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February 2018 Archives

OOIDA petition asks for more flexibility in 14-hour clock

West Virginia truck drivers may have more flexibility in their 14-hour daily clock if a proposal by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is adopted. OOIDA submitted a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggesting that drivers should be able to eliminate the mandated half-hour rest break that must be taken in the first eight hours and should be able to pause the clock for up to three hours. The requirement to take 10 consecutive hours off would remain in place under the OOIDA proposal.

Backup accidents prevented by safety technology

Drivers in West Virginia who are concerned about road safety may be interested to learn that a new technology in vehicles is reducing the occurrence of back-up crashes. Only 5 percent of new vehicles that are being manufactured have rear automatic braking, which is associated with a 62 percent reduction in the number of reported back crashes in vehicles that are equipped with the technology. When the automatic braking technology is used in conjunction with rear-view sensors and cameras, there is a 78 percent drop in the number of reverse crashes.

Filing a negligence claim against property owners

West Virginia, like many other states, has laws in place to ensure that people injured on someone else's property can file for compensation. Such cases involve what is called negligence, or the failure of the defendant to live up to a certain standard appropriate for a given situation. Property owners must live up to public safety regulations and have buildings that are up to code, for instance.

Governors group issues traffic safety report

On Feb. 6, the Governors Highway Safety Association issued a report outlining ways that road safety could be improved in West Virginia and across the United States. The purpose of the report, "State Strategies to Reduce Highway and Traffic Fatalities and Injuries: A Road Map for States," is to increase awareness about traffic safety and recommend strategies that state governors can use to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities.

Technology continues to fight unsafe driver behavior

Distracted driving is something that people in West Virginia and across the country often hear about. Though it's usually associated with cell phone use, new car technologies -- from GPS systems to video players -- are also creating dashboard distractions. However, technology could also offer some solutions to the problem of distracted driving. Consumer Reports investigated some new safety applications that are aimed at preventing distracted driving and making everyone safer on the road.

How to file a claim after an unsafe building injury

Unsafe building injuries are more common than some might realize. Whether it's in West Virginia or elsewhere in the nation, people are frequently injured on wet floors, on cracked pavement, and by falling objects. Such injuries can give victims the grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit. For one to be successful, though, several things must be established.

West Virginia man killed in coal mining accident

Many West Virginia miners have to deal with hazardous situations on a daily basis. The Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training reported that one man died in a coal mining accident that occurred in Barbour County on Feb. 6. The accident took place at around 4 a.m. at the Sentinel mine operated by Wolf Run Mining LLC.

How to stay safe while anticipating the self-driving car

Completely autonomous vehicles are still far in the future, so West Virginia motorists should consider what technologies are available here and now that can help them stay safe. Thankfully, there's plenty to consider, especially with the way that advanced driver assistance systems have been developing.

Oxygen therapy may help heal brain injuries

Oxygen therapy could be an interesting source of hope for West Virginians suffering from brain injuries. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are recognized as an effective decompression treatment for scuba divers, but they have become the source of some controversy among doctors and scientists dealing with mild traumatic brain injuries.

Brain damage does not always exhibit symptoms

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) cause approximately 50,000 deaths annually and are cited as the reason for 1.5 million emergency room visits each year. The vast majority of these visits result in a diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). The symptoms of MTBI include headaches, dizziness, loss of memory and mental fogginess. Current research shows that brain injury can occur even when these symptoms are absent.

NHTSA summit to address dangers of drugged driving

Residents of West Virginia are probably aware that with the legalization of marijuana in many jurisdictions, and with the nation's current opioid crisis, there is a greater risk for accidents due to drugged driving. Among U.S. workers, urine tests have detected an increase in amphetamine, marijuana, and heroin annually for the past five years.

Study links TBIs to increased dementia risk

Across the U.S., traumatic brain injuries lead to millions of people visiting the emergency room and being hospitalized, and many of them are suffered by West Virginia residents. They are also a leading cause of death, with children and athletes in contact-related sports being especially at risk. Some of the most common long-term effects of TBIs are impaired thinking and memory, but a study has shown that they could include dementia as well.

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