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COVID-19 Status: The governor designated legal services as essential (we agree). Peyton Law Firm will continue operations by conducting telephonic meetings with clients as well as electronic communication. We are avoiding in person office conferences unless absolutely necessary. Our staff is on a rotating schedule to maintain social distancing but one member of our staff will be available from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. If you have a legal issue in these difficult times, don't hesitate to email, call or message us on Facebook. We are glad to help. We usually welcome walk-ins, but not at this time. Everyone stay safe and have faith we will return to normal. The WV Supreme Court and other local court systems have cancelled all non-emergency hearings through April 10.⚖️

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According to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, cars and trucks with electronic driver assist systems could potentially steer into parked vehicles or other hazards on the road. The report, which looked at vehicles manufactured by Tesla, BMW, Volvo and Mercedes, showed that assisted driving systems could both save lives and cause accidents. The chief research officer of the study stated that it's imperative for drivers in West Virginia using these systems to pay attention to the road at all times.

One type of test involving two Tesla vehicles showed that the automatic braking system failed to stop in front of a stationary object unless the adaptive cruise control was activated. During road tests, however, the study found that every single vehicle tested failed to avoid hitting a stopped vehicle except for the Tesla Model 3. Despite these problems, the report ultimately showed that the automatic systems did increase vehicle safety overall.

Many of the safety issued covered by the report are also present in the vehicle owner's manuals. Unfortunately, many drivers don't read their user manuals before operating their electronic assist systems. Several high-profile incidents have highlighted the limits of the technology and the tendency of drivers to over-rely on them. The IIHS is currently in the process of creating a rating system for these technologies.

Victims involved in car accidents with vehicles that use driver assist systems may be eligible for compensation from the party responsible for the wreck. Accidents like these require careful examination of the evidence, and it's the responsibility of the victim's lawyer to make sure their client's interests are well represented throughout the process. Compensation earned from a settlement or lawsuit might pay for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.

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Peyton Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
2801 First Avenue
P.O. Box 216
Nitro, WV 25143-1602

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