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January 2019 Archives

Many ridesharing drivers are sleep-deprived, says AASM

Those who work as ridesharing drivers in Virginia should already be aware of the risks they face. Low fares and salary incentives can compel many drivers to work past their safety limits, depriving themselves of sleep in the process. Even worse, they tend to undervalue sleep. Since most ridesharing drivers are independent contractors, they aren't screened for conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Infotainment system distractions the subject of new AAA study

Researchers have conducted a study for AAA that show how distracting infotainment systems can be. Virginia residents who want these and other new tech on their cars should know what the dangers are since no one is immune to distracted driving. The study involved 30 new 2017 vehicles with infotainment systems. A group of drivers aged 21 to 36 participated by using the systems while behind the wheel.

The wrong way to fight roadway fatigue

Thousands of accidents are caused by trucks in Virginia and the rest of the United States every year. In 2016, nearly 4,000 people died as a result of these incidents. One of the leading causes of collisions is fatigued drivers. Due to the large weight of trucks, fatality victims are often drivers and passengers in small vehicles as well as cyclists and pedestrians. Only a small portion of fatalities are truck drivers themselves.

Pedestrian injury: What steps should you take after an accident?

Motor vehicle drivers have a clear advantage when it comes to avoiding injuries in a pedestrian-versus-car crash. The pedestrian may suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries after a direct hit while the motorist will usually survive without suffering any kind of bodily harm. For this reason, motorists have a high level of responsibility when it comes to giving pedestrians the right of way and staying attentive.

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