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Why call an attorney to the scene of a truck accident?

For drivers who travel along the roads and highways around the Columbus metro area, large commercial trucks are a common sight and sharing the road with these hulking machines is simply a routine part of driving. Often, drivers forget just how dangerous these enormous vehicles are and the devastation they can cause if they collide with smaller vehicles.

When commercial trucks are involved in traffic accidents with smaller vehicles, the results often prove disastrous. Victims may suffer serious injuries, changing the course of their lives for months or even years. The minutes and hours after a commercial truck accident are important for gathering evidence that may prove to be invaluable in a personal injury claim.

Study examines ADHD, medication and car accidents

Some Ohio drivers that have ADHD might be less likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident if they take medication. This was one of the findings of a study published in "JAMA Psychiatry." The study involved 2.3 million people who had ADHD and were older than 18. Nearly 84 percent had been prescribed one or more medications for ADHD. Researchers found that drivers that had ADHD were more likely to have a motor vehicle accident. However, men with ADHD that took medication were 38 percent less likely to have an accident, and women were 42 percent less likely. Overall, the study estimated that there could have been as many as 22 percent fewer accidents if drivers took their ADHD medication.

The study did have some limitations. It only looked at accidents that involved emergency room visits. Researchers examined all motor vehicle accidents instead of just those caused by distracted drivers. Furthermore, the study based its assessment of medication use on whether prescriptions were filled, although this does not necessarily indicate that the driver was taking the medication.

Safety strategies to avoid animal collisions

Fall and winter mean shorter daylight hours, which increases the chances of Ohio drivers running into the state's abundant wildlife. Deer, especially, are very active during the fall mating season. They tend to be on the move between dusk and dawn when drivers have difficulty seeing them. Because motor vehicle crashes with large animals can produce thousands of dollars in damage, drivers need to exercise caution during the darker months.

Drivers should stay alert for animal hazards during the evening and predawn hours. People need to watch the roadsides for shining eyes. If they spot an animal, drivers should slow down immediately. A reduction in speed gives people more time to react. When someone needs to swerve, a lower speed also helps him or her retain control of the vehicle.

Study finds doctors misdiagnosing Type 3c diabetes

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the most common types of diabetes mellitus diagnosed by health care providers. However, Ohio readers may be interested in learning that doctors often misdiagnose a lesser-known third form of the disease, according to a new study. The research was published in the journal 'Diabetes Care."

University of Surry researchers found that many doctors misdiagnose type 3c diabetes, which is caused by pancreatic disease, as type 2 diabetes, which occurs when an adult cannot produce enough insulin. This could be harmful to patients because the two types of diabetes require different treatments.

This is what makes other drivers dangerous

Every year it seems like manufacturers are making progress when it comes to improving safety standards in automobiles. In addition, lawmakers are passing legislation, such as bans on texting and driving, that also keep drivers and passengers safe while on the road. Unfortunately, new safety features and laws do not always do the trick.

Many accidents occur due to the decisions that individuals make both while behind the wheel and before they even start the engine. To find out more about the some of the causes of car accidents, read further.

Tired truckers could increase the chance of a semi crash

Commercial trucks, like eighteen-wheelers and semitrucks, pose a substantial threat to other drivers on the road. These days, there are more commercial trucks on the road than there were in decades past, and the rate of accidents involving these vehicles is on the rise. Many times, these crashes result in catastrophic injuries or even death for the people in the smaller vehicle involved in the accident.

No matter how carefully you drive, the potential is always there for another driver to cause a crash. When the other vehicle is a massive commercial truck, the potential for life-altering injuries and fatalities increases. Even in the best of situations, trucks can be dangerous companions on the road, given their large blind spots, trouble stopping quickly and wide turns. That's why there are stricter rules for commercial drivers.

There are many types of car accident injuries

The worst part of being involved in a car accident is the potential to suffer a serious injury. While you hope to avoid this, you never know what will happen if you are in a crash.

Here's the most important thing to remember: You need to receive immediate medical attention after a car accident. This may not be something you want to do, but it's best from a health and safety perspective.

Opioids and anticoagulants top cause of medical liability claims

Ohio readers may be interested to learn that opioids are the leading cause of medication-related insurance claims, according to a new report. The report, which was issued by Coverys, also found that anticoagulant drugs are a frequent cause of medical errors.

Researchers at Coverys, a medical insurer based in Massachusetts, studied over 10,000 medical liability claims that were filed against its client base from 2012 until 2016. They found that opioids were responsible for more claims than any other prescription drug, accounting for 24 percent of all medication claims. Anticoagulants accounted for 16 percent of all medication-related claims. The researchers found that 46 percent of medication-related liability cases were filed against primary care providers. Twenty-two percent of claims were filed against hospital emergency or operating rooms. Overall, medication claims were the fourth most common cause of liability claims against Coverys clients. The top three causes for claims involved diagnostic, surgery and medical management errors.

The role of race and genetics in cancer outcomes

The death rate from breast cancer dropped 39 percent from 1989 to 2015. However, a woman's chances of survival may depend on her race as much as advances in medical treatment. White woman in Ohio may have a better chance of surviving breast cancer compared to black women. Asian, Hispanic and native American women had the lowest death rates from this type of cancer.

On a positive note, an increase in outreach and education among black women has seen them get mammograms at a higher rate than white women. There are several reasons why black women may be more likely to die from breast cancer than others, however. First, they may be more likely to have triple negative tumors, which are the hardest to eradicate. Second, they may lack access to tools that may allow for early detection as well as to drugs such as Tamoxifen that may increase the possibility of survival.

Treatment options for tongue cancer

For any Ohio residents, being diagnosed with tongue cancer could result in aggressive treatments. There are four different types of common tongue cancer treatments, some of which may be used in conjunction with each other.

Before tongue cancer can be removed, it must first be diagnosed. Common symptoms can include persistent pain in the jaw or tongue, white or red patches on the gums or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, and difficulty chewing or swallowing. Surgery is one of the most common forms of treatment. For this procedure, a surgeon surgically removes the entire tumor from the tongue. Unless the cancer is particularly aggressive, surgeons use techniques that are as minimally invasive as possible.

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