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Car accident victims sue Apple over distracted driving feature

Emergency response personnel in West Virginia and around the country are being called to more and more accidents caused by distracted drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked electronics manufacturers like LG, Samsung and Motorola to incorporate smartphone features that make texting and driving more difficult, but a class action lawsuit filed by a group of California road users suggests that Apple has already developed just such a safety feature.

Injured in an accident? Allow police reports to work for you

Serious injuries after a car accident may lead you to experiencing a myriad of financial and physical difficulties. Though your insurance may cover some of the expenses resulting from your needed medical care and other damages, you may need to take further legal steps if your injuries require extensive medical attention. Luckily, you have the option of filing a personal injury claim against the party considered at fault.

Hurt in a slip-and-fall accident? It may not be your fault.

If you fell while you were walking on public or privately-owned West Virginia property, you may be quick to blame yourself for what happened. While you may assume that clumsiness or inattentiveness played a role in your slip-and-fall accident, in many cases, these types of incidents are often the result of preventable factors. It is possible that you are the victim of negligent maintenance or dangerous property conditions.

Keeping miners safe from hand injuries

Coal mining is not only an arduous occupation, but it has many hazards as well. For these reasons, West Virginia coal miners may be interested in reading an advisory warning issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. According to the agency, from the begining of 2010 to Aug. 31, 2016, coal miners throughout the country suffered about 5,700 work-related hand injuries. The agency found that four workplace activities accounted for approximately 4,000 of the reported work-related accidents that resulted in such injuries. These activities were operating non-powered hand tools, handling supplies or material, roof bolting and performing machine maintenance.

Will drivers soon be forced to put their phones down?

Distracted driving has caught the attention of safety officials around the nation. The issue has been on the rise in the past few years, resulting in climbing traffic fatalities. Eight people die and 1,161 people are injured every day due to distracted drivers in this country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reacted to these sobering numbers with a new suggestion.

Accidents involving commercial trucks may be especially severe

Kanawha County is strategically positioned in West Virginia around the confluence of three interstates. As a gateway to all four points of the compass, the area receives its fair share of commercial truck traffic. While truck drivers are generally well trained and must adhere to strict regulations, accidents involving passenger vehicles and large trucks do happen all too frequently.

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