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Depression and motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle collisions can be devastating, and many leave victims with broken bones, permanent scars and other injuries. Some motorcycle accidents claim lives, and there are many other hardships that motorcycle crash victims may endure. For example, many victims experience emotional hurdles in the wake of an accident. Depression can be especially challenging for motorcycle accident victims, many of whom will no longer be able to work in a physically demanding job or participate in other hobbies and activities that they have enjoyed for many years. It is important for victims of wrecks to handle these emotions properly.

Unfortunately, depression can give rise to other difficulties in life. For example, personal relationships may suffer because someone is feeling depressed, and they may lose interest in many of the things that have brought them joy throughout their lives. When a motorcycle accident victim decides to take legal action against a negligent driver who has turned their life upside down, they should not ignore the emotional consequences that they are dealing with. This is another form of suffering that reckless drivers should be held responsible for.

Proving pediatric malpractice from medication error

People want to protect their babies, and they trust their pediatricians to want the same. Unfortunately, doctors do not always live up to that ideal.

Depending upon the situation, it may be possible to file a malpractice claim when a medical caregiver fails to perform up to standards. Particularly in the case of pediatric medication error, there are a few things to understand about the process.

Woman dead following Norfolk auto-ped accident

Many in Roanoke County may believe that collisions between cars and pedestrians are relatively easy to avoid given that, in most cases, both sides often allow the others a wide berth on the road. Yet there may inevitably be times when pedestrians and motorists come into contact, making it necessary that both sides understand how to share the road. Crosswalks are the most obvious areas where pedestrians are likely to enter on to the roadway. Most likely think that they understand how to treat the situation where a pedestrian is crossing in a crosswalk, yet such assumptions have not stopped auto-pedestrian accidents from occurring in these areas. 

One such accident recently occurred in a crosswalk on Granby Street in Norfolk. A woman from Chesapeake was struck by a Toyota SUV after leaving a local Greek festival. Witnesses say that she was crossing in the crosswalk when she was hit. The driver of the SUV stayed on the scene and cooperated with authorities; no report was given as to whether or not they will face charges. The woman was quickly taken to a local hospital, yet sadly she ended up dying from her injuries. 

Working overtime, fatigue and motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle collisions have many causes, from intoxicated driving to distractions and high speeds. However, many people ignore how dangerous it can be to drive or ride a motorcycle while struggling with fatigue. Not only do people become fatigued due to poor sleep but working overtime has caused many drivers to develop fatigue, which can increase the chances of a traffic collision in many ways. For motorcyclists, fatigue can be especially dangerous, and it is pivotal to make sure that you are not sleep-deprived or adversely affected by fatigue whenever you ride a motorcycle.

Unfortunately, motorcyclists may be involved in a crash due to fatigue (or any other factor) even when they do everything that they can to stay safe on the road. During certain times of day, such as the late afternoon and early evening hours, there may be an increase in the number of drivers on the road who are struggling with work-related fatigue. When someone works a long day, they may be less likely to notice a motorcyclist and pay attention to traffic safety laws, which could result in a deadly collision.

What to do if you are in a multi-car crash

Collisions between two vehicles on Virginia roadways are common. When it comes to determining fault, when a car hits another from behind, the driver in the rear vehicle is typically held liable. If there is an accident at an intersection, the person who did not stop at the red light or stop sign is responsible. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we often represent clients catastrophically injured in a multi-car crash due to negligence or carelessness of another driver.

According to R&R Insurance, chain reaction auto accidents are complex as they involve more than two vehicles. Establishing fault requires that law enforcement take details about the crash from each person involved, noting the position of the vehicle, weather and road conditions. Experts give consideration and scrutiny to every angle and perspective in the process needed for identification of the person responsible for the multi-car pile-up. Depending on the circumstances, several drivers may share the blame.

Virginia motorcycle safety - Wearing the right gear

The heavy boots, the thick jeans, the leather jackets. Does it all look cool? Yes. However, the gear that motorcyclists wear while riding in Virginia and elsewhere is meant more for looks. It provides riders with essential protections. Therefore, it is important for people to understand the types of safety gear they should don anytime they plan to operate a motorcycle.

According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, an essential piece of motorcycle safety gear is eye protection, particularly for those whose vehicles do not have windshields. In order to prevent dirt, rocks, insects or other matter from entering their eyes, as well as to prevent the eyes from tearing up or their vision from becoming blurred, people should wear quality goggles, helmets that are equipped with face shields, or glasses with safety or plastic lenses.

How do heuristics impact healthcare?

The medical profession is unique in its impact on people's lives. It is not completely unlike other professions in Vinton, however, in that doctors, surgeons and other providers often follow protocols when delivering treatment. Your job likely has certain rules that you follow in specific situations. The best practices are often set through experience or industry trends. These are commonly referred to as heuristics, and are employed in the medical profession as well. Yet as a patient, you certainly hope that your doctor is considering the unique circumstances of your case and not simply being guided by what current trends and tendencies tell them they should do.

It is recognized that heuristics do have a role in health care, yet clinicians are still expected to employ their own expertise in each individual case. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality consistently reviews the use of heuristics in healthcare to determine scenarios in which they can impact patient care. Their research reveals that such standards can often be applied improperly in the following scenarios: 

  • Doctors relying too heavily on past experiences when developing a diagnosis
  • Doctors remain affixed on an initial diagnostic impression
  • Doctors being influenced by collateral information (e.g., a patient's demographics)
  • Doctors placing too much trust in expert opinion

Motorcycle collisions in rural areas

When some people think about driving or riding a motorcycle in a rural environment, they may think that it is safer and less stressful than driving in an urban area. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are all sorts of hazards on rural roads and that many motorcycle accidents take place in these areas. Not only do motorcyclists run the risk of colliding with a vehicle, but there are other risk factors to be aware of as well, from poor road conditions due to ice or rainfall and even wildlife such as a deer that darts onto the road.

In some places, roads may be in desperate need of repair, and a motorcyclist may lose control after riding over a pothole. Sharp turns, hills and many other situations can be especially dangerous. Unfortunately, many motorcyclists have been seriously injured in crashes occurring in rural places, and far too many have passed away also. It is important to be vigilant whenever you ride a motorcycle, whether you find yourself in a rural, urban or suburban environment.

The dangers that come with vaping while driving

Some people believe that vaping is healthier than smoking cigarettes, and this trend has become especially popular among younger people. Whether someone vapes because they think it will make them more popular or they are looking for a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, it is essential for drivers to be aware of how this behavior could increase the chances of a car crash. For example, a driver may become distracted or even drowsy if they vape while behind the wheel, which could lead to an accident.

For some people, such as those who may not have very much familiarity with nicotine, vaping can cause nausea, lightheadedness and other effects that could interfere with driving abilities. This can be especially dangerous if someone is asked to try vaping for the first time while they are driving. For example, a young person’s friend may pressure them to vape when their attention should be devoted to the road, which could cause them to become distracted or even intoxicated.

4 of the most common medical errors

When mistakes occur in medical facilities, people may quickly go from routine to severe injury or illness. Medical malpractice is not something to take lightly.

Going to the doctor should not be a scary prospect. Knowing the standard of care and how the medical industry operates is one way to understand how you may become a victim of medical mistakes. If you find yourself feeling worse after visiting a doctor, you may suffer from one of the following four common medical errors:

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