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Common causes of tractor-trailer accidents

Traffic accidents involving semi-tractor trailers claim thousands of lives each year in West Virginia and around the country. However, the vast majority of these deaths occur in crashes that could have been avoided. Driver error is the most common cause of truck accidents, but it is passenger vehicle drivers who are to blame more than 80% of the time. Common mistakes that lead to fatal truck crashes include not maintaining a safe distance, changing lanes without signaling and reckless maneuvers born out of impatience.

Using artificial intelligence to reduce distracted driving

West Virginia residents may be surprised to know that at least one person dies every day in the United States because of car crashes caused by distracted drivers. About 100 people are injured every day for the same reason. Automakers are trying to attack driver distraction by using artificial intelligence and visual monitoring technology.

AAA: end of DST heightens risk for drowsy driving

Drivers in West Virginia may have noticed how they are drowsier after the end of daylight saving time than before in spite of the additional hour of sleep they enjoyed. There is a good reason for this: The body has its internal clock disrupted by the change, so one will naturally feel tired while the body readjusts.

Lawmakers taking notice of uptick in pedestrian traffic deaths

Modern vehicles have generally reduced fatalities for people traveling inside vehicles throughout West Virginia and nationwide. The latest statistics about traffic fatalities, however, show that pedestrians and bicyclists are not faring so well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian deaths went up by 3.4% in 2018 compared to the previous year. As a result, legislation is developing in the U.S. House of Representatives and some states to address the problem.

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