Distracted driving or drunk driving are dangerous behaviors that increase the chance of crashes or injuries for every West Virginia driver. While the use of a cell phone certainly increases the chance of motor vehicle accidents, other behaviors can be just as dangerous. Researchers found that strong emotions can also have a negative impact on a person's ability to drive safely.
If you have been injured in a car accident in West Virginia, you may not think that you have grounds for a personal injury claim. Victims often assume that they have no legal options due to a lack of validating evidence or because their injuries are minor, but they may still have claims for compensatory damages. Whiplash, a rather common injury suffered in motor vehicle accidents, is often overlooked as a minor injury. As a result, victims may suffer alone.
When a West Virginia driver takes his or her attention away from the roadway -- even for a moment -- deadly consequences can follow. Motor vehicle accidents caused by distraction are actually the leading cause of death among teen drivers. In fact, talking on the phone, texting or other phone-related activities has come to be known as a phenomenon called "intextication."
After the deaths of three coal miners in the month of January, authorities have taken steps to address immediate safety concerns and hopefully reduce the number of accidents. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced its resolution to provide education and increased enforcement of regulations after a recent string of coal mine accidents. As 11 miners were killed in the entire year in 2015, authorities are startled by the high fatality numbers at the beginning of 2016.