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10 factors that make car accidents more likely

You feel safe on the road because you've been driving for decades and you've never been in a serious accident. Maybe you commute to work every single day. Eventually, despite the news stories and the statistics, you stop worrying about accident risks. It looks like whatever you're doing is working.

But how safe are you, really? Those daunting statistics do not exist for no reason. The news reports about fatal accidents that you can watch every night if you want; those tell a problematic story. Car accidents are one of the top causes of injuries and death in the United States. You need to really consider what your risks are and how you can address them.

Federal agency investigating rash of fatalities near school buses

Last November, we discussed a crash in Mississippi that claimed the life of a 9-year-old boy on Halloween. He was struck as he crossed a road to get on his school bus. That crash was one of a number of similar incidents over a short period that killed children at or near school bus stops.

Now the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating that crash, as well as another we discussed in Indiana that occurred within the same week as the Mississippi wreck. That crash took the lives of three siblings -- twin 6-year-old boys and their 9-year-old sister. Another child was also struck, but survived.

When do doctors and nurses think it's okay to lie to patients?

Most people assume that doctors and other medical providers are obligated to tell patients and family members the truth. After all, how else can we make informed decisions about our health care? Therefore, a recent poll of doctors and nurses (including advance practice registered nurses) may be unsettling. The website Medcape surveyed 286 doctors and 362 nurses.

Nearly a quarter of physicians polled (24 percent) said that it was sometimes acceptable to lie to a patient about their prognosis. Just 8 percent of nurses said it was. Meanwhile, about the same number of doctors and nurses (14 and 15 percent, respectively) said they weren't sure.

Can a psychologist be sued for malpractice?

Psychologists typically have fewer malpractice suits filed against them than medical doctors who treat people for physical ailments and diseases. (Note that psychiatrists are also medical doctors and can prescribe drugs.)

Indeed, fewer than 2 percent of psychologists are defendants in malpractice suits. Their chances of facing a licensing board complaint and disciplinary action are greater.

Mississippi truck driver charged in 2017 crash that killed a man

More than a year after a crash that claimed the life of a 29-year-old Pennsylvania man, a Mantee, Mississippi, truck driver has been charged with multiple offenses including involuntary manslaughter. The chain-reaction crash occurred in Decemember 2017 on Route 28 in O'Hara, Pennsylvania.

The 70-year-old man, who reportedly worked as a truck driver for many years, traveled from Mississippi to Pennsylvania to turn himself in to authorities. He was released after posting bond.

Mississippi woman, granddaughter killed in alleged DUI crash

A Mississippi woman is mourning the loss of both her mother and her daughter, killed in a crash when their car was struck by an alleged drunk driver.

The three generations piled into the car for an outing, joined by the woman's son, and were traveling on Highway 35 in Forest, Mississippi. As they attempted to turn left onto Earl Johnston Drive, their car was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by a 57-year-old man.

Large trucks are dangerous: Avoid a crash and stay safe

Large trucks travel on the highways every day, and they are a major threat to others on the roads. These large vehicles can be thousands of pounds, and, depending on who is driving, they could be highly dangerous.

Large-truck accidents cause some of the most significant injuries seen in highway collisions. The combination of the heavy weight of the vehicle and the potential for roll-over crashes, multi-vehicle collisions and even chemical spills make them extremely dangerous.

Is your doctor guilty of 'manterrupting?'

We all know people who constantly interrupt. They think they know what we're about to say, so they finish our sentences for us. As we're speaking, they're reminded of something that impacts them, so they hijack our story and tell their own. Often, they're not even listening to us. They just interrupt and take over the conversation.

This is annoying in social situations. However, when a physician or other medical professional is constantly interrupting patients who are trying to describe symptoms or express concerns, it can be dangerous.

Some important things to know about wrongful death suits

If a family member has died because of the actions or negligence of a person or entity, you may be able to seek compensation and justice through a wrongful death suit whether there is a criminal case or not. Even if the deceased person didn't contribute to the family income, you can seek damages.

You're not likely to get as much money as you would if the loss of a loved one's income would impact the family's financial situation. However, you may be able to seek compensation for your loved one's and your family's pain and suffering.

Inaccurate diagnoses are more common than you might think

We know that doctors sometimes misdiagnose conditions. In the more serious cases, they may tell a patient they have a mild condition when it's actually something very serious and potentially fatal without proper treatment.

A doctor may believe that pain is just a strained muscle and prescribe pain relievers when the person's really having a heart attack. A physician might tell someone that stomach discomfort is a gastrointestinal ailment when it's really a symptom of an ovarian tumor.

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