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What are the leading causes of crashes in West Virginia?

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2024 | Car Accidents

Motor vehicle collisions are a major safety concern for West Virginia residents. Crashes occur daily and claim the lives of dozens of people in the state every year. Many more people end up in hospitals because of serious injuries caused by car crashes.

Ideally, drivers would make safety their primary focus whenever driving on public roads. However, people often take their physical safety for granted while operating a motor vehicle and could potentially make mistakes that lead to injury or even death.

Most crashes involve human error

When looking at a list of the most common reasons that collisions occur in West Virginia, the prevalence of human error is hard to ignore. Many of the top causes of collisions are completely under the control of the drivers involved in the situation.

A staggering 98% of crashes are the result of human error according to the U.S. General Services Administration Office of Motor Vehicle Management. The organization estimates that a crash occurs somewhere in the country every five seconds. The top collision causes related to human error include:

  • reckless driving
  • distracted driving
  • driving while intoxicated
  • drowsy driving
  • aggressive driving
  • unsafe lane changes
  • running red lights/stop signs
  • disobeying traffic signals

Occasionally, crashes occur due to factors that are somewhat outside of the control of an individual. These crash risk factors include:

  • vehicle defects
  • bad weather
  • vehicle maintenance issues
  • confusing intersections
  • animals on the road
  • road conditions

While absolutely preventing such collisions is not necessarily realistic, many drivers can adjust their personal practices to minimize their risk. For example, slowing down when there is bad weather and committing to regular vehicle maintenance can drastically reduce the likelihood of someone causing a crash related to road conditions or vehicle repairs.

Those involved in a crash often need to look carefully at the circumstances to establish who was at fault. Fault for a motor vehicle collision influences who has financial responsibility for injuries and property damage losses. The party at fault for a wreck needs to provide insurance coverage to the people affected by the collision and could face a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit filed by the people affected.

Learning more about what causes West Virginia collisions can help people avoid crashes and/or hold the right party accountable for a recent wreck, depending on their circumstances.