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October 2013 Archives

Surgical instruments left in patients can lead to wrongful deaths

Surgeries are sometimes scheduled out and routine. Other times a surgery may involve an emergency situation. No matter a person's reason for having surgery, they are putting their trust in medical professionals to complete the medical procedure with the lowest risk possible. However, sometimes surgeons and medical staff are not properly accounting for surgical equipment that is used, and it could be left inside a patient.

Is world without car accidents possible with driverless cars?

If 90 percent of car accidents are caused by human error, might it make sense to take the human variable out of driving? Car companies are getting closer each year to making this a reality. Although there is still a lot of development, testing, and cost reduction that must take place before the road is filled with driverless vehicles, crash prevention technology is already starting to reduce the number of car accidents on the road today.

Downplaying risks of texting while driving could be dangerous

Most people understand that texting while driving is a dangerous activity. The problem is, many people still do it. They might think that they are capable of multitasking, and the other people on the road are not good at texting and driving. A recent study found that men are more likely to downplay the risk of distracted driving from texting. Even though women send more text messages on average, men are more likely to think that they are capable of effectively sending text messages while driving.

Oil field accidents a growing problem, one person injured Tuesday

A worker was injured in another oil field accident in Texas this week. According to a report a man was injured when disposal tanks cause fire at the site of an oil field, and was flown to a hospital in San Antonio. This is the second oil field explosion in two weeks in this area of Texas.

San Antonio Interstate closed after zesty accident

It was 3 a.m. Thursday morning, when a tractor-trailer spilled produce over Interstate 37 in San Antonio. This accident happened after the truck driver reportedly took an exit too fast, causing his tractor-trailer to tip over. The cargo of limes spilled over the highway, causing its closure for nine hours while crews worked to clean up the mess.

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