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October 2017 Archives

Risk for car crashes high among night shift workers

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have estimated that over 9.5 million Americans work a night shift or rotational shift and that 28 percent of drivers have admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel in the past year. By creating an irregular sleep schedule, shift work can wreak havoc on the body and increase the risk for conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Drowsy driving, though, is a dangerous condition since it puts other people at risk as well. It's considered a public health hazard in Arizona and across the U.S.

NHTSA reports another alarming rise in road deaths

Human error of one sort or another plays a role in most of the fatal road accidents that occur in Arizona and around the country each year, and a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that driver negligence is largely responsible for a second consecutive year of sobering highway fatality figures. The federal safety agency reported on Oct. 6 that 37,461 people lost their lives in car accidents in 2016, and death rates among pedestrians and motorcyclists were particularly high.

Congress introduces sleep apnea regulations bill

Arizona truck drivers may be aware that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tabled a rule that would have regulated sleep apnea screening criteria and treatment in mid-2017. In late September, Congressional Democrats in both the House and the Senate introduced bills that would force the FMCSA to create a sleep apnea screening rule.

When household products pose a threat – Part 2

When you spend your hard-earned money on a car, phone or even a sandwich from the deli, you expect quality as well as safety. We trust product manufacturers and sellers to put items on their shelves that won't land us in the hospital. Unfortunately, mistakes happen. Perhaps food became contaminated during transport or the design for one tiny car part was faulty and caused a fire under the hood. Regardless of the cause of the malfunction, someone is accountable for the damages you or a loved one has suffered.

When household products pose a threat – Part 1

When you buy a product, whether it is a cellphone or a car, you expect it to work. Furthermore, you expect it to be safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. From phones catching fire to airbags exploding and dryers catching fire, there are times when products wind up in our homes that pose an unexpected threat to our families. Manufacturers have a duty to notify consumers when they realize they have unleased dangerous products that pose an unreasonable risk to the public. They usually do this through product recalls.

The multiple ways drivers may be distracted

Arizona residents may like to multitask whenever possible. However, doing so in the car could increase their risk of getting into an distracted driving accident. The three types of distracted driving are manual, cognitive and visual. Texting while driving is considered especially dangerous because it incorporates elements of all three types of distractions. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were approximately 424,000 injuries attributed to distracted driving in 2013. However, as the information comes solely from police reports, there may be many more injuries related to distracted drivers.

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