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June 2018 Archives

CMV brake inspection spree slated for September

From September 16 to 22, commercial truck drivers in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. will undergo random brake inspections. This is part of Brake Safety Week, an annual inspection spree held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. While last year the spree was pared down to a single day, the CVSA has returned to the weeklong format as a way to better enforce brake safety guidelines.

Celebrating responsibly during the Independence Day holiday

According to the American Automobile Association, there will be 37.5 million Americans traveling at least 50 miles from home between June 30 and July 4. However, this period of time can be among the most dangerous to be on the road. Drunk driving during the Fourth of July holiday accounted for 40 percent of all traffic deaths between 2007 and 2011. West Virginia motorists might want to know that there are around 200 traffic deaths throughout the nation during the holiday period.

Poor and nonexistent underride guards kill people

As a West Virginia driver, you know that your life and those of your passengers are at risk if you crash into the back or side of a huge 18-wheeler. Not only is a tractor-trailer much bigger and heavier than your vehicle, but its trailer’s bottom is so high off the ground that your vehicle is liable to slide right underneath it in a crash.

Brain molecule may slow the effects of head injuries

If a person in West Virginia experiences a brain injury or disease, scientists may be able to monitor it using a molecule called N-acetylaspartate (NAA). It is generally found in lower concentrations in those who have an injury or illness impacting that part of the body. According to one study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, NAA might actually play a role in helping a person recover when this occurs.

Criminal charges possible in West Virginia motorcyclist death

Accident investigators have determined that a truck crossed the center line while going through a curve and struck a motorcycle head-on in a crash that left a 77-year-old man dead in Kanawha County. State police troopers reported that the victim had been driving his motorcycle on Lens Creek Road. When he was approximately 5 miles outside of Marmet, the collision with the truck occurred near the intersection with Nubbie Hollow Road. Authorities have not ruled out the possibility of filing criminal charges against the truck driver.

Nine people injured when roller coaster derails in Florida

Many West Virginia readers look forward to visiting amusement parks each summer. However, not all amusement park rides are safe. For example, on June 14, multiple people were injured when a roller coaster malfunctioned at a park in Florida.

Best practices when blasting metal and nonmetal mines

West Virginia residents who work in the metal and nonmetal mining industry know how important it is to maintain blasting safety. If certain precautions are not taken, miners can be killed by flyrock, toxic fumes or misfires. In fact, seven miners have been killed by these causes since 2010. Below are some of the best practices that mine operators and miners can take to prevent injury and death.

International Roadcheck gets fatigued truck drivers off the road

During the first week of June, law enforcement officers in West Virginia and across the U.S. participated in the annual International Roadcheck program. The three-day initiative, which is overseen by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, subjects commercial vehicles to safety inspections. This year's focus was on truck driver fatigue.

Preventing distracted driving with new technology

While new technology is largely to blame for the increase in distracted drivers across West Virginia, it may also provide the means for reducing this number. Several devices are on the market that could keep drivers from becoming distracted, though the lack of marketing may not make them well known.

Mild TBIs linked with higher dementia risk

Anyone in West Virginia who has incurred a traumatic brain injury should be aware of the findings of a new study published in JAMA Neurology. After studying a group of veterans with TBIs, it discovered that those who incur even a minor TBI with no loss of consciousness are at a higher long-term risk for developing dementia.

What should be done following an auto accident

Drivers in West Virginia are exposed to all types of risks on the road. If involved in an accident, there are some important steps to take to guarantee the success of a claim. By following these suggestions, a driver may be able to avoid many of the common missteps that can increase chances of damaging lawsuits.

State court looks at landlords' liability for tenant drug use

Many landlords and tenants in West Virginia may wonder how far the concept of premises liability stretches. In a recent case in another state, the parents of a man who died after a drug overdose sued the owner of the home where the overdose took place on the basis that he was responsible for maintaining the safety of people inside the home. They alleged that the landlord had a responsibility to remove tenants that he knew to be drug users as others could be hurt or injured due to drug side effects or overdoses.

Determining the extent of a head injury

Every day, roughly 138 Americans die from a brain injury. They commonly occur after car accidents, hits during sporting events or falls in the tub. Such injuries can also occur as the result of a domestic dispute or because of medical malpractice. Since a brain injury can result in potentially fatal consequences, it is important for West Virginians to recognize the symptoms.