August 2015 Archives

NTSB investigates wrong-way highway accidents

Wrong-way drivers pose an unpredictable, potent threat to motorists along West Virginia's controlled-access highways. While accidents involving drivers traveling headfirst through oncoming traffic are a relatively small portion of accidents on divided highways at approximately 3 percent, multiple studies have shown that the chance of death is far higher than in other situations. The profound danger that this behavior represents to all law-abiding drivers has spurred ongoing investigative efforts by the National Transportation Safety Board and many state agencies.

Fatigued driving may be similar to drunk driving

According to recent studies, a driver who has been awake for 24 hours has the same cognitive impairment as a driver with a blood alcohol level of .10 percent. A driver who is tired generally has a slower reaction time, is less attentive and shows impaired judgment. While the severity of the impairment may vary, even West Virginia drivers who are slightly tired may zone out while extremely tired drivers may fall asleep while driving.

New ways of detecting TBI immediately

West Virginia residents may be interested in learning more about how recent advances in technology could help better analyze recent traumatic brain injuries. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania are to present their findings at the American Chemical Society's 250th national meeting. The team reportedly developed a material made from polymer that emits different color based on the severity of the impact. The hope is that the material may eventually be applied to headgear as an immediate indicator of the severity or potential of an injury.

Drugs used for brain injuries could prolong recovery time

West Virginia residents might like to know about the findings of a University of East Anglia study that shows a link between certain drugs and a longer recovery time when suffering from brain injury. A class of drugs called anticholinergics can treat conditions like depression, bladder problems and insomnia, but these drugs could also prolong the rehabilitation process when an older adult suffers a brain injury.

Brain injury victims may benefit from study

Residents of West Virginia may be interested in a recent 18-month Australian study regarding people who have received a severe acquired brain injury. The study, which involved 300 ABI patients and their family members, was done through a program called BrainLink Hospital Liaison Project and tracked ABI patients from the time they received short-term care in hospitals to the time they were discharged and returned home.

Head injuries in West Virginia

People presenting with mild to severe head injuries account for thousands of visits to hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers each year. Until an innovative blood test arrived on the scene, medical personnel had to rely on traditional imaging methods such as computerized tomography scans and magnetic resonance imaging to determine the extent of injury. The scans are limited in their ability to detect certain types of damage, though, and are generally used to identify intracranial bleeding.

Evolving treatment of TBIs

In many ways, treatment for traumatic brain injuries is still an inexact science. As some West Virginia residents may know, the ability of medical practitioners to provide reliable treatment when serious harm has been done to the brain is limited by technology. New methods and treatments are constantly being researched; however, it's also essential to revisit earlier forms of treatment and evaluate them based on effectiveness.

Fatal accidents involving school buses between 2004 and 2013

West Virginia requires school bus operators to complete a training program and earn a certification before they are permitted to get behind the wheel. Many other states have similar safety programs in place; however, accidents that involved school buses claimed the lives of 1,344 people between 2004 and 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The safety agency released a report containing data about these fatal accidents in June 2015.

Should you file a personal injury claim for a brain injury?

A brain injury is one of the worst possible effects of a serious accident. Brain injuries can change a person's life forever and affect their loved ones as well. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in an accident, you may be wondering what your legal options are and whether any of them make sense for your situation.

Limo safety questioned after accidents

West Virginia residents might wonder about the safety of riding limousines, which are often the ride of choice for groups who want to be responsible and avoid drinking and driving. At least 45 people have been killed in fatal limo accidents since 2000, including a fatal accident in Long Island on July 18 involving a limo and a suspected drunk driver in a pick-up truck.

Single TBI unlikely to cause ALS

Every year, many West Virginia residents suffer a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident or of playing sports. It was previously believed that a single TBI could lead to the eventual development of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. A new study points otherwise, however.

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