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Fayette County, WV Car Collision Kills 1

A car collision in Fayette County, West Virginia has claimed the life of a Summers County resident.  The collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. on state Route 61 near Camp Branch Road in Oak Hill, West Virginia.  According to initial police reports, it appears that an individual lost control of his car, crossed the center line and hit the vehicle driven by the Summers County resident head on.  The Summers County resident was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car collisions are the leading cause of death amoung people aged 3 to 33.  Additionally, the World Health Organization estimates that some 25 million people world wide have died in vehicle-related collisions. 

The number one cause of severe car collisions are distracted drivers.  According to the American Automobile Association, somwhere between 25-50 percent of all motor vehicle crashes occured due to drivers being distracted. 

While there are many different types of dristractions, a study by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles concluded that texting, rubbernecking, or slowing down to look at anouth collision caused the most crashes, accounting for 16 percent of all distraction related collisions.

An increasingly serious cause of driver distraction is cell phone use.  It is estimated that more than 85 percent of the 100 million cell phone useres talk on their phones while driving.  One study has found that driving and using a cellphone at the same time quadruples the risk of a car collision. 

Other common causes of car collisions include:

  • driver fatigue
  • drunk driving
  • speeding
  • aggressive driving

As millions of Americans prepare to hit the roads this memorial day, remember to be safe on the highways.  Use extra caution while driving on crowded roads, avoid using your cell phone while driving, and always be aware of your surroundings.

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