For patients in Oklahoma with optic nerve sheath meningiomas, it can be difficult to obtain an appropriate diagnosis. These tumors of the optic nerves are non-cancerous and considered benign, but they can grow rapidly and have severe effects on a patient's quality of life. In many cases, people with these kinds of tumors get diagnosed with another illness or no illness at all. As a result, they received inaccurate and unnecessary treatments, some of which come with serious side effects.
According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), excessive speed is a major factor in around 33 percent of all traffic accidents with fatalities. Despite speeding being a persistent danger for drivers in Oklahoma and throughout the country, the issue receives little attention. Speeding is looked at as an acceptable driving tactic by much of the public, signaling that more needs to be done to make people aware of the problem.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released a study comparing distracted driving rates between 2014 and 2018 and found that different forms of distraction are more prevalent than before. Oklahoma drivers should know that more drivers are using their phones for activities other than talking.
Ridesharing drivers in Oklahoma and across the U.S. often choose to work themselves to the point that they are sleep-deprived. Sleepiness can reach its peak during the early mornings and late at night, and it endangers both the driver and others on the road. This is the danger that the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has pointed out in a position statement published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
Results from a new study estimate that 22.1 percent of car accidents in Oklahoma could be avoided if patients with Attention Deficient with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) took medication. Prior research has indicated that drivers with ADHD have an increased risk of being involved in an accident. People with ADHD may have a more difficult time with driving as the neurodevelopmental condition causes people to be more easily distracted and have a difficult time with attention span.
Liver injuries are a common and potentially deadly consequence of traffic accidents. However, car crash victims in Oklahoma and elsewhere are less likely to suffer a severe liver injury if they wear a seat belt, according to a recent study.
Predictive systems on cars can sense an oncoming crash and do several things, such as tightening seatbelts or adjusting suspension, to protect the occupants. Some manufacturers are now focusing on predictive systems that deploy external airbags in the case of a side impact crash. Oklahoma residents should know that the technology is far from being perfected; however, its advantages are already clear.
There are a lot of wonderful things about the winter, including multiple holidays, festive gatherings and the company of friends and family. However, one of the major downsides of winter is the weather. Snow and ice can make driving stressful and dangerous. Luckily, there are several things Oklahoma drivers can do to ensure they stay safe during the coldest months of the year.
With the end of Daylight Saving Time, many drivers in Oklahoma find themselves traveling in the nighttime. This brings a certain set of challenges. While people do only a quarter of their driving at night, 50 percent of traffic deaths occur during this period. Drivers should therefore be aware of those challenges and what they can do to mitigate them.
Parents of teen drivers in Oklahoma may have heard that National Teen Driver Safety Week was held in October. As part of this program, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released some research data showing how teen drivers often face increased risks for fatal accidents.