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Hotels and personal injury liability

Personal injuries that occur on the property of hotels can sometimes happen because of the negligence of the hotel owners who may be held responsible. However, not all injuries can legally be considered the fault of the hotel. West Virginia residents should be aware of all of the factors involved in filing a personal injury claim.

The long-term impact of concussions in West Virginia

A study of 43 athletes conducted by a group from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto found that the impact of a concussion may be seen months or years after it occurs. The study looked at the brains of 22 student-athletes who had a concussion and another 21 who had not. Researchers found that the frontal lobes of those who had suffered a concussion was 10 to 20 percent smaller than those who had not had a concussion.

Fatality rate data released by CDC in report

Despite significant progress in lowering the fatality rates for car accidents in West Virginia and across the U.S., a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, establishes that much work needs to be done. The report, released on July 6, compares the U.S. fatality rates to those of 19 other wealthy countries, including the UK, Sweden, Japan and others.

Researchers examine traumatic brain injury in young people

Research published in the medical journal Pediatrics may have an impact on the the treatment of brain injuries in West Virginia and across the United States. The researchers, from the University of Washington, estimate that between 1.1 million and 1.9 million children suffer a traumatic brain injury every year during recreation or while playing a sport. Most of the injuries go untreated.

The pros and cons of settling a truck accident lawsuit

Truck accident lawsuits in West Virginia and around the country are often initiated by individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries or by the surviving family members of deceased accident victims. While plaintiffs may be awarded considerable damages should they prevail in court, there is always an element of unpredictability with civil trials. The defendants in these cases may wish to settle matters quickly to avoid the publicity of a trial, and any offer they make is likely to include no fault or no admission of fault provision.

Owners of swimming pools must keep guests safe

Pool owners in West Virginia may invite friends and family to swim during the summer months. Before allowing other people to use their pool, owners should make sure that they are taking appropriate safety precautions. If someone is injured in a private pool, the pool owner could be held financially responsible under certain circumstances.

Autonomous tractor-trailer steering and braking system unveiled

Accidents involving semi-tractor trailers are a common occurrence on West Virginia highways, and many of these crashes happen when truck drivers find themselves in an emergency situation and do not have enough time to weigh their options and take evasive action. Computers are able to process information and make decisions much more quickly than the human brain, and truck parts makers the ZF Group and WABCO Vehicle Control Systems unveiled an autonomous crash avoidance system for tractor-trailers on June 28 that they hope will save lives by preventing rear-end collisions.

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