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Why older drivers should be cautious about new auto tech features

If you're an older driver who's been in a crash, you may be shopping for a new car that has safety features your previous one didn't. If your car was more than a few years old, you'll be surprised and impressed by all of the bells and whistles that are standard on vehicles now -- and maybe more than a little intimidated by them.

You're not alone. In fact, some of these new features that are meant to keep drivers' hands on the wheel can end up taking their eyes and attention off the road for a dangerously long period.

We're approaching the deadliest day of the year on the roads

The deadliest day on the road is coming up soon -- the Fourth of July. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), that's because it's a confluence of kids being out of school, people having the day off work and celebrations that traditionally include alcohol. This year, it's also on a Saturday.

The drunk driving doesn't stop when the fireworks end. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), July has more drunk driving fatalities than any other month. Pedestrians are among those killed in these crashes.

Setting the record straight on myths about spinal cord injuries

Like just about any physical disability, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths about spinal cord injuries (SCI) and the rehabilitation process for those who suffer them. Those mistaken beliefs can impact the ability of patients to recover and adjust to their new lives.

One myth is that young adults who suffer an SCI have an easier time adjusting than older people. That's not necessarily the case. Each person's ability to cope and adjust is unique. Family, friends, support groups and mental health professionals can all help. So can technology and other resources that can help them live as normal a life as possible and stay connected to others.

Federal government relaxing hours of service rules for truckers

Federal hours of service (HOS) regulations are in place to help promote the safety of commercial truck drivers as well as everyone who shares the road with them. They mandate things like how long a driver can be behind the wheel without a break.

This month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), published a final rule that updates existing HOS regulations. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said that the updated regulations will provide "greater flexibility" for truck drivers.

Crash on Interstate 580 sends SUV on 50-foot drop from freeway

Sometimes, crashes are the result of a vehicle malfunction or lack of maintenance rather than driver error. That seems to have been the case in a Reno crash this month that sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

On the afternoon of May 12, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol, a van traveling north on Interstate 580 near the Spaghetti Bowl road construction project lost tire tread. It went across multiple lanes of traffic, striking an SUV. That vehicle fell some 50 feet off an overpass onto a lot below on East Fourth Street.

Riding safely in a group takes planning and teamwork

If you're used to riding your motorcycle alone, you may be surprised by how much different it is to ride with a group. You might think there is safety in numbers because you're less likely to be hit by a driver who doesn't see you.

However, riding as a group presents a whole other set of risks if everyone isn't careful. Let's look at some things you can do to help everyone stay safe on a group ride.

Why springtime motorcycle rides can be hazardous

One of the many benefits of living in Nevada is that motorcycling can be a year-round activity in most areas. However, if you're heading up to the mountains for a spring ride, you are likely to encounter some remnants of the below-freezing temperatures and snowfalls of the winter that can leave some roads treacherous for bikers.

Potholes are prevalent in the spring. They develop when water expands and then contracts as it freezes. Some potholes may even still be covered by snow, leaves or debris so that they're not even visible.

Spinal cord injury patients are at risk for many other conditions

A spinal cord injury can have a significant impact on a person's life -- possibly forever. It also puts them at a higher risk of developing other conditions, including mental health disorders and chronic diseases.

A recently published study compared adults who had suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury with those who had not. Researchers found that those who had suffered a spinal cord injury were 20% more likely to have depressive disorders, 5% more likely to have anxiety disorders and 13.5% more likely to have three or more mental health conditions.

When are motorcyclists most likely to be hit by drivers?

As a motorcyclist, one of your biggest safety challenges is making sure that drivers see you. The most serious motorcycle crashes involve cars and even larger vehicles. In fact. the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is drivers who turn in front motorcyclists at intersections.

Often, this happens because a driver is only looking for cars when checking to make sure the intersection is clear before entering it. Sometimes, the cyclist is in their blind spot. Other times, they may be distracted. That's why cyclists need to be particularly cautious when there are gaps in traffic before proceeding — even if they have the right of way — and be prepared to take evasive action at a moment's notice. If you see a car waiting at an intersection, look at the way that their wheels are pointing. Even if they don't have their turn signal on, they may be planning to turn.

Emotional trauma is common after a car crash

A car accident can be one of the most traumatic events a person experiences in their life. It's not unusual to suffer emotional injuries as well as physical ones. Often, these emotional injuries take longer to recognize. If they aren't dealt with, they can stay with you long after your physical injuries have healed.

The most common emotional injuries that people experience after a crash are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep issues
  • Memory loss
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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