Numbers don’t lie.
As WV car accident lawyers, we know that there is a car wreck problem in West Virginia. Our Mountain State has one of the highest rates of traffic accidents and traffic fatalities in the U.S.
While the roads and driving conditions in WV are often dangerous, what’s more dangerous are the drivers on the roads. Take a peek into almost any car on the highway and you’ll see a distracted driver; whether they are talking or texting on their phone, eating a drive-through burger, or even applying makeup while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, these drivers are definitely not paying enough attention to the safe operation of their car or truck.
Add the alcohol and drug problems that are rampant throughout the state, and West Virginia’s country roads are a recipe for disaster.
DRIVING FATALITIES IN WV:
The State of West Virginia, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), compiled a data-rich report of research from 2006 to 2010 to assess traffic accidents within the state.
Traffic fatalities averaged 20.56 deaths for every 100,000 residents (vs. the national rate of only 12.38 per 100,000), and approximately 380 people were killed in car crashes in West Virginia every year between 2006 to 2010.
The most common causes of these fatal accidents include:
- Unbelted passengers
- Younger drivers
- Older drivers
These numbers illustrate the fact that we are surrounded by unsafe drivers, and sometimes people get hurt no matter how responsible they are behind the wheel.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident because someone else was driving impaired, distracted, or otherwise recklessly, call Mountain State Law to seek justice. We are experienced and dedicated to helping you stand up for what you deserve.