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May 2017 Archives

Study examines car accident fatality rates for children by state

West Virginia is one of the states with the highest percentages of child fatalities from motor vehicle accidents. It also has the fifth-highest annual child mortality rate per 100,000. These were the findings in a study by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University that examined the relationship between motor vehicle accidents, state laws and geography. For the purposes of the study, a "child" was considered someone younger than 15.

Sleep apnea rules may be on the way for truck drivers

Despite the anti-regulatory push that is currently ongoing in the Trump administration, truck drivers in West Virginia and around the country may still expect new rules to be put in place for drivers who have sleep apnea. This is because the Supreme Court of the United States denied a writ of certiorari that was filed by a trucker who sued his carrier for asking that he undergo testing for sleep apnea.

Reports of Crypto on the rise

West Virginia residents may have heard about an increase in reports of a parasitic infection called Crypto that is largely associated with swimming pools and public water parks. The CDC says that there were 32 cases reported in 2016, which was double the rate reported in 2014. This was according to early data published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Attorneys at Farmer Cline & Campbell receive recognition

The law firm of Farmer Cline & Campbell PLLC is proud to announce the recent achievements of attorneys Stephen B. Farmer, Robert A. Campbell, Jeffrey Jones, R. Chad Duffield and Matthew Nelson. Because of their high level of skill in representing their clients, they have been recognized by the legal community for being among the top attorneys in the state of West Virginia.

Tests show the safety benefits of side underride guards

Tests conducted by a nonprofit safety organization indicate that lives could be saved in West Virginia and around the country if semi-tractor trailer operators were required to install side-mounted underride guards on their vehicles. Lawmakers are considering adopting regulations that would mandate the installation of rear-mounted underride guards on large trucks, but the IIHS test results indicate that side-mounted guards offer the same kind of safety benefits.

2 dead in 2-car collision

On May 9, it was reported that a two-vehicle accident that occurred on a West Virginia road resulted in the deaths of two people. The crash took place at about 12:30 p.m. on W.Va. 152 at German Ridge Road.

Injury and fatality statistics for motorcyclists

West Virginia motorcycle riders might be more at risk of a traffic fatality than in previous years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, the number of people who died in crashes involving a motorcycle rose more than 8 percent from the previous year. However, the total number of motorcyclists injured was down in 2015 by 4.3 percent.

Saliva test may identify concussions with longer-term symptoms

If a concussion test that uses saliva to measure the severity of a concussion reaches the market, it might be easier to identify West Virginia children and adolescents who may have lingering symptoms. At present, there is not a test available that identifies those who will suffer from fatigue, nausea and headaches for one to four months although up to 25 percent of children with concussions do. However, researchers at Penn State have developed a saliva test that predicted with 90 percent accuracy which children would have these symptoms over a longer period of time.

Woman charged with DUI after crash

A 39-year-old woman turned herself in to authorities and was arraigned on May 8 in Cabell County, West Virginia. The woman faces multiple drunk driving charges after authorities say that she caused an accident on April 7 that resulted in the death of a 70-year-old. The crash occurred on the westbound portion of Interstate 64 near mile marker 4.

FMCSA considers autonomous truck regulation

Autonomous trucks may soon be a common sight on the roads of West Virginia, but government agencies and industry groups have yet to decide how they should be regulated and how current rules should be modified to accommodate them. These issues were discussed during a session hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on April 24, and a number of trade and road safety advocacy organizations made their feelings known to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration representatives in attendance.

Woman injured in a Kroger market

West Virginia residents who have suffered injuries while inside retail establishments might sympathize with a woman who filed a lawsuit against Kroger after she suffered injuries while inside one of its stores. The complaint was filed on April 12 and alleged that the defendant failed to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition.

Nursing home residents at risk for facial injuries after falls

When West Virginia families admit their elderly loved ones into nursing homes, they expect the staff and facilities to keep the residents safe and free from injuries. However, a study found that traumatic facial injuries are common among nursing home residents due to falls.

Police could have greater access to phone records

West Virginia motorists may be interested to know that a new product referred to as a "textalyzer" may help police learn more about their cellphone usage behind the wheel. The product enables authorities to place a cord into the phone that collects data about a driver's recent activity. It can determine what apps were open or if a person sent a text message just before an accident.

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