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.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been conducting crash tests on both the driver and front passenger sides of vehicles since 2017. After a round of crash tests with 11 modern two-row pickup trucks, researchers found a discrepancy in the level of protection offered by both sides. Virginia residents are at a higher risk for injury or death when sitting in the front passenger seat of many newer pickups.
Virginia residents may have heard that Nevada state legislature is proposing the use of a controversial device called the "textalyzer" among its police force. The device, developed by the Israel-based company Cellebrite and the subject of a previous proposal made by the New York legislature, may be effective in curbing the widespread and deadly trend of distracted driving.
For World Sleep Day (March 15), Ford Motor Company is using its "Sleep Suit" to show the effects of drowsy driving. Virginia residents should know that fatigue is behind an estimated one in five road accidents. Experts say that being awake for 18 hours or more can lead to the same level of impairment as that produced by alcohol intoxication.
When it's time to "spring forward" the clocks in March of each year, many people complain of the inconvenience of "losing" an hour of sleep. Unfortunately, the loss of sleep can be more than just a frustration; studies show that it can increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents for drivers in Virginia. That's why AAA is reminding drivers that not getting enough sleep can double their chances of causing a crash.
A study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggests that truck drivers in Virginia and around the country are about twice as likely to be involved in a speed-related accident when systems designed to limit top speeds are switched off. Speed limiters are installed in virtually all tractor-trailers sold in America and have been for many years, but regulations that would require trucking companies to switch them on have been mired in a congressional morass for more than a decade.
Car accidents are scary and disorienting for everyone involved. Even if no one is hurt, emotions can run high due to rattled nerves and distress over property damage. Luckily, there are a few steps that Virginia drivers can take to ensure everyone's safety and increase the chances of a smooth car insurance claim.
The average motorist in Virginia can usually be fairly confident about getting behind the wheel as long as they are alert and focused. However, there may be a good reason for drivers to be apprehensive. According to the National Safety Council, driving deaths climbed by 6 percent from 2015 to 2016, the latest year stats of this nature are available for. A similar increase was seen during the previous year, meaning fatal accident rates spiked nearly 15 percent within two years.
There are some common causes of car accidents, and they apply to Virginia and around the country. Most people know, for instance, that distracted driving is becoming a major issue. Multitasking is never a good idea behind the wheel whether by using a smartphone, adjusting the radio, eating, drinking, applying makeup or conversing with noisy children.
Despite an increase in traffic safety programs, a new report released from Road Safe America shows that big rig trucking accidents increased in almost every state. The report looked at data for trucking accidents from 2009 to 2017. Though the number of miles driven by commercial trucks decreased over the years, the number of accidents increased. However, the safety group is pushing for increased safety regulations throughout Virginia and the rest of the U.S.