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March 2017 Archives

CVSA announces focus of 2017 International Roadcheck campaign

Truck drivers in West Virginia and all around the country can expect 72 hours of increased scrutiny beginning on June 6 as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance launches its annual International Roadcheck safety initiative. The organization announced on March 13 that the focus of this year's safety blitz will be cargo securement. During the 2016 International Roadcheck event, CVSA staff carried out 62,796 inspections.

West Virginia has highest rate of drug-related traffic deaths

The curvy mountain roads of West Virginia present motorists with many challenges, and drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs create an additional menace. When the organization Alcoholic.org analyzed 20 years of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety, the state ranked first in traffic fatalities in crashes that involved drug-intoxicated drivers.

Woman goes to trial for fatal drunk driving accident

A woman who was charged with driving under the influence after being involved in a fatal car accident in West Virginia was in court on March 21. A jury of four men and eight women heard the opening statements, including witness testimony from a passenger who had been injured in the incident.

Determining liability in self-driving car crashes

Self-driving cars are no longer something of the distant future. There are a number of companies that have put autonomous vehicles on the road, and several manufacturers already produce vehicles that can handle a number of functions on the road, such as parallel parking. People expect that self-driving vehicles will reduce accidents in West Virginia and around the country since computers don't text while driving or drive while intoxicated.

Skate parks and insurance claims

Municipalities in West Virginia may be reluctant to build skate parks for their residents due to concerns about liability. However, more injuries occur per number of participants in other sports, such as basketball, football, volleyball, hockey, baseball and soccer, according to the Skate Park Association of the United States of America.

Autonomous truck systems continue to evolve

A robotics company has developed technology that could allow truck drivers in West Virginia and around the country to operate their vehicles without leaving their offices. Several technology firms are working on autonomous truck systems, and the San Francisco-based startup Starsky Robotics is carving out a niche for itself by focusing on final mile delivery. Navigating a large commercial vehicle to its final destination requires great precision, and the company has developed a kit that allows this delicate work to be performed remotely.

Trampoline parks can be dangerous

As trampoline parks become more and more popular, West Virginia residents and parents may not be too surprised to learn that the rate of injuries at these parks are increasing. According to a study, injuries that occurred in trampoline parks increased from about 600 cases in 2010 to nearly 7,000 cases in 2014.

Negligence case targets highways department

A lawsuit filed in West Virginia could result in a verdict against the state's highway department. A driver and her passenger were injured in a car accident involving a department vehicle driven by one of its employees. The car collision occurred on a stretch of Route 26 running through Preston County. Though the case is just now coming to trial, the accident happened in early 2015.

Program focuses on TBI awareness during March

In West Virginia and across the country, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the cause of about 30 percent of annual injury deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In addition, an estimated 5 million people in the U.S. are disabled due to TBIs. Since the condition is so prevalent, March has been designated "Brain Injury Awareness Month."

Increasing numbers of traffic fatalities

Reports from the National Safety Council indicate that the number of car accident fatalities rose significantly between 2015 and 2016. Its data shows that approximately 40,000 people died in automobile accidents during 2016, many of which took place in West Virginia, and it represented a 6 percent increase. Compared to 2014, there has been a 14 percent increase in fatalities, which is the biggest two-year increase in more than 50 years.

Accident rates soar when clocks are moved forward

West Virginia residents will be setting their clocks forward by one hour on March 13 to mark the beginning of daylight saving time, and research conducted at two leading universities suggests that they may be wise to take extra care on the roads during the following few days. Medical research has found that even minor disruptions in rest patterns can profoundly influence human behavior, and car accident rates tend to increase when drivers across the country have enjoyed less sleep than they are accustomed to.

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