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How fatigue impacts drivers

Operating a motor vehicle after being awake for more than 20 hours is the equivalent of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent. This is the legal limit in New York and all other states. Furthermore, a person is three times more likely to get into a crash when he or she drives while tired.

In some cases, tired drivers will experience periods of micro-sleep. This is when a person falls asleep for four or five seconds, and a car can travel up to 100 yards in this period of time. There are ways that a person can avoid driving while tired. For instance, an individual can take a nap or otherwise get more sleep prior to driving. Ideally, an adult will sleep at least seven hours per night. Drivers can take advantage of lane departure or drowsy driver features if their vehicles are equipped with them.

Bone fractures: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Whether you get into an accident at work or your job, you may break a bone. The many different kinds of fractures are:

  • Closed fracture: When your bone fractures, but there is no open wound or puncture in your skin.
  • Open fracture: When your bone breaks through your skin.
  • Displaced fracture: When your bone snaps into multiple parts and moves.
  • Non-displaced fracture: When your bone cracks but maintains proper alignment.

However, it can be confusing to know exactly if you have a broken bone because of your accident. Here is some helpful information.

3 injured in New York chain-reaction crash

A young child was among three people injured in a three-car accident on Aug. 2. The accident occurred in the westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway in Islandia at about 5:30 p.m.

Suffolk Police said that the 2-year-old child was a passenger in a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country minivan driven by his father, a 28-year-old resident of Medford. Their vehicle rear-ended a 2017 Ford Escape occupied by a woman and a man, whose identities were undisclosed. The force of the impact caused the Escape to strike a 2017 Hyundai Sonata carrying two people.

Head-on crash in New York leaves 4 seriously injured

Media outlets in New York have reported that four people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Wayne County on the evening of July 21. A representative from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said that the investigation into the crash was ongoing. The accident took place on Ridge Road in the Town of Wolcott at approximately 6:30 p.m.

According to a WCSO report, it occurred when a vehicle heading eastbound crossed a double solid line while attempting a passing maneuver and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. The 23-year-old Walworth man behind the wheel of the eastbound vehicle and his 41-year-old male passenger suffered serious injuries in the car collision as did the 50-year-old man and woman who were traveling in the westbound vehicle.

What recovery from a spinal injury might look like

Many parts of the human body help heal themselves. For example, quite a few broken bones heal--if not fully, then to the point where the injured person can function adequately again. For muscle strains, resting the injury can lead to a large amount of healing.

The spinal cord, however, is a different story. It has no ability to repair itself, and it can be especially sensitive. The most common injuries occur from traumas such as falls from great heights, and in an incomplete spinal cord injury, some function remains below where the injury is. In a complete injury, there is no function below where the injury happened. After diagnosing a spinal cord injury, doctors tend to focus their attention on traction, pressure relief and surgery. Once a patient has undergone immediate treatment and stabilization, the road to recovery begins.

Women drivers likelier to use their phones, study says

New York prohibits the use of portable electronic devices among drivers. Despite this, many have no sense of how dangerous it is to text or call while behind the wheel. The Society for Risk Analysis has recently conducted a situation-based analysis of drivers' likelihood to engage in distracted behavior based on several factors. One of those factors is a negative view of road safety.

The study also analyzed the behavior of people with fewer inhibitions, less experience driving and strong intentions of driving while distracted. As expected, all four groups were at a higher risk. More people called than texted because of the latter's visual demands. It appears that many drivers have enough self-regulation to use their phones only when stopped at intersections with traffic lights. Others avoid phone use when traffic is heavy, and law enforcement is present.

NSC estimate shows car crash deaths for 2017 exceed 40,000

Earlier in 2018, the National Safety Council released a preliminary estimate on car crash data for 2017, and for the second year in a row, the number of traffic deaths in the U.S. exceeded 40,000. There were an estimated 40,100 fatalities in all, compared to 40,327 in 2016. Drivers in New York will want to know more about this and other recent trends.

The NSC collects monthly data on fatalities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and this, together with data from the National Center for Health Statistics, formed the basis for its estimates. The number includes deaths that occurred more than a year after a given crash as well as deaths occurring on public and private areas like parking lots and driveways.

How to stay safe around large trucks

According to a study from Verizon Connect, New York was among the safest states to drive in as a commercial trucker. The study looked at 6,200 fleet customers from fleets ranging from 2 to 200 trucks. The trucks themselves ranged from light vans to heavier vehicles, and data was gathered from September 2015 to October 2017. Among all 50 states, North Dakota had the safest drivers with Maine and Nebraska in the top three.

Utah, Georgia and California were states with the most dangerous types of drivers. The study took into consideration a driver's actions such as speeding, braking too hard and cornering when compiling this list. A company called Teletrac Navman also asked drivers for their input as it related to safety hazards that they saw on the road. Among the most common concerns included passenger vehicles failing to signal before changing lanes.

How high-rise window washers stay safe

As the Office for Occupational Health and Safety says, window washing is not a profession that many people think about when it comes to dangerous jobs. However, working on high rises can prove injurious.

Of course, many building owners, window washers and their supervisors undertake careful steps to stay safe, but skipping just one can result in an injury for life.

Reckless Porsche driver causes fatal wreck in small New York town

Tires, glass and debris were scattered across multiple lanes on State Route 299 after a high-speed police pursuit ended in a fatal car accident on July 1 in Ulster County. A speeding 2008 Porsche Cayenne appeared to be the source of the crash. Local police in Lloyd had pursued the vehicle after receiving a call about someone driving erratically. Police tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the Porsche sped away in the highway's westbound lane.

State police joined local officers in the chase. As the Porsche approached the intersection with South Street, it hit a vehicle, veered into oncoming traffic and had a head-on collision with a pickup truck. The fourth vehicle involved in the wreck, a 2016 Toyota, rear-ended the Porsche motorist.

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