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Common truck accident injuries

In 97 percent of crashes involving commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, it's the occupants of the smaller vehicles who incur fatal injuries. Even when the victims survive, they can suffer catastrophic injuries. Below are a few of the most common injuries that drivers in West Virginia should know about.

Gene could increase risk of post-TBI psychiatric symptoms

West Virginia readers possessing a variant of the APOE gene might experience more severe psychiatric symptoms if they suffer a traumatic brain injury, according to a new report. The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, was published in the Journal of Neurotrauma in February.

News coverage of self-driving car crash criticized by Tesla CEO

In West Virginia and across the U.S., self-driving vehicles are still rare, but it seems that they are injuring both drivers and pedestrians. In one recent incident in Utah, the driver of a Tesla Model S collided with a fire truck because she was looking down at her phone. The Tesla Autopilot program was on the whole time.

Poor control of methane or coal dust leads to mine explosions

Generations of people have worked in coal mines in West Virginia. Over the years, safety regulators have developed techniques to mitigate the threat of explosions caused by methane gas, coal dust or both. Mine operators and employees must exercise constant vigilance against these threats by following safety procedures to address methane and coal dust.

Why you should file a police report after a car accident

Many people in West Virginia do not think much about what they will do after a car accident until they are in one. You might not feel like going through the hassle of waiting for the police to arrive. There is also the possibility of you feeling so confused that you forget to call them. Regardless of what you think or how you feel right after a motor vehicle collision, do not forget to file that police report. 

9-year-old boy injured after bounce house flies into highway

Bounce houses are a popular activity for children at birthday parties in West Virginia and across the United States. Safety concerns with bounce houses were raised again during a recent incident in California. A 9-year-old boy received minor injuries when the bounce house in which he was playing was picked up by high winds and flew onto a busy highway approximately a quarter of a mile away.

Drowsy and drunk driving: their similarities

60 percent of adults in the U.S. claim that they have engaged in drowsy driving before. Of those, a third even fell asleep behind the wheel. Drivers in West Virginia should be aware that there are serious consequences to driving while sleepy. First of all, the effects of sleep deprivation can mimic those of drunkenness.

How to prevent liver damage in a car crash

West Virginia residents who are involved in car accidents may experience liver injuries. According to researchers, wearing a seat belt cannot prevent such an injury from occurring. However, wearing a seat belt could reduce the severity of a liver injury, which could increase the chances that a person lives after a collision. A review of 51,202 people found that those who had severe liver injuries were two times more likely to die compared to those with only mild or moderate injuries.

Mild brain injuries increase Parkinson's risk by over 50 percent

West Virginia readers who suffer concussions or other mild traumatic brain injuries could increase their chances of developing Parkinson's disease by over 55 percent, according to a new study. The study was recently published in the journal Neurology.

Rideshare drivers may be driving drowsy

While some West Virginia residents may rely on rideshare companies to get around town, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine noted that there were some inherent safety risks that may be prevalent in the industry. Ultimately, they reported that the drivers who worked for the ridesharing companies as independent contractors may be at risk for driving while drowsy.

Study: drivers text the most in afternoon rush hour

New data from app developer Drivemode has shown that the afternoon rush hour, specifically between 3pm and 7pm, is the peak time for drivers to text. While New Yorkers text more during this time period than any other drivers, those in West Virginia should still be concerned because texting while driving is so widespread.

Mild TBIs can cause lasting damage

Many West Virginians receive mild traumatic brain injuries every year while playing sports, being involved in motor vehicle accidents, falling or suffering other types of trauma to the head. While these injuries may be characterized as being mild, they can cause lasting impacts for people who suffer from them.

Distracted driving study measures phone use by state

When West Virginia drivers get behind the wheel, around 36 percent of their fellow drivers are using a handheld cellphone according to statistics released by safe driving app Everdrive. The app tracks the driving practices of users on the road with their permission. The app's research found that drivers in the South are most likely to make use of their phones while driving; Mississippi leads the nation with 47 percent phone usage. Other nearby states such as Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida followed closely behind.

V.A. to conduct more research on female brain injuries

West Virginia readers may have heard that traumatic brain injuries are a serious problem for men, particularly for those who play in the NFL or serve in the U.S. military. However, they may be surprised to learn that very little research has been done on the ways that brain injuries impact women.

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