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Woman dies from brain-eating amoeba at waterpark

Outdoor water parks and swimming pools are often synonymous with summer fun -- but they're also potential death traps.

According to sources like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the most common illnesses people catch from public swimming pools and water parks is cryptosporidiosis -- a bacteria that can leave the victim with watery diarrhea for as long as three weeks. Outbreaks are particularly common among pools and parks that allow young children, especially those that may not be totally potty-trained. Experts say that even a single accidental mouthful of water can lead to this painful infection that causes dehydration, stomach cramps and vomiting as well as the chronic diarrhea.

What causes a wrong-way highway collision?

Wrong-way driving accidents involve a vehicle that has somehow gotten turned around, moving against the flow of traffic as it enters the highway via an on-ramp or off-ramp -- and they account for about 300 to 400 deaths each year.

While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that only about 3 percent of accidents on divided highways are caused by wrong-way drivers. However, those accidents are more likely than not to be serious, if not fatal, because they happen at such a high rate of speed.

Truck accidents and their causes

Let's face it, no one wants to get in an accident with a semi-truck. It's like pitting a toy car against a life-size vehicle. The consequences of such an accident are often life-altering if not fatal. You have experienced the tense situation when driving down the highway, a concrete construction barrier just outside your passenger door and a semi-truck passing on your left. You mentally keep your fingers crossed that he or she does not decide to change lanes or has to swerve into your lane in the next few seconds.

It is not possible to avoid every accident, no matter what kind of precaution or evasive action you take. If you find yourself in this position and you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries, an experienced attorney in the Mansfield area can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Read further to find out more about some the most common causes of semi-truck accidents so that you have a better chance of staying safe.

False fatal diagnoses throw patients into mental agony

What if you were told you had a devastating illness that could only end in death?

That was the reality for dozens of patients in Ohio who were told that they were suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

How can you protect yourself against a fatal medication error?

Medical mistakes are responsible for as many as 98,000 deaths in the United States each year -- many of them related to medication errors.

Is there any way you can protect yourself against this all-too-common lethal risk? Consider the following defensive actions:

Driving blind: Do you know where your vehicle's blind spots are?

Do you know where the blind spots on your vehicle are? Do you know when you're most at danger of hitting someone or something because of those blind spots?

Blind spots are something that every driver has to contend with, no matter how carefully they aim their vehicle's mirrors or think their vehicle is designed -- and they're responsible for about 300 deaths and 18,000 injuries a year.

What should you know about eating and drinking while driving?

The United States is a nation of commuters, and drive-thru restaurants encourage commuters to save time by eating on the go.

However, many commuters are unaware how dangerous that morning cup of coffee or lunchtime burger can actually be. In fact, eating and drinking are two of the most common forms of distracted driving.

Be wary of these 6 summer roadway dangers

Most drivers look forward to the summer, because they can put the hazards of winter behind them for a while -- but summer may actually be deceptively dangerous when it comes to roadway safety.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the two deadliest months of the year for drivers are July and August.

Will this drunk driving law make Ohio roads safer?

Neighboring states with similar laws have seen their drunk driving-caused deaths decrease by 50 percent. Legislators hope that Ohio's new law -- affectionately called "Annie's Law" -- will do the same.

Did you lose a loved one in a drunk driving crash? Perhaps he or she was the passenger in a drunk driver's car. Or, perhaps your loved one was riding in a car that got hit by a drunk driver. If a drunk driving tragedy happened to you and your family, you may be happy to hear about Annie's Law.

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