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How to plan for a winter motorcycle ride

Taking a motorcycle ride through West Virginia during the winter months can be both exciting and dangerous at the same time. With proper planning, however, it may be possible to mitigate some of the dangers. It is generally not a good idea to ride a motorcycle on roads that are covered with snow. This is because there are only two wheels, which provide less road grip than the four that a passenger vehicle has.

Seat belts could help prevent severe crash injuries

Drivers and passengers in West Virginia may be concerned with how they can reduce the risk of severe injury in case of a car accident. While wearing a seat belt may not prevent people from experiencing dangerous injuries to internal organs like the liver, it can help to lessen the severity of injury and the risk of a fatal outcome. Every year, around 2 million people across the country are taken to the emergency room as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash. The personal trauma of these accidents is significant as are the financial and social costs: Treatment for these injuries costs the healthcare system almost $1 trillion every year.

A slight increase in serious accidents involving large trucks

Most West Virginians exercise caution when driving, especially if they are traveling near large trucks. Statistics support the need for this caution. Over the last few years, there has been an uptick in the number of accidents involving ready-mix concrete trucks and dump trucks.

How soft tissue injuries in car accidents occur

Injuries impacting ligaments, tendons or muscles are usually referred to as soft tissue injuries. They can have a significant impact on accident victims in West Virginia and throughout the country. In many cases, individuals won't feel the impact of such an injury for hours or days after the crash occurs. Symptoms may include bleeding, swelling and pain where the injury occurred. If a person experiences whiplash, he or she may feel soreness or stiffness in the head and neck.

Steps to take following a collision on a motorcycle

While no one expects to be in a motorcycle accident, there are some steps that need to be taken after a crash in West Virginia. First, it is essential to check on the condition of those involved in the accident. Regardless of if anyone is injured in the wreck, it is a good idea to call the police. This can be done by those directly involved in the collision or by a witness to the event.

WHO report ranks traffic crashes as eighth leading cause of death

In its 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, the World Health Organization ranked traffic-related deaths as the eighth leading cause of death in the world as well as the leading cause of death among those aged 5 to 29. The highest number of traffic deaths are in Africa and Southeast Asia. People in low-income countries triple their risk for a fatal traffic crash. West Virginia residents may want to know what's being done about this trend.

Traumatic brain injury symptoms may be delayed

The human brain is the most complex organ in the body. Because it's responsible for helping almost every part of the body function, a brain injury can affect the body in different ways. West Virginia residents who get a traumatic brain injury may experience a variety of symptoms. These initial symptoms may be physical pain, problems with perception, abnormal thoughts and difficulty with speech.

Likelihood of vascular brain injury linked to enlarged atrium

According to the results of a recent study, the diameter of the left atrium in the heart may have an effect on vascular brain injury. The new research may have implications for cardiology and neurology patients in West Virginia and across the United States. The study shows that atrial enlargement has not been associated with leukoaraiosis (white matter disease).

Escalator safety and premises liability

Just like stairs and elevators, escalators can cause accidents. The National Elevator Industry, Inc. has released tips for people riding escalators in West Virginia and across the country to help promote passenger safety. Where an escalator defect or other issue leads to an injury, the injured party might have claims for damages against the property owner.

How drivers in West Virginia can stay safe in winter

To stay safe in winter, drivers need to take the following into account. First of all, they have to make sure their vehicle is properly winterized. A mechanic could easily check components like the battery, spark plugs, brakes, ignition and fuel filters as well as inspect the tires for wear or underinflation. Drivers should maintain their gas tank at above half full and should avoid using cruise control and the parking brake in winter weather.

Business owners can protect against premises liability claims

Among the many concerns of a small business owner in West Virginia is maintaining a safe property and avoiding liability issues. Legal claims are time consuming, expensive and potentially devastating to any company. If the business operates out of a physical location, anyone is a candidate to file a lawsuit if they fall while on the property.

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