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Can ADHD increase the chances of a crash?

When it comes to motor vehicle collisions, many risk factors need to be taken into consideration, such as the road conditions and whether a driver is suffering from fatigue due to inadequate sleep or working for too long. However, there are other potential areas of concern, some of which do not receive very much attention. For example, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) may increase the probability of a motor vehicle collision.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a number of ways in which ADHD can affect teenagers, and they face greater risks while behind the wheel. Young drivers with ADHD should be especially careful while driving and make sure that they avoid behaviors such as drug or alcohol use while on the road and distractions that can divert their attention. It is especially important for the parents of teen drivers with ADHD to focus on accident prevention.

What is negligent entrustment?

While you may not realize it at the moment, you take a risk anytime to choose to drive on Vinton's roads and highways. That risk may not necessarily arise because of your own driving skills, but rather from the lack of skill (or simple negligence) of others. Perhaps nothing is more frustrating than learning that a driver that hit you had a history of poor driving performance. Even more infuriating than that can be the knowledge that someone allowed such a poor driver to continue to have access to a vehicle. 

Could such an action also be viewed as a form of negligence? A legal principle exists known as "negligent entrustment," which allows you to assign vicarious liability to a person who permitted a driver that was known to drive recklessly (or was just an overall bad driver) to use their vehicle. It may seem odd placing blame for a car accident on one who was not physically present when it actually occurred, yet a strong argument might be made that allowing a reckless driver access to a vehicle is further enabling their dangerous behavior. 

Poor visibility and motorcycle crashes

Motorcyclists face numerous hazards on the road, whether conditions are slick due to rainfall or a negligent driver veers into their lane. These hazards can be even more dangerous at certain times, such as periods of low visibility as a result of fog. Whether you like to ride a motorcycle once in a while or on a daily basis, it is important to be aware of these hazards and in some instances, it might be best to stay off of the road until conditions improve. Sadly, many motorcyclists have been hurt and killed during foggy conditions.

Not only do motorcyclists have to watch out the recklessness of other drivers, but there are other risk factors which may be even more concerning when it is very foggy. For example, a motorcyclist may be unable to see debris on the road until it is right in front of them, which could cause them to fall off of their motorcycle or swerve into oncoming traffic. For example, a large tree limb may be laying across the road or there may be some other type of debris directly in their path, such as a large object that has fallen out of a trailer. For motorcyclists, this debris can be especially likely to result in a crash.

A misdiagnosis can lead to serious health issues or death

Have you or a loved one returned home from the emergency room with a diagnosis that left you wondering whether it was correct? Perhaps you continue to feel the symptoms. Perhaps the medicine the doctor prescribed has not worked. 

A misdiagnosis can lead to serious health consequences or death. If you discover that a health care provider did not diagnose your medical issue correctly, explore your options. Medical malpractice cases based on misdiagnoses are often complicated, but victims can prevail with the help of a team of experienced legal and medical experts willing and able to take on the challenge. 

Mental trauma after a motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents can bring on many different hardships for victims, from losing the ability to walk to sustaining a serious brain injury and struggling with medical costs afterward. Some people do not realize how serious these accidents can be from a mental standpoint and many motorcycle collision victims have endured unbearable mental challenges, such as memory problems due to a traumatic brain injury, depression and anxiety that makes life extremely hard. When it comes to mental trauma and motorcycle crashes, the road to recovery can be especially long.

Sadly, mental trauma can remain unseen and other people may not realize what a motorcyclist is going through in the wake of a crash. Sometimes, mental trauma may not even reveal itself until months or years after the crash, which can make it especially difficult to pinpoint and address. As a result, if a negligent driver caused you to crash, you should take into account all of the potential ways in which your life may be turned upside down by the incident.

Drug, alcohol abuse common among commercial truck drivers

For most drivers across Virginia, encountering commercial trucks is a common occurrence, but when cars and semi-trucks get into wrecks, it is often the people in the smaller vehicles who suffer the most. For this reason, it is imperative that the professionals driving those large, heavy trucks exercise extreme care while doing so, but regrettably, this is often not the case. Instead, commercial truck drivers are turning to drugs and alcohol at distressing rates, which can dramatically impact their driving ability. At Cranwell & Moore, P.L.C., we understand that truck driver recklessness often has catastrophic consequences, and we have assisted many people who suffered an injury or lost a loved one because of trucker negligence seek recourse.

Per the American Addiction Centers, substance abuse is a common and widespread problem in commercial trucking, and there are several different factors that likely contribute to the high incidence of substance abuse in the industry. In some cases, truck drivers may be more likely to abuse drugs, or certain kinds of drugs, because they believe that doing so might improve their performance.

Mistaken removal of kidneys results in woman's death

Patients in Virginia put their trust in doctors and surgeons to know what they are doing and perform their duties conscientiously, competently and mindfully. However, physicians make mistakes, and it is typically the patient who ends up paying the price.

A 73-year-old woman from Colorado recently died nine months after undergoing an operation to remove her kidneys. The cruel irony is that testing after the procedure allegedly revealed that her kidneys were entirely healthy, meaning that the already-completed nephrectomy was unnecessary. Doctors reportedly informed the woman that pathology reports demonstrated cancer of both kidneys. It was only after the surgery, however, that she allegedly discovered that the data contained in the reports were "consistent with a benign process" and that there was "no evidence of malignancy." 

How can I speed up my traumatic brain injury recovery process?

Patients in Virginia who are recovering from traumatic brain injury may often wonder how to speed up the process. During the recovery process, there may be many things you are unable to do for yourself. This no doubt helps to make the process seem even longer than it is.

The good news is there are ways to help your body heal faster. Here are some recommended steps to take, according to Mayo Clinic.

Teen drivers, the family car and new safety technology

If your teenager has just acquired her driver’s license, you may have mixed feelings about loaning her the family car. Annie shows that she is a competent driver, but what about the other drivers she will encounter?

You are about to trade the car in for a new one. Since Annie is driving now, you are on the hunt for a model with the latest safety features.

What can patients do to help prevent medical malpractice?

To be clear, it is not the responsibility of patients in Virginia to prevent medical malpractice. Hospitals and clinics have an entire team of trained professionals to ensure this never happens, and you also pay good money to ensure it does not. However, medical professionals, like anyone else, make mistakes.

Because of this, it is recommended that you take a few extra steps to ensure your doctor gets the job done right the first time. To this end, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides several tips you can use. Here are a few.

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