On July 11, the journal Diagnosis published a study saying that 34% of medical malpractice claims involving either serious injuries or death are related to a diagnostic error. Out of 55,377 closed malpractice claims that were filed from 2006 to 2015, 11,592 cited such errors. Pennsylvania residents should know that the three conditions most liable to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis were cancer, vascular events and infection.
There are 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States, and the majority of those drivers operate their vehicles in a safe manner. However, it is possible for even the safest of drivers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to get into an accident. Poor weather conditions are among the most common reasons why commercial truck wrecks occur. When roads are wet or snowy, it can be harder to stop or take other actions to avoid other vehicles.
Bicycling with traffic can be intimidating for many people. This may be because bicyclists are more vulnerable than motorists are in a collision. Roughly 800 bicyclists died in traffic crashes in 2017 and many more were injured.
In Pennsylvania and across the United States, 33% of medical malpractice lawsuits related to permanent disabilities or death is due to a doctor's misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose. A recent Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study showed that misdiagnosis is the main cause of grave mistakes. Many Americans die in hospitals every year because of misdiagnosis. Plus, approximately 12 million American patients experience diagnostic mistakes.
A report published by the Associated Press based on comments from a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration representative warned that federal regulators plan to relax the rules for commercial truck drivers. Although the public has yet to see the proposed changes, fewer restrictions on truck driver hours could reduce safety on the roads of Pennsylvania.
Drunk driving becomes prominent during the holidays, but some special days are more dangerous than others. Pennsylvania residents may have heard AAA call the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day "the 100 deadliest days of summer." In the middle of that is the Fourth of July, which is by far the worst holiday when it comes to drunk driving fatalities.