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March 2019 Archives

IIHS crash tests reveal pickup truck passenger dangers

Many West Virginia residents choose medium or full-sized two-row pickup trucks because they offer an attractive combination of durability, hauling capability and space, but a recent series of crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveals that vehicles like the Toyota Tundra and Chevrolet Colorado may not be as safe for passengers as their rugged reputations suggest. After propelling the right-front corners of several pickup trucks into an obstacle at normal driving speeds, only the Nissan Titan, Dodge Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 earned a rating of good for passenger protection.

Device helps officers check cellphones for distracted driving

West Virginia readers understand that texting while driving is dangerous. In order to reduce the risk of accidents, Nevada legislators are considering a bill that allows authorities to use technology that tests a driver's cellphone to see if he or she was texting just before a car accident. New York lawmakers failed to pass a similar bill in 2017.

Have you considered this cause of truck accidents?

When you get into any motor vehicle accident, one of the most important steps is determining fault, as it affects who can recover damages and how much. Accidents with semitrucks tend to be the fault of the truck driver. However, what if you both claim innocence, and no evidence can point to the trucker acting negligently?

Liability waivers and entertainment businesses

Many people in West Virginia have been injured while on the property of an entertainment-related business. This could include everything from gyms and trampoline clubs to water parks or bounce houses. As a result, many of these businesses require patrons to sign waivers before they get going on any activities. These waivers purport to protect a company from any liability caused by an injury that occurs on their property.

Distractions raise risk for highway work zone crash 29 times

The narrow lanes of highway work zones make them a dangerous area. All too often drivers will speed through them, not only raising the risk for a crash but also increasing the severity of their injuries when a crash occurs. West Virginia residents should know that previous studies on crash risk in highway work zones have relied on crash reports, which do not contain the most detailed information on driver behavior. One new study, though, is different.

Daylight saving time leads to greater risk for car crashes

West Virginia residents should know that losing one hour of sleep for daylight saving time can have consequences on the road. Namely, motorists will be more likely to drive in a drowsy state of mind. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that missing one or two of the suggested seven hours of sleep within a 24-hour period can roughly double the risk for a car crash.

Financially recovering from an auto accident TBI

Many people in West Virginia and across the U.S. suffer a traumatic brain injury in the wake of a car accident. TBIs are the result of a severe shock or blow to the head. When mild, they do not lead to loss of consciousness but may lead to nausea and dizziness. When severe, they may result in skull fractures, a loss of consciousness and even a coma. Victims may suffer seizures and confusion.

Groups push lawmakers to make truck safety devices mandatory

It's safe to assume that anyone in West Virginia who shares the road with large trucks has a vested interest in doing everything possible to improve safety. This is why two groups, the Truck Safety Coalition and Road Safe America, are asking lawmakers in Congress to require certain trucks to be outfitted with specially designed safety devices.

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