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Why trucks pose such a high risk of causing a severe, fatal crash

A study of the cause of truck crashes was recently published in the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion. Researchers note that, while trucks only comprise 8 percent of all traffic on United States roadways, they can be blamed for as much as 11 percent of all fatal crashes.

With previous studies, it was determined that the outcome of a crash increased in severity depending on the level of distraction or degree of drug or alcohol intoxication of the trucker. However, after examining 1,134 crash cases for this study, researchers were able to expand their listing of risk factors for truck accidents.

Insurance settlement offer too low? You have options

Nobody likes to start off first thing Monday morning with a car crash. Unfortunately, it happens. You could be sitting at a traffic light, patiently waiting for it to change to green, when suddenly a car comes from behind and rear-ends you. Now, you not only have to miss work, but you have to go to the hospital and fix your car. Monday just became very expensive. But, it was the other driver's fault, so surely his insurance will cover all the damage. What if it doesn't? What if the insurance company offers a ridiculously low settlement that does not even come close to covering your losses?

This is the game that insurance companies play. They are in the business of charging their customs high premiums and retaining as much of that money as possible. The last thing the insurer wants to do is pay out the full cost of a car wreck. Fortunately, when the insurance company comes in low, you do not have to accept it. Read further to find out more about reaching a fair settlement with an insurer after a motor vehicle collision.

How traumatic brain injuries impact victims later in life

When a car crash occurs, one of the worst injuries you can be left with is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That's because it may never be possible to fully recover from it. In fact, a recent study, published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, suggests that there is a correlation between a child or adolescent suffering a brain injury and developing a substance abuse problem later in life.

In order to reach this conclusion, researchers with Ohio State University took several mice that had suffered brain injuries as juveniles and followed their progress up through adulthood. As they were introduced to alcohol as they became adults, they appeared to drink more excessively than their non-injured counterparts.

A study shows teens' parents are to blame for their poor driving

Decades ago, teens were most at risk for becoming involved in drunk driving accidents. Nowadays, in an era in which virtually every American has a cellphone, distracted driving has become much more of a threat.

The 2017 Family Safe Driving Report, published by EverQuote, Inc., highlights how 74 percent of parents polled expressed more concern about their adolescents driving distracted more so than drunk.

How much of a risk trucker sleep deprivation poses for motorists

A trucker's life is not the only one at risk when he or she takes to the road. Instead, truck drivers risk the lives of millions of motorists who take to America's roadways each day and drive alongside them.

The National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) recently came out and expressed concern over truckers' varying work schedules. They're thought to be to blame for their fatigue, one of the primary causes of fatal truck crashes in the United States.

Who's the safest driver: A teen or a senior citizen?

If you were asked to choose between a senior citizen and a teen in terms of who the safest driver would be, you might struggle to do so. A recent report published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests teens are the least safe of the two.

In fact, the IIHS found that teens between the ages of 16 and 19 have a 30 percent higher chance of becoming involved in car crashes than young adults age 20 and over. Additionally, according to the United States Census Bureau, those in their late teens are responsible for at least 12.2 percent of all car crashes whereas those 65 and over are to blame for nearly one half of that amount at 7.5 percent.

Spinal injuries could end your career and change your life

All it takes is a second for something to go wrong on the interstate. One moment, you're traveling at high speeds, headed to work or a social call. Seconds later, thanks to the poor judgment of someone else, you're reeling from an impact and trying to make sense of what happened. Traveling at high speeds can help us get where we're headed quickly, but it can also result in more catastrophic injuries if a traffic collision does happen.

No matter how safe you are, you can't control the actions of other drivers. Commercial truck drivers may find themselves exhausted but choose to stay on the road. People in personal vehicles could get distracted by cellphones, eating, messing with the radio, a conversation or even applying makeup.

Some of the lesser known reasons tractor-trailer crashes occur

While it would be easy to blame big rig crashes on a trucker's careless, aggressive or distracted driving, the large majority of 18-wheeler operators adhere to safety standards. They do so because their livelihoods depend on it.

Instead, they're those other factors that you don't hear about that contribute to the more than 475,000 big rig crashes annually. Those wrecks kill at least 5,000 and injure another 140,000 each year.

A woman dies after being struck by Kentucky State Police Officer

A Kentucky State Police Officer struck and killed a Bowling Green motorist on Monday, July 17, as he was en route to another injury crash on Williams Simmons Road. The 63-year-old pickup driver was believed to have been in the process of making a left turn to get out of the officer's way when he struck her car, an impact which pushed both cars into a nearby resident's yard.

The officer was driving northbound along Kentucky Highway 185 at around 4:18 p.m., when the accident occurred. He had his sirens blaring and blue lights illuminated as he attempted to pass several motorists.

Traumatic brain injuries may result in dementia

When it comes to the impact that an individual suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have on an individual in terms of their risk of developing dementia down the road, scientists studying the issue have long found that data to be inconclusive. It's only recently that new evidence has emerged that suggests that TBIs have the potential of causing long-term brain damage.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that TBIs result from an individual suffering either some type of sudden movement or forceful physical contact to their head. Statistics compiled by the government agency in 2013 found that, among the 2.8 million who suffered a TBI that year, 56,000 died of them.

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