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States ranked based on highway laws

West Virginia, the other 49 states as well as the District of Columbia have been evaluated and rated based on their progress in adopting highway safety laws. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a trade group based out of the nation's capital, has issued a report that assesses the states' handling of laws pertaining to impaired and distracted driving, motorcycle helmet and seat belt use, child passenger safety and teen driving.

A total of 376 state laws have been identified by the group, laws which the group asserts state governments should embrace in order to regulate booster seats, text messaging, impaired driving, seat belt use, graduating driver licensing for teenage drivers and motorcycle helmet use. The group discovered that 16 states lack a main enforcement seat belt law for front seat passengers and that 32 states have no regulations for seat belt use for rear seat passengers.

Traffic fatalities has their largest percentage increase in 50 years in 2015 ,7.2 percent over the previous year. Initial numbers for the first nine months of 2016 indicate that there was an 8 percent spike during the same months in 2015. Based on information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2.4 million people sustained injuries and approximately 35,000 people perished as a result of traffic accidents in 2015.

People who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident often require significant and expensive medical care for lengthy periods of time. When it can be determined that the collision was due to the negligence of another driver, these victims may want to have the help of legal counsel in seeking compensation for their losses.

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