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West Virginia court to hear negligence case

A woman filed a lawsuit in Mercer Circuit Court alleging that another driver's negligent behaviors led to injuries suffered in a car crash. In June 2014, the woman was driving west on Morrison Street in Princeton when she was rear ended by another vehicle. The plaintiff claimed that she was hit when she slowed to yield for another driver and the driver in the car behind her didn't stop.

Traffic fatalities and economic growth

Some West Virginia residents may have figured that the health of the nation's economy has a significant bearing on road safety. Road traffic accident injuries and fatalities fell in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, but lower energy prices and consistent economic growth have since led to higher traffic levels and a sharp rise in the number of crashes. According to data from the National Safety Council, road fatalities were up by 14 percent and injuries were up by 30 percent between January and June 2015 compared with the first six months of 2014.

Former politician Ann Day killed in car accident

West Virginia residents who follow politics might not be familiar with Ann Day but have probably heard of her sister, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The Day family and others in Arizona are mourning the loss of former state senator Ann Day after she was killed in a motor vehicle accident May 7.

Self-driving cars and the auto insurance industry

West Virginia residents may be aware that some bold claims have been made about the impact that autonomous vehicle technology and self-driving cars will have on road safety. A senior Volvo executive recently said that the Swedish car maker hopes to virtually eliminate fatalities in its vehicles by 2020, and companies like Tesla and Google point to accident statistics revealing that the vast majority of auto crashes involve human error of one sort or another.

Distractions and hands-free advances

Issues such as texting and driving have resulted in a major movement to minimize the use of smartphones while on the roads in West Virginia and across the nation. However, some of the technologies that have been developed to facilitate safer communications on the road do not necessarily eliminate distractions. The fact that these technologies have been incorporated into the dashboards of many vehicles causes numerous drivers to believe that their use is safe. However, these technologies are targeted more at the convenience of the driver than at safety.

Voluntary deal to install automatic braking systems reached

A broad agreement among automobile manufacturers may lead to automatic braking systems being standard for cars being sold in West Virginia by the year 2022. The terms have already reached accord among 10 of the largest manufacturers in the American market, and the plan is to expand the agreement until it covers 99 percent of all light vehicles being sold.

Anti-collision and autobrake systems reduce crashes

By looking at police-reported rear-end crash data from 2010 to 2014 across 22 states, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has determined that if all cars in West Virginia and nationwide had autobrake systems in 2013, there would have been at least 700,000 fewer of those types of incidents. The study found that there was an average reduction in rear-end crashes of around 40 percent in cars with an autobrake system and around 23 percent if the vehicle only had a forward collision warning system.

Traffic deaths rise for the first time in years

Motorists who routinely travel West Virginia's iconic mountain highways may be dismayed to learn that in the first nine months of 2015, U.S. traffic deaths rose after numerous years of improvement. While the number of fatal accidents had dropped a total of 22 percent from 2000 to 2014 and decreased 1.4 percent in 2014 from the prior year, 2015 saw a significant reversal in the trend. In the first nine months of the year, approximately 26,000 people perished in wrecks, which represented an increase of 9.3 percent compared to the number of deaths during the same time frame in 2013.

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