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November 2016 Archives

Thanksgiving death rate partly due to car accidents

Drivers in West Virginia and throughout the country are more likely to have accidents on Thanksgiving than on any other holiday, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For example, in 2012, 654 Christmas Day crashes resulted in fatalities while on Thanksgiving Day that same year, it was 764. Roughly 50,000 additional Thanksgiving Day accidents were not fatal.

Increase in death rate during Thanksgiving

As families in West Virginia and the rest of the country look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday, they may not be aware that it may be the country's deadliest holiday. Medical professionals have known that the mortality rate in the United States tends to peak near Thanksgiving and stay high throughout the winter season. The two main reasons for the high mortality rate are vehicle accidents and heart trouble.

Brake violations during week of inspections

West Virginia motorists who are concerned about highway safety may want to know about the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week that was held in mid-September around the country. More than 2,300 trucks received brake violations and were placed out of service while almost 2,700 trucks were removed from the road for violations not related to brake systems. According to a representative of the CVSA, Brake Safety Week was implemented to stress to motor carriers and drivers the importance of brake health and safety. The non-profit organization conducted a broader inspection in June. In that event, nearly half of the out-of-service orders related to faulty brakes.

Marijuana still prohibited for truckers

West Virginia residents should know that although an additional four states voted during the November elections to legalize marijuana, the U.S. Department of Transportation will still prohibit use of the drug for truck drivers as long as it is classified as a Schedule I drug. According to the a representative of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, before the DOT can make any amendments to the regulations regarding drug testing for truckers, the changes would have to be initiated by the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy.

ELD rule upheld in appeals court

West Virginia truck drivers may want to know that the U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld a federal mandate that requires most truck operators to use electronic logging devices to keep track of hours of service status. The mandate will become effective on Dec. 18, 2017, and truckers who are currently required to use paper logs are required to transition to ELDs by that date. Exempt from the requirement are pre-model year 2000 trucks.

Dealing with a brain injury

With the increased amount of traffic on roadways in West Virginia and across the country, bicyclists and motorcyclists face greater dangers of being hit by a vehicle and suffering a head injury. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.5 million people around the country become victims of a traumatic brain injury each year, and most of these victims were involved in a motorcycle, bicycle or motor vehicle accident.

Neuron transplants may be available for TBI sufferers

Many West Virginia residents have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Researchers have been hard at work searching for possible modes of therapy, and a group of scientists in Germany have discovered a medical approach that could bring enormous benefits if it can be perfected.

Aggressive driving can cause fatalities to others

Many West Virginia motorists have likely heard of notorious road rage incidents even if they have never had an encounter with an aggressive driver themselves. In fact, authorities report that aggressive driving is a major cause of automobile accidents in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people are driving aggressively when they put the lives or property of others at risk by engaging in a succession of moving vehicle violations.

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