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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.

Immediate steps to take following a car crash

Car accidents can occur at any time on any West Virginia road. Because they do happen so quickly, it can be difficult for a driver who was not at fault to know what steps to take. This can can depend on whether or not there were serious injuries caused by the crash.

Safety belts important in saving children's lives

A recent study that examined statistics on auto accident fatalities for children 15 and younger found that West Virginia had the fifth-highest child mortality rate per 100,000 children at 2.16. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Harvard and UT Southwestern Medical Center, identified the South as the region with the highest number of child traffic fatalities. From 2010 to 2014, the years of the study, 1,550 children in the South died. The Northeast had the lowest death rate with 189 fatalities.

West Virginia man killed in chain-reaction crash

A woman who allegedly caused a deadly car accident in Wayne County on April 7 has turned herself in more than a month after the incident. The chain-reaction accident, which occurred on Interstate 64 at the bridge on Spring Valley Drive, resulted in the death a 70-year-old man.

Detecting cellphone use in car accidents

West Virginia drivers who cause an accident because they were using a cellphone may be easier to identify if law enforcement adopts a device called the textalyzer. Fatal motor vehicle accidents are on the rise, and in 2016, around 40,000 people died in traffic accidents. Experts believe that phone distractions are partly to blame, but it can be difficult to identify this as the cause of an accident. Drivers may not be forthcoming about the reason for the accident, and law enforcement might not be permitted to examine phones without a warrant.

The dangers of distracted driving in West Virginia

Many people eat while on the road. In particular, individuals who are rushing to work or to get kids to school on time will grab something and eat while behind the wheel. While this may be a time-saving move, the reality is that anything that takes someone's attention from the road can be dangerous.

NSC will draw attention to distracted driving in April

Drivers staring at cellphone screens are becoming a worryingly familiar sight in West Virginia and around the country. Distracted driving accidents have increased alarmingly in recent years, and studies by AT&T and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggest that mobile electronic devices like smartphones are likely responsible. The studies not only indicate that a disturbing number of American drivers routinely send text messages or use the internet, but they also reveal that many of these reckless motorists feel they are doing nothing wrong.

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.

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.

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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