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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. 

$1 million lawsuit filed against cruise line for virus exposure

Those in West Virginia following COVID-19 coverage might be interested to know that a couple has filed a lawsuit against Princess Cruise Lines. The suit claims the cruise operator placed passengers at risk of being exposed to the novel coronavirus. They are seeking $1 million in damages. The couple was held for a period of time on the cruise ship after more than 21 people contracted the virus.

The suit claims that the cruise operator acted negligently when it allowed the ship to sail even though two people who had previously been on the ship had been diagnosed with COVID-19. According to the suit, none of the passengers were informed. Previous passengers on the ship were sent an email notifying them of possible exposure on Feb. 25. The cruise with 3,500 passengers that the couple was a part of left Honolulu on Feb. 26.

Fracking can raise the risk of fatal truck accidents

In West Virginia, drivers face a number of dangers when they are out on the roads. One hazard that they may not be anticipating is the one caused by fracking. The byproduct of fracking is wastewater and it must be disposed of someplace. This means that there are numerous large trucks on the road that can only increase the level of danger for other drivers.

There was a study of North Dakota roadways to determine the effects of fracking on road accidents. North Dakota is the center of fracking in the United States. The study found that there were more fatal crashes and the costs associated with accidents increased. This is consistent with the fact that accidents with large trucks have a higher fatality rate and more significant injuries. An increase in the number of wells led to an incremental rise in fatal accidents, suggesting that the two may be directly linked.

How to stay safe on a motorcycle

While it may be impossible to eliminate all motorcycle accidents, there are ways to avoid potentially dangerous situations. For instance, riders in West Virginia may want to wear bright colors that can be seen from long distances. Riders can also use the headlight on their motorcycles to increase their visibility. Intersections are where nearly half of all accidents take place. Therefore, it is important to be extra vigilant when going through one.

Motorcyclists should always be on the lookout for distracted motorists. Individuals in passenger vehicles may be distracted by their phones, by passengers or because they are tired. Riding in bad weather can increase the chances of getting into an accident too. Therefore, it may be best to avoid doing so during times of wet, snowy or other types of inclement weather conditions.

Your brain injury: A challenging and unique medical condition

A traumatic brain injury can end any ideas you had about your future. Your goals may need to change, and your entire career path could be disrupted. This sometimes severe condition can lead to significant disabilities and even death for some.

Did you know that severe traumatic brain injuries contribute to around 30% of all the fatalities that happen as a result of injuries in the United States? In 2014 alone, there were around 2.5 million traumatic brain injury-related emergency department visits.

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