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Recent trends in motorcycle fatalities

Motorcycles will always be more dangerous than passenger cars. The statistics make this all too clear, year in and year out. For instance, if you look at the fatalities per miles driven, deaths are about 28 times as common on bikes as they are in cars. Quite simply, cars offer types of protection that motorcycles cannot offer.

That said, some recent trends do show that things are growing a little safer. For instance, in 2017, motorcycle fatalities dropped by about 300 people when compared to 2016. We still lost nearly 5,000 riders over the course of the year, but that decline still shows that hundreds of people survived who wouldn't have the previous year. That's progress.

Left turns: Incredibly dangerous for motorcycles

Motorcyclists get injured in all manner of accidents, day in and day out, but it's clear that one specific type of crash is the most dangerous of all — the left-turn accident.

When a driver decides to turn left, either to pull onto the main road or to turn off of the main street and onto a side road, they have to cross in front of oncoming traffic. This is a very dangerous, if common, practice. It's risky for anyone in any vehicle. However, there is a specific danger for motorcyclists that's tied to the size and speed of their vehicles.

Motorcycle fatalities 27 times as common as car fatalities

In recent years, you may have heard that motorcycle fatalities have finally begun dropping. For instance, 5,172 motorcyclists lost their lives in 2017, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The year before, the NHTSA reported 5,337 fatal incidents. Though the numbers are very similar, that still means that fatalities happened 3% less often in 2017. Things are trending toward safer roads.

That said, the statistic that really shows what types of dangers motorcyclists face is this one: Motorcycle fatalities happened 27 times as often as fatalities in other passenger vehicles.

How long should a doctor spend with a patient?

Despite the advances made in diagnostic medicine in recent years, a good deal of the reasoning that goes into diagnosing medical conditions comes from simple observation. That means that when you go to a doctor’s office, hospital clinic or emergency department in Toledo, much of the decision-making related to your care will be driven by what the doctor treating you sees. It goes without saying, then, that they need to see you long enough to develop a definitive diagnosis. Yet does the amount of time that doctors typically dedicate to patients allow for that?

Information shared by Reuters shows that, on average, American doctors spend about 20 minutes with their patients. In some situations, that may be more than enough. For example, if you are being seen for something that you are confident is not life-threatening or for which the source of your pain or discomfort is evident (say, an injury), then your doctor may not need to spend a great deal of time with you in order to diagnose you. The same may be said for visits that occur in a family practice setting (where more serious injuries and ailments are usually redirected to places offering a more advanced level of care).

Drunk driving realities in Ohio

As the month of October gets underway, many people in Ohio turn their attention to the upcoming Halloween holiday and get excited for a variety of celebratory events. At these events, it is common for adults to consume alcohol. That in and of itself is not a problem, but it can become a problem when those people then reach for their keys at the end of the night to drive home. Sadly, this is a situation that happens all too often even in the face of well-documented facts showing how dangerous driving after drinking is.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of drunk driving deaths in Ohio has increased every year from 2013 to 2017. In 2013, 266 people died at the hands of intoxicated drivers. That number jumped to 302 the next year and up to 309 in 2015. The following year saw another jump to 330 alcohol-related fatalities in 2016 and, finally, in 2017, the state recorded 333 fatalities in drunk driving accidents.

Know the facts about tort of outrage

When Ohio residents start a new job, they usually do not expect their new work environment to be hostile. However, sometimes someone may experience emotional trauma because of another employee's intentional actions. FindLaw says this intentional behavior is a tort of outrage.

Sometimes people may think that any rude or unpleasant behavior at work is a tort of outrage. However, this is not the case. The tort of outrage typically occurs when someone at a workplace intentionally acts in a way that makes another person experience mental distress. This mental distress might be embarrassment or fright that a person could not deal with. Another important component of this tort is an employer's failure to act. When people experience this kind of treatment at work, they may speak to their supervisor. If a supervisor refuses to acknowledge the situation, the company may also be liable for the employee's behavior.

How does workers’ comp work if I am injured off the job?

Workers’ compensation is meant to cover your expenses and lost wages if you are injured at work. What if you are in an accident doing a job-related duty while off the clock or away from your workplace? Contrary to what you and other Ohio residents may assume, you are not necessarily out of luck if this happens.

Workers’ compensation can cover you when you are clocked out or away from your workplace in numerous situations, as FindLaw explains. The following examples can clarify:

  • Your boss asked you to stop by his post office box on your way home from work, and you tripped on the curb and sprained your ankle walking into the post office.
  • You were in a car accident driving back to work from buying office supplies.
  • The overhead compartment above you opened during a business flight, and a suitcase fell out and struck you on the head.
  • You got food poisoning from contaminated potato salad at the company barbeque.

Distracted doctors are as dangerous as distracted drivers

Smartphones are everywhere. If you go to the doctor's office, there's a very good chance your doctor has one in his or her pocket while you're at the appointment. If not, maybe it's in the office somewhere. Regardless, that phone is powered on and close at hand.

Experts note that there are some potential upsides here. Phones make communication between medical professionals faster and easier than ever. Internet access means doctors can look up treatment options, check medical records and do important research in seconds. They may also use their phones to stay up to date on all of the latest breaking news in the field.

Common types of medical malpractice claims

When people in Ohio go in for a medical procedure, they trust that the healthcare team is competent and will do their jobs the right way. While medical providers strive to do their best in every situation, unfortunately mistakes do occur. When this happens and it causes harm to the patient, the patient may choose to file a medical malpractice claim.

The Collegian discusses some of the most common reasons patients or their family members file malpractice claims. Errors relating to medication are typical. Some of the errors include administering the improper dose, giving medication to the wrong patient or prescribing two medications that interact harmfully.

What are the most common motorcycle injuries?

With the Ohio summer getting ready to give way to fall, you likely are availing yourself of every possible opportunity to ride your bike before bad weather once again limits your riding opportunities. While you enjoy the call of the open road, however, never forget that unlike a car or truck, your motorcycle offers you no protection whatsoever in the event you wreck.

OurEverydayLife.com cautions that the top three injuries you likely will suffer in a motorcycle crash are the following:

  1. Head injury
  2. Broken bones
  3. Road rash
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