As of 2010, the Office of Inspector General for the US Department of Health and Human Service estimated that 180,000 Medicare patients alone (not including privately insured patients) died as a result of poor hospital care each year. As of 2014, a study in the Journal of Patient Safety estimated that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death. This makes what are sometimes called "medical mistakes"--in other words, medical malpractice--the third leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer.
Washington readers know that distracted driving is a significant problem posing a threat to every person on the road. With the increase in phone use and distracting technologies found in many newer vehicles, it will likely continue to be an issue. Despite knowing the dangers, many drivers continue to engage in distracted driving.