Posts from April 2017.

Be it a dump truck or a tractor-trailer, unsecured cargo of a commercial truck can cause catastrophic accidents, particularly on fast moving highways.  Last year, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that between 2011 and 2014, 500 people were killed in accidents caused by road debris.  Another 39,000 people were injured in the more than 200,000 cargo-related crashes.

Having to Swerve to Avoid Fallen Objects Leads to Fatal Accidents

According to AAA, more than 37 percent of all deaths in the road debris accidents occurred when an oncoming driver swerved to avoid hitting a ...

If you had to give your hospital a patient safety grade after a stay by you or a family member, what grade would that be?  According to a new rating effort, most Missouri hospitals would only grade a “C” for keeping their patients safe from preventable medical errors.

A nonprofit organization that’s focused on patient safety called The Leapfrog Group annually grades hospitals across the country.  The grades follow the typical school system, ranging from “A” to “F.”

Leapfrog recently published its Spring 2017 grades.  Compared to all states, Missouri ranked 20th, with just ...

April is National Distracted Driving Month.  If any public safety issue deserves this spotlight, it’s distracted driving, which is responsible for thousands of deaths each year in the United States.  And it’s a national scourge that’s on the rise.

According to the most current federal government statistics, 3,477 people were killed in fatal crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.  That’s an 8 percent increase over the year prior.  All totaled, driver distraction was involved in 10 percent of the nation’s fatal crashes in 2015.

Average Driver Distraction Lasts More ...

Those suffering a traumatic brain injury face immense physical, quality-of-life, and economic hardships.  Researchers recently put a hard-dollar number to the extraordinary financial burdens that TBI sufferers and their families are up against.

A presentation at the World Congress of Brain Injury held in March in New Orleans revealed that individuals with a traumatic brain injury generally face long-term medical costs that are four times higher than those of the general population.

Typically, the highest medical costs occur in the first year after suffering a TBI.  But the ...


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