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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.

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.

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