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October 2017 Archives

Drowsy driving a major concern for night shift workers

While night shift workers are known to develop conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, they may also be at risk for a car crash on the way home due to drowsiness. Night shift workers in New York and across the nation should consider the results of a study made by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Bendix unveils new products to improve truck safety

At the first annual North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, brake manufacturing company Bendix unveiled a range of products and updates that could drastically decrease truck accidents. Many trucking companies in New York and elsewhere in the U.S. are taking note.

Congress files bills asking for FMSCA rule

In the summer of 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it would table a rule related to sleep apnea testing. However, there were bills filed in both the House and the Senate that would direct the FMCSA to adopt such a rule anyway. Sponsors include Chuck Schumer from New York and Cory Booker from New Jersey. Throughout 2016, the agency had taken suggestions from its own Medical Advisory Board as well as from truckers and others impacted by the rule.

Study demonstrates dangers to young football players

Blows to the head, even if they are relatively minor, can cause greater brain damage than you might realize — especially in a young child. Mild brain trauma is often more severe than it seems, and many of the effects can last up to a year if a fully grown, healthy adult receives a brain injury.

Impatience and anxiety are often factors in truck accidents

Sharing the road with large commercial vehicles that can weigh up to 40 tons can be a nerve-wracking experience for New York drivers. Passenger vehicle occupants made up 68 percent of truck accident fatalities in 2014 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and a study conducted in 2013 revealed that the federally-mandated underride bars fitted to the rear of most trailers are only really effective when vehicles strike them in the center.

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