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Do you know how to safely drive on steep mountain roads?

The "Mountain State" of West Virginia is both rugged and beautiful, but residents are often challenged by driving on winding, narrow roads that snake down the ridge. As winter weather is only weeks away in most parts of the Appalachians, it's a good time to review some tips for driving in mountainous regions.

Drive only well-maintained and regularly-serviced vehicles

In a multi-car pileup, who is at fault?

After a multi-car accident, it may seem impossible to sort out the mess and figure out who was at fault. Typically, when several cars are involved in a wreck, insurance companies will point the finger at the car in the rear. This is because drivers are supposed to maintain a safe distance behind the vehicle in front them. However, when a multi-vehicle crash occurs, it ca be a bit more difficult to determine which driver is responsible.

Determining cause

Do your part to avoid truck accidents

Most of us know, somewhere in the back of our minds at least, that large trucks pose a very real threat to other drivers on the road. In a state such West Virginia, which features many mountain roads, that danger is even more pronounced.

Whether you've lived in West Virginia your whole life or are just passing through, it is very important to remain aware of the threat that large trucks pose to you when you drive, and how to minimize the risk of a collision with a large truck.

Some car accident injuries are not apparent at first

Here in the South, we famously pride ourselves on the strength of our community spirit and our hospitality. Sometimes, it may seem as though the most neighborly thing to do after a car accident is to check for injuries and then go separate ways if no one seems hurt.

While the intention behind this may be a good one, it does not account for the fact that many injuries one might sustain in a car accident to do not always make themselves apparent immediately.

What's the best way to spot a drunk driver?

As everyone who drives is aware, it doesn't matter where you are driving or the time of the day, there is always a chance that you could find yourself part of a motor vehicle accident.

There are many causes of these accidents, including driving under the influence of alcohol.

How an attorney can help you after a serious car accident

When you experience a serious car wreck, a lawyer is likely the last thing on your mind. You're busy assessing injuries you and your passengers sustained and trying to determine if you need to move your vehicle. You're probably calling for emergency responders, trying to ensure everyone gets the medical attention they need.

You may not think about an attorney until well after the accident, after everyone has received medical care and you're feeling calmer. When you do think about hiring an attorney, you may feel like you don't need one. However, that could be a mistake that costs you.

You need to understand the 3 types of distracted driving

As a driver, you should always know the steps you can take to prevent trouble on the road. Sometimes, all it takes is one adjustment in order to avoid a serious accident that could cause injury or even death.

For example, it's never a good idea to text and drive. The same holds true of other distractions, such as conversing with passengers or eating and drinking.

How a cellphone can help after a serious car accident

Many people are aware of the dangers cellphones can create in vehicle. People talk on their phone and become distracted. In cases of surfing the web, looking at social media or texting, they may be staring at their phone instead of the road. The National Safety Council believes that cellphone use while driving is actually under-reported and poses a more serious risk than law enforcement or the government actually realize. Some estimates indicate that as many of half of all fatal crashes may involve the use of a cellphone. That doesn't mean a cellphone in the car is inherently an issue.

Of course, using a phone while driving can cause issues. However, having a cellphone in your car could help you. In many cases after a serious car accident, a cellphone can help you verify your version of the events leading up to and following the crash. Your cellphone could help you with insurance claims or even a lawsuit in the future, so it's better to safely carry it (unused) while you're driving than to leave it behind. You should always consult with an attorney before releasing any images or video to law enforcement or your insurance company.

6 causes of 18-wheeler crashes

Semitruck crashes often lead to personal injury lawsuits. The cause of the accident is a primary consideration when you launch one of these cases. You can determine the cause, at least in many cases, by looking at the circumstances of the accident. Consider these six causes of semitruck crashes when you are working to determine the cause of your accident.

Following a few motorcycle safety tips can save your life

From the first time you ever sat on a bike, you knew that you faced a completely different set of dangers on the road than people in cars. You are more exposed since you are not encased in a protective metal shell, like those behind the wheel.

In addition, you are hard for drivers to see. It is easy to disappear in blind spots and get by drivers that never knew you were there. Bad weather poses an even greater risk to you than those in vehicles.

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