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October 2017 Archives

Tired drivers and bad maintenance behind many truck accidents

Many West Virginia motorists get a bit nervous when they have to share the road with large commercial trucks. Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has identified driver fatigue and insufficient vehicle maintenance as contributors to many crashes, including fatal ones.

Minor health conditions may still put truck drivers at risk

In West Virginia and across the U.S., many truck drivers are endangering themselves and others because of certain medical conditions. While trucking companies may pull a driver after diagnosing a major condition, they are liable to ignore the interplay between multiple conditions.

Common injuries in motorcycle accidents

Many people are under the impression that motorcycle accidents are easy to recover from. What they fail to realize is that many collisions leave riders seriously injured. Even though you never expect to get in a motorcycle accident, it is important for you to understand the types of injuries you could sustain from one. 

Experts believe smartphones linked to more traffic deaths

West Virginia motorists might be surprised to hear that distracted driving deaths decreased in 2016 from the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, safety advocates believe that distracting driving fatalities are actually underreported and increasing.

Concussions and strokes

Concussions are a common occurrence, particularly in sports. However, people in West Virginia who have sustained at least one concussion should know that there may be long-term consequences from the injury. A concussion occurs when the brain is shifted inside of the skull, typically from some force. For example, drivers may receive a concussion when their vehicle is struck from behind and their head jolted in a forward motion from the impact of the collision.

Over 1 million Americans injured on stairs every year

A study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine has shown that over 1 million Americans are involved in stairway accidents each year, costing in the aggregate approximately $92 billion in medical bills and other direct and indirect expenses. Residents of West Virginia, no matter their age, should take note because over two thirds of those treated in emergency rooms were between 11 and 60, which is a fairly wide age range.

The odds of a fatal car crash increases with age of vehicle

The probability of a driver fatality resulting from an automobile accident can be 71 percent higher when the vehicle is 18 years old or older, according to a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration research study. This statistic may be startling but valuable information for West Virginia parents looking to purchase the first vehicle for a newly-licensed teenage driver.

Proposed legislation may put sleep apnea rule back on track

Commercial drivers in West Virginia and elsewhere are currently not subject to mandatory sleep apnea screenings. However, bills in both the House and the Senate may require the FMCSA to keep trying to create one. Such a rule was under development throughout 2016, but it was tabled in the summer of 2017. If implemented, it would create objective criteria under which a medical examiner could refer a trucker for testing.

Staying safe around large trucks

Many West Virginia motorists get nervous when they are sharing the road with large trucks. Due to their size, 18-wheelers could potentially do a lot of damage to smaller vehicles on the road. However, car drivers can take actions that may help them to avoid dangerous accidents.

How CT scans can help diagnose brain injuries

West Virginia residents who experience brain injuries could suffer both short and long-term impacts. Changes in mood, mental impairment and sensitivity to light are among the symptoms that may be experienced after a head injury. In many cases, doctors use CT scans to take a look at a patient's brain and diagnose an injured person. There are four main types of CT scans, and researchers at an English university have analyzed their effectiveness.

Why distracted driving is dangerous

In West Virginia, numerous victims are injured in accidents that are caused by distracted drivers every year. People who drive while they are distracted by electronics, pets, eating or other people endanger the lives of others who are also traveling around them. It is important for people to understand the types of activities that they should avoid while they are driving so that they can minimize their risks of causing accidents.

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