An injury to the spinal column can happen in a variety of ways. Falls are the most common cause, especially for those over 65. However, the highest percentages of spinal cord injuries occur among those between the ages of 16 and 30. Men are more likely to sustain a spinal cord injury while playing sports. Other causes can be auto accidents or gunshot wounds.
Even though public awareness of the hazards of truck driver fatigue is at an all-time high, there is a good chance that Congress will end up again delaying measures designed to help fight the dangerous practice. This is because measures calling for an end to limits on the number of mandatory rest periods truck drivers can use to "restart" their hours of service each week have been tacked on to transportation spending bills currently up for debate. Both the House and Senate bills would indefinitely stay additional legislation regulating trucker rest periods. The House bill would also, if passed, weaken state-level restrictions on truck driver work hours in 20 states (including New York).