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New study finds West Virginia drivers make the most abrupt turns

Most of us are aware that distracted driving and other unsafe driving behaviors can have tragic consequences. Despite this awareness, many drivers across the nation continue to behave negligently behind the wheel, sometimes causing devastating car accidents. EverDrive, a safe-driving app created by EverQuote, recently released a safe driving report revealing new information regarding driver behavior. The report compiled EverDrive user data collected during 2.7 million road trips.

Overall, drivers in America received an average safety rating of 79 out of 100. Midwest drivers received the highest driver rating of 83 out of 100, making them the safest drivers in America. The most unsafe drivers were in the Northeast, with a 75 out of 100 rating.

Tractor-trailer accident leaves four dead

Trucks on the roadways have proven to be dangerous due to their size, especially for those in passenger vehicles. According to a recent report, a fatal accident involving a tractor-trailer in West Virginia left four people dead and one injured.

The incident occurred on Interstate 77 when the driver of a tractor-trailer carrying canned goods lost control of the vehicle. As a result, the tractor-trailer crossed the median and crashed into a passenger vehicle. The family members in the passenger vehicle, including two adults and two small children, were killed.

FMSCA 2015 report indicates increase in deadly truck accidents

While all accidents can result in serious injuries, truck accidents can be particularly devastating due to the large size of commercial trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or "FMCSA," recently revealed in their "Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2015" report that over 4,000 trucks were involved in over 3,500 fatal accidents in 2015. This is close to an 8 percent increase since 2014.

One reason for the increase in accidents could be the increase in the number of miles traveled by commercial trucks. The FMCSA found the large truck involvement rate also jumped by 8 percent.

Study reveals over half of car accidents caused by cell phones

By now, most people are aware that distracted driving can cause serious accidents on the road. A new study by Cambridge Mobile Telematics reveals just how dangerous distracted driving can be. The study shows that 52 percent of recent car accidents were caused by distracted driving involving the use of a cell phone.

Another surprising finding revealed that, on average, in distracted driving car accidents the distraction lasted a whopping two minutes and 15 seconds. Generally, phone distractions last over two minutes in 20 percent of drives involving distraction. In fact, 29 percent of these phone distraction accidents involved high speeds of over 56 miles per hour.

Can I file a lawsuit after a slip and fall accident?

When you walk onto someone else's property, you expect that the owner of the property has properly maintained the premises. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many negligent property owners in West Virginia fail to make their property safe for visitors or ignore dangerous conditions until it's too late.

Slip and falls can occur due to a number of property conditions, including slippery flooring, uneven carpeting or poor lighting. These property hazards can cause visitors to slip and fall and suffer a serious injury as a result.

Nursing home fatality leads to wrongful death lawsuit

Many West Virginia families entrust a nursing home with their loved one's care. When nursing home professionals fail to properly care for their residents, though, harm and death can result. When an elderly loved one is lost to nursing home neglect, a surviving family has the right to bring a wrongful death suit against the nursing home. Eastbrook Center, a Charleston health center, is being sued under this legal theory, as well as reckless misconduct, after the death of a resident.

The resident was admitted to the center in 2015 for daily living assistance and rehabilitation. According to the suit, the resident suffered numerous falls while at the facility, which were witnessed by other residents. These falls allegedly caused the victim to suffer from complicated urinary tract infections with sepsis, fecal impaction, and generalized pain. These medical issues lead to the woman's death less than a year after her admission into the facility.

AAA finds 'hangover' effect among distracted drivers

West Virginia families are torn apart every day due to the loss of a loved ones in a car accidents. Statistics show that 2016 had the highest number of road fatalities over the past decade with just over 40,000 deaths. One reason for the rise in fatalities is the increase in cell phone usage in America. As of 2014, 80 percent of drivers stated that they owned a cell phone. Many of these fatal car accidents are caused by drivers using a cell phone.

Most drivers are probably aware of the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. However, many of us assume that the distraction only lasts for the amount of time spent looking at the device. This is not the case, according to a new study by AAA Foundation for Traffic & Safety.

Trucker sued for negligence after West Virginia accident

Truck accidents are some of the most devastating roadway crashes due to the size and weight of the trucks. These accidents can keep victims out of work for months as they recover from their injuries, which can be emotionally and physically painful.

While all drivers are legally required to operate their vehicles responsibly, truck drivers must be particularly cautious, as their trucks can be difficult to control. One trucker is now facing a civil suit in West Virginia after his involvement in an accident on Interstate 77 in Raleigh County.

Helping you navigate an action following a spinal cord injury

Suffering an injury in an accident can be a difficult event to overcome for West Virginia residents. While many injuries are recoverable, there are some severe injuries that have no known cure or remedy. Thus, those suffering these types of injuries must endure the pain and other problems associated with the injury. Additionally, that person may require ongoing medical care for the rest of his or her life.

A spinal cord injury is one of the most serious and life-changing injuries an accident victim could suffer. It is often the case that an individual is unable to move or even care for him or herself after such a tragic injury. And while rehabilitation, surgeries and other innovative medical treatments can help a victim gain more feeling and motion, it is possible that a victim suffering a spinal cord injury will never be able to return to their old mobility and lifestyle again.

Understanding the risk of serious injuries involved with ATVs

As a previous post on this blog highlighted, ATVs can present some risks and dangers. While these small vehicles are often used for both work and play, they can also generate problems when driven on and near roadways. If a motorist is not paying attention, or riders on the ATV have not taken safety precautions while riding, it is possible to suffer serious injuries in the event of an ATV-car accident.

A major concern for ATV riders is head trauma. However, not all ATV riders wear safety helmets. But even when the rider is wearing a helmet, it may not be enough to protect the rider in the event of a rollover collision. This type of crash could result in severe traumatic brain injuries and even trauma to the neck, spinal cord and limbs.

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