Most people find themselves suffering serious injuries unexpectedly. Though some individuals may be thrill-seekers who understand that their actions come with considerable risk for injury, this title may not apply to you. As a result, you are more likely to suffer injuries due to an accident, and possibly one caused by the negligence of another individual.
West Virginia residents may be aware that three people died on Dec. 18 when an Amtrak train plunged off a bridge near Tacoma, Washington, but they may not know that National Transportation Safety Board investigators have determined that the train was traveling at 80 miles per hour on a stretch of track with a speed limit of 30 miles per hour when it crashed. The train, which was made up of 12 cars and 2 locomotives traveling from Seattle to Portland, was carrying approximately 80 passengers at the time of the accident.
Truck drivers who spend more than 150 minutes driving to a job site may be labeled as "excessive commuters" by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency is currently seeking comment about a survey to find out how many drivers are excessive commuters. It also wants to find out how excessive commuting may have an impact on drivers in West Virginia and elsewhere in the country.
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.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is mandating that all long-haul trucking companies install electronic logging devices in their trucks. This new system will log and monitor a truck driver's whereabouts as well as facilitate the sharing of a driver's records and duty status. Many truckers in West Virginia and across the U.S. are protesting the mandate, saying that it is a violation of privacy. Others claim that the ELDs will compromise trucker safety.
Nearly 500 road deaths in West Virginia and around the country could be prevented each year if all tractor-trailers were equipped with the latest safety systems, according to a recently published study. Researchers from the AAA Foundation for traffic safety came to this conclusion after studying 2015 truck accident figures and determining how many of these crashes would have been prevented if the commercial vehicles involved had been fitted with air disc brakes, automatic emergency braking systems, lane departure warnings and video-based monitoring technology. In 2015, about 400,000 truck accidents claimed more than 4,000 lives and caused approximately 116,000 injuries.