Truck drivers in Virginia are probably no stranger to random inspections. They should be aware, then, that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced a date for its annual brake inspection spree. Brake Safety Week will take place from September 15 to 21 and will encompass all of North America.
It is essential that drivers in Virginia and elsewhere do all they can to eliminate distractions on the road. Distracted driving crashes led to 3,166 deaths in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the number may, in reality, be higher. To reduce distractions, one must know what they are.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that many drivers in Virginia and across the U.S. do not know the limitations of advanced driver assistance systems. Devices like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning are helping to prevent crashes, yet some drivers fail to realize that ADAS is meant to assist drivers: nothing more nor less.
Virginia residents may be surprised to learn that cars equipped with advanced safety systems can actually cost more to insure. Features like automatic braking systems and lane departure warnings may prevent accidents, but they also make cars that do crash more expensive to repair. Insurance companies base their premiums on perceived risks, and the latest car safety features have not been in use long enough for their benefits to be fully understood. However, insurers know exactly how much replacement parts cost.
Every day, roads in Virginia and around the country are filled with thousands of distracted drivers. These motorists take their eyes off the road to use their cellphones, GPS systems or other types of technologies, endangering themselves and others in the process. In fact, distracted drivers kill at least nine people and injure 100 others on U.S. roads each day on average, according to the National Safety Council.