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May 2014 Archives

FDA Tackles Drowsy Driving Problem

Several government and safety organizations have made attempts to reduce drowsy driving. The Food and Drug Administration, while not the first name in highway safety, recently weighed in by reducing the starting dose of the drug Lunesta. Lunesta is a popular sleep aid and was recently the subject of a study connecting it to drowsiness, loss of coordination and memory. The effects of the drug were still noticeable in some patients 11 hours after taking the medication. That would put many users square in rush hour traffic, at a time when drowsiness and lack of coordination can be deadly.

Memorial Day Weekend Suffers High Car Accident Fatality Rates

From 6 p.m. this evening to the end of Memorial Day weekend, an estimated 382 people will die in motor vehicle accidents across the country. The National Safety Council released those estimates in an effort to help people understand the need to be cautious and behave responsibly this weekend. Car accidents often spike during holidays, as the number of cars on the road increases. In addition to an increase in total traffic, holidays may increase the number of drivers operating their vehicles under the influence. Whatever the reason, holidays make a good time to focus on safe driving habits.

Do As I Say, Not As I Do: Distracted Driving Survey Yields Poor Results

Many parents with teenaged children are alarmed by attachment their kids have to cell phones, tablets and other technology. When the time comes to focus on an important task, such as driving safely, will the next generation be willing and able to put down their phones? A recent survey suggests that parents are not setting much of an example for their children when it comes to distracted driving. Roughly 90 percent of parents acknowledged having succumbed to one or more of the 10 major distractions suggested by researchers while driving, even when their children were riding along in the vehicle. For safety advocates working to reduce the dangerous incidents involving distracted drivers, the survey results are alarming.

Widespread Pain Can Follow Car Accident Victims For Years

After a serious car accident involving injuries, it is vital to call 911 and get immediate medical attention. Medical treatment is vital to regaining your health or minimizing the impact a car crash will have on the rest of your life. Unfortunately for many, one common problem associated with car wrecks is often not properly identified and treated. A new study has shown that many people, roughly 10 percent of those injured in car accidents, suffer pain that does not remit and may actually increase over time. Eventually, pain that you thought would simply go away after a few weeks can become debilitating. The authors of the study suggested that early treatment was vital to addressing persistent, widespread pain.

Proposed Rule Could Save More Than 1,000 Truck Accident Deaths Yearly

Improved technology has been a driving force behind improvements in highway safety. The total number of car and truck accident fatalities has steadily dropped over the decades with the advancements in safety technology, including improved brakes and air bags. Fewer accidents occur per mile driven and people are more likely to survive if they do suffer an accident. In addition to technology improvements, the trucking industry has been made safer by legislation and new rules. Despite these efforts, heavy truck accidents have recently begun to rise. These accidents are more likely than other vehicle crashes to cause a fatality.

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