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After years of improvement, crash data takes a deadly turn

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regularly collects and analyzes crash data, including the number of fatalities, severity of injuries and cause of the accident. For many years now, the agency has released even preliminary data with some fanfare, because the number of fatal crashes has been on a steady decline. So much so, in fact, that 2014 showed the lowest number of fatalities ever reported.

Technology doesn't eliminate pilot error

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, "controlled flight into terrain" accidents accounted for 25% of all fatal commercial air accidents ten years ago. In 2014, however, they accounted for only 2% of all accidents and 13% of airline fatalities worldwide. "Controlled flight into terrain" refers to an accident in which a normal aircraft collides with the ground, water, a mountain or other obstacle after the pilot becomes disoriented or makes a mistake. According to the article, these accidents have become much rarer thanks to improved technology that warns pilots of an impending collision. 

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE: DELAYED DIAGNOSIS IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

The term "medical malpractice" can summon images of dramatic mistakes: surgeons amputating the wrong limb or leaving instruments in a patient's body cavity; improper use of forceps during childbirth leading to brain damage; medication errors that result in death. But medical malpractice can also involve doctors arriving at the correct diagnosis so late that the patient suffers harm. 

What is a manufacturing defect?


Pretty much every Pennsylvania resident has had to purchase some sort of consumer product at one time or another. When they purchase products, people expect them to work as they've been advertised. People want to know that they spend their money on products that are going to be useful to their lives.

Don't let the death of a loved one ruin your financial life


Families in Pennsylvania rely on each other for a variety of reasons. People trust that their family will be there when they need it. While people often think of their family as their emotional support system, a family is also a financial support system. Each family member has his or her role and often has a duty to provide some sort of service. In some cases, the person may go to work in order to provide for the family. In other situations, a person may stay home and take care of the children. In either case, the person is providing a valuable financial service to the family as a whole.

The elements of a wrongful death suit


An unexpected accident can happen with very little notice. In many cases, an accident is nothing more than a simple problem. They often only result in momentary inconveniences or other minor damage. When these types of accidents happen, very little thought may be given to why the accident occurred.

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