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March 2018 Archives

Study illustrates the dangers of trucking accidents

Although many truck drivers in West Virginia work hard to operate their vehicles properly, the trucking industry overall appears to have a safety problem. Over the past decade, there has been a 20 percent increase in truck accidents. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study investigated the reasons behind these wrecks and determined that truck driver errors are the cause of many accidents.

Drunk driving deaths

Drivers in West Virginia should be aware that nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths are the result of drunk driving. People who are under the age of 24 are at the most risk of being killed as are motorcyclists and individuals who have been previously convicted of driving under the influence.

Always seek immediate medical care after a car accident

A car accident can occur at any time, often causing serious damage to the vehicles involved and producing severe or life threatening injuries in the victims. However, many victims of car accidents leave the scene believing that they got lucky and did not suffer any injuries, when, in fact, they are suffering from an injury that does not yet cause pain.

Silica rules aim to reduce occupational hazards

For workers in West Virginia who are employed in jobs where silica exposure is a possibility, it's important to take special safety precautions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued rules for silica exposure as well as a fact sheet that seeks to guide employers into compliance with these standards. OSHA has put in place a mandate for employers to provide protection against silica exposure by offering training, establishing plans to deal with exposure and thoroughly assessing the potential for exposure.

Truck driver errors top cause of commercial truck accidents

Semi-trucks are a common sight on the highways of West Virginia, and their bulk makes them dangerous in crashes. Over the past decade, truck accidents have increased in frequency by 20 percent. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study produced by federal transportation agencies examined 120,000 fatal commercial truck accidents and concluded that drivers caused 68,000 of the wrecks.

Lawsuit challenges testing to detect drowsy truck drivers

West Virginia drivers may be concerned about the dangers that truck driver fatigue can pose on the road. Truck drivers who are drowsy behind the wheel could lose concentration or doze off while driving. While this is a dangerous action in any vehicle, it can be compounded by the significant size and mass of a large truck.

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