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.
Virginia drivers who have been involved in a car accident know that the aftermath can be complicated and confusing. Unfortunately, the post-crash situation is usually even more complex for the victim of a commercial truck crash.
Many people in Virginia are severely injured in motor vehicle collisions every year. Across the country, thousands of people lose their lives or suffer permanent disabilities due to crashes. This can pose a particular danger on holiday weekends when the roads are crowded as drivers hit the road to go on vacation or celebrate with family and friends. In some cases, crashes may be caused by mechanical problems, wildlife or out-of-control weather. However, the vast majority of damaging collisions are linked to negligent and dangerous driving.
Many car shoppers in Virginia understandably want to invest in vehicles that are stylish, practical, affordable and, more importantly, safe. Part of the reason for this focus on safety is the number of vehicle crashes that claim lives each year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were more than 37,000 deaths in 2017 alone. Fatal accidents continue to be a problem even with the increased availability of accident avoidance systems and similar technology.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be on the lookout for unsafe drivers from July 14 to 20. The event is called Operation Safe Driver Week, and it will affect both CMV and passenger vehicle drivers in Virginia and across the U.S. The focus of this year's event is once again speeding.
Most Virginia residents are aware that truck accidents usually turn out worse for the occupants of any smaller vehicles that are involved. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration states that 72% of all fatalities in truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. More and more people are being put at risk as truck crash numbers rise.
Virginia residents already know that heavy rain, ice and snow greatly increase the risk for car crashes. The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society has stated that these elements increase the risk for fatal crashes by 34%. However, even light rain has a negative effect, as one study from the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies has found.
Root Insurance has recently released the results of its second annual distracted driving study. In it, 47% of respondents said that distracted driving is their top concern on the road. Nearly all participants placed phone use among the top three distractions. Yet it appears that many drivers throughout Virginia and across the U.S engage in distracting behavior even though they know it is wrong. Moreover, they criticize others for the same behavior they themselves exhibit.
In Virginia and across the United States, many drivers expect to drive safer vehicles when they opt for Volvo Cars. The automobile manufacturing firm plans to make their future automobiles even safer. Using unprecedented technology, Volvo Cars will begin installing in-car cameras and sensors in all its vehicles. Beginning in 2020, the company will also place a 112 mph speed limit on its automobiles.
Virginia residents may remember how the 55-mph speed limit was abolished in 1995. Since then, 41 states have increased their speed limit to at least 70 mph on the highway with seven states adopting an 80-mph speed limit on some of their highways. Six states have increased the speed limit since 2013.