One study indicates that drivers in Virginia may have another thing to fear on the highways: the influence of prescription opiates. The nationwide opioid epidemic that has led to the widespread use of illegal opiates, as well as a severe public health threat from overdoses, could also be connected to fatal car crashes. Researchers at Columbia University found that drivers who were found to be at fault in fatal two-car collisions were almost twice as likely to have prescription opiates in their system as drivers who were not at fault for the crashes.
People in Virginia might be surprised to learn that over the past three years, the number of large-truck-occupant fatalities has been increasing steadily according to the Chief Safety Officer of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety. He also points out that there has been a steady rise in both the percentage of fatal work zone crashes involving one large truck at the least and the rate of all fatal crashes involving one large truck over the same period.
When you get behind the wheel of your car, your safety and well-being should be your top priority. While this is no guarantee of preventing an accident, focusing 100 percent on driving -- and not engaging almost on "autopilot" in any of the plethora of distractions common to modern drivers -- gives you the best possible chance of reaching your destination without incident.
Every year, the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, releases its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. This year, the list contains 10 different items with the majority relating to truckers and the transportation industry. If implemented, these safety improvements could make a major impact on Virginia roadways.
Between 2009 and 2017, 35,882 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks, according to Road Safe America. One of the group's founders said that deaths could be prevented in Virginia and throughout the country via the use of speed limiting and automatic braking tools. States that have the highest number of fatalities between 2009 and 2016 also tend to have higher speed limits on their highways.