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July 2018 Archives

Most drivers unconvinced by cellphone dangers

Drivers distracted by cellphones are involved in about one in four motor vehicle accidents around the country. Public information campaigns warning Oklahoma motorists about the dangers of using cellphones while behind the wheel have had little impact, and most road safety advocates believe that the problem will get worse rather than better in the years ahead. A team of Australian researchers polled 447 drivers about their attitudes toward distracted driving and cellphone use, and they found that more than two-thirds of them thought the dangers were overblown.

Doctor burnout makes medical errors more likely

The results of a nationwide survey of doctors might be interesting to Oklahoma readers. Nearly 6,700 hospital and clinic doctors were asked about workplace safety, medical errors, fatigue, depression, suicidal thoughts and workplace burnout. Researchers concluded that doctors who suffered from symptoms of burnout were twice as likely as others to make a medical mistake.

Driverless cars to effect gradual shift in insurance industry

In 2016, there was a report from Morgan Stanley entitled "Are Auto Insurers on the Road to Nowhere?" which estimated that with the introduction of driverless cars, the auto insurance industry would dwindle by 80 percent by 2040. Oklahoma residents should know that newer research, in addition to the spate of fatal accidents involving driverless cars, is painting a different picture of the future.

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