West Virginia residents might wonder about the safety of riding limousines, which are often the ride of choice for groups who want to be responsible and avoid drinking and driving. At least 45 people have been killed in fatal limo accidents since 2000, including a fatal accident in Long Island on July 18 involving a limo and a suspected drunk driver in a pick-up truck.
For a few years now, the whole world has been enamored with the idea that, someday soon, we will have cars that drive themselves. This idea has been pushed further by Google, which has been working to create self-driving cars for some time now. They have been openly operating these vehicles in California, testing them for weaknesses and drawbacks. While the testing has gone swimmingly for the most part, recently the Google self-driving car ran into some problems.
If someone asked you to operate a vehicle that you knew could be hacked and controlled by someone else, would you do it? Probably not if you're like a lot of people here in West Virginia. But in the name of research and the promotion of cyber security, that's exactly what one journalist for the tech website Wired did recently.
Potholes. Poorly displayed signage. Broken lighting. These safety hazards and a host of additional road-related safety hazards often contribute to auto accidents. If you have been in an auto accident and road conditions contributed to that accident, you obviously cannot sue the road in question for damages. However, you may be able to hold other entities responsible for any physical harm or property damage resulting from the accident.
A tragic motor vehicle accident in South Carolina claimed two lives after a car and an 18-wheeler collided. The wreck occurred because two young men, a 27-year-old and a 22-year-old, were in the smaller vehicle which ran a stop sign. The vehicle was struck by the much larger truck and the two men inside the vehicle were killed. Police don't believe that charges will be filed in the accident, though that doesn't make it any less tragic.
You may not realize it but there are a number of elements present in our roadways that make them safer. Everything from a roadway's design to its surface helps reduce hazardous conditions that could otherwise lead to an accident. But if any of these elements fail, instead of preventing accidents, they could be the reason for them.
Although it is always important for motorists to avoid drinking and driving, it is perhaps particularly important that they avoid this hazardous behavior during high-traffic weekends. No matter when a motorist intentionally or unintentionally drives while legally drunk, that motorist risks the safety of himself or herself, as well as anyone else the motorist comes into contact with while traveling. During high-traffic weekends, a drunk motorist is likely to encounter a higher volume of travelers than normal and will put each of them at risk of being injured or killed in an accident.
Most Americans would probably agree that the purpose of traffic laws should be public safety. Enforcement of laws against running red lights is necessary, for example, because the threat of consequences is one of the few things that will motivate some people to avoid doing it. Red light cameras seem like a rational way to enforce that law, if only because they're always on patrol.
For many people, multitasking while driving has become second nature. Millions of individuals find it nearly impossible to drive any distance without texting, talking on a cellphone, eating, reading or grooming. Unfortunately, a driver distracted by these activities can cause devastating, fatal car accidents.
Motor vehicle accident injuries are not limited to the drivers of the cars or trucks involved. In fact, passengers in these vehicles can sustain severe, catastrophic injuries as well. Depending on the force of the collision, a passenger runs the risk of suffering a fatal injury in a serious car accident.