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February 2017 Archives

Cheap gas and money involved in rising accident fatality rates

After a car accident in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States, injured victims face multiple challenges. A negligent driver, distracted driver or drunk driver may cause a devastating, serious injury. A hit-and-run accident can kill the injured victim or leave him or her permanently disabled. After a head-on collision, the brain injury victim and his or her dependents face lost compensation and medical expenses. In these motor vehicle accident scenarios, the negligent driver's insurance company must compensate accident victims for injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Truck drivers in poor health crash more often

A published study has revealed that truck drivers in Pennsylvania and around the country who suffer from medical conditions like heart disease and lower back pain are far more likely to be involved in accidents.. Researchers from the University of Utah School of Medicine came to this conclusion after studying the accident histories and driving records of slightly fewer than 50,000 truck drivers. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

How TBIs can impact young people

If a Pennsylvania resident experiences a head injury, it could come with lasting consequences. Those consequences may be even more severe if a child experienced a blow to the head or any other injury that interferes with brain function. In 2009, roughly 250,000 people age 19 and younger were treated for TBIs related to sports or other recreational activities. This was according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Preventing hazards caused by scissor lifts

Pennsylvania employees who are required to work on scissor lifts could potentially be facing safety risks if they were not properly trained to use this particular piece of equipment. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated 10 deaths and more than 20 accidents over a 12-month period that were found to be preventable. Possible risks include falls, crushing hazards and even electrocution hazards.

FMCSA announces commercial driver's license rule delay

Pennsylvania residents may be interested in learning that one of Donald Trump's first actions after moving into the Oval Office was to order government agencies to wait 60 days before implementing any new federal regulations. The president's Jan. 20 memorandum prompted the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to announce that a rule concerning the training required for someone to obtain a commercial driver's license would not go into effect on Feb. 6 as planned.

Changes may be ahead for workers' compensation

Pennsylvania workers may be interested to learn that hosts of a monthly webinar series report that there could be policy changes ahead that affect workers' compensation. A 2016 report by the Department of Labor called for state workers' compensation programs to adhere to minimum standards, but such reform may be on hold with the Trump administration. Other changes to the workers' compensation system might occur because of the repeal or replacement of the Affordable Care Act.