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Who is most likely to die in a motorcycle accident?

Riding a motorcycle is as much about the experience of the ride as it is about getting to a destination. Unfortunately, negligent drivers continue to jeopardize not only that experience, but also motorcyclists' lives. However, families of West Virginia victims killed in a motorcycle accident may be able to hold those drivers accountable. 

Drivers of larger passenger vehicles tend to overlook or completely ignore the motorcycles that they share the road with. In about 66 percent of accidents that involve a motorcycle and one other vehicle, the motorcyclist's right of way was violated. This could be anything from a car that turns in front of a motorcycle to a pickup that proceeds through a four-way stop when it does not have the right of way. This kind of negligent behavior is putting motorcyclists at risk. 

How can we stop distracted driving?

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, distracted driving results in eight deaths and over 1,000 injuries every day. Driving requires your full attention, but texting and driving, which takes the driver's eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel, is on the increase. Distracted driving affects all drivers from time to time and can come with serious consequences.

Despite the increase of safety features and technology in cars, fatal crashes from distracted driving are on the rise. While many states have laws restricting cellphone use by new drivers, only 14 states prohibit the use of handheld devices while driving for all ages. West Virginia, for instance, bans the use of hand-held devices for all drivers, including texting while driving.

Fatal wreck kills 1, injures 2 others

Two people were injured and another was killed in a devastating accident. All three victims were employees of the West Virginia Parkways Authority who were apparently on the job at the time of the wreck. However, this does not prevent the surviving victims or the deceased man's surviving family from pursuing compensation on their behalf. 

The three men's WVPA vehicles were parked along the roadway on I-77 shortly before 4 p.m.  All three of the men were standing outside of the cars when, for reasons that are still not clear, a tractor-trailer veered out of its lane and struck the two vehicles. The men were also hit. 

Man killed in bicycle accident

Bicyclists are at a distinct disadvantage on West Virginia roads. Drivers of larger motor vehicles often fail to watch for people riding bikes, and even when they do see them many fail to give necessary room when passing. When an accident occurs between a car and bicycle, severe injury and even death can occur. 

A 57-year-old man recently died after a driver struck him with his car. The bicyclist was from out of town, and was out enjoying an afternoon bike ride at the time of the accident. The driver was apparently not paying attention to the road when he turned at an intersection, running the man and his bicycle over. 

Multi-vehicle car accident sends 5 to hospital

West Virginia police say that the large truck involved in a fatal accident was owned by a company that had failed multiple inspections. At least two people were killed in the wreck, and several others suffered severe injuries. Unfortunately, such outcomes are not uncommon for this type of car accident. 

According to authorities, the accident happened at an intersection on W.Va. 98. There were five vehicles in the right-hand lane waiting for the light to turn green, two of which were passenger vehicles while the other three were dump trucks. In the left lane, a pickup truck and car were stopped.  

Pedestrians: Watch out for SUVs

If you’re like most Americans, you probably have lots of friends who drive SUVs. You may even drive one yourself. There are lots of reasons to drive an SUV: a better view of the road, plenty of leg room and reduced chance of injury if you’re in a front- or read-end collision. However, for people on foot, SUVs look quite different. Recent studies have shown that the prevalence of SUVs directly corresponds to an increase in pedestrian fatalities throughout the country. If you’re out walking, you need to pay attention.

Semitruck and 18-wheeler accident injuries are often fatal

Tractor-trailers are a staple on West Virginia highways. These large trucks crisscross the country day and night, transporting goods. Although they serve an important function, driving by an 18-wheeler at high speeds can be an incredibly disconcerting feeling. Semitruck and 18-wheeler accident injuries tend to be severe and even fatal, and the possibility of a wreck is probably higher than most drivers realize.

Even when not fully loaded, these massive trucks can weigh up to 30 times more than a standard passenger vehicle. This makes braking a more complicated matter. Large trucks need more time and distance to safely stop, and external factors -- such as slippery roads or inclement weather -- can exacerbate the problem. Driver fatigue also poses a serious risk, as many truckers spend more than the federally permitted 11 hours per day behind the wheel, which can slow their reaction times.

Handling the aftermath of being hit by a drunk driver

Despite increased attention on the dangers of drunk driving, the epidemic continues to plague our roads and threaten our families’ safety. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 people die every day in auto accidents involving a drunk driver in the United States. 

That means one death every 50 minutes. Those numbers are staggering. We also know if you are hit by a drunk driver, the consequences could be deadly.

How to recover from 3 top crash injuries

Car accidents range in severity from a minor bump to a total catastrophe. Many crashes are somewhere in between: not forceful enough to be life-threatening, but still enough to wound drivers.

Non-fatal accidents can still cause damage that takes weeks or months to mend – if at all. After a collision, drivers should see their doctor immediately. It’s likely that one of the three following injuries might have occurred.

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