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Many fatal accidents occur on West Virginia roads

With only two days left in 2017, more than 240 people had lost their lives in fatal motor vehicle accidents in West Virginia. While some of those accidents involved single vehicles that killed their drivers, others involved significant multi-vehicle collisions that were caused by the negligence and recklessness of motorists.

Distractions are a major form of harm for West Virginia drivers, with a West Virginia county sheriff noting that cellphones are a big problem for many on the state's mountainous roads. A professor at West Virginia University noted that West Virginia's natural topography can make driving through it a challenge as road surfaces and conditions can change very quickly.

Holding drunk drivers accountable for accidents they cause

You understand that there's a risk involved with getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, so you take steps to minimize that risk. You make sure your cellphone is out of your hands when you drive. You use a designated driver or a cab service if you've had too much to drink. You slow down when there's snow, ice or water on the road, and you try to be a safe and careful driver.

Sadly, not everyone on the road takes the responsibility associated with driving as seriously as you do. It only takes one person making a major mistake, like driving while texting or while exhausted, to put you and everyone you love at risk of severe injury or even death. When you experience a motor vehicle collision caused by a drunk driver, you have every right to pursue justice and compensation for your losses.

Distracted driving is a problem for truckers

No one likes seeing a distracted driver when they are out on West Virginia's highways. It can be terrifying to witness another driver speeding with their head down and eyes buried in the screen of their cellphone. The distracted driver is likely missing important safety and operational information that could improve their driving and help them avoid collisions.

Distracted commuters and other personal vehicle driving individuals are bad enough, but one population can put the health and safety of other motorists in jeopardy due to the sheer size of their vehicles: truck drivers. Like private drivers, truck drivers should not drive while distracted and are subject to regulations that prohibit them from using technological devices while they are operating their rigs.

How and why DUI charges can be successfully defended

Imagine that a person goes out to have a drink or two with a few friends to celebrate a new job or a birthday. The event itself doesn't really matter, but what does matter is that this hard-working and otherwise honest individual thinks that after a couple of drink he or she is not over the legal limit. So they get into their car and drive off. Soon after, they are pulled over and a police officer gets them to take a breath test. There they learn that their blood alcohol concentration is over 0.08. They are arrested for driving under the influence.

DUIs like this happen all the time. Most people then think that those who are caught driving under the influence deserve what they get, and they practically assume that they are guilty until proven innocent (as opposed to the other way around).

Simple steps for preventing distracted driving

As a driver, you know that there's always something going on around you. In addition to what's happening outside your car, there may be quite a bit of action inside. Subsequently, you have to worry about a distraction leading to an accident.

Here's the good thing: There are many steps you can take to prevent distracted driving. It's not always easy to do so, but the right approach will go a long way in keeping you safe.

Sleepy driving creates huge risks to everyone on the road

When a person gets behind the wheel and chooses to drive after he or she drinks alcohol, this is clearly a dangerous choice for the driver and others on the road. Fortunately, virtually everyone in the country already understands that it is unwise to drink and drive, even though many people consciously choose to do so every day.

In some cases, drivers may even believe that they are below the legal limit, but misgauge their own sobriety. This is legally inadvisable, but these drivers at least consciously considered the risks at hand.

Calling an attorney to the scene of a truck accident

West Virginia's mountainous terrain and curving roadways often mean greater risk of car accidents. When you add a commercial truck to the mix, the situation can prove destructive.

If you or someone you love just experienced a car accident and don't know what to do, you must consider your next few actions carefully. The first priority is to determine if anyone in your vehicle suffered a serious physical injury. If so, you should prioritize getting professional medical care as soon as possible for the injured.

Get ready for the wintry weather heading this way

Winter is on its way to this area, so now is the time to make sure that you are ready for driving when there is ice, snow or slush on the roads. Being caught unprepared can mean that you are risking your own life and the life of every person around you.

Getting ready for winter driving starts with making sure that your vehicle is prepared for the conditions. It also involves remembering some basic driving tips that can help to keep you safe.

Tips for safe fall motorcycle riding in West Virginia

This time of year is fine for riding motorcycles in West Virginia. It's cool, but not yet too cold, and the leaves are turning their brilliant fall colors. Perfect for weekend rides, or whenever you need to feel the wind in your face.

The following safety tips may keep you safer on your autumn rides this season.

  • Always be prepared. It's not just the Boy Scout motto — it's part of the motorcyclist's creed. Wearing the right gear and equipment, having an emergency tool kit stashed on a well-maintained cycle and being clear-headed and sober when riding are all important.
  • Know your position. Keep your bearings about you at all times and have a rough estimate of the layer of space between you and others on the road. Have a constantly updating plan of evasive actions you can take if necessary. Watch the road ahead and actions of oncoming drivers.
  • Maintain smooth control of your motorcycle. Not only will your fuel economy get better, you'll be much safer transitioning speeds and gears when changing terrain or coming to a stop. Bikes in the right gear maintain better traction, steer better and are easier to brake and accelerate.
  • Turn your head to observe traffic. Your mirrors are important guides to avoiding obstacles as they approach, but nothing can replace turning your head before making a move. Be certain that there is nothing coming up behind you before switching lanes after passing or otherwise.
  • Beware of driveways and intersections. Driveways and intersections are particularly dangerous to motorcyclists, as motorists often are not aware of the motorcycle rider. To keep safer, turn your head left, right and left again before proceeding through the intersection.
  • Practice riding if you are new to the sport. Everybody has to learn somewhere, and the best place to learn is by taking a motorcycle riding course. But even experienced riders should put themselves through their paces in a controlled area periodically to make sure that their reflexes remain in tip-top shape for the open road and its potential dangers.
  • Slow down in bad weather. Don't try to go as fast as you normally would if you get caught in a spate of inclement weather. Adjust speeds accordingly to arrive alive.

Are later school start times safer for students?

The school year is definitely well underway for Cabell County students. But some sleep-deprived teens may be at higher risk of wrecking in the morning as they make the drive to school for early morning classes.

Research conducted in a pair of counties in the neighboring state of Virginia determined that high schools with early starting times place teens who don't get enough sleep at risk for accidents when they are cruising to their first-period classes.

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