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July 2017 Archives

Higher speed limits could make roadways less safe

Motorists in Ohio and across the United States are driving faster legally, and it is leading to an increased number of traffic deaths. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that speed limit hikes between 1993 and 2013 led to an additional 33,000 road fatalities.

Surgery might not benefit some prostate cancer patients

When an Iowa man is diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, it may be recommended that he consider certain treatment options that could include prostate cancer surgery. However, a long-term study found that those with localized tumors did not benefit from the surgery. In fact, the risk for complications was particularly high even though those who had the procedure done did not live longer than those who did not have the surgery done.

Several large cars honored in safety tests

Three large car models that are popular with Iowa motorists have received top honors in safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Toyota Avalon were all named Top Safety Picks Plus by the IIHS, the arm of the auto insurance industry charged with promoting automobile safety. At the same time, the Tesla Model S, Ford Taurus and Chevrolet Impala were denied top honors in the tests.

July 4 holiday sees increase in auto claims

According to a leading, auto accident claim rates are 7 percent higher on July 4 and the three days leading up to it compared to Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The claims rate may increase because of increased traffic . Furthermore, Iowa drivers may be tired or on routes that they are not familiar with, which may cause them to become distracted.

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