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Three vehicles, including semi truck, involved in fatal wreck

Two people were killed and two others were injured and needed hospitalization after a terrible crash on U.S. 127 in Michigan recently. The wreck occurred after a semi truck bumped into the back of a car being driven by two women. The collision resulted in the semi truck being overturned, which forced the car into oncoming traffic. Once the car entered oncoming traffic it was struck by another vehicle. The two women inside were killed.

The driver of the vehicle on the other side of traffic and the semi truck driver are expected to survive, as they were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. U.S. 127 was closed so emergency responders could collect evidence and take care of the victims and the scene.

When perfect is imperfect: the culture problem in medicine

Medical errors have been a constant theme on this blog, and for a good reason. They result in nearly 400,000 deaths every year in the United States, making medical errors the third-leading cause of death in the nation. Although it should be noted that the 400,000 figure for deaths related to medical errors was recently amended by a report that found the figure was 325,000 a year. Still very high mind you, but at least it's showing signs of improvement.

However, some recent comments by a medical professional brought the medical error issue back to the forefront, and she had an interesting take on why these medical errors are so prevalent. She believes that the "culture of perfection" in the medical industry gives rise to medical errors and the potential cover-up of some medical errors.

New technology allows cars to watch you watch the road

About a month ago, we wrote a blog post about texting while driving and how the bans on this activity impact fatalities on the road. The study involved in that blog post found that the impact was significant (in a good way) for teenage drivers, and, in general, texting bans reduced traffic fatalities.

We bring all of this up because one thing we didn't mention in that post is the texting ban here in Michigan. It has been on the books since 2010 and it bans any driver from reading, typing or sending electronic information while driving. There are exceptions in the case of GPS use and emergencies, but otherwise, the offense results in a $100 fine the first time and $200 for each subsequent offense by the individual driver.

More details emerging about owners in fatal Michigan dog attack

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about the headline-grabbing fatal dog attack that occurred in late July here in Michigan. A jogger was killed when multiple dogs mauled him, and the owners were swiftly charged with murder. The owners had a reputation, as did their dogs, and now the case is currently at trial.

One of the stories that has emerged from the trial is a prior dog bite case involving the family in question and their dogs. A 73-year-old man was out walking when the dogs came charging down a hill and attacked the older man. He was bleeding and he immediately called the police -- but one of the dogs' owners came out and pleaded with the man not to call the police. In fact, the owner took it a step further. He tried to bribe the dog bite victim, offering the 73-year-old money to not call the police.

Family files medical malpractice suit after botched care

Of major concern in the medical field is the sudden rise of attention deficit disorder diagnoses and the prescriptions of the drugs Ritalin and Adderall. According to a survey, the number of people who are taking attention deficit disorder drugs increased by 36 percent from 2008 to 2012. It's a major problem because these drugs have very potent and potentially dangerous side effects.

Consider a case that has received national attention, where a young man was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. Two psychiatrists prescribed "escalating doses" of Adderall to the young man, who later killed himself at the age of 24. The psychiatrists are accused of failing to properly diagnose attention deficit disorder and failing to monitor the drugs they prescribed to treat the condition.

When a wrongful death occurs, how does the legal side work?

A wrongful death lawsuit is a very important piece of civil legal action -- albeit under sad circumstances -- that allows the family and loved ones of a deceased accident victim to seek justice from another person. Although that may sound straightforward, wrongful death lawsuits have numerous elements to them and the laws are different from state to state. So what can you expect when you are considering a wrongful death lawsuit?

First, negligence or misconduct must play a role. If another person was legally at fault for the death of your loved one, then that person can be sued for wrongful death. Usually such a lawsuit follows the criminal side of the case, as there will be more evidence (and potentially a guilty verdict) to use, let alone the fact that the burden of proof is lower in civil court.

Many injured after double-decker buses collide

While the following motor vehicle accident story didn't occur here in Michigan, the circumstances of the wreck certainly raise some eyebrows about the safety of double-decker buses.

Two double-decker buses were traveling in Times Square, presumably with many people on board. Somehow, one of the buses lost control and the buses collided. As a result, at least 11 people were injured, and it appears that some people were thrown from the top of the buses down on to the pavement below. 

Worker quits then gets injured, still earns workers comp

A very interesting workers' compensation case was recently resolved after a court ruled in favor of an injured former employee. However, the circumstances of the individual's injury and the decision made by the court provide for some important discussion regarding workers' comp and workplace accidents.

A disgruntled employee came in to work one day and learned that after working a long shift the night before, he would have another long shift today. The employee discussed the matter with his boss and tried to get some of his work delegated to other employees, given the tremendous workload he had already dealt with. The boss declined this request, and the employee decided it was time to quit right then and there.

Fatal dog attack in Michigan leads to murder charges for owners

A 46-year-old man who was out for a jog recently was killed by two dogs that attacked and mauled him. The jogger was running down the street when the attack happened, which was witnessed by a person who was mowing his lawn. This witness began approaching the man and the dogs when he saw the 46-year-old was in trouble, but the witness soon realized that he would need something else to affect the situation. He ran back inside and grabbed a gun, eventually making it back to the dog attack where he shot one of the dogs.

Both dogs then ran off. The 46-year-old died from the injuries he sustained in the mauling. The two dogs were captured and have since been euthanized.

Do texting bans work? And what impact do they have on teens?

Many people all across the country may question the effectiveness of texting bans -- and really, it's a fair critique on the surface. You can't drive down the highway for more than ten minutes anymore without seeing a car swerving a bit in their lane. As you pass that car, it's likely you'll see a driver with his or her head down, and his or her face lit up by the light blue glow of a cellphone screen.

However, the data paints a very different picture about texting bans. So how effective are these bans at preventing car accidents? And do they affect any demographics in particular, such as teenagers?

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