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March 2017 Archives

When a driver fails to brake

West Virginia drivers may wonder who will be held responsible for an accident if their brakes fail. While failing to brake can be considered to be driver error, there are other circumstances where it may not be.

Roadcheck inspection blitz will focus on secure cargo

From June 6-8, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be conducting commercial truck safety inspections as part of its International Roadcheck inspection blitz in West Virginia and around the country. For this year's inspections, the CVSA will focus on the importance of cargo securement. This is a regular part of Level I inspections, but the CVSA wants to emphasize how it important it is.

Determining liability in self-driving car accidents

There are a number of companies that have created prototypes of computer-driven vehicles to be used on the roads of West Virginia and around the country. Additionally, several automobiles already in production have limited self-driving capabilities, such as the ability to automatically parallel park. The reason for the interest in these automobiles is that there are a number of safety benefits associated with these types of vehicles, since computers don't get tired or distracted.

Company seeks to advance autonomous truck tech

West Virginia residents may be familiar with autonomous car technology. Now, a California company is developing a system that allows trucks to be driven remotely from an office. The goal is to increase driver safety and make the truck driving position a more appealing one. If the system is fully implemented, it may allow drivers to spend more time at home as opposed to on the road.

Will you land on your feet after a spinal cord injury?

A serious accident can turn your world upside down in a matter of seconds. Those first days seem like a whirlwind of doctors, nurses and information that you might not quite understand. Your doctor told you that you suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury, but understanding what that actually means might be a challenge.

High-tech ways to improve safety at railroad crossings

Cars, pedestrians, bicyclists and train cars have been co-existing for more than 100 years. And for that long, there has been risk associated with areas where trains and other traffic cross paths. In the past, low-tech methods of keeping people safe at crossings involved a person waving a flag or igniting a lantern.

Traffic fatalities continue alarming upward trend

Traffic accident deaths in West Virginia and around the country increased alarmingly during 2015 and 2016 despite groundbreaking improvements in automobile safety systems and advances in emergency medical care. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in January that accident fatalities rose by 8 percent during the first nine months of 2016, and full-year estimates released by the National Safety Council on Feb. 15 provide equally grim reading.

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