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Could Guardrails Have Prevented this Louisiana Bus Crash?

A recent Louisiana bus accident has people debating whether guardrails along canals could prevent injuries to citizens. The accident happened the first week of September. A school bus was carrying children in the city of Metairie when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The bus went off the road and into one of the city’s drainage canals. Reports say that two of the children were injured. Emergency responders were on the scene promptly and were able to provide the help passengers needed. Both of the of injured children are expected to recover well. Witnesses say that the bus was attempting a U-turn. It steered too close to the end of the canal and started to slip. After that, the incline of the canal slid the vehicle the rest of the way. The bus was reported to have had 34 children on board. Could Guardrails Have Prevented this Bus Accident?…
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Is the FMCSA Inching Closer to A Sleep Apnea Rule?

Drowsy driving has become a major cause of truck accidents. In some of those cases, truckers may have an undiagnosed health condition like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes sufferers to wake up multiple times each night, leading to daytime drowsiness. In other words, this is one of the worst health conditions a commercial trucker could conceal or not treat. The condition also varies in severity. Fortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering creating new rules to diagnose and treat sleep apnea among commercial drivers. How Would New FMCSA Sleep Apnea Rules Work? Two weeks ago, medical advisers from the FMCSA convened to offer recommendations for new rules on diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. If new recommendations are adopted by the FMCSA, truckers with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 would be automatically screened for the condition. In addition, truckers with a BMI greater than 33…
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