July 2019 Archives

Rear car seat safety has not improved since the 1990s

Most drivers in West Virginia and across the U.S. believe that the rear seats, being away from the windshield and dashboard, are safer than the front seats. This was true back in the 1990s, but recent improvements to front seat safety have made rear seats the less safe of the two. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has called rear seats a danger zone.

New therapy may help traumatic brain injury patients

Traumatic brain injury patients in West Virginia and elsewhere in the United States typically don't have any post-TBI treatment options. This is true despite the fact that TBIs affect 3 million Americans each year in the U.S. However, a new therapy may benefit patients by preventing brain damage after an injury affecting the brain is sustained.

Proposed bill would mandate AEB on commercial vehicles

Commercial motor vehicle drivers, especially truck drivers, in West Virginia should know that a bill has been introduced that may require them to have automatic emergency braking on their vehicles. Lawmakers proposed the Safe Roads Act of 2019 (H.R. 3773) on July 16, 2019, after being prompted by the Truck Safety Coalition, a safety nonprofit.

Study: left atrial enlargement associated with brain infarcts

A study published in the journal Neurology has analyzed the link between enlargement in the left atrium, one of the four chambers of the heart, and vascular brain injuries, which are any injuries that impair blood flow to the brain. West Virginia residents should know that researchers concluded that LA enlargement is independently associated with the presence of brain infarcts, which are areas of dead tissue resulting from lack of blood flow.

Study shows women more vulnerable than men in front-end crashes

A study published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention has found that women run a higher risk than men for serious injuries in a car crash. West Virginia residents should know that women are especially prone to suffer injuries to the spine, abdomen and legs. In fact, their risk for these lower-body injuries is double that for men.

Plantation, Florida, shopping plaza explodes, injures 23

On the morning of July 6, 2019, a vacant pizza restaurant in a South Florida shopping center exploded, injuring 23 and damaging several stores. West Virginia residents should know that this took place in the town of Plantation. The town's fire and police departments responded, pulling the victims out of the rubble and closing the street to traffic. They believe that a gas leak caused the explosion, but the case is still under investigation.

Feds planning to ease hours-of-service rules for truckers

Large truck accidents have increased in West Virginia and across the U.S. over the past few years. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that accidents involving large trucks caused 4,237 deaths and 344,000 injuries in 2017, which represents a 10% increase over 2016. Despite this, the U.S. Department of Transportation is reportedly preparing to loosen hours-of-service regulations for truckers.

Of all major holidays, July Fourth sees most DUI fatalities

Independence Day appears to be the most dangerous of the major holidays in the US when it comes to drunk driving fatalities. West Virginia residents should know that the DUI fatality rate for this holiday is 42.4, which equates to an average of 42.4 deaths per day. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that there were 1,192 DUI fatalities reported on this holiday from 2010 to 2017.

Improving floor safety to prevent slips, trips and falls

More workers' compensation claims are filed over slips, trips and falls than for any other kind of accident. This is according to the National Floor Safety Institute. The same institute says that over two million fall-related injuries each year are directly connected with floors and flooring materials. Property owners in West Virginia will want to see how they can improve floor safety. It all begins with identifying hazardous areas.

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