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February 2017 Archives

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Why aren’t safety systems helping motorcyclists?

Particularly when you ride your motorcycle on Virginia highways, you hope that the people in the cars and trucks around you are doing a head check to look for you before changing lanes. Ideally, you can avoid a sideswipe accident by staying out of motorists’ blind spots, but in real life, traffic does not always allow you to take advantage of this defensive riding technique. According to RideApart.com, blind spot technology that should keep you safe from careless drivers may actually increase your risk of a motorcycle crash.

Assessing car-truck crashes and identifying risk factors

Motor vehicle crash statistics gathered from law enforcement reports and other sources are used to determine causation, and develop strategies to lower the number of injuries and fatalities each year. Federal and Virginia lawmakers have spent significant time over the past several decades reviewing this data as it relates to large trucks, and drafting laws that attempt to curtail the dangers associated with large commercial vehicles.

Making a difference in your teen’s driving skills

If your teen has completed a driver’s education course in Virginia, you may feel more confident about his or her abilities behind the wheel. While it is true that these training programs provide some experience on the road, as well as instruction about traffic laws, this is not enough to prevent many of the common behaviors that could lead to a motor vehicle accident involving your teen. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., we encourage parents to go the extra mile to lower their young drivers’ risks of suffering an injury or fatality on the road.

Are you at risk for a health care-associated infection?

A health care-associated infection (HAI) is one that occurs in a patient in a health care facility, generally a hospital, that is not associated with the admitted diagnosis or health issue. The time frame is typically described as acquiring an infection 48 hours after hospital admittance.

When a high school athlete has a concussion

Playing high school sports in Virginia provides your teen with the opportunity to learn teamwork and discipline, and typically also improves overall health and fitness. However, the risks for injury are always present. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we often see devastating results from head injuries to children and teens.

On the road: Conditions that threaten motorcycle safety

Road conditions in Virginia that may be perfectly safe for commercial and passenger vehicles could pose serious risks to motorcyclists. While avoiding these altogether may be an option sometimes, anyone who is operating a motorcycle should know what to do when faced with less than favorable road surfaces. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, riders should plan ahead and check routes for construction or other potential dangerous road conditions. In these areas, hazard signs should be posted, and riders should be familiar with their meanings.

New medication error study published

Among the many types of medical mistakes that Virginia patients may need to be on the lookout for are those involving medications. Data from the Institute of Medicine suggests that every year in the United States there are 1.5 million preventable mistakes involving medications. Other data indicates as many as 98,000 people die from these errors each year.

Truck hits car head-on, killing three

When driving down any road in Virginia, people in passenger vehicles can understandably feel vulnerable when coming upon large semi trucks and other types of commercial vehicles. The size and weight differential between tractor trailers and cars, pickup trucks and other vehicles can make a bit difference in the outcome of an accident between them.

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