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August 2017 Archives

Coal mining accident dangers

In West Virginia, many people are employed to work in and around coal mines. Unfortunately, coal mining work can be dangerous, resulting in injuries and fatalities. In some cases, coal mine roofs that are not supported correctly may collapse, trapping workers below. If you have been injured in a coal mine accident or your loved one has been killed, you might need to understand how you might handle your case.

Seeking compensation for brain injuries in a car crash

Becoming involved in a car accident in West Virginia can be a traumatic incident, especially if those involved suffered serious injuries to the head. Brain injuries, including concussions, are particularly common injuries that can occur. These types of injuries can have long-lasting health impacts that can affect a person for weeks, months or even years after the accident.

Mining deaths increase

As of the beginning of August, 10 coal miner deaths had been reported around the country, five of which occurred in West Virginia mines. This number has already passed the record low of eight coal miner fatalities that occurred in 2016. The spike in fatalities has the United Mine Workers of America saying that the federal mine safety agency is not doing enough to prevent accidents.

Increased coal production is accompanied by greater risk

Coal miners in West Virginia and elsewhere are seeing production in the industry increase. However, along with increased production, miners are also experiencing an increased number of serious workplace injuries on the job, including five fatalities in the state from January to August 2017.

Solar Eclipse: Wrong glasses could have caused eye damage

Charleston Residents may wonder whether their eyes were damaged while viewing yesterday’s solar eclipse. According to The Charleston Gazette-Mail, damage could occur from looking directly into the sun, but damage could also occur if someone was wearing glasses that did not meet proper specifications.

Why autonomous vehicles may reach the market slowly

Although it is anticipated that autonomous vehicles will be safer, it may be a number of years before West Virginia drivers have the opportunity to purchase one. Despite optimistic predictions from industry insiders, several hurdles must be overcome before the cars will be widely available.

Eye movements can help to diagnose brain injury

Many West Virginia residents have suffered brain injuries. These can be some of the most devastating types of trauma for both the victim and their loved ones. Faster and more accurate detection of head trauma can help doctors to provide proper treatment and therapies to best assist a patient.

Trucking accidents may have a range of unexpected causes

Drivers in West Virginia may particularly fear accidents involving large trucks. The very size and force of the vehicles can threaten serious personal injuries for others on the road when something goes wrong. And while most truck drivers are very safe, there are approximately 475,000 large trucks involved in accidents each year in the United States.

Rule regarding sleep apnea is withdrawn

The Department of Transportation has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have established the requirements for sleep apnea testing for truckers in West Virginia and around the country. The withdrawal allows the current system, which provides medical examiners the authority to decide which truckers have to receive sleep apnea screenings, to continue.

Woman sues nightclub after her son is struck by a car

West Virginia business owners are expected to do all that they reasonably can to protect their visitors and other members of the public from harm. Meeting this duty of care generally involves ensuring that facilities are adequately maintained, properly signposted and safe, but additional safeguards should be followed in establishments where alcohol is served. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs can be sued when accidents and injuries are caused by individuals who had been served alcohol despite showing obvious signs of intoxication, and criminal sanctions are possible when lives have been lost.

Shock device hopes to combat drowsy driving

Sleepy motorists on West Virginia roads may soon be kept awake by an electronic device designed to vibrate and deliver shocks to a driver who is nodding off behind the whee. Drowsiness is actually one of the biggest threats on the road, and sleepy drivers cause thousands of fatal accidents each year around the country.

Man files lawsuit against transportation company for crash

It was reported on July 25 that a West Virginia man filed a lawsuit against a transportation company after he alleged that an employee of the company caused an accident. The man also named the driver of the Hiteland Transportation truck as a defendant in the lawsuit.

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