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Truck crashes linked to blind spots

Most semi-trucks are around 72 feet long, 8.5 feet wide, and 13.5 feet tall. They can also weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. when loaded with cargo. The size and length of a semi-truck and trailer can create blind spots on multi-lane roads. Blind spots are areas where the driver of a semi-truck can't see...

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Nursing homes fail to separate COVID-19 patients from other residents

The COVID-19 pandemic is not going anywhere any time soon. Yet, with loosened restrictions, some people have failed to recognize the seriousness of this pandemic. According to an article in Kaiser Health News, this has become evident in many hospitals and nursing homes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have already warned healthcare...

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Nursing home residents at risk of death due to unnecessary use of antipsychotic drugs

Every day, thousands of nursing home residents are given antipsychotic drugs even though they don’t need them. The misuse of the drugs increases the risk of death for older people living in the facilities. In addition, the nursing homes rarely face any repercussions. Those are some of the conclusions of a new report prepared by...

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Are truck accidents more likely to happen during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our way of life dramatically, even months after the pandemic first arrived. Commerce was impacted in two ways. More people are ordering retail products online and there has been a greater demand for essential products. As a result, people have been relying on e-commerce for "non-essential" items, and local grocery...

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State to soon allow nursing home visits

It's been months since residents of West Virginia have been able to visit their loved ones in nursing homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Soon, Governor Jim Justice will phase in nursing home visits across the state, according to WOWK. As of Wednesday, June 17, 2020, residents of West Virginia will be allowed to visit...

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Has COVID-19 made West Virginia roads and highways more lethal?

As a result of statewide social distancing guidelines, West Virginia's roads have become noticeably desolate. Only those who still worked in essential jobs or needed to get groceries traveled. In turn, the number of overall crashes may have dropped. The severity of crashes in West Virginia has gone up, however. According to the National Safety...

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What can truck drivers and trucking companies do to prevent crashes?

Truck drivers and trucking companies are responsible promoting safety on West Virginia roads. Unfortunately, many of them cut corners to save time and money or engage in outright negligent behavior. Since large commercial trucks can weigh anywhere between 20-30 times the average passenger car, they can cause a devastating amount of damage in a crash....

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How serious are jackknife truck accidents?

A jackknife truck accident occurs when a large commercial truck swerves or careens out of control and the trailer swings out, much like a folding jackknife. This type of truck crash usually occurs when a truck driver attempts a dangerous maneuver while traveling at a high speed. When a semi-trailer swings out, it can block...

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West Virginia ranks as 8th worst state for distracted driving in a recent study

Personal finance website MoneyGeek recently ranked the top 25 worst states in the U.S. for distracted driving fatalities per billion miles traveled. Each state was ranked using crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). West Virginia ranked the eighth-worst state in the nation for distracted driving. Our state had approximately 54 deaths...

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Feds plan to study large truck accidents

Truck crashes can lead to devastating injuries and loss of life due to the massive size of the vehicles involved. More than 15 years ago, a large-scale study found the vast majority of crashes were associated with a driver’s action or inaction. Technology has evolved at a rapid pace since that study by the Federal...

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