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Self-driving cars had only minor auto accidents until fatal crash

There has been much hype over the idea that an autonomous driving vehicle could make the roadways safer for fellow motorists. The motivation behind this technology is that human error causes the majority of auto accidents. Sadly, a recent fatal collision in Arizona points to the fact that no technology is fool-proof.

The crash that resulted in a woman's death occurred in Tempe, Arizona, around 10 p.m. on a Sunday evening. According to officials, an Uber vehicle was in self-driving mode as it traveled down a local road. While there was a driver behind the wheel, she purportedly took no actions to avoid striking the 49-year-old victim as she was walking her bicycle across the roadway.

Federal study shows rise in medical malpractice in nursing homes

According to a recent report by a publication that services the long-term care profession, the numbers of residents who are receiving care from nursing home facilities has declined. Unfortunately, the numbers of complaints regarding care and neglect in these institutions has risen substantially over the past several years. Since there are countless Arizona families who depend on these types of homes to care for aged or ailing family members, any news concerning possible medical malpractice in the form of neglect may be of interest.

According to a recent study by the federal Office of Inspector General through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the numbers of complaints regarding substandard or neglect care has increased by an estimated 33 percent in the years between 2011 and 2015. Of those complaints, purportedly half of them concerned what are considered high priority claims that may involve immediate danger to a patient. These types of reports must be acted on within 10 regular working days. Of these reports, approximately one-third were found to have merit.

Alleged police brutality incident draws interest from the FBI

Last summer, a man was stopped by a police officer for trespassing and jaywalking. The incident quickly escalated, and many point to it as yet another example of police brutality. Though the majority of encounters between Arizona residents and law enforcement are resolved peacefully, there have been many complaints that police officers overstep and cause greater harm to those they are sworn to protect.

This particular incident was purportedly initiated when a 33-year-old African-American male apparently took a shortcut through the parking area of a closed business. The encounter between the white officer, and the man was recorded by the officer's body camera. The captured footage showed the officer hitting, choking and using a Taser to stun the victim.

Automation could prevent some auto accidents if used correctly

There is much speculation concerning automated vehicles that do not require much input from a human driver. However, while it may be some time before the majority of traffic is composed of these types of vehicles, some of the automated features on current models may prevent some auto accidents -- if applied as intended. Arizona residents who reside in high-traffic areas may welcome the assistance these features provide.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted an experiment using a selection of newer model vehicles that incorporated two new technologies. These features are assisted cruise control and a program that prevents a vehicle from straying out of its travel lane. The group claims that drivers may embrace the thought of new automation features, but may be expecting these programs to operate in the same manner that an individual motorist drives.

Birth injuries are horrible events that drive joy from childbirth

Birth injuries can quickly turn a joyful event into a tragedy for a family. There are many factors that can impact whether or not a baby is born healthy. Parents shouldn't be expected to monitor what is going on. Instead, they should be able to focus on the labor and delivery experience. Unfortunately, medical professionals don't always do what they are supposed to do, and the newborns can suffer birth injuries.

It is imperative that any expectant parent knows some of the possible birth injuries that might occur so that they can keep a watchful eye on what is going on in the labor and delivery room. Here are somethings to keep in mind when you head to the hospital to have your bab.

Ford rangers could be subject of auto product liability suit

Other than the purchase of a home, buying an automobile is not a decision Arizona residents take lightly. Whether the purchase involves a new or used vehicle, two of the primary considerations are reliability and safety. Customers who have been injured or sustained significant monetary damages due to a faulty or unsafe vehicle may seek redress for those losses through an auto product liability civil suit.

The majority of car owners have been informed of the massive recalls that included mainly Honda vehicles due to defective airbags. However, many may not be aware that Ford Rangers are not only included in the list but have recently been a renewed focus of the airbag recall. The manufacturers of both Ford and Mazda issued a warning to consumers to not operate certain models of the Ranger pickup truck until the necessary repairs are made. The models affected are the 2006 Ranger and the Mazda B-Series 2006, which was built on the Ranger body type.

Man settles suit related to police brutality over false arrest

In the vast majority of cases, police and other law enforcement officials make every effort to both uphold the law and protect the rights of residents. Unfortunately, there have been disturbing circumstances concerning police brutality and other forms of overreach. Recently, an Arizona resident settled his case over a false arrest.

According to the lawsuit that was recently filed, the officials in his former state failed to fully investigate allegations concerning whether the man was involved in a crime that occurred early last year. The suit alleged that the man was arrested due to his social media connections to an individual who was involved in the crime. He also purportedly matched a vague description of one of the people believed to have been involved in the robbery.

Arizona auto accidents can change families' lives in an instant

It is likely that few people stop to consider that simply getting in the family car can be a life-altering decision. Sadly, for too many Arizona families, serious auto accidents can change their lives forever. One recent wreck stole the life of a 9-year-old child.

Arizona officials are still conducting their investigation into a fatal wreck that occurred on a recent Tuesday evening. According to the preliminary reports, the vehicle in which the child was a passenger was attempting to complete a left-hand turn onto a local road when it was struck by a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. That collision then caused the turning vehicle to hit a third car.

Medical malpractice encompasses medication errors as well

According to one source, an estimated 48,000 to 98,000 patients die each year due to medical errors. That report was published quite a few years ago under a title that suggested that human nature lends itself to mistakes. Unfortunately, any Arizona patient could become a victim of medical malpractice, including suffering serious health complications from medication errors.

Recently, one healthcare representative spoke about measures patients can take to avoid mistakes relating to medication errors. There were several suggestions that could enable providers to avoid complications caused by adverse health conditions or other risk factors. The first point that was noted was for patients to keep a detailed record of all prescription medications along with vitamins and over-the-counter remedies. Having a detailed list that can be shared with medical providers can ensure that dosage amounts and types of medications are appropriate for a particular patient.

4 ways to help a loved one with a traumatic brain injury

A car accident can often have tragic side effects. For instance, if you have a loved one who was in a car wreck in Phoenix and suffered a brain injury, you could be wondering what you can do to help. In the days, weeks and months after a person suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), there can be many unforeseen challenges. An individual with even a mild TBI could have memory problems or balance issues that could limit day-to-day activities which means that he or she might need help completing once basic tasks.

Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you learn how to aid a loved one coping with a TBI. The following tips can get you started down the right path in helping your family member with a traumatic brain injury.

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