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June 2019 Archives

Preventing coal mine explosions

An explosion in a West Virginia coal mine in 1907 claimed the lives of 362 miners, and this kind of disaster is still worryingly common more than a century later. There were 10 coal mine explosions in the United States Between 1986 and 2010 that resulted in multiple casualties, and almost all of them involved buildups of methane. Coal dust explosions are even more deadly than methane blasts, but they are usually triggered by ignited methane.

Rear car seat safety being neglected, says IIHS

West Virginia residents may want to know that in new vehicles, rear seat safety is lagging behind front seat safety. This is according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a Virginia-based safety organization that represents the insurance company. The IIHS has conducted a series of crash tests to raise awareness of this problem.

Proving negligence in a car accident injury case

Auto accidents happen every single day in West Virginia. Most of them, however, are minor fender-benders that everyone walks away from, shaken but relatively unscathed. There are those that are more serious, though, which leave victims hurting physically, financially and emotionally. If negligence is behind a car accident that left you or a loved one injured, you may have the right to seek compensation for your losses through legal means.

The complexities of truck accident cases: an overview

Determining legal liability after a truck accident is complex: more complex than with a car accident. Residents of West Virginia who were injured in a truck accident will want to know what are the factors that make this process complicated. The first is that most truck crashes end in severe injuries and even death, which makes a case more complex. Trucks are heavy, they take longer to brake to a stop and they cause a greater impact as a result.

Consumer Reports harshly critical of Tesla's Autopilot system

More and more car buyers in West Virginia and around the country are choosing electric vehicles, and many of the sedans and SUVs they purchase come equipped with sophisticated electronic systems as well as electric motors and lithium batteries. Tesla's Autopilot feature is touted by the Palo Alto-based carmaker as the most advanced autonomous system currently available, but those claims were questioned recently by Consumer Reports magazine.

House bill calls for mandatory ignition interlock devices

Individuals convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in West Virginia must enter the state's Alcohol Test and Lock Program. This involves fitting a device to their vehicles that checks their breath and prevents its operation when alcohol is detected. More than 25 states have passed similar drunk driving laws, but a bill introduced recently in the U.S. House of Representatives would go much further. The Abbas Stop Drunk Driving Act would require auto manufacturers to fit interlock devices to all new passenger vehicles offered for sale in America.

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