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Device in development wakes up drowsy drivers with a shock

West Virginia motorists who consider themselves to be responsible drivers could still be in danger of making a mistake that most people aren't aware of when they do it, which is falling asleep behind the wheel. Fatigued driving is a serious problem in the United States that can have deadly consequences, and that is why one company has started a Kickstarter fund for a device it is developing that will literally shock sleepy drivers to wake them up.

Booming economy blamed for surge in traffic accident deaths

Falling energy prices and favorable economic conditions have led to an increase in vehicular traffic in West Virginia and around the country. More Americans on the nation's roads means more traffic accidents, and fatal crashes have increased alarmingly after decades of steady decline. Economists believe that new jobs will continue to be created and fuel prices will remain low, and this has road safety advocacy groups worried.

July 4th deadly holiday for drivers

Our nation's birthday is a time of celebration, backyard bar-b-cues and spectacular fireworks. It also has the dubious honor of being one of the deadliest days for drivers. As drivers pack the roads of West Virginia on the way to their various holiday destinations, it is important to keep in mind how to stay safe and what to do if an accident occurs.

Steps to take after an auto accident

Whether or not West Virginia motorists are at fault in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that they are aware that there are certain things they should do in its aftermath. For those who are not at fault, these steps can help safeguard their rights if the at-fault party flees the scene of the accident, provides an account of the accident that is false or neglects to report the accident to the police or the insurance company.

Technology takes aim at drivers using phones

The phones of West Virginia drivers who are involved in an accident may face additional scrutiny if states begin passing a law that allows law enforcement to detect whether the driver was using the phone at the time of the crash. While most states have laws that prohibit texting and other uses of the phone while driving, it is difficult to determine whether drivers were doing so at the time a crash occurred, and drivers might not be forthcoming about their habits.

1 in 3 drivers are guilty of distracted driving

West Virginia residents may be surprised to learn that nearly 90 percent of young millennials committed at least one dangerous activity while driving, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, the report further found that drivers in the age group of 19 to 24 think that their risky driving actions are normal.

Driving defensively to avoid a distracted driving crash

Although it is likely that West Virginia motorists are aware of distracted driving, they may not realize how much of a problem it has become. In fact, several studies have shown that distracted driving may actually be more dangerous than drunk driving. As such, it is important that people understand the risks of distracted driving and make efforts to drive safely at all times.

The increase in traffic deaths

Motorists in West Virginia should be aware that 2016 is believed to be the deadliest year for drivers in the United States in almost a decade. Increased driving, which has been spurred by a better economy and lower gas prices, coupled with dangerous driving behaviors have contributed to traffic fatality rates.

Millennials most likely to drive dangerously

West Virginia drivers may be interested in learning that, according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 admitted engaging in risky behavior while driving. These behaviors include running red lights, texting while driving and speeding.

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