People who drive under the speed limit can cause as many accidents as fast drivers. If individuals drive at a slow speed in the left lane, other drivers may hurry around them. This action can result in a serious crash. Every state, including West Virginia, has its own laws regulating speed on highways to prevent traffic jams and accidents.
According to a study, the majority of motorists believe that texting and driving should be illegal. However, the same study shows that the majority of drivers are still confident in their own texting and driving skills and thus still engage in this risky behavior. This could be a concern for travelers on West Virginia highways.
In West Virginia and throughout the United States, headlights are usually used only during inclement weather and at night. However, researchers have found that that even during the day turning on headlights makes automobiles more visible, resulting in a reduction of automobile accidents. Many drivers have not been educated on the benefits of using their headlights during the day, and so they may not turn them on.
Collision avoidance systems are helping to make roads in West Virginia and across the United States safer. A study, which was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, examined the effectiveness of lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.
A new device could be good news for West Virginia motorists embarking on a long-distance trip. The wearable unit uses biometric measurements in order to determine when a person is close to falling asleep. It then issues an electric impulse with just enough strength to rouse the drowsy driver. The inventors of the device hope that it can help prevent car accidents and injuries by alerting drivers to when they have reached the limits of exhaustion.
West Virginia motorists who are concerned about their safety when behind the wheel may be interested in knowing the part that auto insurers play in determining the crashworthiness of cars, trucks, and SUVs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit organization that is funded by the industry, puts vehicles of all sizes and categories through a series of crash tests and then ranks them according to the results. Although large cars are generally thought to be safer, not all of the large cars examined through early July 2017 have earned the IIHS's top accolade.
Car accidents can occur at any time on any West Virginia road. Because they do happen so quickly, it can be difficult for a driver who was not at fault to know what steps to take. This can can depend on whether or not there were serious injuries caused by the crash.
A recent study that examined statistics on auto accident fatalities for children 15 and younger found that West Virginia had the fifth-highest child mortality rate per 100,000 children at 2.16. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Harvard and UT Southwestern Medical Center, identified the South as the region with the highest number of child traffic fatalities. From 2010 to 2014, the years of the study, 1,550 children in the South died. The Northeast had the lowest death rate with 189 fatalities.
A woman who allegedly caused a deadly car accident in Wayne County on April 7 has turned herself in more than a month after the incident. The chain-reaction accident, which occurred on Interstate 64 at the bridge on Spring Valley Drive, resulted in the death a 70-year-old man.
West Virginia drivers who cause an accident because they were using a cellphone may be easier to identify if law enforcement adopts a device called the textalyzer. Fatal motor vehicle accidents are on the rise, and in 2016, around 40,000 people died in traffic accidents. Experts believe that phone distractions are partly to blame, but it can be difficult to identify this as the cause of an accident. Drivers may not be forthcoming about the reason for the accident, and law enforcement might not be permitted to examine phones without a warrant.