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January 2018 Archives

Head injuries may contribute to degenerative brain disease

Researchers have reported new evidence suggesting that a degenerative brain disease known as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) may be the result of head impacts, not just concussions. This knowledge could improve efforts to detect, treat and prevent CTE, a condition commonly associated with athletes involved with high-impact sports like football and military veterans with a history of head trauma. West Virginia residents may have heard that more than 100 NFL players have been diagnosed with the disease, which can only be positively detected after death.

The truth about traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of disability and death for people in West Virginia and across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 138 Americans die from a brain injury every day. Meanwhile, many of those who survive their brain injury are left with some sort of disability.

Premises liability claims

West Virginia companies that own and operate laundromats may be held liable for injuries or damages that are sustained on the premises. However, they can take steps to prevent liability claims by prioritizing safety. They can also limit their exposure to claims by being aware of the most prevalent areas of risks associated with their particular business.

Rise in speeding deaths prompts efforts at reform

In West Virginia and across the U.S., speeding has been causing more and more fatalities. This is according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, which found that speeding accounted for 31 percent of all roadway deaths in America from 2005 to 2014. Speeding-related accidents amounted to about 112,580 deaths. For comparison, the study noted that 112,948 people died during that same period in drunk driving accidents.

Is it time for your parent to stop driving?

If you have elderly parents in the Charleston area who are not quite ready to give up their keys, you might be wondering if it is time for them to do so. Your parents may still be very active, in good health and enjoy their independence. There is also the possibility that they will live longer than expected. You are not alone. The number of senior drivers on the roads is much higher than it has been, and it is expected to continue increasing. 

Crashes with tractor-trailers cause more than just bodily harm

It is no surprise that auto accidents with tractor-trailers are dangerous for those in passenger vehicles. Commercial trucks are huge, heavy and often full of cargo, leading to serious injuries for crash victims. Injuries often include traumatic brain injuries, organ damage, lacerations and broken bones.

New bill may protect drivers from side underride crashes

Drivers in West Virginia should be aware that truck accidents are some of the most fatal for car occupants. One type of accident that occurs frequently is the side underride crash, where a car collides into the side of a truck and slides underneath it; in many cases, the roof is crushed and the occupants decapitated. 200 people in America die every year inside underride crashes.

EyeQ system may help those with head injuries

West Virginia residents of course use their eyes to see the world around them. However, vision may also be analyzed to see if people have a number of physical or mental conditions. A product called EyeQ from RightEye may be able to diagnose and help treat those who may experience autism symptoms or who may have a concussion. This is done through a variety of tests such as Sports Vision that are conducted using eye tracking technology.

2017 sees dramatic increase in coal mining deaths

In 2017, there were 15 coal mining deaths in the U.S., with eight fatalities occurring in West Virginia alone. Kentucky, Alabama, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming were the other states that contributed to the total. Compared to this, 2016 saw a record low of eight deaths.

How to keep road rage from being contagious

Many drivers might be confident that they can stay cool in difficult driving situations and never submit to road rage, but what happens when they encounter another raging driver? Road rage situations can escalate quickly if one driver's rage spreads to others. West Virginia drivers might be interested in some tips on how to keep that from happening.

Suing Uber after a car accident

Uber has become a popular mode of transportation in West Virginia. In case of an accident, passengers may wonder who might be held responsible. Uber drivers are hired as independent contractors, so in most cases, the company will not be held responsible. Uber does carry a $1 million policy to cover damages in case the at-fault driver's insurance is insufficient to compensate plaintiffs for their losses.

Steps teen motorcycle drivers can take to reduce injury risks

While many West Virginia teenagers appreciate the freedom a motorcycle offers, there are certain risks that go along with choosing to get behind the wheel of one. More than half of all teens who ride motorcycles opt for sport bikes. It's these models that account for most insurance claims. Teen motorcycle drivers are also responsible for nearly six-times as many collision claims as riders 35 to 60 years of age.

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