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November 2018 Archives

Automated emergency brakes more effective than originally thought

Since its inception, automatic emergency braking was believed to be a major breakthrough in vehicle safety. Now, a study of certain vehicles and their use of emergency braking has shown that automatic brakes may be even more helpful in avoiding accidents than experts first imagined. If true, this could be great news for all Virginia drivers.

Truck accident fatalities rise to a worrying 29-year high

Tractor-trailer accident fatalities around the country reached a 29-year high in 2017 according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and some truck drivers and trucking industry trade groups say that federal rules designed to prevent fatigue could be partly responsible. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's hours of service regulations require truck drivers to take a 30-minute break after spending eight hours behind the wheel, which critics of the rules say encourages them to exceed posted speed limits.

Bright sunlight can pose a risk of auto crashes

People in Virginia may find it challenging to drive in bright sunlight, and some may operate their cars negligently despite poor visibility, leading to serious accidents and injuries. The glare of oncoming sun can be linked to traffic problems in the morning and the afternoon, but there are actions that people can take to protect themselves and others on the road from dangerous situations.

A push to end distracted driving

In Virginia and other states throughout the country, the number of traffic fatalities has gone up in recent years. However, legislation passed in Georgia and other states shows that governments are taking the problem seriously. Laws passed in Georgia and Rhode Island prohibit drivers from using their phones while a car is in motion. According to TrueMotion, distracted driving was down in both of those states after hands-free laws were passed.

Could race affect your chances of dying in a motorcycle crash?

In our society, racial minorities face discrimination on the job, on the street and elsewhere in their lives. But one startling statistic from a Johns Hopkins University study shows another shocking disparity: Black motorcyclists have a higher chance of dying in a crash than their white counterparts.

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