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February 2017 Archives

Distracted Driving - placing people in peril

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 10% of drivers are talking on a cellphone during any given daylight moment. These drivers are distracted both visually and cognitively. Being distracted, these drivers are impaired in their ability to drive safely. These drivers' attention to road safety can be even worse than that of a drunk driver. The call, text or email can wait. We encourage people to be watchful for vehicles with distracted drivers and keep a safe distance from any vehicle where the driver is distracted. We also encourage everyone to volunteer to help end distracted driving. There is a campaign to end distracted driving called EndDD. Anyone can volunteer to help by going to www.EndDD.org

Arizona Court of Appeals Affirms $4.25M Judgment Against Hospital For Negligence

In Orosco v. MCSHCD, the Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed the jury's $4.25M verdict for permanent injuries a patient suffered when a resident and nurse decided to not tell anyone they lost a two-foot metal guide wire. The wire was lost in the patient, causing the patient to lose his right femoral artery that supplied blood to his leg. The patient also suffered femoral nerve damage and chronic pain. The hospital initially denied doing anything wrong. The patient had to file a lawsuit. During litigation the hospital eventually had to admit negligence. Doing so, the hospital still denied their negligence caused any significant harm. The jury and the Court of Appeals did not agree. It took a jury and the court system to hold the hospital accountable. In a Memorandum Decision, the Court of Appeals stated: "The jury decides the appropriate amount of damages....we are not shocked by the amount of the verdict, nor is the verdict an exaggerated measurement of damages." 

Side guard rails and big rigs: Could they prevent fatal accidents?

Current safety regulations require 18-wheelers and other big trucks to have rear safety guards to prevent automobiles from sliding underneath the back of the trailer. However, there is no regulation forcing truck manufacturers to install side guards that could prevent these horrific accidents.

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