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People blame others for mistakes because of the way they feel

Did you know that human error is the leading cause of car accidents? People make mistakes on the road. They do it all the time. They cause accidents that lead to property damage, minor injuries, serious injuries, disabilities and even death. Every year, tens of thousands of people lose their lives. Many more suffer injuries. It's startling to think about.

However, if you ask people about their own driving, many of them will tell you that they are actually very good drivers. It's everyone else who makes mistakes. Even if someone just caused a crash, they'll often try to blame the other party. Why does it happen?

6 things your surgeon needs to know

You're going in for surgery. You have heard that communication is an important part of the process. What does your surgeon need to know before the procedure?

Every case is different, and it's important to work closely with your surgeon to make sure they have the information that will help them guide you toward a successful procedure and recovery. That said, here are six things you can start with that your medical team does need to know:

  1. If you are taking any supplements or herbs.
  2. If you are taking any medications, even basic ones like aspirin, and how much you take.
  3. If you have any known allergies, even if you think they may not impact the procedure at all. They especially need to know about allergies to medications and other treatment options.
  4. If you have had any previous operations.
  5. If you have tried other things to help with your condition, such as treatments and medications, beyond simply having surgery.
  6. If any other surgeries and operations have led to complications. For instance, perhaps you always feel nauseated after surgery. It does not have to be a major complication. You want to disclose everything.

Is that text message really worth an accident?

Distracted driving happens in many different ways. Eating behind the wheel is a distraction, for instance, as is simply changing the radio station. Drivers who look away from the road for any reason are distracted, and they can cause accidents.

That said, the top cause of distracted driving is almost certainly texting and driving. This has evolved a bit with the invention of the smartphone, as similar activities now include sending messages on social media or using related apps. But it's all a very similar type of distraction, and it can all be lethal.

Cyclist dies after getting hit by car

Cycling in the city is inherently dangerous, and one rider was recently involved in an accident in Brooklyn. Tragically, they were killed in the crash.

Per reports, the incident happened right around 11 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. A 57-year-old man was riding down Sutter Ave, heading west. A white Hyundai with an 18-year-old driver was passing him when the car struck him.

Signs of a dangerous medication overdose

A neglectful, careless worker at a nursing home could give your loved one more medication than they actually need, or they could give them two medications that react dangerously with one another. Either way, this could lead to serious complications and could be fatal.

At the same time, nursing home neglect could mean that the staff overlooks clear symptoms of an overdose. When your loved one is at risk, the staff may not do everything they should to keep them safe and healthy.

Alleged drunk driver killed couple over holiday weekend

Holidays are always a dangerous time to be on the road in the United States, as instances of drunk driving tend to increase. While some holidays pose more of a threat than others, the reality is that almost all holidays, major and minor, increase the risks.

Take, for example, a recent story out of New York about an accident that happened over Memorial Day weekend. Police report that one vehicle was heading south, going down State Route 9. Another vehicle was at the intersection with Ushers Road, heading east. It had stopped because of the traffic light and was waiting to continue.

Tips to guide your next doctor's appointment

Hoping to get the most that you can out of your next visit to the doctor's office? You're not alone. Many people feel like they have to rush through the appointment without really getting to ask all of their questions or find any answers. They feel like the doctor doesn't listen to them, and they're not sure that they're getting the proper care. They want that to change.

If that's how you feel, these tips may help:

  • Bring someone else along. You may feel nervous to ask, but they can jump in on your behalf.
  • Write down what you want to say first. If you forget a question that you wanted to ask and the doctor is about to leave the room, ask them to stay while you review the list.
  • On that note, write down the important things that the doctor tells you. This helps you engage in the conversation, and it gives you a reference for later.
  • Ask the doctor how you can get in touch with them if you have any more questions at a later date.
  • Ask about your own medical records. Find out how to read them and what they tell you about medications, treatment plans, diagnoses and more.
  • Don't be afraid to talk to people who are not your primary care doctor. Nurses may have more time and can often access the same information. Your pharmacist may also be able to answer some of your questions.

3 ways that accidents happen at dangerous intersections

Few things that you do while driving are as dangerous as going through an intersection. You must trust other drivers who are purposefully driving in a way that would cause an accident if they make a simple mistake.

Say that you come to a four-way stop, for instance. You drive forward when it's your turn, but the driver on the cross-street thinks it is his turn and also drives forward. The two cars crash in the middle, with both of you insisting the other person caused it.

Get a second opinion -- doctors make mistakes

When someone tells you to get a second opinion after you go to the doctor, do you feel rather bad about it? Do you feel like you're betraying your own doctor's trust? Or do you think that it is just a waste of time?

Don't worry about any of that. Just worry about your health. That's what matters. Much of the time, that means you should get a second opinion.

Almost any distraction can cause an accident

One of the main reasons that driving distractions are such a problem on America's highways is simply that there are so many distractions to choose from. Sometimes, it feels like not a drive goes by where you don't experience them.

Naturally, some of the biggest distractions are easy to pinpoint. They are things like:

  • Using a cellphone
  • Talking to passengers
  • Reaching for things that fell on the floor
  • Interacting with children or pets
  • Doing personal grooming
  • Singing along with the music or even dancing
  • Looking at objects in the car or along the road
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