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February 2016 Archives

New technology may improve safety in older vehicles

People who are considering a new vehicle purchase in Alabama may be faced with an array of safety technology that manufacturers now include as standard or optional features. However, when a person owns an older vehicle that still performs well, the thought of buying a new one just to get the technology may not be appealing. Fortunately, the Washington Post points out that automakers are not the only source of equipment that can help prevent car accidents.

Pesticide exposure creates risks for farm workers

Farmers in Alabama fill an important role in many of the nation’s industries, and protecting crops from harmful insects is one part of producing quality products. Although these chemicals are tested and approved for use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point out that without proper protection, exposure or inappropriate use may cause work-related illnesses. Poisoning from insecticides and other toxins sends thousands of agricultural workers to the doctor every year.

Alabama Troopers Say Spike in Fatal Wrecks Due to Numerous Factors

Compared to this time last year, Alabama highways have seen an alarming increase in fatal accidents. From New Year's Day to Feb. 10, state troopers investigated 54 fatalities, nine more than were investigated during that same time in 2015.

Why are infections so prevalent in nursing homes?

The concept of nursing homes is to provide care when you cannot care for yourself, particularly once age has caused the body to become more frail. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, as people get older, they become more susceptible to infections, but there is an even higher risk for those who live in nursing homes.

What Alabamians Need to Know About the New Rule for Preventing Truck Driver Fatigue

It's estimated that each year 100,000 police-reported car and truck accidents result directly from driver fatigue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those fatigue-related wrecks cause an estimated 71,000 injuries, 1,550 deaths and $12.5 billion in losses.

Improving motorcycle safety with antilock brakes

With all the safety technology that has become mandatory on new vehicles in the last decade, people in Alabama may be wondering what comparable features are included on motorcycles. Because of the vulnerability of motorcyclists, it may be reasonable to expect the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to act with a strong sense of urgency. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, one safety feature that has been available on motorcycles for decades – antilock braking systems – is still not required on new models.

Are Jasper Drivers Really Safer with Hands-Free Devices?

By now all drivers should be aware that distracted driving puts lives at risk, and texting while driving is generally understood to be the most dangerous form of driving distractedly.

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