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Which type of doctors are most apt to be sued?

A report published by Medscape in 2017 indicated that at least half of all doctors will be sued for malpractice during their careers. After interviewing more than 4,000 physicians, however, researchers found out that certain types of doctors are more apt to be sued than others.

The researchers determined that 85 percent of all surgeons and women's health specialists (including OB-GYNs) had previously been sued. Otolaryngologists, urologists and orthopedists followed closely, with all of those specialties facing lawsuits at a similar rate.

Distracted driving stats every driver needs to know

Have you ever picked up your phone to read a text message when you're driving? Have you ever tried to snap a picture to share on social media without stopping the car?

If so, you understand how easy it is to rationalize distracted driving. People often think that their actions will be safe "just this one time." They take risks and think nothing of it. To show you what those risks really look like, here are a few statistics you should know:

  • Some studies report that driver distraction contributes to a staggering 80 percent of auto accidents.
  • The amount of brain power a person puts into their driving drops by a full 40 percent whenever the driver actively listens to music or has a conversation with someone else. As you can see, it's not just texting that is dangerous.
  • That said, 11 teenagers pass away daily due to texting and driving. It's absolutely an epidemic in the United States.
  • In fact, some claim that sending or reading text messages while behind the wheel increases the odds of an accident a full six times more than drinking and driving.
  • We know that "safe" drivers still get their phones out in the car. In one survey, 56 percent said they did so despite the fact that nearly everyone -- 96 percent -- claimed they were safe drivers.

Pedestrians dangers in Chicago

Pedestrians can face major safety hazards. Sometimes, traffic accidents occur that leave pedestrians seriously injured or take pedestrians’ lives.

Unfortunately, Chicago is no stranger to such tragedies. Here are some estimates on recent pedestrian fatality totals in the city:

  • 2016 - 44 deaths
  • 2017 - 46 deaths
  • 2018 (so far) - 33 deaths

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