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April 2015 Archives

Vehicle accidents continue to cause injuries

Kentucky drivers may be interested in some national statistics concerning traffic accidents. In 2012, there were more than 33,000 deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, close to 7,000 people across the country each day have to visit the hospital as a result of a vehicle collision. Of these, 200,000 each year are admitted to a hospital for treatment for accident-related injuries.

Drowsy drivers more likely to have accidents

Kentucky drivers already know that fatigue may be a significant factor in many motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatigue may be responsible for at least 100,000 crashes annually, and this results in 71,000 injuries and more than 1,500 deaths.

When a car accident is the other driver's fault

Individuals in Kentucky who are in a car accident in which another driver is at fault should take several steps immediately. They should document the accident with photos if possible and get the other driver's insurance information. They should then contact both the other insurance company and their own.

Staying safe while driving in wet weather

Kentucky motorists looking to hit the road in the next few months should do their best to understand the driving dangers posed by wet weather conditions that frequently occur at this time of year. Even though wet weather conditions are estimated by AAA to result in more than a million motor vehicle accidents each year around the country, there are several easy ways to stay safe on wet roads and avoid wet weather accidents.

Understanding more about breastbone injuries

Kentucky residents may be surprised to learn that 60 to 90 percent of all sternum fractures are attributable to car crashes. These types of injuries may be commonly referred to as a breastbone fracture. In contrast, these types of injuries only constitute up to 8 percent of all reports detailing chest trauma. Vehicle occupants over age 50 are more susceptible to suffering these types of injuries than children inside the automobile.

Many Kentucky doctors worry about malpractice issues

According to researchers, every year about $210 billion is wasted on medical tests, procedures and treatments that are unnecessary. This is illustrated by the fact that 97 percent of doctors surveyed in a recent study said that they had ordered advanced medical scans, such as MRI and CT scans, that were not required. The reason given was that many of them were afraid of missing an unlikely illness and were concerned about being sued for this failing.

Bauer Hockey recalls dangerous goalie masks

Hockey enthusiasts in Kentucky may be interested to know that Bauer Hockey has recalled two of its goalie masks from the market. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the face cages on the masks can fail, potentially causing facial injuries to hockey players.

Breast cancer biopsies shown to be widely inaccurate

Many women in Kentucky have had reason to suspect that they might be suffering from breast cancer or a related medical issue. A recent study that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicate that a misdiagnosis of breast cancer biopsy results may be more widespread than originally believed. This includes both the inaccurate classification of healthy tissue as cancerous and the failure to detect cancerous material in a sample.