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March 2015 Archives

Study: ER MDs are ordering too many advanced diagnostic scans

A recently published study in the medical journal Academic Emergency Medicine made some truly eye-opening findings concerning the practice of defensive medicine, meaning when physicians order an excess of diagnostic exams out of concerns over a possible misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose.

Will CA's position on lane-splitting be adopted by other states?

Chances are very good that as you've sat in one of the innumerable traffic jams here in Southern California that you've seen motorcycles navigating their way between the rows of stopped vehicles, a practice known as lane-splitting.

FAA releases cockpit safety information in wake of fatal crash

According to French prosecutors, an investigation into the recent Germanwings crash has determined that the co-pilot of the plane locked the pilot out of the cockpit and then deliberately slammed the plane into the French Alps. Cockpit voice recordings have been recovered and were used in the analysis of this determination. Understandably, air travelers worldwide are asking how this co-pilot could have possibly been deemed fit to fly.

Teen driving distractions: far more than just cellphones

When it comes to preventing teens from driving while distracted, a lot of focus goes towards keeping teens off their phones while driving. However, it is important to not forget that cellphones do not have a monopoly when it comes to distracting teen drivers; there are many different distracting activities teens may be tempted to do when behind the wheel.

Why you likely need an attorney for car accident mediation

There is no one “correct” way to handle a personal injury claim. Some individuals who file claims opt to settle if a settlement offer is fair. Others must vigorously litigate their claims in order to obtain the justice they deserve. And some individuals opt for an alternative dispute resolution approach. This approach allows plaintiffs and their attorneys to mediate or otherwise negotiate a claim outside of a courtroom setting.

Westlake Village residents reminded to plan for a sober ride this St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching and festivities will be in full swing this weekend and on Tuesday around the Westlake Village area. While considered a religious holiday in Ireland, in the U.S. St. Patrick's Day is often celebrated with anything and everything green, including lots of green beer.

Dangerous runways threaten the safety of airline passengers

Much of the world was shocked when news broke of an accident that caused a Delta Air Lines passenger plane to skid off a runway at LaGuardia Airport yesterday. According to numerous media outlets, the plane slid after landing and was only halted a few feet from the bank of the frigid East River. As of yesterday, it seems that nothing was mechanically wrong with the plane and no reports of pilot error surfaced in the hours immediately following the accident.

When others aren't careful behind the wheel

There are many different things a person can do to try to keep themselves safe out on the roads. However, as scary of a thought as it may be, a person's safety out on the roads is not something that they have sole control over. How safe of a place the roads are for them is also dependent on how the drivers around them act.

Understanding and preventing aggressive driving - Part II

Last week, we began a discussion about aggressive driving. We noted that aggressive driving behaviors are considered to be any behaviors which are unsafe and are committed both deliberately and with a disregard for safety. It is important to note that this disregard for safety may be unintentional. Many Americans are familiar with the concept of road rage, in which an individual intentionally tries to commit bodily harm by engaging in dangerous driving behaviors. Most motorists would never engage in road rage. However, a surprising number of American motorists engage in aggressive driving behaviors on a regular basis.

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