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February 2017 Archives

Truck drivers in poor health may crash more often

Sitting behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer for 10 or more hours each day and eating at truck stops and highway rest areas are not the ingredients of an active and healthy lifestyle, and truck drivers in West Virginia and around the country can be more likely to be in poor health than the population as a whole. The U.S. Department of Transportation looked into the health of the nation's long-haul commercial vehicle drivers in 2014, and it discovered alarming rates of cigarette smoking, obesity and diabetes.

Millennials most likely to drive dangerously

West Virginia drivers may be interested in learning that, according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 admitted engaging in risky behavior while driving. These behaviors include running red lights, texting while driving and speeding.

Recognizing 5 common signs of elder abuse in parents

Your parents may have gone to a nursing home after a stroke, due to old age or due to a number of other factors. Regardless of the reason, you want to make sure they're taken care of appropriately. Since your parents have a hard time communicating with you, you're unsure of how to know that they're cared for. Fortunately, there are physical and emotional signs to look for that can help you identify nursing home abuse.

Family environment may affect brain injury recovery

West Virginia parents of children who have suffered a serious brain injury may be interested to learn that a study that looked at the long-term effects has been published. The study discusses the importance of the family environment and the effect of family interventions during the recovery period.

Workers' compensation may see big changes in 2017

Many West Virginia employees rely on workers' compensation benefits for financial support after a workplace injury accident. However, proposed actions around the country may bring widespread changes to workers' compensation programs in the future.

The law provides protection for whistleblowers

As an internal accountant, you have access to your employer's books and you understand the importance of effective internal controls. Over the last few months, you have been preparing the financials for an audit. As you were pouring over the accounts, you began to notice some discrepancies. Someone has been diverting funds from various acc ounts and you suspect that it is someone in management.

Reasons your disability claim was denied

You suffered a horrific accident that left you with a traumatic brain injury. Fortunately, the injury is mild enough that you have been able to regain most of your faculties. However, you will never be at 100 percent. This means that it is more than likely you will never return to your marketing career at the same level you were at before the accident. Your income and your abilities have been severely limited.

States ranked based on highway laws

West Virginia, the other 49 states as well as the District of Columbia have been evaluated and rated based on their progress in adopting highway safety laws. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a trade group based out of the nation's capital, has issued a report that assesses the states' handling of laws pertaining to impaired and distracted driving, motorcycle helmet and seat belt use, child passenger safety and teen driving.

Apple accused of withholding distracted driving safety feature

Four out of 10 smartphone buyers in West Virginia and around the country choose to purchase an Apple iPhone, but that kind of market dominance could wind up costing a great deal if the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed against the electronics giant prevail. A group of California road users say that the Cupertino-based company developed a texting lockout feature in 2008 that was designed to prevent distracted driving accidents, and they claim that Apple placed its market share and profit margins over the lives of motorists and pedestrians when it elected not to release it.

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