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June 2017 Archives

AAA study suggests that road rage is a common problem

Georgia residents may be shocked to learn that close to 80 percent of the motorists surveyed about road rage in 2016 admitted to expressing severe anger or aggression while behind the wheel during the previous 12 months. Researchers from the AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety say that their findings indicate that about 8 million American drivers are involved in serious road rage incidents each year. Examples of serious road rage incidents include ramming vehicles and exiting vehicles to confront other motorists.

Exploding whipped cream cans and dangers of defective products

A sad ending to a defective product story hit the worldwide news media last week. A fashion blogger and model died when a defective whipped cream dispenser exploded, hitting her in the chest with such force that her heart stopped.

Many parties could be liable in a tour bus accident

A tour bus can be a fun and exciting way to bring together large groups for travel and tourism in Georgia. However, tour bus crashes can also cause devastating injuries impacting large numbers of people. When a tour bus crashes, it's important to be aware of the various parties involved.

Training rules to go into effect for new truck drivers

Truckers in Georgia and throughout the country are seeing a new rule take effect to set standards for the training of aspiring truck drivers. The rule promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration became effective on June 5 following a five-month delay caused by reviews by the Trump administration.

Driver death statistics vary by truck model

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted a study of car accidents where the drivers were killed by examining registered vehicles for models years 2011 through 2014. The Institute found differences in death rates among various truck models. Although the study only looked at driver deaths, the results illustrated some significant safety disparities among trucks that may interest Georgia residents who are shopping for new vehicles.

Supreme Court declines to hear sleep apnea testing case

Many commercial vehicle operators in Georgia and all around the country require truck drivers who have a body mass index of 35 or higher to undergo sleep apnea testing. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a debilitating condition that can cause extreme fatigue and heart issues. Medical research has established that risk factors for the condition include obesity, poor dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles. Truck drivers may be more likely to develop sleep apnea because it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the road. Employers test for the condition to reduce the likelihood of fatigue-related accidents from occurring.

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