Thousands of road users in West Virginia and around the country are injured or killed every year in accidents involving tractor-trailers, and many of these crashes are caused by trucks with poorly maintained or defective braking systems. Efforts to address this problem include the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week, which is scheduled to commence on Sept. 16. During the weeklong safety initiative, trucks will be subjected to rigorous Level I inspections and will be ordered out of service if inspectors discover barking or other safety issues that place other road users in danger.
West Virginia requires school bus operators to complete a training program and earn a certification before they are permitted to get behind the wheel. Many other states have similar safety programs in place; however, accidents that involved school buses claimed the lives of 1,344 people between 2004 and 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The safety agency released a report containing data about these fatal accidents in June 2015.
Whether you are riding a bus in West Virginia or have traveled to New York and are riding the subway, you remain at risk of suffering harm in a public transportation accident. Certainly, public transportation accidents are not as common as motor vehicle accidents but they do occur. Partially because they are somewhat less common, many individuals are unsure of how to respond if they are harmed in a public transportation accident.
Being involved in a commercial vehicle accident such as a tractor-trailer crash can cause serious injury. While most drivers are safe, take breaks, don't drive distracted and are careful with those cars around them, some aren't as cautious as they need to be -- especially in the weather that West Virginia famous for in the winter.