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December 2014 Archives

Less paperwork for commercial truck drivers

Commercial truck drivers in Connecticut and other states will now spend a lot less time completing daily paperwork. On Dec. 18, a new rule went into effect that eliminated paperwork requirements for commercial truck drivers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the new rule will save about 46.7 million hours of work each year and $1.7 billion in annual costs.

Avoiding some common car accident injuries

While thousands of car crashes happen each year, many people do not know that some of the common injuries received as a result are preventable. Using proper safety techniques and being aware of frequent accident injuries can help those in Connecticut stay safe.

Hospital admits responsibility after mistake kills patient

Cases involving hospital errors in the U.S. can be important to Connecticut residents because it is relatively new for hospitals to openly disclose errors, and the results of mistakes may be helpful to others who have also suffered from issues like a misdiagnosis or wrong-site surgery. In 2013, the Journal of Patient Safety reported that deaths due to preventable hospital errors could vary between 210,000 to 400,000 people every year.

Improving road safety with technology

Many deadly road traffic accidents in Connecticut occur when drivers are distracted or make unanticipated lane changes or other maneuvers. This often gives even motorists with fast reaction times little chance of avoiding a collision. However, the National Transportation Safety Board says that many of these accidents could be prevented if cars, SUVs and large commercial vehicles were equipped with currently available accident avoidance technology.

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