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July 2017 Archives

Brake Safety Day event held throughout North America

New Mexico truck drivers may have heard about the Brake Safety Day that took place on May 3 and was sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. It was an unannounced event that resulted in 9,524 inspections in 33 states and 10 Canadian provinces. Of the trucks inspected, 1,989 were taken out of service, and of those, 1,146 were taken out of service because of brake violations.

Diagnosis failure results in jury award

New Mexico patients who are concerned about whether their illnesses have been properly treated may be interested to learn of a case in which a hospital was required to pay $29 million to a patient because of a failure to diagnose her condition. The patient, who has Wilson's disease, is now suffering from significant complications because of a delayed diagnosis. According to the jury, the rare condition the woman had may have been treated with little difficulty if the hospital had given a diagnosis and treatment in a more timely fashion.

Driving dangers and the Fourth of July

New Mexico residents who planned a road trip for the Fourth of July should know that it is considered the most dangerous summer holiday with regard to motor vehicle accidents. The Insurance for Highway Safety states that for the last10 years, the holiday has been, on average, the most dangerous day for drivers. A major insurer states that 7 percent more accident claims are filed for the Fourth of July as well as the three days before it than are filed for the Labor Day and Memorial Day holidays.