According to a study conducted by the Auto Insurance Center, most car accidents in West Virginia that result in fatalities occurred due to a vehicle's failure to remain in the proper lane. According to the study, which relied on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, leaving the proper lane was the top reason for car accidents in 28 other states as well.
The data used in the study was recorded from 2009 through 2013. Top reasons in other states for fatal car accidents included reckless driving, driving in the oncoming traffic lane, operating equipment that didn't meet requirements, making improper turns, failing to adjust to conditions or road obstacles, over correcting and failure to yield.
When comparing West Virginia with other states, the Auto Insurance Center notes that West Virginia is more affected by one of the above reasons than other states. West Virginia ranked top for accidents that were caused by driving on the wrong side of the road, even though that was not the most common accident type in the state. The AIC calculated the top state for each factor based on the number of crashes involving that factor compared to the population of the state.
The AIC also looked at drunk driving, speeding and weather-related factors for fatal accidents. West Virginia ranked above average for the number of fatal accidents related to drunk driving, but it was not in the top five. The state had the third-highest number of fatal accidents related to speeding. Likely weather factors for accidents in West Virginia include rain, snow and sleet.
Regardless of the factors relating to a fatal motor vehicle accident, grieving loved ones are left with a need to recovery. In some cases, recovery might include financial issues. The legal system provides a way for loved ones to seek compensation for their losses if someone else is liable or at-fault in a fatal vehicle accident -- even if weather or some other factor was also at play.
Source: Business Insider, "This map shows what causes the most fatal car crashes in each US state," Matthew Speiser, accessed Sep. 22, 2015