Officials in Kanawha County recently gathered to remind the community about safety concerns given the new school year. The upcoming school year recently began which means more traffic and a number of children going back and forth to school and other activities. Authorities reminded residents to be aware of school zones and abide by speed limits. Increased enforcement patrols were also planned for when children returned to school.
According to the U.S. National Highway Safety Administration, 391,000 people were injured and nearly 3,500 people were killed in road accidents involving distracted drivers in 2015. We often hear that we should not use our cell phones while driving unless we have a handsfree system that allows us to focus on the road and talk at the same time. However, a new study reveals that even having a simple conversation on the phone or in person can take your attention away from driving and cause car accidents.
It is common knowledge that teen drivers are not always responsible behind the wheel. However, a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded that the number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers is particularly high during the "100 Deadliest Days," which refers to the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day and is typically a dangerous time to be on the road for all motorists.
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.