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October 2016 Archives

Distracted driving and teenagers

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens around the country, and the problem seems to be getting worse despite huge leaps in automobile safety technology. Government data shows that traffic accident fatality rates across all age groups shot up by more than 7 percent in 2015 after falling steadily for almost a decade, and the death rate among teens grew by an even more alarming 10 percent. Almost one in 10 of the teens killed on the roads in 2015 lost their lives in a distracted driving crash, and safety organizations around the country were bringing attention to the issue during National Teen Driver Safety Week that took place in October in West Virginia and around the country.

Results of 2016 roadcheck event

The annual International Roadcheck event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance took place in June in West Virginia and around the country. The nonprofit organization reports that 62,796 inspections were conducted, 42,236 of which were the comprehensive North American Standard Level I inspections.

NHTSA seeks comment on underride accident prevention

Some people are killed or seriously injured when their vehicles go underneath big trucks on West Virginia roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering how to make commercial trucks safer so that cars do not skid underneath them during accidents.

Head-on crash in West Virginia leaves 4 injured

Accident investigators in West Virginia are sifting through evidence collected on Oct. 12 to determine what may have prompted the driver of a Volkswagen sedan to cross the center line and enter the path of oncoming traffic in Wood County. Four people were injured when the Volkswagen subsequently struck an approaching Chevrolet head-on. The accident took place near the intersection of Dutch Ridge Road and Staunton Avenue in Parkersburg at about 9:30 a.m.

Feds want to eliminate traffic deaths within 30 years

The U.S. government wants to eliminate all traffic fatalities in West Virginia and across the U.S. within the next 30 years, according to an initiative announced by the Department of Transportation on Oct. 5. The plan was created in response to a 7.2 percent increase in U.S. traffic deaths last year.

Premises liability and firearms

Tenants who own firearms or who may have people on premises they rent who are carrying firearms as well as residential and commercial landlords should have a good understanding of West Virginia law regarding firearms and premises liability. It is also important to understand local law. If employees or other people invited onto the property have firearms and they cause injury to someone, whether accidental or deliberate, there could be legal liability for the property owner or the person responsible for the property.

The connection between PTSD and brain injury

Based on the results of some studies, West Virginia residents who suffer a head injury might also develop post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, researchers believe that what is called post-concussion syndrome may actually be PTSD. This reinforces findings in previous research as well as scientists' growing conviction about a link between head injury and PTSD.

Symptoms and treatments for traumatic brain injuries

When a West Virginia resident experiences a traumatic brain injury, they could suffer serious consequences that have an impact on their lives well after the injury actually occurred. While many TBIs result from car accidents, a forceful movement or shaking can also cause life-changing injuries to the brain.

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