Marijuana legalization has been a hot news topic over the past few years. More than 50 percent of states have now legalized marijuana in some form and more states are predicted to make the jump in near future. With this increase in legalization comes an increase in drugged-driving car accidents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In West Virginia, it is not uncommon to see more than just automobile traveling on or near the roadways. Many residents enjoy riding dirt bikes, motorcycles and ATVs throughout the state. While these vehicles are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, there are some risks associated with them. Smaller vehicles traveling on roads in residential areas are not always expected or seen. If a negligent driver fails to use caution around these vehicles, a serious and even fatal car accident could ensue.
The holiday season brings out the best in most, and the worst in some. While many people act responsibly and attend parties, dinners and nights out on the town either not drinking, taking mass transportation, a taxi or having a designated driver, there are some out there who still get behind the wheel while intoxicated and pose a threat to not only themselves and their passengers, but everyone on the road.
The highways in and around Charleston are an important means of transporting goods and people throughout the area. While highways serve critical functions in many parts of the country, the higher speed limits on them can also lead to deadly car accidents.
A car accident happen to people in Kanawha and throughout West Virginia, and the results can range from moderate to severe injuries to fatalities. Those who have been injured in a crash, as well as those who have lost a loved one in a wreck, can face significant losses in the accident's aftermath. When serious injury or death is caused by the negligence of another, it is critical to thoroughly investigate the accident to determine if filing a legal claim is justified.
Tens of thousands of people die in motor vehicle accidents throughout the country each year. That alone should inform people that driving can be very dangerous. But some people don't think about this when they get behind the wheel and can make an already dangerous endeavor even more so by doing things like texting and driving and disobeying posted speed limits.