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Tips for addressing commercial driver fatigue

Commercial motor vehicle drivers in Kentucky and across the U.S. face a number of safety hazards on the road, and one of them is their own drowsiness. Studies show that being awake for 18 consecutive hours is like having a BAC of .08; in other words, drowsy driving is similar to drunk driving in its effect. With the tips below, truckers may avoid this danger and keep both themselves and others safe.

The first tip regards sleep. Adequate sleep is an obvious must, but so is a healthy, regular diet so that the quality of the sleep is good. One should not sleep with an empty stomach or immediately after a heavy meal. Truckers should be aware that the first hour of driving is often the most dangerous because of sleep inertia.

Insulin pumps part of urgent recall over potential dosing issues

Diabetes is a much more common medical condition than it once was, but there are also now many more options available to people with both forms of diabetes than there were years ago. Type 1 diabetes is a genetic condition that typically has childhood onset, while type 2 diabetes often develops later in life, potentially because of medical or dietary issues.

Some individuals can reverse some of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes with careful diet and exercise regimen, but many people cannot control their blood sugar without medication of some sort. Injected insulin is one of the most effective means of helping diabetic people manage sugar and maintain their personal health. Sadly, giving yourself shots day after day can be a painful and aversive experience that promps people to make questionable health decisions out of pain and discomfort.

Truckers with sleep apnea more likely to crash

Sleep apnea affects approximately 4% of people living in Kentucky and across the United States. However, studies show that a whopping 35% of truck drivers may suffer from the condition, which can lead to drowsy driving.

There are three types of sleep apnea, but most truck drivers suffer from a form known as obstructive sleep apnea. This type occurs when an individual's mouth palate and throat muscles collapse during sleep, blocking their airway. As a result, they stop breathing and wake up multiple times a night. This can cause sufferers to get poor sleep, which makes them prone to drowsiness during the day. It can also lead to long-term health problems such as hypertension and heart disease.

Yet another round of BMW Takata airbag recalls for 357,000 cars

Traveling in motor vehicles is a relatively dangerous practice that most modern Americans don't think twice about performing. Motor vehicles dominate our culture, with many employers refusing to even consider new employees who don't have their own transportation and many cities failing to offer truly viable public transportation.

In order to feel comfortable with integrating this relatively dangerous habit into their daily lives, many adults choose to ignore the risks associated with driving. They may tell themselves that with vehicle proper maintenance and careful driving habits they don't have to worry about any risk to themselves or their passengers. They may believe that the safety systems in their vehicle, including their airbags and seat belts, will keep them safe in the event that they do experience a major collision.

Sitting in the back of a car could be risky

In recent years, automakers have added a variety of features to make cars safer to ride in. However, many of these features are designed to help those riding in the front of a car. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, says that more needs to be done to protect rear passengers traveling on Kentucky roads and highways. Doing so may be even more important in an era when people hire drivers from companies such as Uber or Lyft.

It isn't uncommon for people in an Uber or Lyft vehicle to sit in the back seat and not buckle up. However, failure to do so could increase their risk of getting hurt in a car crash by 8%. Even if an individual does use a safety belt, there is no guarantee that he or she won't get hurt in an accident. According to an IIHS study of 117 car accidents, roughly one-third of crash victims experienced chest injuries.

Steps to take if you suspect medical malpractice

It's bad enough to learn that you have a medical condition that requires professional attention. But if you're then a victim of medical malpractice, you now have two issues on your plate. Not only do you have to worry about your original problem, but you also have concerns about the impact of the malpractice on your health.

If you suspect medical malpractice, here are some of the most important steps to take:

  • Discuss your concerns with your doctor: Make it clear to them that you know what went wrong and that you are concerned about the impact on your health. They may be able to suggest a remedy, which helps you avoid many additional steps.
  • Find another provider: Most people who are the victim of medical malpractice don't feel comfortable receiving treatment from the same doctor in the future. By finding another provider, you give yourself the confidence you need to overcome your injury or illness. Don't be shy about letting this person know about the mishap by your original provider. They need all available information related to your health.
  • Contact the appropriate medical licensing board: While this doesn't do you any good in regard to your health or obtaining compensation, the board can issue a warning to the provider. They may also be able to give you an overview of the next steps you can take.
  • Collect evidence: From your medical records to conversations with your provider, any evidence that backs up your claim of malpractice is something you should keep nearby for the meantime.
  • Obtain a medical assessment: By doing this, you're able to confirm that your additional injuries were the result of negligence from your original provider. This gives you a much stronger case should you decide to file a medical malpractice claim.

How ignition interlock devices prevent but also cause crashes

A total of 34 states, including Kentucky, have some sort of law regarding the use of ignition interlock devices among DUI offenders. IIDs are breath tests that connect to a car's ignition and require drivers to blow alcohol-free breath before starting their car. While the car is in motion, it requires "rolling retests" to ensure that a driver is not drinking behind the wheel.

The number of IIDs installed on vehicles has grown from 133,000 to 350,000 over the past decade. The devices have reduced repeat offenses for driving while intoxicated by some 70% according to the CDC, and those states with an IID requirement experience 15% fewer alcohol-related crash deaths than states without one. However, IIDs have been involved in dozens of crashes as many drivers claim that they were distracted by the devices.

The top three reasons truck accidents occur

Many people are entertained when they see dangerous stunts performed on television. People are often portrayed as living on the edge. When it comes to highway safety, though, Kentucky residents know that pushing it to the edge leads to disastrous consequences. Here are the top three reasons why truck crashes happen.

It has been estimated that in 23% of truck crashes, the vehicles were traveling too fast. They were going way too fast for the traffic conditions, weather conditions and roadway. When roads are wet or icy or have snow packed on them, speeds should be lowered.

German automaker agrees to $13 million payout over recall issues

Few consumer goods are as safety-critical as the motor vehicles people use for transportation. A car with defective components, particularly when the defects are in safety restraints or critical systems for the vehicle's function (like brakes) puts drivers and passengers at unnecessary risk.

There have been multiple, massive recalls in recent years stemming from single faulty components in popular vehicles. From dangerous Takata airbags to faulty fuel pumps, defective vehicle components are a major risk for consumers and cost for manufacturers.

How truck drivers can avoid jackknife situations

Some people believe that jackknifing is inevitable in dangerous situations, like when braking hard. Nevertheless, steps can be taken to prevent jackknifing among 18 wheelers and trucks that are pulling boats, trailers and other loads. Kentucky residents should become familiar with these steps in order to avoid accidents.

The best way to prevent a jackknifing situation is to frequently look in the mirrors and check for trailer swing. This is especially important to do when braking hard. Just because a truck is starting to jackknife does not mean that it is too late. Letting go of the brake will allow the wheels to start rolling again and, hopefully, regain traction because of static friction. Increasing speed may help the trailer fall back in line. If sudden acceleration is causing the jackknifing situation, easing up on the gas pedal can help the truck regain traction.

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