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.
West Virginia residents who smoke pot may want to think twice before they get behind the wheel. Smoking pot can impair one's ability to drive safely and lead to car accidents.
Completely autonomous vehicles are still far in the future, so West Virginia motorists should consider what technologies are available here and now that can help them stay safe. Thankfully, there's plenty to consider, especially with the way that advanced driver assistance systems have been developing.
Residents of West Virginia are probably aware that with the legalization of marijuana in many jurisdictions, and with the nation's current opioid crisis, there is a greater risk for accidents due to drugged driving. Among U.S. workers, urine tests have detected an increase in amphetamine, marijuana, and heroin annually for the past five years.
In West Virginia and across the U.S., speeding has been causing more and more fatalities. This is according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, which found that speeding accounted for 31 percent of all roadway deaths in America from 2005 to 2014. Speeding-related accidents amounted to about 112,580 deaths. For comparison, the study noted that 112,948 people died during that same period in drunk driving accidents.
West Virginia's fatal car crash rate is higher than the national average and higher than that of nearby states, according to federal statistics. Traffic safety experts say that multiple factors contribute to the problem.
Many drivers might be confident that they can stay cool in difficult driving situations and never submit to road rage, but what happens when they encounter another raging driver? Road rage situations can escalate quickly if one driver's rage spreads to others. West Virginia drivers might be interested in some tips on how to keep that from happening.
Uber has become a popular mode of transportation in West Virginia. In case of an accident, passengers may wonder who might be held responsible. Uber drivers are hired as independent contractors, so in most cases, the company will not be held responsible. Uber does carry a $1 million policy to cover damages in case the at-fault driver's insurance is insufficient to compensate plaintiffs for their losses.
For drivers in West Virginia, the potential for car crashes is always a concern when taking to the roads. Across the country, 6 million motor vehicle accidents take place each year. Accidents are caused in a number of ways, and developing an understanding of how they take place can help to prevent future crashes from taking place.