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NHTSA calls for review of autonomous technology regulations

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on October 31, 2017

Road deaths in Louisiana and around the country have risen sharply despite significant advances in auto safety technology, but a growing number of road safety advocates believe that fully autonomous vehicles have the potential to eliminate human error and make fatal accidents largely a thing of the past. The potential safety dividends of a driverless…

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Medical conditions raise crash rate for truck drivers

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Truck Accidents on October 25, 2017

Virginia residents who drive trucks or share the road with them may be interested to know that truckers with health problems are more likely to be involved in accidents than healthy truck drivers. A study found that the more health problems a trucker has, the higher the chances are of having an accident. Researchers at…

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Car crash deaths at their highest since 2007

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Car Accidents on October 20, 2017

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,461 people were killed on America’s roadways in 2016, which is the highest the number has been since 2007 when 41,259 people died. This has raised concern among residents of Louisiana and other states who believed that new safety technology would help in preventing fatalities. With features…

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Predicting outcomes for traumatic brain injuries

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Brain Injuries on October 16, 2017

Louisiana residents may not be aware of just how damaging a traumatic brain injury can be. In some cases, a TBI can lead to impaired memory, personality changes and other symptoms well after the injury occurs. Even though there has been increased research into the lasting effects of TBIs, diagnostic knowledge and effective treatments are…

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Sleep apnea bill may benefit truckers in Louisiana

On behalf of The Law Offices of W.A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr. posted in Truck Accidents on October 13, 2017

In August of 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially withdrew a bill meant to set up criteria for obstructive sleep apnea testing among truck operators. The FMCSA had been working on the bill throughout the previous year, taking up suggestions made by the Medical Advisory Board and setting up public meetings with trucking…

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