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Car accidents are a common occurrence in Delaware

One of the few guarantees in life is that accidents are going to happen. Unfortunately, car accidents are on the rise across the state of Delaware as more and more vehicles utilize already overcrowded roadways. Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States, and this is not likely to change anytime soon.

A recent multi-vehicle crash in Georgetown claimed the life of a woman and injured three other people. The accident happened on U.S. 9 during the afternoon hours. According to reports, an eastbound car was stopped at a traffic light waiting to turn left when the car was violently rear-ended by a sedan. Reports said the collision knocked the car into the westbound lane where it was hit again by an oncoming van.

Knee ligament injuries can occur during car accidents

If you are an athlete or sports fan, you have probably heard about some common knee injuries. After all, a torn knee ligament can end an athletic career. You do not have to spend time on the field to sustain ligament damage, though. On the contrary, in a car crash, you may tear the ligaments in your knee. 

Your knee is an important and somewhat complex joint. In fact, it is the intersection of major leg bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and cartilage. While you may break a bone or damage a muscle during a car collision, you may also injure important ligaments. As such, following any car accident, you should seek emergency medical treatment. You also should know the common types of ligament injuries that sometimes occur in automobile collisions. 

Car accidents: Distracted driving is a cause for concern

Venturing out on Delaware roadways these days is always a risky endeavour. Drivers never know what they may encounter, which is why it is always very important to stay focused when behind the wheel. Thanks to modern technology, motorists today face an abundance of distractions that can take focus away from the road. Distracted drivers are one of the main causes of car accidents across the United States today.

An alleged distracted driver caused a recent crash just outside of Wilmington that left several motorists suffering injuries. The accident happened just before noon on Del. 7 at the entrance of Delaware Park. According to a report by the Delaware State Police, an SUV failed to stop at a traffic light and collided with a sedan that was leaving Delaware Park.

Lawsuit alleges father's death was caused by surgical errors

These days, thanks to technology and safety regulations, surgery is relatively safe. The state of Delaware is home to skilled and experienced physicians who combine their knowledge with advanced medical technology to produce better patient outcomes. However, no surgery is totally without risk, especially when humans are involved. A man in another state filed a lawsuit after surgical errors allegedly killed his father.

Reportedly, his father was in the middle of a spinal surgery when complications occurred. According to the lawsuit, the man was given four injections of a sedative known as propofol. Allegedly, he received a total of 20 cubic centimeters of the drug within a time frame of 11 minutes. The lawsuit asserted this led to the man suffering an overdose.

Car accidents with tractor-trailers are often fatal

As the U.S. economy continues to grow, there is a greater need to ship goods and merchandise throughout the country. The most economical and efficient way to do this is with tractor-trailers. For Delaware motorists in passenger vehicles, it can definitely be intimidating to share the road with these massive trucks. Because they are so big, car accidents involving tractor-trailers have a much higher chance of being fatal.

Recently, a tragic crash in Newark claimed the life of one man and injured several others, including a child. The accident happened during the late afternoon hours along the southbound lanes of Interstate 95. According to reports, traffic had slowed to a halt and the driver of a tractor-trailer failed to stop. The tractor-trailer rear-ended a sedan and forced it across all the southbound lanes, reports said.

Texting is only one form of distracted driving behavior

You may take pride in your driving skills. You may obey the laws, always drive sober and take no unnecessary chances while behind the wheel.

Paying attention to other drivers is also essential. Do you see someone using a cellphone or eating a sandwich? Is another driver reading? Remember that texting is only one form of distracted driving.

Birth injuries: Lawsuit settled for over $11 million

Giving birth is an incredibly fragile process, and parents in Delaware trust that medical providers will provide the appropriate care throughout this process. During this delicate time, any mistake or deviation from the accepted standard of care can result in birth injuries. A lawsuit filed in another state alleged that the negligence of doctors during birth resulted in a baby boy suffering permanent and severe brain damage.

According to the lawsuit, the mother visited the hospital experiencing contractions and was later admitted. Allegedly, it was noted that fetal stool was present in the amniotic fluid not long after the mother was admitted. Over the next few hours, providers gave the mother various medications to lessen pain and encourage labor, the lawsuit said. Nearly 20 hours after the mother's water broke, the child was born and noted to be nonvigorous and floppy, the lawsuit alleged.

Car accidents involving bicycles are on the rise in Delaware

In the state of Delaware, cycling has become a popular form of recreation and transportation. Traveling by bicycle is environmentally friendly, very economical and a great way to stay in shape. However, as roadways across the state become more crowded, traveling by bicycle can also be very dangerous. Since cyclists are minimally protected, car accidents involving bicycles have a greater chance of being serious or fatal.

A recent crash in Lewes involving a bicycle left a man critically injured. The accident happened during the afternoon hours along Coastal Highway. According to reports, the driver of a northbound sedan attempted to change lanes to make a right turn and struck a cyclist who was headed the same direction. Reports said the cyclist collided with the right side of the sedan and was thrown from his bike.

Head-on car accident leaves police with questions

There are times when a car crash has a very clear cause and someone who is very clearly at fault. Other times, police have to piece together exactly what happened, based on evidence and eyewitness testimony, if either is available. This is what Delaware police are facing with a recent car accident where two vehicles struck each other head-on.

According to authorities, the collision occurred on a recent early morning at an intersection of local roads. Officers say that two passenger vehicles were involved and both were operated by young women -- one age 22 and the other age 17. The 22-year-old was driving west and the other was headed east when they apparently struck each other near the intersection.

How physician burnout leads to surgical errors

Surgical errors and other types of medical malpractice happen for numerous reasons, from poor recordkeeping to a lack of communication. Sometimes, providers are outright neglectful or abusive, whereas other times the mistakes are unintentional yet happen anyway due to factors such as carelessness or time constraints.

One cause for unintentional (though still unacceptable) errors is physician burnout. Doctors feel overwhelmed at the amount of work they have to do and the stress that comes along with their duties.

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