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Screening for sleep apnea could reduce truck crashes

Federal trucking regulations cover many things, such as the hours a bus driver can drive without sleeping, the amount of downtime that must be taken between shifts and the size and weight of vehicles. One aspect that currently is not provided for is tracking or treating sleep apnea. West Virginia residents familiar with the condition may be thinking how it affects truck drivers and the answer may surprise them.

What is the difference between negligence and recklessness?

When West Virginia residents hear of a car accident caused by someone else's behavior, they may be quick to assume the driver was negligent or reckless. Though these terms are often used interchangeably, they actually have legal meanings attached to them and these terms help determine who is responsible in a car crash and who can be held liable for compensation as well.

Woman charged on three counts in fatal drunk driving crash

Many people do not think much of getting behind the wheel after having a few alcoholic drinks. They underestimate the effect the alcohol may have on their system-they do not appreciate the cognitive impairment that can take place with just a few alcoholic beverages in one's system. Driving while intoxicated puts not only one's own life at risk, but also that of everyone else on the road. An accident caused by a drunk driver is especially tragic because it could be completely avoided if the driver had acted responsibly and made the decision not to drink and drive.

Car accidents can be devastating for victims

This blog recently discussed concerns associated with brain injuries with can commonly occur in car accidents. A variety of serious, and sometimes catastrophic, injuries can result from car accidents. Victims of car accidents, who have been harmed by a negligent driver, may face serious questions such as what to do about medical expenses associated with the accident, what to do about work and how it will impact their family and their ability care for their family.

Pain and suffering damages in car accidents

It is not always possible to prevent a car accident from occurring. West Virginia residents can take every possible precaution -- fastening their seatbelts, driving the speed limit, paying close attention to others on the road and more -- and still find themselves victims of a car accident. Unfortunately, even though it is possible to control a person's own actions, it is not possible to control the actions of others. All it takes is one person to make a negligent action on the road and a person can become a victim of a serious car accident.

What are the five elements of negligence?

Following a car accident, a West Virginia resident may feel a variety of emotions. Sometimes, a person might feel greatly overwhelmed by the incident. Knowing what to do following an accident is not always easy. However, when you are a victim as a result of the actions of a negligent driver, you have options. There are ways to bring a negligent driver to justice and possibly obtain compensation.

West Virginia truck accident leaves one critically injured

All car accidents have the potential to be serious. However, those involving trucks can have an even greater chance to involve devastating injuries or even death to victims. They also often involve greater legal complexities, as truck drivers are responsible for knowing how to handle their vehicles in a way that ensures the safety of others on the road. Failing in this responsibility can have serious consequences.

Understanding the severity of truck accidents

Despite the fact that the northeast United States got hit with a monumental storm a few days ago, spring, in theory, is still right around the corner. While the winter months brings with it its own set of hazards such as ice and wintery weather, as we enter into spring, we are given a whole new set of hazards to contend with when we get behind the wheel.

Two-car crash in West Virginia caused by car running a red light

Motorists in West Virginia and elsewhere are well aware that rules and regulations on the roadway have been established to increase the safety for travelers and reduce collisions. While most drivers follow the rules of the road, the failure to abide by these rules could lead to an unfortunate car crash. Whether it is a simple fender bender or a serious car collision, victims of a car accident could suffer tremendously.

Helping car accident victims determine the cause of the crash

We have all seen it. Two or more vehicles pulled over to the side of the road with scratches and crunches in their vehicles. In most cases, a passerby can somewhat determine what happened in an automobile collision if they just drove by, but the reality is that this is only speculation. Even in a minor or rear-end crash, the cause can be complex. Thus, it is important that those harmed in a crash fully understand what happened and what recourses are available to them.

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