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What to know about soft tissue injuries

Georgia drivers know that all sorts of injuries can arise from a car accident. However, some of the most frequent ailments are soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue refers to the muscles, tendons and ligaments that can be strained, sprained, torn or bruised from the impact of a collision. Unlike injuries to hard tissue like bones and cartilage, soft tissue injuries are difficult to detect on X-rays and thus challenging to diagnose.

Soft tissue damage typically results in chronic aches and pain, swelling and bleeding. Bleeding, which could be a result of blunt force trauma, is often indicative of hematoma. Depending on where the affected area is, victims may also feel a loss of function in some of their limbs. It's essential not to delay treatment even though some symptoms have a way of appearing days after an accident.

Attempts to cut truck driver fatigue face legal challenge

For drivers on the roads in Georgia, accidents caused by truck driver fatigue can be a major highway safety concern. The large mass and size of 18-wheelers and semi-trucks mean that a trucking accident can easily cause severe injuries, major property damage and even death. One significant cause of fatigue in truck drivers is sleep apnea, a disorder that prevents sufferers from receiving a full night's sleep without treatment due to interrupted breathing.

Due to the danger of truck accidents caused by fatigued truck drivers, the federal government has taken steps to push for greater testing of truck drivers for sleep apnea. However, one such rule by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is being challenged in court by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, a trucking industry group. The lawsuit claims that an FMCSA guidance on medical examinations for truck drivers including sleep apnea testing violates federal law. The statute, passed in 2013, requires the FMCSA to go through an established procedure before issuing any new rules on sleep apnea testing, including a public notice and comment period.

Injuries and unsafe buildings

Georgia residents can incur an injury due to an unsafe building at any time. This occurs more often than they may like to think, and it is important that they know what actions to take afterwards. If someone sustains an injury on another person's property, premises liability law may be applicable. The owner of the building in question, whether it is an individual, a private business or public entity, may be liable.

There are multiple reasons why a building or home can be unsafe. They may include broken stairs, insufficient lighting, inadequate security, slippery flooring, falling objects from above and other dangerous conditions. When an injury does occur, the responsible party has to be identified. In situations in which premises liability applies, two important factors should be considered. They include whether the entrants are classified as trespassers, invitees or licensees and the building owner's duty of care.

Understanding Georgia's motorcycle laws

Many people enjoy the fun and freedom of riding motorcycles. However, when parties do not have proper knowledge or take the needed precautions, motorcycle accidents can happen.

In such cases, riders' first line of defense is making sure that they are driving lawfully. Therefore, it is important to understand Georgia's motorcycle laws.

State governors aim to cut down on highway fatalities

Roadway safety is a major issue of concern for drivers in Georgia and across the country. Car accidents can be the cause of extensive property damage, severe personal injuries and even deaths. A report published by the National Governors Association aims to provide guidance and suggestions to state governors about actions that they can implement to help reduce the growing rate of auto crashes and related fatalities. By coordinating efforts between a number of state government agencies, governors could achieve greater success and efficiency.

In most states, there are various agencies that work on issues related to highway safety. These range from regulatory agencies to motor vehicle departments to law enforcement at state and local levels. A state governor who is strongly committed to improving highway safety can play a significant role in working to implement a coordinated plan that can help to reduce injuries and deaths on the state's roadways. The report identified a clear goal -- zero fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents.

AAA studies threat of drowsy driving

Drivers in Georgia and elsewhere in the U.S. will want to watch out for drowsiness. A CDC report states that more than a third of American adults get less than seven hours of sleep a day. A 2012 study from the journal JAMA Internal Medicine compared drowsy driving to DUI and stated that skipping a full 20 to 25 hours of sleep leads to behavior similar to that in drivers with a 1.0 BAC.

U.S. government statistics state that 1 to 2 percent of all accidents are caused by drowsiness. However, recent findings from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggest that the number may be closer to 10 percent. The foundation has just released a study involving more than 3,500 drivers across the country. Researchers monitored the subjects' driving for several months during a four-year period and studied the resulting crash history.

Drivers can help ward off temptations for distraction

Distracted driving is a major threat to roadway safety for people on the roads in Georgia and across the United States. As smartphones and various forms of text-based communication have become a major part of daily life, the availability of these communication technologies poses a tempting risk of distraction to drivers behind the wheel. There has been in recent years a spike in fatal car accidents, and some safety experts caution that it could be directly linked to the popularity of smartphone technologies.

While drivers show a generally widespread knowledge of the dangers that texting and driving and other distracted behaviors can pose on the roadway, a large number of drivers continue to succumb to the appeal of such distractions. Consumer Reports conducted one such survey in which half of all licensed drivers with smartphones said that they sometimes text, browse the web, use apps or send email while behind the wheel. Technical obstacles to distracted driving can help to prevent drivers from putting themselves and others at risk. For example, smartphone manufacturers and app developers offer a range of car-mode applications that can be used to block notifications or send automatic replies.

Drugged driving the subject of NHTSA summit

Drugged driving is becoming more and more of a problem for a variety of reasons. An opioid crisis is sweeping the country, with annual increases in amphetamine, marijuana, and heroin use among workers. Another reason is the legalization of marijuana in many jurisdictions. Georgia motorists will want to know, then, about a summit that will take place on March 15 that will address this issue.

The summit is being hosted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation. It will bring together various key stakeholders, including state and local officials, law enforcement, drug experts and toxicologists, data experts, and safety professionals, and engage in a dialogue about solving the driving under the influence of drugs crisis that has led to many serious and sometimes fatal motor vehicle accidents.

NTSB calls for tougher speeding laws

Excessive speed is a factor in almost a third of all motor vehicle accidents around the country according to figures from the National Transportation Safety Board, and the federal safety watchdog has called on the nation's lawmakers to treat motorists in Georgia and the rest of the U.S. who ignore posted speed limits as seriously as they do drunk drivers. A study of accident data collected between 2005 and 2014 reveals that crashes involving excessive speed claimed 112,580 lives on America's roads.

Motorists in most states face an automatic suspension of their driving privileges when toxicology testing reveals their blood alcohol levels to be .08 percent or higher, but the penalties for speeding are generally far less severe. Getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs is now looked down upon by society, and an NTSB representative said that it was time for speeding to be viewed in the same manner.

Why is the NSC calling for a ban on cellphones and driving?

Almost everyone owns a cellphone these days, and a large number of people use them while driving. Cellphone use, including texting, sending or receiving emails and visiting a social media site, is an activity that requires attention that should be only on the road ahead.

The National Safety Council wants restrictions on texting. In fact, it would like to see bans on using mobile phones in vehicles altogether, and for good reason.

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