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April 2019 Archives

Root Insurance shares results of distracted driving study

Root Insurance, an auto insurer that provides discounts to drivers who avoid phone use, has recently shared the results of a distracted driving study. Conducted by Wakefield Research, the online study brought together the responses of nearly 2,000 drivers in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. These responses say a lot about distracted driving trends today.

Three ways homeowners can ensure pool safety

West Virginia residents who own a swimming pool should know that 3,536 Americans die every year in unintentional non-boating drowning accidents. There are 7.4 million swimming pools and over 5 million hot tubs on residential or public properties across the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it's important that the owners do all they can to prevent drowning. Below are three ways to ensure pool safety.

Some deadly trucking crashes linked to fatigue

West Virginia motorists may be particularly worried about the dangers of truck accidents, because crashes involving semi-trucks and passenger vehicles are far more harmful to the occupants of smaller vehicles. The size and mass of large trucks mean that anyone in a crash with them is at a significant risk for a serious injury. In addition, the nature of the trucking industry can also contribute to the likelihood of an accident. After a long day on the road, even experienced truck drivers can become fatigued behind the wheel.

Self-driving cars could pose new safety concerns

Many people in West Virginia are curious about how developing technologies around autonomous vehicles could affect roadway safety. Scientists believe that it may be possible for these technologies to make the roadways safer while eliminating unnecessary congestion. An increasing number of auto and tech companies have joined the competition to produce autonomous vehicles ready for the market. At the same time, there is a significant amount of development work, as well as regulatory changes, that will be needed before self-driving cars are ready to hit the streets.

Radar data finds precipitation raises risk for fatal crashes

West Virginia residents know that precipitation brings with it certain challenges when driving. Previous studies concluded that precipitation can raise the risk for fatal car crashes by anywhere between 10 and 76 percent. Now, researchers at the North Carolina State University have come up with even more accurate, and more startling, data.

Increased U.S. speed limits caused 37,000 more traffic deaths

Higher speed limits have caused more people in West Virginia and across the United States to die in car accidents according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study says that rising speeding limits have been responsible for almost 37,000 additional traffic deaths over the past 25 years.

2019 CVSA roadcheck to emphasize steering, suspension safety

Each year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds a three-day inspection spree called the International Roadcheck. During this event, CMV drivers in West Virginia and across the US are liable to be stopped at random for inspections. If they pass, they receive a CVSA decal as an indicator. If not, they are issued out-of-service orders.

Travelers reveals common reasons for driver distraction

The Travelers Companies surveyed more than 2,000 consumers and executives about distracted driving for its 2019 Travelers Risk Index, and it has discovered the most common forms of distraction as well as the most common reasons for them. West Virginia residents may not be surprised that texting and sending emails was the number one distracting activity (44 percent). This was followed by social media use (23 percent), recording videos or taking pictures (22 percent) and online shopping (15 percent).

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