With the winter approaching, West Virginia residents may be worried about driving over snowy and icy roads, and for good reason. After all, the slick conditions caused by snow and ice can cause serious car accidents that can leave a Monongalia County resident permanently disabled or even dead.
Many tragic West Virginia car accidents happen because a driver was simply too tired to be on the road and wound up falling asleep behind the wheel. While it's bad enough when that driver simply runs off the road, it's even worse when a fatigued driver hits another person's vehicle.
The most recent statistics complied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that West Virginia has a ways to go with respect to roadway safety. In many categories, the number of fatal West Virginia car accidents far outpaced the national average.
Last week's post on this blog discussed the tragic death of a philanthropist who spent his time cheering up sick children in West Virginia and other states by dressing up as Batman and traveling around in a Batmobile. Unfortunately, the man died after he exited his disabled vehicle in order to examine it.
A man who frequently visited children's hospitals in West Virginia and nearby states died recently following a traffic accident on I-70. His distinctive trademark was that he impersonated the superhero Batman to help cheer up sick and injured children, and he even drove a Batmobile that he had custom made for his work.
Many West Virginia residents know that everyone who drives on our state's roads is supposed to have insurance. This liability insurance is supposed to help a driver pay for any damages that he or she causes in the course of a car accident for which he or she is responsible.
According to statistics, 1,000 West Virginians lost their lives between 2003 and 2012 because of a drunk driver. Across, the country, 10,000 people die annually in car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents caused by intoxicated drivers.
A common error that West Virginia motorists may make with respect to maintaining their cars may lead to a tragic accident, and the person who made the mistake in the first place may bear liability for any injuries that are caused by that accident.
From driver's education manuals to public safety announcements, the message is clear: drugs and driving don't mix. Now statistics paint an even grimmer picture of West Virginia roads.
Many people are involved in a car accident at some point in life. Few know the meaning of the term "subrogation."