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November 2017 Archives

Vehicle crashes and deaths may be greater near Pokéstops

Ever since its release in July 2016, the augmented reality game "Pokémon Go" has been cited as a major cause of auto accidents. A study conducted by two Purdue University professors has shown a direct connection between the game and distracted driving. This trend may have affected West Virginia and the rest of the U.S.

Teens with ADHD may be more likely to crash

West Virginia parents who have teenagers with ADHD may be interested to learn that those who have been diagnosed with this order are about 33 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than those who do not have ADHD. However, researchers note that, although there is an increased risk, this risk is manageable.

Accident risks higher for unmedicated people with ADHD

Studies have shown that people who have ADHD in West Virginia and across the nation are more likely to be involved in car accidents than people who do not have the disorder. This is because the symptoms of the disorder may lead ADHD sufferers to be distracted while they are driving.

Onboard safety systems prevent truck accidents, says AAA

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a study saying that safety technology can help prevent 63,000 commercial truck accidents every year. It analyzed the benefits as compared to the cost of four technologies in particular, which were automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning systems, video-based onboard safety monitoring systems and air disc brakes. Drivers in West Virginia will likely feel more at ease when trucks are equipped with such devices. In fact, a AAA companion survey showed that one in four adults share this opinion.

Plaintiff awarded $7.5 million in watermelon injury case

The multinational retail corporation Walmart claims that it has producers send prepackaged watermelon displays to its stores that are ready to be "dropped" and sold without additional preparation. However, a 61-year-old man whose hip was broken as he attempted to select a fruit in one of these displays has been awarded damages in the amount of $7.5 million by a jury. The verdict may eventually affect the way fruit is displayed at supermarkets in West Virginia and across the U.S.

Why death rates spike on Thanksgiving

While the colder weather and the prevalence of flu are certainly worth worrying about, these alone do not explain why the U.S. mortality rate spikes during the Thanksgiving season. The main cause, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is to be found on the roadways. Drivers in West Virginia are warned to stay safe on the road during this season.

Detecting TBIs with biomarkers

Undiagnosed traumatic brain injuries may result in severe impairment, particularly if an individual sustains such injuries repeatedly. However, physicians in West Virginia may soon be able to use blood tests to diagnose traumatic brain injuries early enough to prevent lasting damage.

With daylight standard time, risk for wildlife crashes goes up

Drivers in West Virginia have probably noticed that their evening commutes are more and more shrouded in darkness. The end of daylight saving time comes with an increased risk of wildlife-related accidents because many wild animals are most active between dusk and dawn. Deer are especially active since autumn is their peak mating season, and bears will be looking for food before hibernation.

Poor slip resistance causes most slip and falls, study says

Business owners in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. will want to review the Slip and Fall Study Report released by CNA Financial Corporation. Researchers studied the slip and fall liability claims that it received over a six-year period, from January of 2010 to December of 2016, and came to several conclusions.

Motorcyclists and crash injuries

West Virginia residents who ride motorcycles are aware that they risk injuries if they experience a traffic accident. Some injuries might be rather severe while others are life-threatening enough that some motorcyclists die later on as a result. The injuries incurred during motorcycle crashes, however, are not equally divided throughout the body.

NHTSA wants to get rid of auto safety regulations

Companies such as Ford, GM and Alphabet want to see legislation that will make it easier to put cars on the road with no human controls. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said on Oct. 27 that it is looking for input as to how it can eliminate unnecessary regulations. This may provide West Virginia residents with an opportunity to make their voices heard about this issue.

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