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NTSB To Investigate Driverless Uber Fatality

The last national exposure any emerging technology needs is a story involving a fatal collision. Unfortunately, that's what the ridesharing organization Uber now faces.

Tempe police report that a woman was struck late Sunday evening as she attempted to cross the street. The Uber vehicle, which was operating in autonomous mode, was reportedly traveling northbound when it struck the woman who was walking outside of a crosswalk. Uber has suspended self-driving operations in four cities - Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

Surgical instruments left in patients, a terrifyingly common problem

When facing a surgery you have enough to worry about without fretting over whether or not the hospital staff will leave a foreign object inside you. The horror of an object left behind is referred to as "retained surgical instruments," and it happens frequently enough to be a real concern. An estimated 4,500 to 6,000 cases occur each year.

Interstate 17 in Arizona among country's deadliest highways

In early January, two people were killed on Interstate 17 (I-17) in a five-vehicle crash about 70 miles north of Phoenix in Cordes Lakes, Arizona. Sadly, the accident once again brings to the forefront that this interstate highway - which runs from Phoenix to Flagstaff - may be one of the most dangerous in the country.

A research study released in November by California-based software firm TeleTrac Navman tracked the deadliest highways in the nation. The company analyzed accidents on U.S. highways during a five-year period from 2011 to 2015. Arizona's I-17 ranked as the fourth-deadliest.

What happens when surgeons make mistakes?

When you go in for a surgery you expect the doctors to know what they are doing. There should be no question in your mind about the procedure being performed.

Unfortunately, surgeries don't always go according to plan. If you wake up from a procedure only to discover that the doctors have made a mistake, you could face life-altering injuries, the possibility of additional surgery and huge medical bills.

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are often severe and life-changing. Any impact to the head can cause damage that may take years to reverse, and in some cases may not be reversible at all.

The recovery process is long and arduous, and it is important to know what to expect.

The importance of keeping your medical records

Keeping records is one of the best things you can do as a victim of medical malpractice. If something goes wrong during the course of your treatment, there are a range of parties that could be at fault, including medical providers, device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and other entities involved in your care.

Proving your case can rely on having records of the care you received and mistakes that may have been made. But what exactly should you keep?

Common misconceptions about head injuries

Head injuries are common in accidents. Car crashes for example, can happen any time, and your head is vulnerable to impact. These injures can also be particularly dangerous.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) could affect you for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about head injuries. It's important to understand the facts.

Answers to your questions about commercial vehicle accidents

Truck accidents can cause devastating injuries. In 2015, 3,852 people died in large truck accidents across the country. Of those, 69 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.

Large vehicles can pose risks to everyone who shares the road with them. Here are answers to some of the common questions regarding commercial vehicle accidents.  

Medication errors: Is it medical malpractice?

It is incumbent upon doctors to disclose potential side effects or risks associated with medication. Just like warnings on over-the-counter medication labels, the consumer has the right to be informed about the risks of prescription medications.

What happens when something goes wrong after taking a prescription medication? Is the doctor liable?

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