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Severe injuries are more common in motorcycle crashes

Motorcycle crashes often lead to devastating injuries for riders, even when the best protective equipment is worn. There is no question that a motorcyclist is more likely to suffer severe injuries in a crash than occupants of other motor vehicles. To illustrate these points, researchers will often use comparison studies which prove that severe injuries are 10 times more likely with motorcycle crashes.

 

Could emergency response lead to more truck accidents?

In West Virginia and across the country, daily life is drastically different than it was just a few short weeks ago. Most places have new regulations that require residents to spend a lot of time at home, and only go out to purchase essential goods or to seek medical attention. While a large number of businesses are closed or employees are working from home, the truck drivers responsible for restocking shelves and delivering crucial supplies are busier than ever, and some recent changes may lead to a higher likelihood of truck accidents

One truck driver shared his recent experiences. He spoke about being out on the road for more than a month at a time, with little human contact. Many hotels and restaurants are closed, and it can be difficult for a truck driver to stay well-rested or get a healthy meal. He explained that even when he reaches a destination with goods, it is no longer unusual for a company or store to request a contactless drop-off, or even take a driver's temperature to ensure he or she is not running a fever, which can be an indicator of potential illness. 

Underage drunk drivers a serious threat

West Virginia drivers are educated about the dangers of drinking and driving from an early age. Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is both risky and illegal. Still, drunk drivers continue to cause injury and death, and a recent case is especially tragic. 

Police say a 20-year-old man was driving a pickup truck occupied by a total of six people when he lost control of it. One of the passengers, seated in the front, grabbed onto the roof as the vehicle careened off the road. His body hit a tree, resulting in his death. 

What should you know about trucker fatigue?

With very few exceptions, such as the targeted relaxation of these laws by President Trump this year, the Hours of Service regulations provide limits to how long truckers can drive. Those who are hauling goods are normally limited to no more than 11 hours behind the wheel before they have to take a rest break of at least 10 consecutive hours.

These limits are meant to help ensure truckers aren't driving fatigued. The relaxation of the rules for those who are transporting critical supplies across the nation has some worried that fatigue is going to become a problem for truckers.

Traumatic brain injury victims often misunderstood

In the past few years, important research has led to a better understanding of certain injuries that affect thousands of people nationwide. West Virginia residents who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be among those that feel like they are often misunderstood by the people around them. A victim's loved ones may do their best to help, but the effects of such an injury can be hard to explain, and even modern medicine is still trying to grasp the scope of long-term symptoms. 

One reason victims may feel frustrated is that many symptoms that accompany traumatic brain injury do not show up on diagnostic tests, like a CAT scan. Even the brain injury itself may not show up on conventional scans. In addition to the immediate physical pain of a head injury, victims may suffer other symptoms for a long period of time, perhaps even the rest of their lives. 

Distracted driving and car accidents

These days, people may find themselves becoming easily distracted. West Virginia residents may be contending with the closure of schools and businesses, or they may have trouble locating certain items in the grocery store. It's good to stay on top of the latest news and changes, but it is equally important to focus on the road when behind the wheel. Distracted driving causes car accidents, and a recent crash may be a case in point. 

West Virginia police say a male driver left the lane of travel and crashed into an incoming car as he attempted a corrective maneuver. The vehicle he struck was occupied by another male driver. Upon impact, the victim was trapped in his vehicle. 

Common substance contributing to truck accidents?

West Virginia drivers are used to sharing the road with big commercial trucks. Several major interstates run through West Virginia, and tractor-trailer trucks are one of the primary ways goods are shipped across the nation. Especially at highway speeds, these massive vehicles can potentially cause a lot of damage, especially to other motorists in smaller passenger vehicles, and experts are always looking for new insights that may help reduce the risk of truck accidents

A recent study seems to have discovered a correlation between a common substance and increased incidents of truck accidents. While many truck drivers are aware that remaining alert during long hours on the road is a crucial safety point, they may want to think twice before they consume too much caffeine to stay alert. The study monitored the caffeine consumption of truck drivers from all across the United States, and reached some surprising conclusions. 

Victim shares insight on motorcycle accidents

For many people, riding a motorcycle is more than a method of transportation. Enthusiasts often describe the experience as something almost therapeutic. West Virginia riders are fortunate to have miles of beautiful roadways through picturesque landscapes to enjoy. Spring has officially arrived, and as people plan motorcycle excursions, they may not consider the very real possibility of motorcycle accidents

Recently, a man from a neighboring state publicly shared his own experience in an attempt to both raise awareness and help other motorcyclists know what to expect in the event of a serious wreck. The man, who has been riding for decades, was never involved in a crash until a few years ago. He described being struck by a distracted driver who admitted to police at the scene that she did not even see the victim before the crash. 

New research sheds light on motorcycle accidents

For motorcycle enthusiasts, the arrival of spring is an exciting time. West Virginia is warming up, and all across the state, riders look forward to getting the bike out to enjoy the nice weather. Modern motorcycles are considered less dangerous than their predecessors, thanks to technological advances and safety initiatives that raise public awareness. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are still a very real threat, and a group of researchers recently shared some surprising facts. 

One may think it is safe to assume that, in the event of a serious motorcycle accident, speed, inclement weather or another contributing factor played a part. While this can be the case, researchers say that most motorcycle crashes occur during the daytime when visibility and road conditions are good. There is also no obvious correlation between motorcycle speed at the time of the crash and severity of injury suffered by a rider.

Yamaha admits making defective motorcycle parts

West Virginia has long maintained a thriving community of motorcycle enthusiasts. This is not surprising since The Mountain State offers a wide range of highways and byways for riders to explore. Driver safety is a key component to keeping motorcyclists and their passengers safe, but in cases involving defective motorcycle parts, there is often little drivers can do to prevent injury. 

Recently, a major motorcycle manufacturer admitted that some of its models have a major design flaw that can cause serious injury or death. The problem lies in two components of the brake system. According to manufacturer Yamaha, a poorly designed front end is causing the front brake line to sustain damage. 

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