Car accidents cause many injuries and deaths in West Virginia every year. Unfortunately, traffic signals and speed limits are not enough to stop negligent drivers from causing serious collisions. Experts suggest that roundabouts may save lives and be more effective than traffic lights at preventing serious accidents.
When summer days in West Virginia wind down, kids go back to school and major holidays loom ahead on the calendar. These forces increase traffic, especially with the addition of school buses, bicyclists and pedestrians. Hazards can pop up in urban, suburban or rural environments, and safe drivers observe best practices in all situations.
West Virginians are used to seeing 18-wheelers on the road, but motorists are not always comfortable being in close proximity to them. Because of their size and weight, big rigs have the potential for causing severe injuries in the event of a collision, which is why good training and driving skills are so important to truckers.
On Aug. 7, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety warned drivers in West Virginia and elsewhere that Tesla, BMW, Mercedes and Volvo vehicles can be dangerous when operated in semi-autonomous mode. The agency encouraged drivers to use extreme caution when placing their car or truck under semi-automated control.
People in West Virginia may be confused about the obligation that homeowners have to people who they invite onto their property to perform various kinds of work. Homeowners frequently hire others to babysit children, mow the lawn, provide cleaning services or repair broken items around the house. When people enter a home to do work, they always face the risk of injury. This is especially true if a negligent property owner fails to provide a safe space for people to work and a babysitter, contractor or house cleaner is injured as a result.
Nationwide Insurance has released some driving tips that West Virginia drivers may find useful as they spend time on the road. Driving safely should always be the primary concern of any driver behind the wheel, and practicing safe driving skills all the time can help people avoid car accidents. The main safety tips pointed out by Nationwide are to focus on the task of driving, drive defensively, practice safety and make a plan that allows for safe driving.
It's common for anyone in West Virginia who has sustained a head injury from a car accident, hard fall, or sports collision to be rushed to the hospital for a CT scan. However, about 90 percent of these image tests come back negative, even when patients are diagnosed later with a mild concussion or similar injury. Given the expenses related to CT scans and the radiation exposure concerns, it's understandable for there to be a search for other brain injury detection methods.
Teen drivers in West Virginia should be aware of the risks they run both before and after they obtain their license. A study conducted by the National Institutes for Health and Virginia Tech University has shown that teens have a higher risk for crashes and near-misses with other vehicles after they start to drive alone.
People in West Virginia may have been more at risk from being on the road on Aug. 2 than any other day of the year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, between 2012 and 2016, more than 500 people died in car accidents on this day.
Approximately 7.4 million swimming pools are in residential or public use in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The same organization also estimates that there are more than 3,500 non-boating drowning accidents each year, many of them occurring in pools. Besides drowning, pools increase the risk for slips, trips and falls as well as exposure to harmful chemicals.
According to a new study by the Society for Risk Analysis, women are more likely to drive distracted than men. Females are just one of four driver groups that researchers determined are more prone to distractions while behind the wheel. Since those who text and drive are six times more like to be involved in car accidents, West Virginia motorists may be interested in the study.