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Highway deaths and their many causes

Highway deaths can be caused by a variety of factors, almost all of them involving some form of negligence. This is why drivers in West Virginia should know what those factors are and do everything they can to keep themselves from getting into accidents as well. For example, they may find themselves in inclement weather, where rain or snow obscure the visibility of other cars. They should exercise caution so as to avoid losing control or rear-ending anyone.

Analysis shows all types of conversation can distract drivers

It appears that all conversations, not just talks on a cell phone, can distract drivers. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis published in the journal Human Factors. The results of the study may be of interest to drivers in West Virginia.

The deadly results of drunk driving

West Virginia motorists should be aware of the dangers of drunk driving. Not only is it a serious offense, but driving while intoxicated can also endanger the lives of other people on the road. Roughly one-third of all traffic-related deaths involve alcohol intoxication, with the most frequent victims being motorcyclists, motorists under the age of 24 and drivers with a prior DUI conviction.

The different categories of slip and fall claims

In West Virginia as elsewhere in the U.S., property owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of guest. Visitors also have the responsibility to not engage in reckless behavior while on a property. When people are injured through no fault of their own on another's property, they may be eligible for compensation under civil law. All they must do is file a slip and fall claim.

What drivers should know about Daylight Saving Time

Drivers in West Virginia may still be feeling the effects of Daylight Saving Time. That's why it's important to know what to do during this period of adjustment. Failing to deal with the drowsiness that one feels after Daylight Saving Time can increase the chances of a car accident. According to AAA, drowsy driving is a factor in nearly 10 percent of all car crashes in the U.S.

The controversy over lane-splitting

Drivers and motorcyclists in West Virginia may be aware that lane-splitting is technically not allowed in the Mountain State. In 2016, California legalized the maneuver whereby motorcyclists can travel between lanes, and it is currently the only state to have done so. However, this could soon change as seven states, including Massachusetts, Arizona, and Washington, are deliberating over lane-splitting bills.

An outline of car accident injuries

Car accidents are an all too common occurrence in West Virginia, and when they don't end in death, they can still result in serious injuries. Some drivers may even develop PTSD, or a fear of driving, following an accident. It's a good idea for drivers to be aware of the types of injuries that they can sustain in a car accident.

Incurring soft tissue damage in West Virginia

The muscles, tendons and ligaments compose the soft tissues of the body, and they can easily be injured by any sudden, uncontrollable movements. These injuries usually fall under sprains, contusions, strains and tears. Auto accidents are the most frequent cause of soft tissue damage because the impact, followed by the braking of the car and bracing of the body, forces the tissue to stretch.

Link between TBIs and Alzheimer's disease

West Virginia residents who have sustained brain injuries in the past should be aware that research has linked concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries to the increased likelihood of the early onset of Alzheimer's disease. This is according to a study that used Alzheimer's disease cases, which were confirmed by autopsies, to assess the lasting impact of head injuries.

Blood test for head injury victims comes with limitations

West Virginia residents who have suffered a head injury may want to know about a blood test that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and that helps determine whether they need a CT scan. CT scans expose patients to a high level of radiation and should be avoided when possible, so the test comes with definite benefits. However, there are some limitations.

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