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November 2014 Archives

Rollover risks and statistics

Although any car can experience a rollover, taller vehicles, such as trucks, vans and SUVs, are much more susceptible to rolling over due to a process called tripping, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Tripping occurs when a vehicle hits something unexpected, like a pot hole or a curb, and its center of gravity shifts. Consequently, the vehicle may roll.

Different types of burns

As any Ohio patient knows, a burn injury is very serious and needs to be treated properly and in a timely manner. However, there are many different types of burns, with each type requiring a specific treatment. For example, burns caused by a hot coffee spill will be different from burns caused by a flammable liquid.

3-vehicle Fayette County crash kills Ohio man

According to reports from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, a 20-year-old Washington Court House man was killed after being involved in a multiple vehicle collision. Law enforcement officials reported that the accident occurred on Nov. 9 around 4:20 p.m. on U.S. 22 at the intersection of Hess Road.

Ice and snow cited as likely causes of head-on collision in Ohio

Authorities in Ohio have reported that two people were injured in a head-on collision involving a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and a passenger car in Lorain on Nov. 13. Police say that ice and snow likely contributed to the car accident, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The collision occurred on the Lofton Henderson Memorial Bridge shortly before 5 p.m.

Man dies in chain-reaction crash in Ohio

On Nov. 6, a Stark County accident involving five vehicles left one individual dead and two other people injured, authorities stated. The chain-reaction incident involved three passenger vehicles, a school bus carrying seven students and a dump truck, reportedly.

Fatigue issues and truck accidents

Given the size of a big rig, an Ohio resident may not be surprised that 98 percent of truck-related deaths are those who occupy passenger vehicles involved in such accidents. However, statistics indicate that an estimated 800 truck drivers also die in such accidents each year. One of the most significant concerns related to trucking accidents is driver fatigue, an issue that has prompted laws governing mandated rest periods for truck drivers. Recommended changes to existing laws have received mixed reaction.

3 people suffer minor injuries in Ohio crash

Authorities say that they received a call at about 4:58 p.m. on Oct. 29 about a crash that occurred on Ohio 13 near Kochheiser Road. The crash involved a maroon Ford truck hitting a grey Cadillac from behind. Police say that the driver of the Ford did not see traffic stopping prior to the accident. Three people were sent to OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital as a result of the crash.

Medical errors and full disclosure

Ohio residents may benefit from learning more about trends concerning medical error disclosure as described by the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality. Historically, patients who suffered an injury from a medical error were never informed of the error or the cause of the complication. Many doctors avoid these conversations with patients out of fear of medical malpractice lawsuits. For some, the discomfort and shame involved in the disclosure process it too much to bear.

Elderly man dies after 3-car wreck

An elderly man was killed in a three-car crash that took place in Ohio on Oct. 27. The 83-year-old man had been traveling westbound along Ohio Pike in Pierce Township before the fatal car accident. Shortly before 8 a.m., the man tried to enter a private driveway on the left-hand side of the street when he was struck by a 37-year-old man driving eastbound.

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