Deadly accidents involving large buses and semi-tractor trailers are becoming more common around the country according to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The federal safety agency's report reveals that 4,311 commercial trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2015, some of which took place in West Virginia. This figure represents an 8 percent year-over-year increase. The large truck involvement rate, which tracks how many accidents tractor-trailers are involved in for each 100 million miles traveled, also increased by 8 percent in 2015 according to the report.
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.
West Virginia and other Appalachian states that have been the most adversely impacted by the coal industry slump want to lower the number of mine safety inspections that are required each year. The state of Kentucky's action of conducting advisory visits in lieu of some inspections have been met with approval by coal companies. Surviving loved ones of coal miners who have died as a result of workplace accidents disagree with the policy, however.
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.