Month: November 2016

What is the most dangerous day to drive?

Accidents happen most often during rush hour, when people are heading home after work between 5 and 7 p.m. It makes sense, as there are more cars on the road, people are eager to get home and congestion just leads to crashes. When considering what days you should spend driving, then, you may think that avoiding rush hour through the week is the best thing you can do to keep yourself safe. Aren't those the most dangerous days? They're not. For one thing, the increase in traffic skews the numbers. There are actually a higher percentage of accidents at night. There are just fewer overall...

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17,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries annually

Spinal cord injuries are potentially some of the most devastating that can be suffered by people of all ages, sometimes leading to permanent disabilities. In the most tragic cases, they can lead directly to death. Considering the severity of these injuries, it's important to recognize just how common they are. There are around 17,000 new spinal cord injuries in the United States every year. That means that for every 1,000,000 people, 54 are going to be injured. The United States has a population that is around 314 million. It is important to note that these numbers from the National Spinal...

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Why doctors don’t treat serious issues

Most people rely on doctors and medical professionals for help with serious medical conditions because they simply lack the knowledge base to make these decisions on their own. This can be problematic, though, when a doctor fails to treat an issue, dismissing it as nothing, when a patient feels that something is wrong. The patient may not want to second-guess the doctor or may trust him or her entirely, and the lack of treatment can then lead to a worsening of symptoms. In some cases, the results can be dire. For instance, certain types of cancer can be cured when they're treated early, but...

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Texting and driving: Illegal and dangerous common practice

The rise of mobile phone technology has had many unexpected impacts on our economy, culture and society. While cellphones provide safety and security via the ability to connect with emergency services and pinpoint locations of those in distress, they have also created new problems. One of them, texting while operating a motor vehicle, can prove to be fatal for the text sender and those who share the road with them. Texting and driving is illegal There are reasons why distracted driving is illegal in Ohio; it substantially increases the risk of a car accident. National statistics indicate...

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Kids distract drivers worse than cellphones do

Cellphones are the first thing on everyone's mind when talking about distracted driving. People texting and talking behind the wheel does lead to a lot of accidents every year, but it's not the only distraction out there. In fact, you may be surprised to find out that parents riding with their offspring could be an even larger risk on the roads. According to some studies, having children in the car while driving provides a dozen times as much distraction as using a cellphone does. To find out, cameras were put in cars with parents. These were left in the vehicles for three weeks. Even though...

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1 killed in electrical accident in Preble County

A single mistake on the job can cost lives, a fact proven by this case. The wife of an electrocuted worker has filed a wrongful death lawsuit following the death of her husband in Preble County. The man died on Oct. 16, 2014, when he was electrocuted as he helped replace a metal roof on an electrical transformer substation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration did cite the company the man was working for because of safety violations that played a role in the man's death. The company, Metal Shredders, had to pay a negotiated amount of $63,250 as a result of nine violations. The...

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