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In terms of safety, rear car seats lag behind the front

Automakers have done a lot to improve the safety of front seats, yet this has been to the detriment of rear seat safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, looking into frontal crashes that involved serious injuries or death for rear-seat passengers, now calls rear seats a "danger zone." Its study points out several areas where rear seat safety is deficient, and Virginia residents may want to know what these are.

Study ranks senior car accident rates by state

It's commonly assumed that older drivers in Virginia and other states are less capable behind the wheel. A study based on National Highway Transportation Safety Administration data attempted to determine if this really is the case by ranking senior-related car accident fatalities by state and exploring related statistics. It's a timely study since one out of every five drivers today is 65 or older.

The top causes of car accidents in the U.S.

Some motor vehicle accidents in Virginia attributed to human error involve minor damage and little or no personal injuries. However, some collisions result in serious or fatal injuries and extensive damage. While unique circumstances sometimes contribute to auto accidents, there are several common causes that play a role in many of the car accidents that occur in the United States each year.

Restrictions on truck driver hours may be relaxed

Truck drivers in Virginia and other states may soon have fewer limitations when it comes to their hours behind the wheel. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is moving forward with plans to relax regulations on how many hours truckers can work per shift. While the trucking industry has been pushing for fewer restrictions on hours, safety advocates are concerned about driver fatigue and similar issues that could put other motorists at risk.

Passenger vehicle drivers usually at fault in truck accidents

Research conducted by the Virginia-based American Trucking Associations reveals that commercial vehicle accidents are usually caused by mistakes made by passenger vehicle drivers. After studying more than 8,000 fatal truck accident reports, the trade group discovered that car, pickup truck and SUV drivers were found to be at fault 81% of the time. Passenger vehicle occupants also made up the overwhelming majority of the deaths.

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