When West Virginia motorists become involved in a car accident, they are at serious risk for suffering a sternum fracture. Approximately 60 to 90 percent of all sternum fractures are caused by car accidents. In many cases, these injuries occur when the victim fails to wear a seat belt or the vehicle does not have airbags, causing the person's chest to strike the steering wheel.
A report from the Insurance Information Institute sheds new light on the hazards of being a motorcyclist across the country. According to the report, motorcycle fatalities were down 6.4 percent in 2013 from the 2012 total. Quoting a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, the III report says another 784 riders might have lived if they had worn helmets, which are mandatory in West Virginia.
Accidents with large trucks are as common on the roads of West Virginia as they are in the rest of America. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records statistics on the number of fatalities that occur every year as a result of accidents involving large commercial vehicles, and they indicate that the danger is real and increasing.
West Virginia drivers might know that rear-end collisions could cause whiplash injuries to vehicle occupants. As a result, victims might experience chronic or short-term pain that interferes with work and routine tasks. However, understanding the mechanics and necessary response to a hyperextension injury may help.
Between the years of 2006 and 2009, there were 120 alcohol-related fatalities per year on average, reportedly. The number of fatalities has decreased by nearly 23 percent from the yearly average during the preceding four years, according to the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
A New Jersey driver is facing several serious charges after causing an auto accident involving four other vehicles. Three individuals reportedly suffered injuries, and the Lakewood man believed to have caused the multi-car collision was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated and other weapons-related violations.
According to West Virginia State Police, a 44-year-old man was killed in a crash while riding his motorcycle on U.S. 11 around 11:43 p.m. on Sept. 4. The Bunker Hill resident was riding a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle northbound on the road, also known as Winchester Avenue, when it collided with the front driver's side of a Nissan Versa. As reported by police, he was pronounced dead at the scene.