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What’s a Safe Driving Distance on the Highway?

Published on Mar 11, 2022 at 7:27 pm in Car Accidents.

What’s a Safe Driving Distance on the Highway
As a driver, you never expect the motorist in front of you to suddenly slam on the brakes while driving on the highway. But the simple fact is that you never know what the driver in front of you is going to do. Part of good defensive driving is making sure that you put adequate distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. This leaves sufficient room for you to react if an emergency arises.

So, what’s a safe driving distance on the highway? Read on to learn more about how to measure a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you. If you have further questions about legal options following a car accident in West Virginia, reach out to the personal injury law firm of DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC.

Tips for Teaching Teenagers Defensive Driving

Published on Feb 18, 2022 at 9:55 am in Car Accidents.

teenage driver with adult in passenger seat

In the United States, motor vehicle collisions are the second leading cause of death for teens 13-19 years of age. Over 2,000 teenagers lose their lives in car accidents every year, and over 250,000 are treated in emergency rooms for crash injuries.

We can change these numbers. At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, our experience as car accident lawyers has taught us that most accidents are preventable. By practicing safe, attentive, and defensive driving—and teaching the next generation of drivers to do the same—we can work together to make our roads safer for all of us. 

Safety Tips for Passing a Car Accident Scene

Published on Feb 11, 2022 at 4:55 pm in Car Accidents.

Backed up traffic

Each year in the United States, roughly 300 people lose their lives in stopped vehicle accidents, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Every driver must do their part to ensure those who have already been in a car accident are not further injured or killed by passing traffic.

Safety Tips for Driving Through Construction Zones

Published on Dec 9, 2021 at 1:11 pm in Car Accidents.

Road closed, no left turn, and wrong way road signs

Between 2011-2016, more than 3,300 people died when driving in construction zones. Most of these crashes occur on roads with speed limits that are higher than 50. It’s common for drivers to maintain a high speed while driving in a construction zone, which can be dangerous and increase the risk of an accident. If you want to lessen your risk of being involved in a construction zone accident, the following offers helpful safety tips and guidelines that should bolster your safety while on the road.

Car Seat Laws in West Virginia

Published on Nov 17, 2021 at 3:42 pm in Car Accidents.

Baby in car seat

Car accidents are a leading cause of death for children 13 and under. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that one out of every three children killed in a vehicle crash was not properly secured in a car seat. Deaths as preventable as these should not be allowed to occur. It takes the work of adults to make sure that children are kept safe in vehicles on the road.

How Often Should You Change Wiper Blades?

Published on Nov 17, 2021 at 2:57 pm in Car Accidents.

Wiper blades on windshield

Windshield wipers perform the essential service of clearing water, debris, dirt, dust, and precipitation from the windscreens of our cars. Although it’s a very simple act of car maintenance, you can actually prevent accidents by changing your windshield wiper blades regularly.

Tips for Driving in the Rain

Published on Nov 4, 2021 at 12:35 pm in Car Accidents.

Tips for Driving in the Rain
On average, over one-fifth of vehicle crashes are caused by weather. Rain—which decreases visibility and makes road surfaces slippery—statistically increases the chances of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and even bicycle accidents. When rain is involved in high-speed travel, an accident that may have been less severe on a clear day can turn deadly. Bad weather is one of the most common causes of car accidents resulting in fatality.

Tips to Help a Friend Recovering from a Car Accident

Published on Oct 7, 2021 at 4:36 pm in Car Accidents.

Tips to Help a Friend Recovering from a Car Accident
Roughly 5 to 6 million people are involved in car accidents in the U.S. each year. Think about it—that number is higher than the number of people who are born (less than 4 million), die (less than 3 million), get married (2 million), or earn a bachelor’s degree (less than 2 million) in the United States each year. And the number of car accident cases continues to climb. Chances are, someone close to you will be involved in a car crash at some point in your lifetime.

How do you comfort someone after a car accident? What do you say to someone recovering from an injury? Being present, being willing, and being a good listener is a good place to start. It’s not always easy to know how to be the best friend you can be to someone who was hurt in a car accident. Remember—there is no one-size-fits-all solution, no one right thing to do or say that makes every recovering car accident victim feel better. But understanding your friend better than most people do, you know what will be the most benefit to them as they recover from an accident. We’ll discuss tips in the following article that can help you prepare ways to support your friend.

Can a Passenger Be Held Liable for a Car Accident?

Published on Sep 2, 2021 at 2:13 pm in Car Accidents.

Driver and passenger in car

Car accidents can be caused by many different individual factors on their own, or multiple of those factors combined. When you’re a victim of an auto collision, you might think that the other driver is solely responsible for what happened, but they might not be the only one at fault, or they might not be at fault at all.