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December 2017 Archives

Woman charged in fatal motorcycle crash

West Virginia drivers know it is essential to obey all road safety laws when operating a vehicle. Unfortunately, some drivers endanger others by disregarding basic road rules. For example, a Minnesota woman is facing multiple charges for allegedly causing a car crash that killed a 60-year-old motorcyclist in August.

Car crashes are caused by several key driving mistakes

For drivers in West Virginia, the potential for car crashes is always a concern when taking to the roads. Across the country, 6 million motor vehicle accidents take place each year. Accidents are caused in a number of ways, and developing an understanding of how they take place can help to prevent future crashes from taking place.

Study reveals link between brain trauma and intestinal damage

Traumatic brain injuries are all too common in West Virginia and around the country, especially among children and the elderly. They are caused by external forces like a blow or jolt to the head and can result in everything from headaches to memory loss to mood swings. According to a study by the University of Maryland School of Medicine using mice as subjects, that's not all. TBIs forge a harmful two-way link with the gastrointestinal system.

Roundabouts can help to create safer roads

Drivers in West Virginia know to be careful when they enter into an intersection. The conjunction points between roads can be quite dangerous, often leading to catastrophic injuries or even fatalities as cars come together from different directions. Because of the dangerous nature of intersections, traffic engineers have suggested a number of alternatives, including the construction of roundabouts, to eliminate hazards at roadway junctions.

December designated National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Drivers in West Virginia might be interested to learn that the White House has proclaimed December 2017 National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. In making the proclamation, the administration cited a number of statistics and commitments for the country to consider going forward. The White House denounced impaired driving under any circumstances.

Auto safety features help cut driver deaths

Drivers in West Virginia are always navigating dangers whenever they are on the road. From slippery roadways with ice, rain or leaves to dealing with dangerous, drunk or distracted drivers, there are an array of hazards that can pose a threat to passengers and drivers. At the same time, there is some positive news, because the chances of dying in a car accident involving a late-model car have declined dramatically due to improved technology and extensive safety features.

All trucks to be outfitted with electric logging devices

West Virginia drivers may be interested to learn that the trucking industry is preparing to switch to an electronic logging system that will monitor and log long-haul truck drivers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Electronic Logging Mandate begins Dec. 18.

Motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles can be a lot of fun to drive when proper safety precautions are taken. However, it is still important for motorcyclists in West Virginia to be aware of the most common bike accidents and how best to prevent them.

How to make winter driving safer

With its freezing rain, ice and snow, winter poses many risks for drivers. Experts have several tips for safe driving that can apply to anyone in West Virginia. The first thing is to know how ice can affect driving. Since all-season tires cannot provide the traction needed for icy roads, they can easily cause drivers to lose control when braking or steering over icy patches. Black ice can catch drivers unaware because of its wet appearance.

Texting seen as more dangerous than marijuana behind the wheel

Marijuana can have many side effects on drivers, such as making them disoriented or reducing reaction time. However, people throughout West Virginia and the rest of the country believe that texting while driving is more hazardous than driving while influenced by marijuana. This was one of the findings of a poll commissioned by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. Overall, 98 percent of respondents said that texting while driving was a dangerous habit.

Pupillary system useful for detecting mild traumatic brain injury

When people in West Virginia experience blows to the head, the medical community strives to detect and monitor the extent of their brain injuries. The pupillary system within people's eyes presents physicians with a noninvasive method for diagnosing and monitoring mild traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, pupillometers that measure minute changes in pupil reactions to light are expensive, and emergency room physicians lack access to a handheld version that could allow brain injuries to be detected as soon as possible.

Crystalline silica: mitigating the risks

Workers in West Virginia and other mining states that are exposed to respirable crystalline silica dust may want to know more about silicosis and the risks it poses. Since exposure to crystalline silica may cause progressive and disabling lung damage, individuals that work in environments where this abrasive blasting agent is used may want to take steps to mitigate the danger.

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