A person might not realize the extent of an injury after being in a car accident in West Virginia. Most people are familiar with whiplash injuries that might take hours or days to present symptoms after a wreck, but other serious conditions might be missed as well.
Wrong-way drivers pose an unpredictable, potent threat to motorists along West Virginia's controlled-access highways. While accidents involving drivers traveling headfirst through oncoming traffic are a relatively small portion of accidents on divided highways at approximately 3 percent, multiple studies have shown that the chance of death is far higher than in other situations. The profound danger that this behavior represents to all law-abiding drivers has spurred ongoing investigative efforts by the National Transportation Safety Board and many state agencies.
According to recent studies, a driver who has been awake for 24 hours has the same cognitive impairment as a driver with a blood alcohol level of .10 percent. A driver who is tired generally has a slower reaction time, is less attentive and shows impaired judgment. While the severity of the impairment may vary, even West Virginia drivers who are slightly tired may zone out while extremely tired drivers may fall asleep while driving.
A woman from Shady Spring, West Virginia, was killed in an early morning, single-vehicle rollover crash in Carroll County, Virginia, on Aug. 5. Two other people, including the driver, were also injured in the accident.
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.