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The dangers of driving while under the influence

Many Virginia residents have been or known someone who has been the victim of an automobile accident connected to driving under the influence. It is not uncommon for the impaired individual who provoked the accident to walk away from the accident with fewer injuries than the victims, whether they are occupants of the other vehicle or pedestrians.

Staying safe on winter roads

In Virginia, winter can be a stressful and dangerous time for drivers. Ice and snow are the cause of a majority of car accidents in this time. Ice doesn't allow the tires to get a good grip on the road, making it hard to steer and brake, and black ice can deceive many drivers with its wet appearance.

Study reveals Pokémon Go's effect on car crash rates

In its early stages, Pokémon Go had no restrictions to keep people from playing it when they were driving. This frequently made the game a distraction for drivers in Illinois and across the U.S., especially when they needed to visit Pokéstops to obtain in-game items. A recent study, shared online but still awaiting peer review, conducted by two professors at Purdue University shows just how much of an effect the game has had on car crash rates.

Study links ADHD medication to lower car crash risk

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry has researched the crash histories of more than 2.3 million drivers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and its conclusions are something that everyone in Virginia should know about. ADHD is typified by short attention spans and impulsivity, so it may make people more liable to text, talk on the phone or do other distracting things while driving.

Holiday season signals a spike in number of traffic fatalities

In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is once again urging motorists to stay safe on Thanksgiving Day, and drivers in Virginia may want to take note. Thanksgiving may be the nation's deadliest holiday, and the blame may lie mostly on the increased number of traffic accidents occurring at this time of year.

Car accidents can increase due to daylight time change

The annual shifting of the clock from daylight savings time to standard time can be a concern for Virginia drivers and people on the roadways across the United States. Areas with wildlife presence may be particularly at risk of an increase in auto accidents, especially as the hours of darkness extend into previously daylight-filled hours.

Night shifts make for drowsy drivers, says study

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have shown that night shift workers are at a greater risk for drowsy driving than those with regular sleep schedules. Over 9.5 million people work night shifts or rotational shifts in Virginia and across the U.S., which explains why drowsy driving is considered such a public health hazard.

Staying safe at any age at work

As of May 2016, 18.8 percent of workers throughout America were 65 or older. That was an increase from 12.8 percent in May 2000, and it isn't uncommon to see people who are 70 to 75 years old still working in manufacturing or other strenuous jobs. Therefore, Virginia employers may face a challenge in developing safety programs that are effective for up to four generations of workers in the same company.

Safety tips to mitigate the hazards of nighttime driving

Evenings in Virginia herald the coming of night when safety hazards on the road increase. Starting at dusk, visibility declines, especially for older drivers. With reduced visibility, the potential of striking another vehicle, pedestrian, bicyclist or animal increases. The National Safety Council has developed advice meant to provide drivers with strategies for staying safe after dark.

Distracted driving is a problem that is here to stay

The results of a research study conducted online by auto insurance giant Progressive suggest that distracted driving in Virginia and across the country is a dangerous practice that is not likely to go away soon. The study was based on an online survey with a sample size of around 1,000 insured American drivers, and the majority believe that distracted driving behaviors such as texting and driving should be illegal. However, they also believe that this standard should not directly apply to them.