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How common is substance abuse among truckers?

As someone who lives and works in West Virginia, you have probably grown accustomed to sharing the state’s roadways with coal trucks, logging trucks and other commercial vehicles, but that does not make doing so any less anxiety-inducing. When cars and commercial vehicles collide, cars are often on the losing end of the equation, and such collisions become exponentially more likely when the professionals driving those commercial vehicles are drunk or high.

Sadly, the American Addiction Centers report that truck driver substance abuse is alarmingly common across the trucking industry, and that this has held true for decades, despite the fact that the dangers associated with drunk and drugged driving are well-documented. Just how prevalent is the use of alcohol and drugs in commercial trucking?

How to take the best pictures after a car accident

After a car accident, your primary concern should be on whether anyone suffered any injuries. However, it is vital to also pay attention to the property damage after a car crash.

You need to contact your insurance agency, doctor and the police right after the incident. It is also critical to take as many pictures as you can after the collision. To better help your claim, you should take more pictures than you think you need to increase your chances of a more successful case. 

Driving tired just as dangerous as driving while impaired

Exhaustion has become the norm for many people as they are running errands, working and shuttling kids around. Doctors recommend eight hours of sleep per night to help ensure the brain has the time it needs to heal itself and the body. Without proper rest, the body will start to run down.

Did you know that driving while tired can have the same effect as driving while impaired? While this type of infraction is not yet against the law in West Virginia, the state legislature may start following the lead set by other states and create a drowsy driving law.

How often is construction a factor in car crashes?

When it comes to life’s certainties, road construction ranks right up there with death and taxes. As populations continue to grow and the nation’s roads undergo more and more use, work zones will likely become increasingly common on the nation’s roadways.

Regrettably, however, car crashes are also becoming increasingly common in work zones, with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration reporting that the number of work zone crashes taking place in the country rose 43 percent between 2013 and 2015. So, what is it about work zones that make them so dangerous, and what can you to reduce your risk of a construction zone car crash?

3 holiday road trip tips

If you are hitting the road for the holidays, make sure you prepare yourself and your vehicle. Traveling via car during the holiday season can be deadly.

According to the National Safety Council, here are how many people died in holiday car accidents in 2015:

  • Thanksgiving: 386
  • Christmas Day: 273
  • New Year's Day: 355

Understanding liability in parking lot accidents

West Virginia has one of the highest car accident rates in the country. Reports estimate that one out of every four crashes that occur in the state are a result of driving under the influence of alcohol. 

While accidents most often occur on highways and busy streets, a good number of them take place in parking lots. Although vehicles generally do not travel fast in parking lots, a slow-speed crash can still result in substantial injuries and even death. Even though the damage may not seem like much following a parking lot accident, it is important to establish liability in case you sustain an injury or discover significant property damage. 

What you should know about medicating and driving

There are car accidents in West Virginia every day that leave drivers injured, disabled and, in the worst cases, dead. These accidents happen for a variety of reasons: disregard of traffic laws, poor road conditions and, sometimes, the effects of medication on a driver. The latter of these is a particularly pernicious problem as the opioid epidemic worsens and more drivers are impaired by prescription medications.

There are a few things everybody on the road should know about driving and medicating. The following are three important facts to keep in mind whether you are taking medication yourself or suspect that you have been in an accident with a driver who was impaired by medication:

3 tips for driving around logging trucks

Many car accidents that occur in West Virginia are relatively minor in nature. However, any accident involving a logging truck or any kind of big rig could result in much greater damage. Due to their immense size and weight, a collision between a logging truck and a standard sedan is much more likely to result in injuries or fatalities.

Truck drivers receive extensive training to handle the vehicle properly, but staying safe on the road also means other motorists need to be careful when driving around large trucks. 

How to handle an angry driver after a car accident

There are many instances where it is extremely clear who is at fault for an accident. Take one recent instance of the West Virginia police arresting a man who drove drunk while traveling on Interstate 81. 

In cases where there is greater vagueness concerning who is at fault for the auto accident, you may have to contend with an overly angry driver who wants you to admit you caused the collision. You do not want to admit fault at the scene because that can work against you when it comes to the insurance claim. You may feel angry, too, but it is vital to maintain your cool. You will solve nothing by yelling and getting angry. Instead, follow these steps to defuse the situation. 

The impact of whiplash

There are many ways in which whiplash can occur, from contact sports to amusement park rides. However, the most common way it occurs is through motor vehicle accidents

Although many people talk about whiplash following car accidents, few seem to be aware of the overall impact it can have on a person's life. One scientific study found that it can take up to two years for whiplash symptoms to stabilize. There are also patients who continue to experience the symptoms seven years after the initial incident. Some people may require years of medical treatments and medications.

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