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April 2018 Archives

Avoiding accidents in bright conditions

Rain and snow may make driving dangerous, but they're not the only types of hazardous weather. In the early morning and late afternoon, drivers in West Virginia can find themselves being blinded by the sun's rays. This compromising of vision can increase one's chances of getting in a car accident.

Mild brain injuries linked to risk of Parkinson's disease

New study results have concluded that people in West Virginia and across the United States who have previously experienced a brain injury, even a mild brain injury, are at an increased risk of Parkinson's disease. The study looked at veterans who had suffered a traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion, and the incidence of later developing Parkinson's disease. The study found that veterans who had experienced a mild brain injury were 56 percent more likely to later receive a Parkinsons's disease diagnosis, while those who had suffered a moderate to severe brain injury were 83 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson's.

Dog bite claims among homeowners on the rise

Every year throughout West Virginia and the rest of the U.S., approximately 4.5 million cases of dog bites are reported. Roughly one in every five sends the victim to the emergency room. In 2017, dog bite claims accounted for one-third of all liability insurance claims among homeowners, and the payouts averaged about $37,000 per claim. With somewhere between 70 million and 90 million pet dogs in the country, it's not surprising that the most frequent victims are postal workers and children.

Famous magician's secrets revealed on first day of injury trial

West Virginia residents may have heard about an accident that happened during a show performed by magician David Copperfield in 2013. The victim, who claims he was injured when he participated in Copperfield's show, filed a claim against the show in 2014. A jury trial began on April 13.

Head injuries could increase the risk of dementia

According to a recently published study, there could be a link between experiencing a traumatic brain injury and an increased risk for Alzheimer's or dementia. There are about 50 million people who sustain such an injury in West Virginia and throughout the world each year. According to the University of Washington School of Medicine, roughly 47 million people globally have dementia.

Lack of attention the cause of many car accidents

West Virginia drivers who daydream while behind the wheel might be more dangerous than those who use cell phones while driving, according to a study by Erie Insurance. Despite the attention paid to the dangers of being distracted by smartphones, boredom and inattention may still cause more accidents.

Portable scanners can help diagnose brain injuries

Everything from a car accident to a sports-related collision can cause a brain injury. In general, these injuries are classified as either traumatic or acquired for West Virginia patients. Acquired brain injuries can be the result of tumors, strokes, electric shocks or a lack of oxygen to the brain. On the other hand, traumatic brain injury refers to those injuries caused by an external force or impact.

Distracted driving on the rise

Drivers in West Virginia may be aware that distracted driving is a hazard. However, they might not realize just how pervasive it's becoming. A recent survey showed that 63 percent of drivers fear distracted drivers more than they do intoxicated drivers. The number of DUI-related deaths is a third of what it used to be three decades ago, but distracted driving deaths are on the rise.

Scientists inquire into causes of brain injury

Concussions can be severe and even life-changing for people in West Virginia injured while playing sports, driving a car or going about their business. Concussions and other forms of brain injury can develop after a hard impact to the head; while this fact is well-known, it remains unclear how exactly to prevent concussions or identify particular types of hits that are more likely to lead to serious injury. Researchers have pursued a deeper inquiry into the problem, making use of computer simulations of the human brain and data obtained from observation of football players.

Autonomous cars can have human weaknesses

Many drivers in West Virginia may wonder what type of impact developing technologies like autonomous cars could have on highway safety. While many people are excited about the technology due to its potential to regulate traffic and cut down on car accidents, many individuals worry about the decision-making capabilities of self-driving cars as well as the potential for software bugs or mechanical errors. However, one professor says that the biggest potential danger autonomous vehicles pose comes not from their robotic nature but rather from the role that humans play in designing and programming them.

Survey: drivers now more likely to be distracted by smartphones

A new study investigating behavior and attitudes regarding U.S. drivers concluded that distraction due to mobile devices has increased greatly since 2013. Ironically, the same surveyed motorists reported that they consider distracted driving as a serious road hazard. In fact, there is a large consensus amongst those polled that distracted driving is a serious threat to drivers in West Virginia and across the country.

Annual inspection event by CVSA

Commercial truck drivers in West Virginia and the rest of the nation should be aware of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual International Roadcheck event that is scheduled to take place June 5-7, 2018. The annual three-day event, which will take place throughout North America, is used by the CVSA to highlight and enforce truck and bus safety. The focus for the 2018 event will pertain to hours-of-service compliance to coincide with the execution of the electronic logging device mandate issued by the United States Department of Transportation.

New study analyzes main causes of trucking accidents

A study may be of interest to commercial truck drivers in West Virginia and around the country because it analyzes the most common factors in trucking accidents. With more than 15 million truckers on America's roads, the rate of such accidents can be rather high.

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