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April 2018 Archives

Traffic fatalities could be eliminated by 2050, says coalition

Safer roads could be in the future for Iowa drivers if the Road to Zero Coalition is successful in its stated goal of reducing traffic deaths to zero by 2050. With traffic fatalities in 2016 rising around the country to 37,461, a 5.6 percent climb compared to the previous year, the coalition has identified a number of initiatives to bring these numbers back down again.

Reducing the odds of being bitten by a dog

Dogs living in Iowa or any other state can be prone to biting. Statistically, about one in every five bites requires medical attention, and infection can be just as big of a concern as the pain a bit can cause. To reduce the odds of a dog biting someone, a prospective dog owner should select one that fits his or her home and lifestyle.

Who may hold liability after a truck accident?

In the aftermath of an accident involving a commercial truck, it may prove more difficult than victims expect to determine who is responsible for the accident and how, exactly, to file a personal injury claim. Among other reasons, this is because many parties regularly hold some form of liability in such an accident.

Smartphones may not be the biggest threat to drivers

Iowa residents may believe that their smartphones are the greatest impediment to driving safely. However, letting their minds wander while behind the wheel could actually be the greater danger. Getting lost in thought is believed to be a natural reaction to performing a mundane task. It is also believed that the advent of self-driving cars might not do much at first to decreased the rates of distracted driving.

Professor says self-driving cars should not behave like humans

Iowa motorists who are interested in the autonomous car industry may be aware of a fatality that occurred in March when a self-driving Uber vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian. The police chief of Tempe, Arizona, where the accident occurred, says it would have been difficult for anyone to stop under the circumstances since the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk and the road was dark.

What you need to know about neonatal whole body cooling

Neonatal whole body cooling sounds like a horrifying treatment, but it's one that can help save a child's life and protect his or her brain. The treatment is used on infants who experience hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy at birth. The goal is to slow the metabolism and reduce the risk of disability and death for the baby.

Drivers report more cellphone use despite dangers

Some Iowa drivers might be engaging in dangerous behaviors such as talking on cellphones and texting while driving but still believe they are safe. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, almost 58 percent of people said they believed talking on a cellphone while driving was dangerous, but about 50 percent also said they had talked on a handheld phone while behind the wheel. More than three-fourths said they thought it was dangerous to text and drive, but almost 45 percent had read a text or email while driving and 35 percent had sent one.

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