West Virginia's economy makes it a unique place for commercial trucking. Trucks that may not be present on roads in many parts of the country, such as coal trucks or logging trucks, can be commonplace in the Mountain State.
In West Virginia, you do not have to report an auto accident to the state's Department of Transport. However, you must report the incident to the police if the collision resulted in injury or death or the crash caused over $500 in damage.
As you spend a great deal of time on the roads and highways of West Virginia, you probably notice many trucks going about their business. As long you do not encounter an imminent accident risk, you might not give a second thought to sharing the road with one of these large semis. However, what about the typical truck driver lifestyle? Can a trucker’s daily habits create a dangerous situation that you would not know about until it is too late?
Like most winters in West Virginia, this has been a tough one. Extreme cold and sudden blizzards have turned our roads and freeways into ice rinks. However, you still need to get to work and run your errands, which means braving not only the cold, but the potentially hazardous roads in your car. The way you drive during adverse weather conditions can make the difference between making it home safely or getting in a serious car accident.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.