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April 2017 Archives

A look at the problem of distracted driving in Virginia

In Virginia, 8 out of 10 traffic accidents are related to distracted driving. When a driver removes their eyes from the roadway, a serious accident can result with serious injuries to passengers, occupants of other vehicles and others using the roadway. It is important to keep in mind that when a driver is on the phone having a conversation while driving, their brain activity focused on driving is reduced by nearly 40 percent. Using a cell phone has been identified as a serious cause of distraction while driving.

Safety tips for truck drivers to help avoid truck accidents

This blog recently discussed that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, while also reviewing the serious dangers of distracted driving. Distracted Driving Awareness Month began in 2014 when the United States Department of Transportation noticed an increase in distracted driving-related accidents. Distracted driving can also cause truck accidents, which makes truck driver safety another point of concern. A variety of safety tips can help truck drivers keep those they share the roadways with safe.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

While many Virginia residents see many benefits to motor vehicles, they are also aware that there are many risks. Because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is a good opportunity to understand what distracted driving is and the dangers it poses. According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that greater than 40,000 victims died in car accidents during 2016 and cell phone use was the leading cause of those accidents. In Virginia, drivers who use their cell phones while driving can receive a traffic infraction totaling $125 the first time and $250 the second time.

Up to 1,000 ATVs recalled for fire and burn hazards

ATV use is increasingly popular, which is why it is important to be familiar with safety concerns and protections for riders. Approximately 850 to 1,000 all terrain vehicles or ATVs)have been recalled because of a fire hazard. The ATVs were recently recalled because the side panel heat shield can melt, creates a fire and burn hazard for riders of these recalled ATVs. Additionally, the exhaust springs can stretch and damage the exhaust seal, resulting in exhaust leaks, which can also create fire and burn hazards for riders. The ATV recall includes 2015 and 2016 models, all of them coming in a variety of colors.

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