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NHTSA releases 2017 traffic accident fatality report

Motor vehicle accidents throughout West Virginia and the rest of the country claimed 37,133 lives in 2017, according to a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The figure represents a year-over-year drop of 1.8 percent in road deaths and halts an alarming trend. Traffic accident fatalities rose in both 2015 and 2016. The report was based on data from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Study identifies risk factors in TBI fatalities

The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation has published a study that should be of interest to West Virginia residents who have incurred a traumatic brain injury. TBIs can be fatal, but the risk factors linked with mortality among chronic TBI sufferers were unknown until now. A team that included investigators from five regional TBI Model Systems conducted the study, which identified physical, cognitive and psychosocial factors.

AAA: overreliance on safety tech backfires on drivers

According to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers are putting themselves and others at risk in West Virginia and across the U.S. by relying too much on car safety systems. Safety tech has been estimated to prevent 40 percent of car crashes and 30 percent of crash fatalities, but it can still backfire on those who do not understand its limitations.

Distracted driving goes up among mobile workforce

Motus, a vehicle management and reimbursement platform, has released its 2018 Distracted Driving Report. Residents of West Virginia who are part of the mobile workforce know that by being connected all the time, they are the most prone to distractions. Nonetheless, they may be surprised by what the report has to say.

Realistic drivers' ed supplement can boost teens' risk awareness

West Virginia residents with teenage children are no doubt concerned about their safety on the road. They may think that traditional drivers' education has not instilled in teens an awareness of the risks they run when they speed, for example, or text behind the wheel. This is where more reality-based, interactive methods could be beneficial.

Hydroplaning: what it is and what to do about it

When the rainy season arrives in West Virginia, drivers will want to make sure that the tires on their vehicles have good tread depth and are properly inflated. When driving through the rain, they will also want to slow down and avoid large puddles. Doing so will reduce the chances of their vehicle hydroplaning.

How drivers can stay safe during the school year

West Virginia residents know that the school year brings certain challenges to safe driving. More school buses are on the roads, and school zones require everyone to slow down. With the following tips, however, it's possible to reduce the risk for collisions with both cars and pedestrians. The first and probably most important tip is to avoid distracting behavior at all times. For example, drivers should not use their phones while behind the wheel.

Roundabouts can reduce risk of injuries and fatalities

When people in West Virginia drive in rural areas, they may encounter a number of intersections that are often dangerous for drivers and others on the road. Rural intersections may come together with only a stop sign, but the roads themselves may have speed limits of up to 55 miles per hour. This means that when crashes do occur, they can be devastating and even fatal given the high speeds involved. The risk of accidents escalates even further when drivers' visibility is reduced due to the time of day, weather, lack of lighting or vegetation growth.

The basics of safe driving

With so many distractions on the road, everyone in West Virginia should know what the basics are of safe driving. According to Nationwide, the first step is to be 100 percent attentive to the road. This means no calling, texting, eating, adjusting the radio or picking things up off the floor. Important items like toll fees and garage passes should be within easy reach.

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