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Motor vehicle accidents: The categories of distracted driving

The ability to remain alert and aware at all times is a key component to safely operating a motor vehicle. When drivers in West Virginia become distracted while out on the open road, the odds that motor vehicle accidents will occur increase exponentially. While there are a multitude of actions that might classify as driver-related distractions, these actions typically fall under at least one of three categories.

The first category pertains to visual distractions, which describes any action that forces drivers to take their eyes off the road. Examples of visual distractions include looking over to read directions on a navigation device or searching for an object in the passenger seat. Manual distractions refer to any action that forces drivers to take one or both hands off the wheel and such actions include eating and drinking or self grooming while operating a vehicle.

Coal mine accidents: Gas explosion leads to death of miner

Gas-related explosions remain a major concern for many mining companies in West Virginia and elsewhere. While technological advancements and safety regulations may help to reduce the risk of such explosions, similar incidents continue to be one of the leading causes of coal mine accidents. A recent incident involving a methane gas explosion in a mine elevator shaft has reportedly led to the death of a miner in a neighboring state.

The incident is said to have taken place on a recent Wednesday evening. According to reports, the man was working to construct a form to fill an elevator shaft at the mine with concrete and seal it off when for unknown reasons, a methane gas explosion occurred. The explosion reportedly caused the man to fall into the shaft and forced emergency personnel to initiate recovery efforts.

Motor vehicle accidents: 3 hurt in drunk driving crash

Responding to the actions and decisions of an impaired driver can be nearly impossible at times. Drunk driving continues to be a major concern and motor vehicle accidents involving a similar form of negligence run a greater risk of having catastrophic outcomes. A recent accident that left one person facing drunk driving charges in West Virginia has also left three others in the hospital with injuries.

Authorities responded to the scene of the crash at around 5:30 p.m. on a recent Saturday. While many of the details pertaining to how the accident occurred were unclear, police have advised the the person who caused the crash was driving while impaired. One of the occupants of the other vehicle reportedly suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to the hospital for medical care soon thereafter.

Motor vehicle accidents: 1 struck by power lines after crash

Fallen power lines are a major concern in many collisions and should a crash cause active lines to fall to the ground, the incident could pose a threat to the safety of everyone nearby. Motor vehicle accidents involving similar hazards can have catastrophic results. A recent incident in which an oversized vehicle struck a telecommunications line and caused a utility pole to break has left one person in West Virginia with serious injuries.

According to reports, the incident took place on an interstate on a recent Tuesday evening. Authorities say that a West Virginia State Trooper was working to clear debris from the road when an oversized tractor-trailer suddenly struck a telecommunications line. The initial impact reportedly forced a nearby utility pole to snap, subsequently causing telephone lines to fall and strike the state trooper.

Motor vehicle accidents: 3 injured in crash in adverse weather

When operating a vehicle during adverse weather conditions, drivers may find it advisable to adjust speeds to match current conditions. Failure to make the necessary adjustments to driving behaviors may increase the chances motor vehicle accidents may occur and these incidents can have catastrophic outcomes. As many as three individuals reportedly suffered injuries in a recent collision during times of adverse weather conditions in West Virginia.

According to reports, authorities responded to the scene of the crash on a recent Sunday afternoon. The crash is said to have taken place after the driver of a southbound vehicle lost control of the car and crossed into oncoming lanes. Upon entering the opposite lane, the car proceed to collide head-on with a nearby pickup truck, reportedly causing substantial damage to both vehicles in the process.

Motor vehicle accidents: 1 injured in multiple-vehicle crash

Attempting to pass another vehicle on a curvy two-lane road can be a dangerous decision. With limited visibility, there is a chance that a similar maneuver could create a potentially hazardous scenario and motor vehicle accidents involving such negligence run a high risk of ending in disaster. A recent multiple-vehicle collision that took place under similar circumstances in West Virginia has left one person in the hospital with severe injuries.

Law enforcement agents responded to reports of the crash on a recent Tuesday morning. According to reports, the accident took place when the driver of a car that was towing a trailer attempted to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road. The car proceeded to pull into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer and although the driver of the semi attempted to swerve out of the way, the truck clipped the car's trailer before colliding with two other vehicles.

Motor vehicle accidents: Drunk driving crash injures 2

A collision can take place in the blink of an eye and under a multitude of scenarios. When drivers choose to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the chances motor vehicle accidents may occur increase substantially, and the results of drunk driving accidents can be disastrous. Two individuals were transported to the hospital following a recent head-on collision involving a suspected drunk driver in West Virginia.

Law enforcement agents reportedly responded to the scene of the crash on a recent Thursday. Initial investigations indicated that the accident occurred when, for unknown reasons, the driver of a northbound truck suddenly drifted across the median and into the oncoming lane. This truck collided with another vehicle head-on shortly thereafter, subsequently causing at least one person to become trapped within his or her vehicle.

Motor vehicle accidents: Bicycle safety tips and procedures

With summer weather setting in, many individuals in West Virginia and elsewhere may choose to park their vehicles and ride bicycles to and from their destinations. While riding a bike could help a person avoid high fuel costs while acting as a healthy means of travel, there are some risks involved, as motor vehicle accidents involving cyclists can have devastating results. However, by adhering to safe cycling tips and procedures, one may be able to reduce the chances an accident will take place.

The first step to staying safe as a cyclist pertains to taking measures to prepare to ride a bicycle near traffic. Prior to hitting the open road, a person may find it helpful to inspect his or her bike to ensure all parts are in proper working order. One may also find it advisable to equip the necessary safety gear such as a helmet before heading out, as this could be all that stands between a person and the pavement in the event a crash occurs.

Motor vehicle accidents: 3 injured, 1 killed in recent crash

One person was killed and three others suffered severe injuries in a recent collision that took place at an intersection in West Virginia. Motor vehicle accidents that take place when drivers fail to yield the right of way in an intersection run the unfortunate risk of having disastrous outcomes. Such accidents also run a greater risk of leaving those involved facing a long road to recovery or leaving family members mourning over a sudden and unexpected loss.

Authorities have advised that the accident took place just after noon on a recent Sunday. According to reports, it occurred when the driver of a truck failed to yield the right of way to an eastbound vehicle upon crossing into an intersection. The two vehicles collided shortly thereafter and the drivers of both vehicles were reportedly ejected from their vehicles in the process.

Motor vehicle accidents: DUI suspected in crash that injures 2

Individuals who operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may place the safety of everyone nearby at risk in the process. Unfortunately, those who encounter a drunk driver could be left with little time to react and avoid a collision and motor vehicle accidents involving such negligence can have disastrous consequences. Two individuals were airlifted to a medical facility following a recent accident involving a suspected drunk driver in West Virginia.

Authorities advised they responded to reports of a two-vehicle collision at around 4 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. Upon arriving at the scene, emergency responders say that the drivers of both vehicles suffered serious injuries and each was airlifted to a nearby hospital for medical care. While many of the details pertaining to how it occurred remain unclear, police did advise that the road was closed for several hours due to the severity of the crash.

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