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Car Accidents Archives

Survey on texting and driving finds mixed attitudes

Some West Virginia motorists may feel that they are comfortable texting and driving, but many drivers also feel that it is unsafe for others to do so. Progressive Insurance conducted a survey in August 2017 and received about 1,000 responses from drivers who were at least 18.

Always using headlights can reduce accidents

Every year in West Virginia, thousands of people are seriously injured in traffic accidents. Some of these accidents could be prevented if everyone drove with their headlights on during the day. While laws in Europe and Canada require motorists to drive with their headlights on during the day, there are no similar laws in the U.S.

Data shows accident avoidance systems help prevent car crashes

West Virginia drivers may be interested to learn that lane departure warnings and blind spot alerts can prevent car accidents, according to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, drivers and vehicle manufacturers in the U.S. have been slow to adopt these safety alert systems.

Significant barriers confront driverless cars

The mountain roads of West Virginia challenge drivers every day, but the future might replace human drivers with fully automated cars navigated by computers. Large corporations like General Motors, Intel, Google and Apple have been investing billions in driverless cars and touting their safety potential. Despite their optimistic predictions, however, multiple barriers could slow the replacement of human drivers.

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.

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