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AAA warns of "100 deadliest days" for teen drivers

Every summer, more teens are found on the roads of Virginia and every other state. Teens, being inexperienced, are more likely to crash, and so the summer has always been considered a dangerous time for them. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has pointed to the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the "100 deadliest days" for teen drivers. During that time, teens' risk for a fatal crash goes up some 15%.

Speed limiters and other tech may help reduce truck crash rates

Many truckers in Virginia and across the U.S. are speeding to meet deadlines. This puts a lot of passenger car motorists at risk. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration states that 72% of those who die in collisions involving trucks and passenger vehicles are occupants of the latter. In the effort to check the increase in truck crashes, some trucking companies are looking to speed limiters and other technology.

Drowsy driving and why it's dangerous

Nearly a third of the respondents to a AAA survey said that they have driven drowsy at least once in the past month. In fact, they admitted that they were so drowsy that they had trouble keeping their eyes open. Virginia residents should know that drowsy driving is a frequent cause of accidents. A 2018 AAA study found that it contributes to 9.5% of crashes, though that percentage may be higher because drowsiness may go unreported.

Who is at fault in a self-driving car crash?

It sounds like a bad riddle: If a machine drives a car and crashes into a person, who is at fault? This question came into the limelight in March 2016 when a Tesla vehicle in self-driving mode failed to detect a white truck's reflection against the bright sky. The crash killed the truck driver and marked the first death in a crash with an autonomous vehicle.

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