In 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board says that it wants to see a reduction in the number of fatigue-related crashes in America. It was one of 10 issues that were part of its Most Wanted list that was released on Jan. 13. Of those 10 priorities for the new year, four of them were also part of the list in 2015.
A West Virginia company is being sued in connection with a September 2013 traffic accident that left two children injured. The case is scheduled to be heard in the Wayne County Circuit Court. The parents of the injured children are seeking undisclosed punitive and compensatory damages.
As winter gets underway, West Virginia motorists need to be aware of the dangers they face when snow is light. Many pileups happen when it first begins snowing because people are unaware that the roads are slick yet.
West Virginians who are following the presidential primaries might be interested in learning about an accident that happened in New Hampshire. According to law enforcement and Secret Service sources, a fatal accident claimed one person and injured six, including four Secret Service agents.
West Virginia drivers who have heard that self-driving cars are supposed to make the roads much safer may be surprised to learn that these vehicles are currently involved in double the number of accidents than those driven by humans. So far, all the crashes involving driverless vehicles have been caused by human drivers. However, they have occurred because the self-driving cars are unable to make the small intuitive adjustments that a human could make.
For most people, driving is the riskiest thing that they will ever do. Although plane crashes may get more attention, the fatality rate is 300 times higher when traveling by car compared to traveling by plane. To make driving safer, there will need to be steps taken to either improve driver behavior or improve automobile technology. In the long run, there may be more to gain by improving technology.
West Virginia motorists may not realize how dangerous driving while drowsy can be, but a recent AAA survey found that around 43 percent of drivers admitted they had fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in their lives. A representative from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spoke at a forum on Nov. 4 in conjunction with National Driving Drowsy Prevention Week and reported that about 5,000 to 7,000 fatalities take place annually due to fatigued drivers.
Ready or not, autonomous cars are coming to West Virginia and the rest of the United States. The Mercedes-Benz S550 already features semi-autonomous abilities, and Tesla began testing its self-driving car this summer. Google is also testing autopilot cars, and Apple is rumored to be developing its own autonomous car.
New public service ads on television and online will remind teenagers in West Virginia that drinking and driving is the 'ultimate party foul." On Oct. 19, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council announced that they were launching a nationwide public service campaign in honor of National Teen Driver Safety Week.
West Virginia ranks sixth among states where motor vehicle fatalities are most common at a rate of 17.8 per 100,000 people. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that overall, deaths from automobile accidents have declined significantly in the last three years. This is part of an overall decline that has been ongoing since 1985 and is attributed in part to better safety features and structural design.