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February 2014 Archives

Uninsured drivers partially to blame for high insurance rates

According to a study conducted by Insure.com, West Virginia ranked second in the nation when it came to auto insurance premiums. But while many of our readers might be optimistic that this ranking is a good thing, it actually means that our state has the second highest car insurance rates in the United States.

West Virginia Supreme Court stands ground against drunk drivers

A lot of people across the state of West Virginia consider the justice system the last line of defense against drunk drivers, especially because they have the power to keep these people off the streets. But as some of our readers know, technicalities in state laws can often prevent judges from holding them responsible for these actions. Many times this means a driver goes on to repeat this negligent behavior, sometimes even resulting in a drunk driving accident as well.

Freaky fast or freaky dangerous? Court weighs in on Jimmy John's

In 2011, the Jimmy John’s slogan of “freaky fast delivery” fell under scrutiny when one of the company’s delivery drivers slammed into a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist sued claiming that the company’s slogan encouraged unsafe driving. Although his claim was originally dismissed, an appellate court in April decided to let the case proceed. Now, a case out of Monongalia County could add weight to this case, begging the question: is Jimmy John’s freaky fast or freaky dangerous?

Salt shortage in southern West Virginia raises drivers' concern

According to the Weather Channel, the Charleston area could see the chance of snow in the next five days. But while the weather forecast doesn’t concern the supervisor for the West Virginia Department of Transportation in Summers County, it might concern drivers here in the southern part of the state. That’s because, according to some reports, cities and counties across the state are reporting salt shortages because of the severe winter weather we have been having. And although it’s possible for counties such as Summers County, which currently has nearly 500 tons of salt, to move salt around to different counties if there is need, some residents here in Charleston might be wondering if this can be done before the shortage results in an increased number of crashes.