedure using a power morcellator later developed cancer.

Power morcellators can become particularly dangerous when a woman undergoes these operations, without knowing she has uterine fibroids.  Uterine fibroids affect nearly 80% of women, usually 30 years of age or older.  Some symptoms of uterine fibroids include long menstrual periods, heavy menstruation, frequent urination, and pain in the pelvis.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to meet with your doctor as soon as possible before additional complications occur.

Unfortunately, when women who were not aware of these fibroids underwent a surgery involving a power morcellator, there is a risk of metastasis.  The cancers caused by these morcellators were potentially deadly in women, such as metastatic leiomyosarcoma, uterine cancer, uterine sarcoma, and endometrial stromal sarcoma.  Although Johnson & Johnson recalled these devices, the dangerous consequences of these cancers are still present for many women.

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What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability basically refers to incidents in personal injury cases that involve unsafe conditions in someone else’s property. Like in most personal injury cases, premises liability happen due to some form of negligence. In this case, the negligence is due to the property owner’s inability to properly maintain their premises and ensure a safe environment for those who come within it. The law expects that property owners hold a reasonable amount of care and responsibility for maintaining their premises. Those who fail to meet this standard can be held accountable by the court and urged to pay compensation to cover any damages incurred by the victim injured in a premises liability accident.

According to the website of the The Benton Law Firm, premises liability cases typically cover accidents involving slip and fall incidents, elevator and escalator injuries, stair or porch collapse, fires, dog bites, swimming pull injuries, and lead paint or mercury poisoning. Meanwhile, Williams Kherkher points out on its website that an accident involving toxic fumes or chemicals like asbestos can also be considered a premises liability case. It’s also important to note that the validity of a premises liability claim will also rely on the property visitor who was injured in the accident.

In some states, the outcome of premises liability cases will depend on whether the visitor was an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. Invitees are people who have been invited to come to a property for business or commercial purposes. This refers to individual who go to a place of business as a customer or an employee. On the other hand, licensees are people who come to a property for purposes other than business or commercial dealings. An example of a licensee is a house guest. Finally, trespassers are individuals who come into a property where they uninvited or unwelcome. Property owners have the most accountability for invitees and for licensees. A Des Moines personal injury lawyer will probably tell you that trespassers have little in the way of protection against premises liability accidents, although they can still pursue compensation under special circumstances. For more information, it’s best to contact an experienced attorney working in your area.

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