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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.

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.

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