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December 2016 Archives

Getting good sleep shown to speed recovery from brain injuries

Some people who are involved in motor vehicle accidents in West Virginia suffer traumatic brain injuries. They are among the most severe types of injuries that people may suffer in car crashes. A study demonstrates that getting good sleep may help a brain-injured person to recover more quickly.

The reversal of safety rules for truckers

In early December, Republican lawmakers were successful in preventing the advancement of legislation that was intended to keep exhausted truck drivers off the roads. West Virginia motorists should know that there will be even more attempts to roll back safety rules for truckers. The American Trucking Associations, which has stated its intent to try to block state regulations that will mandate more rest breaks for truckers beyond those required by federal statutes, believes that there should be one nationwide rule governing work hours for interstate truck drivers.

How apps may influence driving behavior

Snapchat advises those in West Virginia and elsewhere to not use its speed filter while driving. However, some say that the warning is not enough, and they also say that such filters may encourage reckless driving. In October 2016, a 22-year-old man lost his life just minutes after posting a video in which his vehicle accelerated to speeds as high as 115.6 miles per hour.

CVSA report: Citations given to truck drivers declined in 2016

Since 2007, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has sponsored a week-long event aimed at reducing the number of roadway accidents involving commercial trucks. During Operation Safe Driver Week 2016, which was held in October, truck drivers received more than 11,000 citations or warnings for unsafe driving behavior. After collecting data from about 3,000 law enforcement officials in West Virginia and throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada, the CVSA found that moving violations and speeding were the most common citations given to truck drivers.

Business owners and winter safety

Many West Virginia residents make their own homes safer in the wintertime by shoveling snow and checking walkways for ice. Business owners also have a responsibility to remove ice and snow where people will be walking. If a business owner fails to make their premises safe during cold weather conditions, employees and customers could get injured and potentially file a lawsuit.

Changes in regulations, technology ahead for trucking industry

Truck drivers in West Virginia may be looking at more flexible regulations regarding on-duty and drive-time hours when autonomous trucks become part of the industry, but the American Transportation Research Institute says that infrastructure must be upgraded before the vehicles can become a reality. This includes better signage, smoother highways and devices for communication between highways and vehicles, and the organization believes that the costs should be borne by government rather than by private industry.

Monitoring injuries to the brain in athletes

West Virginians who are interested in sports may have heard about the results of a recent study reported in JAMA Neurology on brain imaging in normal individuals and NFL players who had suffered head injuries. The purpose of the study was to show how positron emission tomography might be used to monitor sports injuries to the brain in younger and older players.

The states where driving is dangerous

A 2016 study by an auto insurance comparison company that was based on 2015 statistics has found that West Virginia was slightly above average in its ratings for best and worst drivers in the country for that year. By analyzing data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and correlating it to certain criteria, the researchers were able to quantify disparate conditions and rank states from best to worst according to driving safety and driving practices.

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