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Car crashes, fireworks make July 4th a deadly holiday

Independence Day is the deadliest day of the year when it comes to fatal car accidents, according to both Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. They also claim that 40 percent of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 were caused by drunk drivers between June 30 and July 4. This five-day period sees about 200 traffic deaths every year. Drivers in Virginia will want to be extra careful, then, if they plan on traveling during the holiday.

Turn down the beat: How music can impair driving

There have been plenty of warnings about what actions you should not do while driving. It's common to hear warnings not to drive while intoxicated, eating or texting on your phone. But there is something in nearly every car in the country has that can increase your chances of getting in a crash if used improperly: a radio.

Things to keep in mind after a car accident

Individuals who are involved in car accidents in Virginia should keep a few things in mind. First, there is an obligation that the parties involved in a car accident stop at the scene. This is true even if the parties believe the accident didn't cause any damage. Regardless of the circumstances, a person who is in a car accident should not admit responsibility for the crash at the scene. Car insurance contracts often contain clauses prohibiting the insured from admitting liability or responsibility at this point.

For now, self-driving cars prone to human error

Car accidents have led to serious and catastrophic injuries for far too many people in Virginia, which is a major reason for the appeal of automated vehicle technologies. However, some high-profile accidents and mishaps involving self-driving cars and other automated technologies have raised concerns about the safety of the vehicles. In particular, questions have been raised about susceptibility to hacking and other interference as well as mechanical errors and software bugs.

States can take action to reduce car accidents

The growing rate of roadway deaths due to motor vehicle accidents is a major issue both for everyday drivers and state officials in Virginia. In response to this public concern, the National Governors Association issued a report that seeks to provide guidance and best practices. The idea is to encourage governors to take statewide action that will help reduce the risk of injuries and deaths caused by car accidents.

AAA researchers study frequency of drowsy driving

In Virginia and the rest of the U.S., drowsy driving is a common factor in accidents. Government statistics show that 1 to 2 percent of all accidents involve drowsy driving, but the number may actually be higher since there is no way for officers to measure drowsiness and no way for some drivers themselves to recognize that they're drowsy.

Allstate monitors phone usage by its insured drivers

Virginia motorists know they shouldn't text and drive or use hand-held cell phones when they are behind the wheel. Not paying attention to the road has been proven to cause car accidents. An increase in their auto insurance premiums could just be the incentive for them to avoid distracted driving.

NTSB brings attention to speeding and rise of traffic fatalities

Virginia has not been immune to the rising death rate on the nation's roads. Federal regulators and safety advocates have speculated that smartphone use and higher volumes of traffic are reducing safety, but a study from the National Transportation Safety Board points the finger of blame at speeding.

Criteria when reporting a car crash

A car accident can happen anywhere on the road at any time. While there's rarely a good time for a Virginia resident or anyone else to get into an accident, it's important to know what to do in the moments and days that follow. An individual who causes a crash may have no choice but to report it to their insurance company as well as to relevant authorities.

Facing aggressive drivers while avoiding road rage

Many drivers have first- or second-hand knowledge of road rage, and they would agree that it can endanger everyone on the road. That's why people in Virginia and across the U.S. should consider the following tips on dealing with aggressive drivers and avoiding road rage.

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