West Virginia has a growing heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic and, with it, a surge of drugged driving arrests. Per data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), West Virginia alone has some of the nation’s deadliest drugged drivers. Statistics show there are 2.33 fatal drug-related car wrecks per 100,000 residents in West Virginia.
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), West Virginia has more car crash fatalities than the national average, at 14.7 per 100,000 people, compared to 11.6 out of 100,000 people. Part of the reason is the state’s mountainous terrain and winding rural roads, not to mention severe winter weather conditions at higher elevations. Rural roads can be just as dangerous as urban streets, because they tend to be narrower and do not get prioritized for maintenance. In fact, in 2017, 62% of all fatal car crashes in West Virginia occurred on a rural road.
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Amidst an increasing number of talc-based claims filed against the company, Imerys Talc America Inc. and two of its subsidiaries, Imerys Talc Vermont and Imerys Talc Canada, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware. Imerys supplies talc to Johnson & Johnson, Inc., and both companies are facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that the talc used in products were contaminated with asbestos, causing ovarian cancer and mesothelioma in users.
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Imagine a driver receives a text, the road ahead of them looks clear, so they grab their phone, read the message, and send a quick reply. It takes only a few seconds for them to do this, but when they return their attention to the road, they see that the person in front of them has decelerated to avoid some debris. Having had their eyes off the road, their hands off the steering wheel, and their focus off driving, the distracted driver has no time to react to the unexpected road hazard and slams into the car in front of them.
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