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September 2018 Archives

Common causes of bus accidents

Buses are convenient methods of transportation for a variety of purposes. People use buses for commuting to work, getting an education and traveling long distances. However, buses present a unique danger when it comes to accidents. 

Report says accident rates linked to phone use

A report released by Motus, a vehicle management platform, indicates that the rate of car accidents has increased significantly alongside the rate of smartphone use. In its 2018 Distracted Driving Report, the company says smartphone ownership grew to 77 percent in 2017 from just 55 percent in 2013. During that same period, the number of car crashes in West Virginia and across the country rose to 6.4 million from 5.7 million. That represents a 12.3 percent increase.

Activity could be critical to succesful brain injury treatment

Brain injuries are a major concern to people in West Virginia and elsewhere; these types of injuries may have significant impact on a victim's life, and recovery can often be lengthy or difficult. According to one new Columbia University study involving mice, it may be more effective for people with brain injuries to become active again as soon as possible rather than resting for a lengthy period of time. The study results could indicate the potential for treatment regimens that center on promoting activity in order to achieve faster or more complete recovery after brain injury.

Results of the CVSA's International Roadcheck

From June 5 to 7, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance held its annual International Roadcheck. Taking place across North America, the spree resulted in 67,502 commercial truck and bus drivers being stopped and inspected for vehicle- and driver-related compliance. Truck drivers in West Virginia may be interested to know what the results were.

Supermarkets turn to tech to reduce trips, slips and falls

Falls are the top cause of injury-related insurance claims for supermarkets in West Virginia and across the U.S. As a result, many local and national chains are turning to technology to ensure customers remain safe and upright while visiting their stores.

The danger of hydroplaning

West Virginia has a rainy season like every other state, which poses several challenges on the road. One of the dangers that drivers must always be alert for is hydroplaning, where a vehicle slides or slips uncontrollably over a wet surface. The thin layer of water that develops between a vehicle's tire and the road could become thicker, making the tires lose traction.

FMCSA proposes changes to hours-of-service rules for truckers

In August 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that laid out the various revisions it plans to make to commercial truck drivers' hours-of-service regulations. The FMCSA is now asking for comments. These proposed changes should be of interest to truckers in West Virginia and throughout the U.S.

How car safety tech could reduce backup crashes

West Virginia residents, especially those who are thinking about purchasing a new car, should know that current safety tech is cutting down on the number of backup crashes. While backup collisions are only one type of accident, the fact remains that they can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities, particularly among children.

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