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Do you know how to handle a car accident?

What you do in the first few hours after a car accident can have a significant impact on the outcome. In 2016, there were 269 fatal motor vehicle collisions in West Virginia, states the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute. Many motor vehicle collisions occur daily in the Wheeling area where the victims sustain nonlife-threatening injuries.

Car accidents often happen in a moment's notice. No matter how good of a driver you are, you should learn what to do after a car accident. Here is a brief overview of steps you should take. 

Virginia to remove guardrail heads linked to fatalities

Virginia is preparing to remove many potentially dangerous guardrail heads from its roadways. The guardrail heads in question have been linked to several car crashes that have resulted in severe injury and death.

The equipment that may be removed is not the guardrails themselves but the end caps placed at the beginning and end of each rail. These particular guardrail heads, also known as X-LITES, are common throughout the South. They were first put into use in 2011, quickly becoming widespread in many states. The guardrail heads were allegedly put through extensive safety tests by the Federal Highway Administration.

Suzuki faces $14m lawsuit for faulty motorcycle brakes

In October 2013, the Japanese manufacturer Suzuki Motor Corp. recalled over 200,000 of its motorcycles over a brake defect, but not before a Georgia man was severely injured while riding one. The motorcyclist was thrown from the bike when the motorcycle's brakes allegedly failed to activate while he was traveling 30 mph.

Faulty brakes?

The accident took place in August of 2013. The motorcyclist was riding his 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 when he claims that his front brakes failed when he tried to activate them, throwing him from the bike and fracturing his back. As a result, he lost his job as a postal worker and his physical mobility is limited. The man filed a personal injury lawsuit and is seeking $14 million in damages from Suzuki.

Recent oil rig explosion leaves suffering and loss in its wake

The oil and gas industry supports a major part of the American economy, but it’s also extremely dangerous work. Highly flammable substances surround oil workers. A single spark or mistake can trigger a deadly explosion.

At the end of January, one such explosion claimed the lives of five workers in Oklahoma. The cause of the explosion is not yet apparent, but an official investigation may soon uncover the events that led to this catastrophe.

Texting and other dangerous distractions for drivers

Texting is an especially risky activity for drivers, but it is not the only form of distraction. Young people are the most likely to use their cellphones for a variety of purposes while driving, but every motorist falls prey to distraction at some point.

Resolving to cut down on activities that take your mind away from the road ahead is a goal to which you and every other responsible driver should aspire. Here are a few of the most common distractions.

I was in a crash, what should I do?

If you've never been involved in an accident, then you're one of the lucky ones. In the United States there are millions of car crashes every year, many involving fatalities. In the 2016 alone -- the most recent statistical information available from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety -- West Virginia saw a total of 269 fatalities in car and truck crashes, along with are thousands of injuries in crashes every year.

Crashes are on the rise with people often texting and driving. Persons are 23 times more likely to cause a crash if texting and driving. Unfortunately, West Virginia continues to be above the national average in crashes caused by drunk driving. If you are injured in a crash through no fault of your own, you should protect your rights. From fender benders to fatal collisions, our state has seen its share of crashes. But no matter how many occur each year, few people ever fully know what steps they need to take after a crash. 

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