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How Pokémon Go led to an increase in car crashes

Residents of West Virginia should know that the smartphone-based game, Pokémon Go, could be just as much of a factor in distracted driving as texting, talking on the phone and other actions. Although the game's popularity has been waning, millions of people still play it, and reports still come in of players injuring themselves or others because of it.

Holiday travel leads to more car accidents and fatalities

Many families in West Virginia gathered together for a special Thanksgiving meal, but it was a dangerous time to travel. The long Thanksgiving weekend creates a spike in traffic fatalities according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Hurdles involved in regulating driverless car safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been tasked with writing the safety regulations for self-driving vehicles. This comes as the result of a bill passed by the Senate Commerce Committee in October, which also grants exemptions for up to 80,000 self-driving vehicles that automakers deploy each year within the next three years. However, there are some roadblocks, so drivers in West Virginia may have to wait several more years before getting their hands on a driverless car.

Car accident deaths increased in 2016

Most West Virginia residents will experience a car accident at some point in their lives. While most car accidents only cause minor injuries and property damage, car accidents are a common cause of death among all age groups in the United States. Car accidents in 2016 were at a nine-year high despite advanced safety features in newer vehicles.

Slow drivers present problems for others on the road

People who drive under the speed limit can cause as many accidents as fast drivers. If individuals drive at a slow speed in the left lane, other drivers may hurry around them. This action can result in a serious crash. Every state, including West Virginia, has its own laws regulating speed on highways to prevent traffic jams and accidents.

Many people text and drive while believing it should be illegal

According to a study, the majority of motorists believe that texting and driving should be illegal. However, the same study shows that the majority of drivers are still confident in their own texting and driving skills and thus still engage in this risky behavior. This could be a concern for travelers on West Virginia highways.

Reducing accidents with daytime running headlights

In West Virginia and throughout the United States, headlights are usually used only during inclement weather and at night. However, researchers have found that that even during the day turning on headlights makes automobiles more visible, resulting in a reduction of automobile accidents. Many drivers have not been educated on the benefits of using their headlights during the day, and so they may not turn them on.

Collision avoidance systems save lives

Collision avoidance systems are helping to make roads in West Virginia and across the United States safer. A study, which was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, examined the effectiveness of lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Wearable device targets drowsy car accident risk

A new device could be good news for West Virginia motorists embarking on a long-distance trip. The wearable unit uses biometric measurements in order to determine when a person is close to falling asleep. It then issues an electric impulse with just enough strength to rouse the drowsy driver. The inventors of the device hope that it can help prevent car accidents and injuries by alerting drivers to when they have reached the limits of exhaustion.

Safety accolades elude some large cars in IIHS testing

West Virginia motorists who are concerned about their safety when behind the wheel may be interested in knowing the part that auto insurers play in determining the crashworthiness of cars, trucks, and SUVs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit organization that is funded by the industry, puts vehicles of all sizes and categories through a series of crash tests and then ranks them according to the results. Although large cars are generally thought to be safer, not all of the large cars examined through early July 2017 have earned the IIHS's top accolade.

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