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April 2015 Archives

Driver fatigue common among commercial drivers and dangerous

Sleepy drivers on Connecticut roadways contribute to car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identified drowsy driving as an emerging threat to road safety in addition to drunk driving and distracted driving.

Drivers at risk for causing crash when their eyes leave the road

While most Connecticut motorists understand that taking their eyes of the road can be dangerous, they may still decide to adjust their sound system or look at their cellphone. However, even a brief distraction could potentially impede hazard anticipation and may actually increase the chances that the motorist could become involved in a car crash.

Tips for motorists dealing with wet weather

Spring weather is known for an increase in precipitation in many parts of the country, and Connecticut motorists should remember that rain can be a major factor in car accidents. AAA notes that more than 1.2 million motor vehicle accidents can be traced to wet conditions annually around the country. A focus on good driving habits for such conditions may be helpful in limiting a driver's risk of becoming part of this statistic.

DNA test may reduce risk of incorrect biopsy exams

Approximately 2.5 percent of all prostate biopsies are leading to misdiagnoses in about 1 in every 200 patients. With the increase in errors, this is leading to an estimated $879.9 million in wasted medical treatment costs. Over three quarters of that money comes from medical legal expenditures. However, Connecticut patients may be able to decrease these odds.

Sternum fractures and associated injuries

Individuals who drive in New London and elsewhere throughout Connecticut may be interested in knowing more about the dangers of sternum fractures. According to reports, fractures of the sternum occur more frequently due to motor vehicle accidents than any other cause. During a collision, a driver's chest could forcefully connect with a vehicle's steering wheel or dashboard, causing damage to the breastbone. Reports indicate that failure to wear a seatbelt and lack of air bags are often factors when a crash results in a sternum fracture.

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