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What drivers should do to avoid motorcycle vs. car accidents

As the weather in Ohio warms up, more motorcycle riders may take to the roads. This means that drivers need to remain extra vigilant in order to ensure they do not cause motorcycle versus car accidents that could cause serious or fatal injuries to those on two wheels. Below are some tips for drivers that may prevent these accidents and provide reminders to motorcyclists as well.

Because riders' profiles are smaller, they more easily end up in drivers' blind spots. This means that drivers need to take precautions and take the time to be sure that the way is clear before merging or changing lanes. A turn signal could save a life as well. If a driver intends to merge, change lanes, pass or turn, using a turn signal warns every driver on the road no matter what type of vehicle of his or her intentions. 

Recalls of medical devices rose to an alarming number in 2018

Many people here in Ohio and across the country rely on technological marvels to continue living full and productive lives. Medical devices extend and enhance people's lives every day. Unfortunately, many of them also come with defects that cause more harm than good.

In fact, data indicates that the number of medical devices recalled in the first three months of 2018 rose an alarming 126 percent from the final three months of 2017. That equates to approximately 208.4 million medical devices subject to a variety of recalls. Almost 94 percent of the devices subject to these recalls resulted from defects during manufacturing. One of the primary causes for these recalls involved problems with their software.

Fighting back against the opioid crisis

Is your community spending precious resources battling issues associated with opioid addiction and drug-related criminal activities?

The dangers of opioids have been downplayed by pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors and sellers for years. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Ohioans have become addicted to these powerful painkillers, and hundreds of people die each year from drug overdoses. Local, county and state communities are running out of money as they try to provide the services and care their citizens need as the opioid problem grows.

Pinnacle Foods may face product liability claims after recall

When Ohio residents go to the grocery store, they expect to make informed purchases. They may know that some products are not good for them, but at least they make their purchases knowing what should be in the products they buy. Sometimes, products contain contaminants unknown to consumers that cause serious illnesses. For example, Pinnacle Foods recently recalled one of its products due to contamination from toxins. The company could face product liability claims as a result.

The company, which owns Vlasic, Birds Eye and Duncan Hines, also owns the Armour Star brand. It was recently discovered that the brand's ready-to-eat dried, sliced beef may be contaminated with clostridial toxin and staphylococcal enterotoxin. The potentially affected and recalled products were manufactured Jan. 2 through Jan. 9 and are stamped with "EST." 2AD inside the mark of inspection from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Deadly car crash turns prom night into fright night

It is the time of year when high school kids here in Ohio and across the country begin looking forward to summer break. This also means that it is prom season for thousands of them. Recently, one high school prom was marred by a car crash that sent several students to the hospital -- one of whom never went home again.

Four friends were on their way to the prom at approximately 6:15 p.m. that Friday evening. Preliminary police reports indicated that the driver was traveling above the posted speed limit when the vehicle veered into the oncoming lane of travel. When the driver overcorrected when attempting to get back into the appropriate lane. This sent the vehicle rolling.

Could asbestos exposure result from fires?

In addition to the flames, the smoke created by fires can present certain dangers. Smoke inhalation on its own can cause substantial damage to a victim, but when other chemicals or toxic substances mix with the smoke, the results could be devastating for his or her health. This includes asbestos exposure that could occur during a fire, depending on the location. Ohio has certain locations such as old buildings and rail yards where this toxic compound exists, and during a fire, it could become airborne and lead to adverse health consequences.

The presence of asbestos is a concern in a fire that recently took place at a rail yard fire in the southwestern portion of the country. As smoke billowed from the location, some began to worry that a public health alert should be issued. However, it was determined that the risk was low. In fact, an allergist-immunologist proclaimed that required more than brief exposure. Some who have contracted asbestos-related diseases in the past may disagree.

Disabled vehicles run the risk of being involved in car accidents

Whether a driver blows a tire, runs out of gas or sustains some other mechanical issue while driving on an Ohio highway, the experience can be harrowing. Trying to get the vehicle to a safe place may cause a driver a few seconds of anxiety. This may be because disabled vehicles run the risk of being involved in car accidents.

For example, a man ran out of gas on Interstate 670. He called a friend who came to tow the disabled vehicle. As the two men resumed a trip along the road with the vehicle in tow, a third vehicle struck them. Everyone got out of his or her respective vehicles to survey the damage, and that is when disaster struck.

Mesothelioma patients could participate in cancer device trials

Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, and some may be here in Ohio. At present, no cure for this condition exists, but patients can undergo traditional cancer treatments in an attempt to prolong their lives. Even so, researchers, including medical device and pharmaceutical companies, are working to find new treatments that could further extend the lives of patients with mesothelioma.

To that end, Novocure wants to seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin a phase 2 trial of an electric field device to treat cancer tumors. The company wants to market the device for mesothelioma under the FDA's humanitarian device exception. This exception does not get used often, but is meant to encourage research in the field of rare diseases. The evidence requirements are lower and only apply to diseases that affect 8,000 people or less per year throughout the United States.

Did weather contribute to deadly car accident?

Whether it is snow, sleet or rain, the weather can wreak havoc on Ohio's roadways. In many cases, it is because a driver fails to appropriately adjust his or her driving based on how the weather affects the road and traffic flow. Of course, even a diligent driver could lose control and end up in a car accident when the weather creates potentially dangerous travel.

Investigators may be wondering whether the weather played a role in a recent two-car crash. There were scattered snow showers on the morning of the accident. The two vehicles collided at approximately 7:12 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. One vehicle was headed north while the other was headed south.

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