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My car was rear-ended. Now what?

Common wisdom on the road states that if someone hits your car from behind, it is always the other driver's fault. However, when it comes to real-life incidents, many details come into play and this may not always be the case. The laws and circumstances surrounding rear-end collisions can be complex.

Additionally, if you are hurt as a result of a rear-end crash, you may have sustained injuries that require medical attention and perhaps long-term care. When medical bills start to pile up and insurance companies begin to push back about paying claims, the whole situation can feel overwhelming.

Why road salt can be dangerous

Road salt may be your worst enemy in winter because it can lead to the formation and spread of rust. Because this is a hidden danger and not easily visible on vehicles, some people might be less aware of it and less likely to prevent the problem or take care of it ASAP.

It is certainly a real problem, though, whether you are driving on the West Virginia Turnpike or on your residential street. Corroded salt eats away at your car and threatens its safe functioning. It can compromise your car's frame, brake system and exhaust system, to name a few areas of danger. Many of the cars surrounding you on your daily commute could be dealing with the same issue, and accidents are just waiting to happen. To that end, here is a review of top ways in which you can prevent salt from settling into your car this winter.

Tips for driving on the West Virginia Turnpike

West Virginia license plates tout the state as wild and wonderful, and it certainly is, whether you are a local or a tourist. However, driving is one area where you would perhaps prefer to skip the "wild" part. Unfortunately, roads such as the West Virginia Turnpike can be particularly hazardous due to twists and turns, so here is a look at how travelers can stay safe on the turnpike.

Anticipate possible challenges related to the time of year

Top 4 fall road hazards for truckers

Regardless of the time of year, driving a heavy truck is always dangerous. There are many hazards on West Virginia roadways. However, each season has its own special considerations. Being aware of what to expect when the seasons change can enable you to be a better and safer driver. As summer fades into fall, it is time to familiarize yourself with the new risks you can expect on the roads.

The changing weather conditions, the end of Daylight Savings Time and natural changes this time of year, all come together to make fall a difficult time on the roads and increase the risks for truck accidents. Here are four of the most common things you will run across as you are out there on the roads this fall.

Understanding mining truck accidents

Mining trucks and other haul trucks are everywhere in West Virginia. When you are driving along Interstates 79, 77 or 64, you likely share the road with mining vehicles with frequency. While this is a normal occurrence, you should also be aware of the potential dangers of driving near these trucks. Due to the sheer weight, size and unique type of loads of these tractor-trailers, any accident can result in severe consequences. 

It is important to know about the risks of these vehicles so you can stay safe and know what to expect. Keep reading to learn about common causes of mining truck crashes and why they occur. 

Understanding how fault is measured in a car accident

In some car accident cases, determining who is at fault is straightforward. However, there are certain instances where the answer is not obvious. In such instances, it can be beneficial to you to understand how the West Virginia injury laws measure fault and how that may affect your personal injury case.

The judge determines fault utilizing the available evidence presented during the case. This includes a range of things such as photographs, skid marks, road damage, reports from law enforcement and witness statements. When trying to build a credible case, you should gather as much evidence as possible. Especially in complicated incidents, including left-turn and rear-end collisions, the right evidence may be essential in proving your case. Other documents such as medical bills and repair estimates help to determine and validate the settlement amount requested. A knowledgeable lawyer can assist you in compiling the evidence and determining the proper amount of a claim.

When commercial truckers are distracted

Just as you may find yourself distracted by ringing phones, roadside accidents, billboards and food, so, too, are those at the helm of today’s commercial trucks. Because of the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, however, the repercussions associated with driving large trucks while distracted can prove quite considerable.

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration establishes guidelines meant to enhance safety on the roadway for you and other motorists traveling near semi-trucks, today’s truckers do not always follow these distracted driving guidelines. Regrettably, the results sometimes prove deadly.  

3 common causes of logging truck accidents

The timber harvesting industry is prominent in West Virginia. It is not uncommon to see logging trucks driving down the highway. Due to the sheer weight, size and unique loads of logging trucks, accidents involving them can have catastrophic consequences.

Improperly loaded trucks, poor maintenance and driver error are some of the most common causes of logging truck collisions. Keep reading to learn more about why these accidents happen.

How big a problem is truck driver fatigue?

Did you have a close call with an 18-wheeler? Were you almost forced off the road by a semi-tractor trailer that drifted into your lane? Most truckers are responsible drivers, but they work long hours and are always subject to fatigue. That drowsy feeling is insidious; it can creep up and take over in seconds, creating a hazardous situation for the trucker and any other vehicles nearby, including yours.

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