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Fatigued drivers and sleep apnea

North Carolina residents may be surprised to hear that approximately 28 percent of commercial truck drivers are afflicted with mild to severe sleep apnea according to a study sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This finding magnifies the dangers posed by fatigued drivers.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where the person has brief disruptions of breathing during sleep. These interruptions can last at least 10 seconds and take place at least 400 times per night. This disorder is often undiagnosed and can have serious and potentially life-threatening consequences.

Shoulder and back injuries common among nurses and medical aides

Working in the medical profession is a noble calling. Every day, you do your best to help alleviate the suffering of others. That can sometimes result in your suffering instead. Repetitive motions combined with needing to lift heavier patients can result in serious injuries that can keep you from doing your job pain-free. You may be worried about reporting the injury, seeking treatment for it or otherwise calling attention to it. After all, it could endanger your job if your employer finds out that you can no longer perform all aspects of your job, which you love.

You shouldn't have to tolerate pain just to do your job and help others. If you've suffered injuries while working as a nurse or medical aide, you should report the injury to your employer as soon as you notice it and take steps to treat it as soon as possible. Your employer is required, under state law, to accommodate your short-term disability. This could mean eliminating certain tasks from your workload until you recover or assigning you to a more clerical or records-based temporary position. If you believe you got punished or fired for reporting an injury, you should speak with an attorney.

The 100 deadliest days for car accidents

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety used to refer to June through early September as the summer driving season. More teenage drivers in North Carolina and nationwide combined with distracted driving has compelled the organization to now designate the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the "100 deadliest days." One of the major causes of this designation is distracted driving such as talking or texting.

More teenagers are driving during the summer compared to the rest of the year. The number of fatalities among these drivers climbed to an average of 10 each day over the summer. This is a 16 percent increase from the rest of the year.

Tuck accidents: truck safety slowing down

The U.S. Department of Transportation is delaying measures aimed at preventing truck accidents. Once again, it put a hold on regulations mandating training requirements for large truck and bus drivers even though Congress has requested these regulations for at least 26 years. This inaction has the potential to affect all motorists in North Carolina and nationwide.

There is an obvious problem that needs addressed. There was a 20 percent increase in fatal accidents involving trucks or buses from 2009 through 2015. Over 4,000 fatalities and 100,000 injuries, on average, were also attributed to large truck accidents each year. Crashes involving commercial vehicles cost more than $110 billion annually.

Outdated headlights are not a safety bright spot in Cary

Cary residents may be concerned to hear that approximately 2,500 pedestrians are killed in a fatal car accident at road crossings each year during the nighttime hours because of outdated headlights according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Headlight technology has not kept pace with other recent improvements in other automobile equipment such as cameras, computers and warning signals.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that two-thirds of lighting packages available on 21 small sport utility vehicles performed poorly in 2016. Ten mid-size auto headlights and seven pickup headlight packages were also rated as poor. Low-beam headlights on 80 percent of vehicles do not provide adequate stopping distances when a vehicle is travelling over 40 mph, according to a AAA study.

Road debris may lead to deadly car accidents

North Carolina drivers and passengers face multiple risks from a driver who is speeding, drunk driving or talking or texting. Car accident dangers are also posed by non-human threats posed by road debris.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reviewed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and found road debris played a role in over 200,000 police-reported accidents in this country between 2011 and 2014. This caused approximately 500 fatalities and 39,000 injuries.

VIDEO: Recovery for nerve disorders | The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, P.A.

Ideally, workers' compensation benefits will restore a worker, enabling him or her to return to the workplace. Yet the program is about more than just short-term benefits.

If an accident leaves a worker with nerve injuries, for example, the injured nerve(s) may continuously transmit pain signals. Treating conditions like reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome may require a search for the right combination of therapies and/or medications.

New device can prevent truck crash deaths

A truck accident involving a car colliding into the underneath side of a semi-truck, known as a side underride crash, can be deadly. North Carolina residents may be interested to hear that estimates by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicate that an underride crash was related to approximately 50 percent of the fatal accidents between a large truck and passenger vehicle.

In 2015, 301 of the 1,542 passenger vehicle fatalities from collisions with a tractor-trailer were involved in crashes with the side of the truck. By comparison, 292 people were killed when passenger vehicles rear-ended a tractor-trailer.

5 things you might not expect after a brain injury

An accident that causes a brain injury is the first event in a series that you might not expect. Having to live with a brain injury means that you are going to have to deal with effects that you probably never thought you would have to deal with.

Unfortunately, some of the things that happen after a brain injury are unavoidable. Consider these five possibilities that occur after a brain injury.

Speeding blamed for fatal motor vehicle accidents

Speeding is all too often the major ingredient of a fatal car accident in North Carolina. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued its findings on 2015 traffic deaths and found that speeding was involved with 9,557, or 27 percent, of the 35,095 crash fatalities in the United States. This was a three percent raise from the 9,283 speeding deaths in 2014.

The news was worst for North Carolina, which was the state with the fourth highest rate of fatalities in the country. Speeding involving at least one driver played a role 40 percent of crash deaths in 2015, or 547 of the 1,379 traffic deaths that year. The NHTSA also found that 54 speeding deaths took place on interstates in North Carolina.