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May 2018 Archives

The dangers of truck driver fatigue in trucking industry

When night rolls around, many of us in Virginia plan to turn in for the night and get some sleep. This is not the case for everyone though, as some individuals work during the nighttime hours. Some even drive during the late hours of the night for work. In some industries, such as the trucking industry, it is necessary to travel at night to get shipments delivered on time. The concern with this, like any driver traveling late at night or on little sleep, is that a truck driver will get drowsy behind the wheel or even fall asleep.

Drowsy driving is a concern for ridesharing auto drivers

We tend to live busy lives. Sometimes we are too busy to eat, other times too busy to sleep. In some cases, we are so busy that we rely on other people to drive us to our destinations. Whatever the situation, when we get too busy to do one thing, it might impact the ability to do another. Take, for example, sleep deprivation. When we are behind on sleep, this can impact our ability to function. Our bodies may be weak and our minds fogged. This is not a safe condition to be in while driving; however, some motorists in Virginia and nationwide decide to take such a risk.

Driver charged in multi-vehicle crash in Virginia

Vehicles of various sizes and weights share the roadways in Virginia and elsewhere. Each of these vehicles, whether they are personal vehicles or work vehicles, are attempting to get to their final destinations. When traffic becomes heavy, this can add minutes to a driver's commute. When drivers are not paying attention, do not signal a turn or lane change or are driving too fast or too close to other vehicles, this poses many risks on the roadways. This could result in an automobile collision, possibly involving multiple vehicles.

What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

Because the brain is a vital organ, any injury that could impact it is treated seriously. A brain injury, minor or major, could impact a person's ability to think clearly and function as they once could. Whether it is in an automobile crash, slip-and-fall accident or because of a defective product, a brain injury has the tendency of not showing itself immediately. In fact, many head trauma victims do not show signs of injury until hours or days after the incident that caused in the injury. Thus, it is important for individuals in Virginia to be aware of how to spot the signs and symptoms of a brain injury and what medical treatment is necessary.

The recovery process and long-term impacts of brain injuries

A car accident can cause those involved to suffer a wide range of injuries. While certain types of injuries are fairly common when it comes to automobile collisions, the degree and severity of these injuries can vary from person to person and accident to accident. With regards to head trauma, the challenges faced by an accident victim can vary greatly. That being said, it is likely that a brain injury will negatively impact an accident victim, requiring treatment and recovery to address current and future medical needs.

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