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Marijuana holiday and fatal vehicle crashes

April 20, the holiday set aside by marijuana users in Virginia and the rest of the nation to celebrate the drug, is associated with a slight increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents. This is according to a review of federal government data. While the study has not produced proof that marijuana was a factor in the crashes that occurred on April 20, marijuana is known to impair an individual's ability to drive, and other studies have shown that a large number of motorists who use the drug believe that it is safe to drive after doing so.

Researchers examined data pertaining to fatal accidents that occurred from 1992 through 2016. The number of driver deaths on that date was compared to the number of driver deaths for the week prior and the week after throughout the study period. The data indicated that the number of deaths rose slightly in the majority of states, resulting in an overall rise in risk of 12 percent. According the study's lead author, this means that an additional 142 driver deaths were associated with the holiday.

AAA study measures frequency of drowsy driving crashes

While not as deadly as distracted driving or DUI, drowsy driving may account for more crashes than some realize. Drivers in Virginia will want to know about a study just published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which monitored more than 3,500 drivers across the U.S. and analyzed their crash data.

Researchers found that out of the 701 crashes that drivers were in, 8.8 to 9.5 percent were caused by drowsiness. Between 10.6 and 10.8 percent of the crashes that led to airbag deployments, injuries and property damage were the result of sleepiness. These percentages can seem surprising when set side by side with U.S. government statistics, which state that only 1 to 2 percent of all accidents involve drowsy driving.

Could technology save motorcyclists' lives?

If you're a motorcyclist, you have probably survived more close calls with motorists than you like to contemplate. From wearing reflective clothing to installing loud pipes on your bike, you've done all that you can to ensure that you are a visible, audible presence on the road.

Still, annually, more than 8,000 collisions involving motorcyclists and motorists could be avoided or mitigated if passenger vehicles were equipped with safety systems that detect motorcyclists in the vicinity.

2015, 2016 see big jumps in motor vehicle deaths

There are so many dangers out on the road. Some of them are relatively new, as the recent wave of technological improvements in our society have led to people using cellphones, televisions, and other entertainment devices while they drive. This is obviously a terrible behavior that pushes the boundaries of negligence. And yet, distracted driving continues to be a major problem.

It isn't the only problem though, and it can be seen in recent years of motor vehicle accident fatality data. Before 1963, the number of motor vehicle accident fatalities never jumped beyond the 40,000 death figure per year. But then from 1963 to 1991, the number of people that died in motor vehicle accidents every year remained above 40,000, and there were large chunks of time where the fatality rate was above 50,000 (hitting an all-time high of 54,589 deaths in 1972).

Soft-tissue injuries aren't typically life-changing

If you wind up injured in a collision, the range of injuries you could suffer run the gamut from minor bruising and soreness to fatal.

Many factors, of course, influence the injuries people suffer in auto accidents, such as the speed of both vehicles upon impact, the type of automobiles involved, and even the age and overall health of the victim(s).

Avoid making these mistakes after a car wreck

Imagine driving through Springfield on your daily commute to work. As usual, you end up catching every stop light on the way, but the last one did not end in the typical fashion, with you accelerating at the green light and driving one more block to school. Instead, another driver rear-ended you just after you came a stop at the red light.

As with most people, you plan to file an accident claim for your injuries, the damages to your car and any other losses you suffered due to the accident. While it seems like a simple thing to do and your case seems pretty straightforward, even a simple mistake can cost you. Here are some tips on what not to do after a car accident.

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