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August 2016 Archives

Why do wrong way crashes occur?


Motorists in West Virginia travel to and from their destinations everyday with little to no issues. While drivers are aware of different methods and mechanisms to increase the person's safety while traveling on the roadways, these measures unfortunately do not prevent a negligent or reckless driver from colliding with the driver. When a driver is inattentive, reckless or intoxicated, it is possible to enter the road in the wrong direction. Such a condition is not only dangerous but could also lead to a serious or even fatal head-on collision.

The effectiveness of helmets to prevent accident injuries


As a means to reduce the severity of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash, helmet laws were enacted in various states across the nation. In West Virginia, universal helmet laws have been in existence since 1971. This means that it is mandatory for all motorcycle riders, including passengers, to wear a helmet while traveling on a motorcycle. Such a law is important because motorcycles are not equipped with the same safety features as other motor vehicles. However, even the use of a helmet does not prevent a rider from suffering motorcycle accident injuries.

Helping victims understand the cause of their car crash


It happens everyday. New and young drivers take to the road, using the knowledge he or she recently gained in a driving course while they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. While these courses help prepare new drivers to safely and properly operate an automobile, these courses can only offer a driver so much. Although new drivers are required to put so many hours behind the wheel before taking his or her final driving test, the real challenge is applying everything they learned on their own. Additionally, these new drivers are not as seasoned or as experienced as other drivers, making it more likely that they cause serious or even fatal car accidents.

What information are employers required to submit to the OSHA?


While certain industries are prone to more risks and dangers, workers in West Virginia and elsewhere should understand that they are should be given safety and protection in the work environment, whether it is on a construction site, at a coal mine, or in a retail store or office. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, implements and oversees rules and regulations aimed at ensuring the health and safety of workers across the nation. Additionally, OSHA collects information and data to understand compliance with these rules and ways to improve safety in the workplace.

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