Highway deaths can be caused by a variety of factors, almost all of them involving some form of negligence. This is why drivers in West Virginia should know what those factors are and do everything they can to keep themselves from getting into accidents as well. For example, they may find themselves in inclement weather, where rain or snow obscure the visibility of other cars. They should exercise caution so as to avoid losing control or rear-ending anyone.
It appears that all conversations, not just talks on a cell phone, can distract drivers. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis published in the journal Human Factors. The results of the study may be of interest to drivers in West Virginia.
West Virginia motorists should be aware of the dangers of drunk driving. Not only is it a serious offense, but driving while intoxicated can also endanger the lives of other people on the road. Roughly one-third of all traffic-related deaths involve alcohol intoxication, with the most frequent victims being motorcyclists, motorists under the age of 24 and drivers with a prior DUI conviction.
Drivers in West Virginia may still be feeling the effects of Daylight Saving Time. That's why it's important to know what to do during this period of adjustment. Failing to deal with the drowsiness that one feels after Daylight Saving Time can increase the chances of a car accident. According to AAA, drowsy driving is a factor in nearly 10 percent of all car crashes in the U.S.
Distracted driving is a term that West Virginia drivers probably hear a lot about. According to a recent survey, most individuals agree that distracted driving is a problem. However, many people also admit to doing it anyway.
Car accidents are an all too common occurrence in West Virginia, and when they don't end in death, they can still result in serious injuries. Some drivers may even develop PTSD, or a fear of driving, following an accident. It's a good idea for drivers to be aware of the types of injuries that they can sustain in a car accident.
The muscles, tendons and ligaments compose the soft tissues of the body, and they can easily be injured by any sudden, uncontrollable movements. These injuries usually fall under sprains, contusions, strains and tears. Auto accidents are the most frequent cause of soft tissue damage because the impact, followed by the braking of the car and bracing of the body, forces the tissue to stretch.
Drivers in West Virginia who are concerned about road safety may be interested to learn that a new technology in vehicles is reducing the occurrence of back-up crashes. Only 5 percent of new vehicles that are being manufactured have rear automatic braking, which is associated with a 62 percent reduction in the number of reported back crashes in vehicles that are equipped with the technology. When the automatic braking technology is used in conjunction with rear-view sensors and cameras, there is a 78 percent drop in the number of reverse crashes.
On Feb. 6, the Governors Highway Safety Association issued a report outlining ways that road safety could be improved in West Virginia and across the United States. The purpose of the report, "State Strategies to Reduce Highway and Traffic Fatalities and Injuries: A Road Map for States," is to increase awareness about traffic safety and recommend strategies that state governors can use to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities.
Distracted driving is something that people in West Virginia and across the country often hear about. Though it's usually associated with cell phone use, new car technologies -- from GPS systems to video players -- are also creating dashboard distractions. However, technology could also offer some solutions to the problem of distracted driving. Consumer Reports investigated some new safety applications that are aimed at preventing distracted driving and making everyone safer on the road.