Drivers in West Virginia should be aware that nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths are the result of drunk driving. People who are under the age of 24 are at the most risk of being killed as are motorcyclists and individuals who have been previously convicted of driving under the influence.
Drowsiness is a danger that most drivers in West Virginia understand. However, it is rarely thought of at the same level as drunk and distracted driving. A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety may go a long way toward correcting such assumptions.
As West Virginia motorists may be aware, the number of car accident fatalities has continued to rise across the country. Traffic experts have blamed driver distraction from smartphones and other in-car electronics, such as infotainment systems, as a major part of the problem. However, there are some ways that people can keep themselves safer when behind the wheel.
Law enforcement officers have long been proficient in detecting drivers under the sway of alcohol. If necessary, West Virginia police can arrange a field sobriety test and ultimately examine a driver's blood alcohol concentration. However, the process for detecting the influence of other drugs is less straightforward. Further complicating the issue is the increase in drugged driving accidents, which some have attributed to the opioid epidemic.
A recent study shows speeding to be a primary factor in approximately 31 percent of all traffic fatalities. With a spike in overall numbers of traffic deaths, some safety advocates are proposing much harsher penalties for speeders to help relay the importance of slowing down to motorists.
In West Virginia and across the U.S., dealing with aggressive drivers on the road is a part of life for many people. Aggressive drivers will ride another person's bumper, cut cars off, steal parking spots and more. To keep them from endangering anyone else, drivers should consider these tips.
West Virginia residents may be interested in learning that in 2016, more than 40,000 people lost their lives after becoming involved in serious car accidents. In fact, there are about 6 million car accidents every year in the U.S., any of which can easily result in fatalities or debilitating injuries.
Residents of West Virginia should be aware that mortality rates spike dramatically during the Thanksgiving season. The reason is twofold: More accidents occur on the roads, and more people have coronary events.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in a report released on Oct. 27 that it is looking for ways to reduce the regulatory hurdles faced by companies developing self-driving cars. Road safety groups believe that fully autonomous vehicles could virtually eliminate road deaths in West Virginia and around the country and several federal agencies, including NHTSA, launched a Road to Zero campaign in October 2016 that hopes to reach this milestone within 30 years.
West Virginia drivers may be at greater risk of being involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident than in previous years. The past two years have shown a sharp increase in traffic fatalities after years of decline, and some experts believe that the increasing use of smartphones could be responsible.