The trend of lower driver death rates that began in the 1970s may be coming to an end, and motorists in West Virginia and other states may want to take note. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the risk of dying in an accident while operating a late-model vehicle increased in 2015. Preliminary reports indicate that the toll will be higher for 2016 as well.
West Virginia residents may be aware that the Tesla Model S full-sized sedan has been hailed as the safest car ever sold in the United States, but the luxury electric car was bettered by three of its traditionally powered competitors in a series of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. The IIHS, which conducts safety evaluations on behalf of auto manufacturers, tested six full-sized sedans, and the Tesla Model S was one of three that failed to make it onto the nonprofit organization's list of the safest cars available in America.
While driving can be treacherous in West Virginia during the winter months, the Mountain State's roads actually become more dangerous when temperatures rise and traffic becomes more congested. Holiday weekends are known as a particularly hazardous time to take to the roads, and data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveals that July 4 is the deadliest day of the year for drivers. When Travelers Insurance examined personal insurance claims, the company found that accidents, injuries and deaths are more common during the Independence Day holiday period than they are over the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.
Basic rules need to be established before driverless cars can use roads in West Virginia or anywhere else in America. This is the opinion of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, which also believes that legislation under consideration by the House of Representatives allows too many driverless vehicles to be tested on roadways. A New Jersey congressman said that bills should not move out of committee before getting input from the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Congestion on the roads of West Virginia and across the country has drivers in a high state of agitation, creating a potentially dangerous environment for road safety. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that almost four out of five U.S. motorists have shown signs of aggression, anger or other forms of road rage while driving in the past year.
Drivers on West Virginia roadways have to deal with the reality of car accidents on a regular basis. Those who are involved in the crashes do not expect them, though. Because of their unpredictable nature, it's important to prepare in advance as much as possible. Drivers should know what to do in the event one happens.
West Virginia State Police took a man into custody and charged him for operating a vehicle while under the influence. The Ohio man, age 46, had initially fled the scene of the accident on May 23 before being located by a K-9 unit.
West Virginia is one of the states with the highest percentages of child fatalities from motor vehicle accidents. It also has the fifth-highest annual child mortality rate per 100,000. These were the findings in a study by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University that examined the relationship between motor vehicle accidents, state laws and geography. For the purposes of the study, a "child" was considered someone younger than 15.
On May 9, it was reported that a two-vehicle accident that occurred on a West Virginia road resulted in the deaths of two people. The crash took place at about 12:30 p.m. on W.Va. 152 at German Ridge Road.
A 39-year-old woman turned herself in to authorities and was arraigned on May 8 in Cabell County, West Virginia. The woman faces multiple drunk driving charges after authorities say that she caused an accident on April 7 that resulted in the death of a 70-year-old. The crash occurred on the westbound portion of Interstate 64 near mile marker 4.