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January 2015 Archives

NTSB releases recommendations for the trucking industry

Following news of a serious truck accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan in 2014, Kentucky drivers may be wary when having to share the highways with large semi-trucks. This feeling of unease is not necessarily unwarranted, as accidents involving trucks kill approximately 4,000 people nationwide every year. In order to combat this, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended a number of changes that they suggested should be made in 2015.

Statistics on accidents involving large trucks

Many Kentucky drivers have come across the aftermath of truck accidents, and some may have been involved in one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a comprehensive report on large truck accidents that might be of interest, and it contains some statistics concerning those types of incidents that took place around the country during the 2012 calendar year.

Whiplash injuries are common in car accidents

As Kentucky motorists may know, car accidents, particularly those in which the vehicle is struck from behind, may result in whiplash. Such injuries might injure cervical musculature and may cause damage to ligaments and vertebrae in the cervical spine. Whiplash is due to the motion that the neck endures when the head snaps back and forth. Neck strains result in damage to the tendons, muscles or tissues that link the muscle to the vertebrae. The actual symptoms may be delayed for one day or more after the injury occurs. This may make it difficult to begin treatment, delaying beneficial steps at preventing more damage.

Medical malpractice and outpatient surgery

Kentucky residents might have heard of Joan Rivers' death following a routine outpatient throat surgery. Following her death, federal officials found several safety violations at the outpatient site, including failing to weigh Rivers before administering anesthesia and performing a surgical procedure on her that she had not consented to receive.

Alleged drunk driver strikes woman in Kentucky crosswalk

An accident in Kentucky in the early hours of Dec. 28 seriously injured a Louisville woman when a driver allegedly struck her in a crosswalk. The driver was charged with wanton endangerment, driving with a license suspended and DUI, according to Louisville Metro Police. His bond was set at $10,000, and a judge ordered the 46-year-old not to drive.

Powdered caffeine products may be harmful

As Kentucky residents may know, the use of a powdered caffeine supplement caused the death of two men last year. However, the Food and Drug Administration is currently unable to ban its sale. It has posted a warning on its website about using the product, and the agency is asking anyone who suffered an adverse side effect from powdered caffeine to contact them.

Impaired driving and drug use

In a 2007 survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11 percent of all drivers tested on weekend nights came up positive for illicit drugs. When the survey added prescription or over-the-counter drugs to the mix, the percentage rose to 16 percent. Although alcohol use by drivers remains a serious hazard, the use of drugs, legal and illegal, can be equally dangerous to those sharing the road.