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November 2018 Archives

Understanding trucks can make motorists safer

West Virginia drivers typically encounter all sorts of vehicles while on the highways and streets. In addition to being focused on their own driving, motorists must be constantly on the watch for danger coming from others. This is never more critical than when sharing the roadway with large transport trucks.

Miner killed in coal mining accident in West Virginia

A 33-year-old man died as a result of a mining accident in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The man was injured while trying to move an auger by using a crane. The auger slipped, and a portion of the steel auger hit the man in the chest. He was transported to Humana Hospital where he later died as a result of the injuries.

West Virginia remembers victims of the Farmington Mine disaster

The Farmington Mine disaster of 1968 claimed the lives of 78 West Virginia miners and remains one of America's deadliest mining accidents, but it also prompted the nation's legislators to take action and pass laws that have improved working conditions at mines across the country. When the United Mine Workers of America held its annual memorial to commemorate the disaster on Nov. 18, those in attendance honored the brave miners who perished and celebrated the thousands of lives their sacrifice has saved over the last 50 years.

Researchers isolate cell involved in brain injury inflammation

Residents of West Virginia may be interested in a recent medical discovery that could help people with brain injuries. In the study, a drug was given to mice to see if it could prevent inflammation that occurs after a brain injury. The inflammation is a natural response, but it can cause more harm to the brain. Researchers say that the test on mice was a first step toward solving that problem.

Bright sunlight can pose a driving hazard

Most West Virginia drivers think of hazardous driving conditions as those involving inclement weather such as slick road conditions caused by rain, snow or ice or lack of visibility due to precipitation or fog. Bright sunlight, however, is seldom thought to pose a risk of hazard, but statistics tell another story. The period of time during the day when a motorist drives directly into the rising or setting sun creates visibility problems and consequently a higher risk of a vehicle crash.

Safety strategies for winter driving could reduce car accidents

Winter brings rain, freezing rain and snow to West Virginia, and the slick roads increase the chances of motor vehicle accidents. When people have to travel on wet, icy or snowy roads, they can adopt strategies that could help them maintain control of their vehicles and avoid crashes.

AAA gives safety tips for drivers and parents on Halloween

AAA Northeast has some safety tips to give for those who plan to party or have their children trick-or-treat for Halloween. West Virginia residents can benefit from the tips as well. After all, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most Halloween drunk driving deaths occur between 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 1.

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