Most people understand the general safety precautions one should take before and during the operation of any motor vehicle. In particular, virtually everyone has heard frequent warnings about the potential for motor vehicle accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, some drivers continue to ignore the warnings and get behind the wheel after imbibing. Often, this type of irresponsible behavior ends badly, with one or more people seriously injured or killed. Such was the case in a 2018 crash that ended with a fatality and the West Virginia man responsible serving prison time for several DUI-related charges.
Most West Virginia residents know that many factors may lead to a driver traveling in the opposite lane of traffic: reckless behavior, distractions, road obstacles, etc. Even a driver experiencing an unexpected medical crisis can cause him or her to suddenly be facing oncoming vehicles. Whether the driver is at fault or not, tragic motor vehicle accidents very often result from such circumstances. This is certainly what happened in a recent incident in which two people were killed.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has officially confirmed the deaths of two women in a tragic single-vehicle accident in Martinsburg the morning of Dec. 25. The accident reportedly happened on Interstate 81 in West Virginia. The families of both deceased parties have been notified, but their identities are still being withheld pending the autopsy report. As with many motor vehicle accidents, it may be some time before authorities determine its cause.
The holiday season is in full swing, and West Virginia residents may find themselves running here and there to complete last minute preparations. Even if drivers take extra care, the winter months historically carry a higher risk of motor vehicle accidents. Extended hours of darkness and inclement weather may be contributing factors.
It is Winter Weather Awareness Week, and some West Virginia residents have already had reason to worry. In parts of the state that have already seen snowfall and other inclement conditions, residents are quickly reminded about the dangers that lurk. It is not unusual for motor vehicle accidents to increase during the winter months.
After months of being cooped up in the house, many West Virginia residents are looking forward to Halloween. This year, a rare full moon will cast a fittingly eerie glow over The Mountain State, and neighborhoods will once again be creeping and crawling with revelers of all ages. Recently, AAA has issued a warning about motor vehicle accidents, which is neither a trick nor a treat.
Technology has become an integral part of our lives, and most West Virginia residents would probably agree that using the internet is a daily routine. It may be tempting to check alerts and keep in touch with friends and family, or one may want to stay on top of the latest breaking news. Unfortunately, even a quick glance while driving can lead to motor vehicle accidents.
Traffic patterns can change at any given moment and the sudden onset of congestion could cause traffic to slow to a crawl or stop altogether. Those who fail to adjust speed to match the change in conditions run the risk of creating a dangerous situation. Motor vehicle accidents resulting from failure to react to traffic congestion can have disastrous ramifications, and a recent incident involving a similar scenario in West Virginia has left two individuals with injuries.
There may be many individuals in West Virginia and elsewhere who drive on the interstate nearly every day as they travel to and from destinations. While interstates may act as essential pathways in many scenarios, they can also be somewhat dangerous to navigate at times, and motor vehicle accidents that occur on interstates can have disastrous outcomes. Seeking insight on safety tips for interstate driving could help drivers better prepare to safely reach their preferred destinations.
Being involved in a serious collision can be a stressful and daunting process, as the outcome of the incident could pose a significant threat to the well-being of everyone involved. Motor vehicle accidents can have disastrous outcomes that could leave a person with severe injuries or loved ones grieving over an unexpected loss. Two individuals were killed and two others suffered injuries after a driver drifted across the median and caused a collision in West Virginia.