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CVSA schedules 2018 International Roadcheck for June

Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts a 72-hour inspection spree on commercial trucks and buses in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. The spree covers all of North America, in fact. It's called the International Roadcheck, and it's meant to ensure compliance with both driver- and vehicle-related safety guidelines.

The CVSA has announced that the 2018 International Roadcheck will take place from June 5 to June 7 and that the inspectors will be conducting the most thorough inspections possible on most rigs. These inspections, known as Level I inspections, will uncover any driver- or vehicle-related non-compliance.

Common causes of trucking accidents

Commercial trucks play a vital role in the economy of West Virginia and around the country, delivering around 70 percent of all the nation's products. However, the downside is that many of them are involved in serious accidents every year. Worse, the number of annual truck crashes has increased by 20 percent over the last 10 years.

To learn more about the problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration teamed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to study the most common causes. The agencies studied crash data from 120,000 fatal truck accidents over a nearly three-year period and found that approximately 56 percent of them were caused by the truck driver. They also found that nearly 75 percent of the crashes involved at least one other vehicle.

Lingering effects may indicate head injury after a car crash

If you are in a vehicle crash, even a minor rear-end accident, you are advised to seek medical care promptly. Some injuries are visible, but many more are not.

You may feel fine except for some frayed nerves, but symptoms of a serious medical issue may not appear for several days, especially if you have sustained a head injury.

Conservative therapy may be best for SCAD

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection is a type of heart attack commonly associated with young women during and after pregnancy. Unlike most heart attacks, which occur when plaque clogs up an artery, SCAD occurs when the artery is blocked by an internal tear. Over the years, doctors have found that SCAD is more universal than previously thought and affects women averaging between 45 and 53 years of age. Women in West Virginia may want to know more about this condition.

SCAD is prone to misdiagnosis because women younger than 50 typically show none of the usual risk factors for heart attacks, such as chest pain, nausea and shortness of breath. The problem grows when SCAD patients are sent to the catheterization lab to have their arteries opened with stents; studies have shown that dissections heal faster without stents. Other doctors may not realize that SCAD has a high rate of recurrence.

Immunotherapy side effects and their misdiagnosis

Immunotherapy is a form of cancer treatment involving drugs that enable the immune system to fight cancer cells on its own. Compared to chemotherapy, it leads to milder side effects, but being in the experimental stage, it can mislead doctors in their diagnoses when patients are suffering from those effects. West Virginia cancer patients will want to know what they can do to prevent a misdiagnosis.

Side effects can arise for two reasons. A patient may have an allergy to any of the newer immunotherapy drugs, which can lead to a rash around the injection site, poor vision, and even swelling in the liver. Other side effects include fever, nausea, and dry mouth.

Harley-Davidson recalls popular sport and cruiser models

Harley-Davidson motorcycles are a common sight on the roads of West Virginia, and the company has invested heavily in advertising that portrays the brand as an iconic symbol of American freedom. However, it will soon be making an investment of a different kind, as a voluntary recall of more than 250,000 motorcycles is expected to cost the company nearly $30 million.

The recall covers Harley-Davidson's popular VSRC line of performance motorcycles and its iconic CVO Super Glide models. The problem addressed is an issue with actuator valves used in Harley-Davidson anti-lock braking systems that can become dangerously corroded when brake fluid is contaminated by moisture. The manufacturer seems to be blaming the problem on its customers by asserting that the corrosion only occurs when owners fail to replace their brake fluid and flush their anti-lock braking systems every two years. No parts are needed to fix the problem, and Harley-Davidson says that its dealers will begin flushing and refilling the braking systems of the motorcycles affected on Feb. 12.

Successfully navigating business litigation

With every business, there are ups and downs. In many cases, parties may not agree, and business litigation may be unavoidable.

If you find yourself in such a predicament, it is important to understand your options. There are a few ways to handle business litigation successfully. 

Court: Nurse's aide stays on West Virginia abuse and neglect list

It takes about an hour and a half to drive from Morgantown to Wheeling. One of its more than 30,000 residents recently suffered a legal setback when the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals denied her request to have her name removed from the Nurse Aide Abuse Registry.

According to a news report, the long-term care nurse aide worked at a Wheeling rehabilitation hospital when she was investigated for nursing home abuse and neglect.

Horrific Collision Between Tractor-Trailer and Mini-Van Results in Multiple Deaths

Four people, including two adults and two children no older than age 15, lost their lives in a collision with a tractor-trailer on West Virginia Turnpike in Mercer County. The four victims were in the mini-van when it was hit by a tractor-trailer after it crossed the median near the Camp Creek exit, according to wsaz.com

Two People Killed in I-79 Crash

A 47-year-old man and 80-year-old woman lost their lives in a collision that occurred on Interstate 79 south. Reports indicate that a Honda SUV traveling north on I-79 suddenly crossed the median and collided with a West Virginia Department of Highways vehicle (a Ford SUV). The two victims were in the Ford SUV. Investigators have yet to ascertain why the driver of the Honda SUV crossed the median, according to WSAZ.com

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