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Will drivers soon be forced to put their phones down?

Distracted driving has caught the attention of safety officials around the nation. The issue has been on the rise in the past few years, resulting in climbing traffic fatalities. Eight people die and 1,161 people are injured every day due to distracted drivers in this country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reacted to these sobering numbers with a new suggestion.

Winfield man pleads guilty in roadway death

A West Virginia man accused of driving drunk and fleeing the scene of a deadly January 2016 accident has pleaded guilty to two charges, reports indicate. Sentencing is set for February, and the man faces up to two decades in prison after admitting to leaving the scene of an accident and DUI causing death, both felonies.

Speed filter apps and dangerous driving

Motorists who travel the roadways of West Virginia and other states across the nation may want to know about the possible dangers of using the Snapchat speed filter while behind the wheel. Following a number of incidents involving excessive speed, catastrophic injuries and loss of life, news reports suggest that the appealing, what-I-am-doing-in-the-moment application may actually encourage dangerous driving.

Driving on little sleep increases likelihood of crashing

West Virginia residents have probably heard many warnings about the dangers of drunk or distracted driving. Though drowsy driving gets less attention, it can be just as dangerous. On Dec. 6, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a study on the dangers of driving while exhausted. According to the study, crash rates go up significantly among drivers who get less than seven hours of sleep.

The Statute of Limitations

Symptoms from an injury can sometimes take longer to appear, regardless of whether the injury was from a motor vehicle accident, a fall from slipping on pavement or from a faulty product. When you suffer an injury due to someone else's negligence, you may have a claim for damages, compensation or both. However, you only have a certain amount of time in which you can make your claim and that time limit may be different depending on the type of injury claimed.

Hazards to watch out for on Thanksgiving

Colder temperatures and the spread of the flu can lead to higher mortality rates during the winter months in West Virginia and throughout the country. However, car accidents are also a key cause of higher mortality rates from Thanksgiving onward. On Thanksgiving Day in 2012, there were 764 crashes that resulted in a fatality while there were 654 such crashes on Christmas Day in 2012.

Preventing teen accidents

Far too many teens are killed in traffic accidents each year. It is important for parents in West Virginia and around the country to teach their children safe driving practices in order to reduce their risk of becoming another statistic.

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