Police in West Virginia say that a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 on the morning of April 7 that sent three people to the hospital was caused by a driver who was under the influence of heroin at the time. Wayne County prosecutors have been made aware of the accident and criminal charges have not been ruled out. The crash occurred at approximately 10:50 a.m. on Interstate 64 in the vicinity of Spring Valley Road.
As the number of distracted drivers grows, West Virginia motorists might need to start driving more defensively in anticipation of these distractions. In 2015 and 2016, the number of traffic fatalities around the country were up significantly after several years of decline. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that distracted driving as a cause of accidents is increasing more rapidly than accidents that happen because of drowsy driving, drunk driving, not wearing a seat belt or speeding. Cellphones are a significant source of this distraction.
West Virginia motorists may be interested to learn that approximately 33 percent of all drivers have developed the habit of driving while distracted. Even more surprisingly, an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report found that approximately 88 percent of millennials engage in risky behavior when they are behind the wheel. Many of these drivers believe that their unsafe behaviors are acceptable.
There is a myriad of factors that can cause a car accident. West Virginia motorists could benefit from learning what they are and how to determine who is liable for a crash.
The curvy mountain roads of West Virginia present motorists with many challenges, and drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs create an additional menace. When the organization Alcoholic.org analyzed 20 years of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety, the state ranked first in traffic fatalities in crashes that involved drug-intoxicated drivers.
A woman who was charged with driving under the influence after being involved in a fatal car accident in West Virginia was in court on March 21. A jury of four men and eight women heard the opening statements, including witness testimony from a passenger who had been injured in the incident.
Self-driving cars are no longer something of the distant future. There are a number of companies that have put autonomous vehicles on the road, and several manufacturers already produce vehicles that can handle a number of functions on the road, such as parallel parking. People expect that self-driving vehicles will reduce accidents in West Virginia and around the country since computers don't text while driving or drive while intoxicated.
A lawsuit filed in West Virginia could result in a verdict against the state's highway department. A driver and her passenger were injured in a car accident involving a department vehicle driven by one of its employees. The car collision occurred on a stretch of Route 26 running through Preston County. Though the case is just now coming to trial, the accident happened in early 2015.
Reports from the National Safety Council indicate that the number of car accident fatalities rose significantly between 2015 and 2016. Its data shows that approximately 40,000 people died in automobile accidents during 2016, many of which took place in West Virginia, and it represented a 6 percent increase. Compared to 2014, there has been a 14 percent increase in fatalities, which is the biggest two-year increase in more than 50 years.
West Virginia residents will be setting their clocks forward by one hour on March 13 to mark the beginning of daylight saving time, and research conducted at two leading universities suggests that they may be wise to take extra care on the roads during the following few days. Medical research has found that even minor disruptions in rest patterns can profoundly influence human behavior, and car accident rates tend to increase when drivers across the country have enjoyed less sleep than they are accustomed to.