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August 2016 Archives

New suggestions to prevent coal mine accidents

Mining is an important industry in the state of West Virginia, and unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous. West Virginia leads the nation in non-fatal coal mine accidents, but a new campaign seeks to reduce this number and make it safer for every worker. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has outlined some simple and useful suggestions that could cut down on unnecessary accidents. 

Lack of safety barriers an issue in motor vehicle accidents

A recent fatal car crash that occurred long a stretch of Interstate 64 in Putnam County has West Virginia drivers questioning whether or not a lack of safety barriers in the median exposes motorists to an unnecessary risk for accidents and injuries. Drivers report that motor vehicle accidents have occurred there in the past because drivers can easily cross into oncoming traffic if they are struck by another vehicle or lose control. It is possible that the addition of a safety barrier is warranted.

The impact of brain injuries from motor vehicle accidents

When a person suffers a brain injury in a car accident, it can have an impact that affects many areas of life. Life after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be difficult, and it can take a long time to recover from even minor brain injuries suffered from motor vehicle accidents. It is important to recognize the symptoms of these types of injuries in order to pursue the most appropriate recovery.

Wrongful death benefits after the loss of a loved one

When a loved one is killed due to the negligent or reckless actions of another person or party, it can be devastating and overwhelming for those left behind. An unexpected death can change a family forever, and the financial effects can linger for years. From medical bills to the loss of income, a wrongful death is more than just an emotional and physical loss -- it is a financial loss as well.

Distraction: one the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents

West Virginia readers know that distracted driving is one of the leading dangers on the road, but distracted behavior is not limited to young drivers. Parents and older drivers are also prone to look at their phones behind the wheel, contributing to the high number of motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving. Just a few seconds of distraction can lead to serious or fatal consequences.

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