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Truck accidents may lessen or even become a thing of the past in the coming decades. Mercedes-Benz has become one of the first companies to build a semi-truck that uses advanced cameras, radar sensors and blind-spot technology capable of rendering the surrounding environment to almost completely self-drive the truck. The Future Truck 2025 still requires the driver to merge onto an interstate, but the leap forward in technology will cut down on semi-truck accidents caused by driver fatigue and driver error.

Future Truck 2025 will use an advanced GPS navigation system to find the best and quickest routes to get to a location. Once it is time to get off the highway, or if a construction zone or other obstacle presents itself, the truck will flash visual alerts to warn the driver to take control of the wheel or bring the vehicle to a controlled stop. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems will allow the truck to connect to other cars on the road and drive around them or move aside to let them pass.

Mercedes still has a long way to go before its prototype becomes a reality. Current projections see self-driving semi-trucks hitting American highways in 10 to 15 years.

How Can We Stop Distracted Driving Accidents?

Federal regulations limiting hours on the road for truck drivers help to reduce semi-truck accidents from fatigue. However, there is always more that could be done to improve the safety of everyone on the road. If technological innovation can put an end to fatal truck accidents, it could transform the highways for passenger vehicles. Self-driving semi-trucks have the potential to drive us into a brave new world and make trucking accidents ancient history.

Doehrman Buba – Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers

Did You Know?: In 2012, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic accidents.

Source: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/mercedes-making-self-driving-semi-change-future-shipping/

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014
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A preventable adverse event (PAE) is when a doctor or hospital makes an avoidable mistake and injures a patient as a result. A new study by the Journal of Patient Safety has found that up to 440,000 Americans die in hospitals every year from preventable adverse events. Centers for Disease Control statistics now name hospital errors as the third leading cause of death in the U.S., placing the widespread problem right behind cancer and heart disease.

Examples of PAEs can include medication dosage errors, surgical mistakes and unnecessary medical procedures. It is estimated that over 1,000 people a day die from preventable mistakes made by medical practitioners.

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed Against Indiana Cardiologists

Dozens of Indiana residents are joining a lawsuit aimed at three Northwest Indiana cardiologists accused of performing unnecessary procedures. If the cardiologists in this case performed procedures that other cardiologists believe were unnecessary and patients were injured as a result, the doctors and/or hospitals could be liable for medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice is when a doctor, hospital or health care provider performs an action that does not follow the proper standard of care and a patient is injured as a result. The standards of care for doctors is determined by other medical professionals, not lawyers. To have a medical malpractice case, an independent medical expert must testify that the doctor's actions fell below the acceptable standard of care in the situation.

Our office offers free confidential case reviews if you suspect medical malpractice caused an injury to you or your relative. We can review your situation and advise you as to your best options moving forward.

Doehrman Buba – Indianapolis Injury Lawyers

Did You Know?: According to the CDC, 129.8 million Americans visited the ER in 2010.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/leahbinder/2013/09/23/stunning-news-on-preventable-deaths-in-hospitals/

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Mon, Nov 24, 2014
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A 58-year-old Indiana man died in a horrific crash when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a semi-truck that had stopped due to roadway construction. Indiana State Police say that the man was thrown from his 2007 Harley Davidson and declared dead at the scene. Every year, American motorists die in truck accidents, but there are measures they can take to improve their safety.

How Can I Avoid a Truck Accident?

One important thing to remember when driving around semi-trucks is that due to the size of the vehicle, truck drivers often have a blind spot and may not be able to see you clearly. If you cannot see the truck driver's mirrors, he or she cannot see you.

Large semi-trucks also need lots of space to maneuver. A cautious driver should speed up when passing a semi. It is also important to provide it with plenty of room in case it needs to suddenly brake. Keep in mind that a semi-truck needs more time to brake than a normal vehicle.

To avoid a potential collision, always pay attention to turn signals and never try to pass a truck as it is turning. This may seem obvious, but many drivers forget to factor in that trucks make wide turns.

A cautious driver should always remain aware of their surroundings. Equipment can fall off semi-trucks, tires can blow out, and trailer hitches can come undone. Always remain vigilant when driving around semi-trucks.

What Can I Do If I Have Been in a Truck Accident?

If you have been the victim of an accident with a semi-truck and you have questions about damages and compensation, contact our personal injury lawyers at Doehrman Buba.

Doehrman Buba – Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys

Source: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/26867358/prospect-heights-man-killed-in-motorcycle-crash-in-indiana, http://www.progressive.com/understanding-insurance/entries/2009/9/1/safe_driving_around/

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Fri, Nov 21, 2014
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Truck accidents can be avoided

Truck accidents may lessen or even become a thing of the past in the coming decades. Mercedes-Benz has become one of the first companies to build a semi-truck that uses advanced cameras, radar sensors and blind-spot technology capable of rendering the surrounding environment to almost completely self-drive the truck. The Future Truck 2025 still requires the driver to merge onto an interstate, but the leap forward in technology will cut down on semi-truck accidents caused by driver fatigue and driver error.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014
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