The dangers of opioid abuse have been well-documented and heavily reported. However, any use of opioids can present a serious danger for drivers taking them and for others sharing the road with them.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most serious types of injuries that motorcyclists can suffer in collisions. Wearing a helmet can certainly minimize the severity of a brain injury. However, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), helmets are only approximately 67 percent effective in preventing these injuries and just 37 percent effective in preventing fatalities.
Frigid temperatures throughout the Midwest and other parts of the country have resulted in multiple deaths. One fatality believed to be the result of the record-breaking subzero temperatures is that of a Federal Express Freight driver in East Moline.