West Virginia Car Accident Statistics

As car accident lawyers, we are fully aware of the car wreck epidemic in our state. West Virginia, the Mountain State, has a reputation for dangerous driving conditions and dangerous drivers. As a matter of fact, the state is home to one of the highest rates of traffic accidents and traffic fatalities in the country. The state has a rugged terrain and many rural roads, but there is also a high rate of drug abuse. Compounding the problem further, the opioid epidemic has also impacted West Virginia, and drugged driving is a major problem. Another major problem is negligent driving, such as texting while operating a vehcile. These problems are even more dangerous in a state like West Virginia, with unpredictable weather and many winding, rural roadways.

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Increase in Drugged Driving Fatalities in West Virginia

West Virginia has a growing heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic and, with it, a surge of drugged driving arrests. Per data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), West Virginia alone has some of the nation’s deadliest drugged drivers. Statistics show there are 2.33 fatal drug-related car wrecks per 100,000 residents in West Virginia.

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Imerys Talc America Filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Amidst an increasing number of talc-based claims filed against the company, Imerys Talc America Inc. and two of its subsidiaries, Imerys Talc Vermont and Imerys Talc Canada, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware. Imerys supplies talc to Johnson & Johnson, Inc., and both companies are facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that the talc used in products were contaminated with asbestos, causing ovarian cancer and mesothelioma in users.

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West Virginia Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

Imagine a driver receives a text, the road ahead of them looks clear, so they grab their phone, read the message, and send a quick reply. It takes only a few seconds for them to do this, but when they return their attention to the road, they see that the person in front of them has decelerated to avoid some debris. Having had their eyes off the road, their hands off the steering wheel, and their focus off driving, the distracted driver has no time to react to the unexpected road hazard and slams into the car in front of them.

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What are the Safest Cities in West Virginia?

According to the authorities, West Virginia crime rates have been inching up the last few years. SafeWise is an organization that keeps track of crime statistics in each state, and presents them in a “best” or “worst” sorting. The group recently released its 20 Safest Cities in West Virginia listing, which you can view in full by clicking here.

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How You Can Stay Safe On the Wintry Roads of West Virginia

The winter conditions in West Virginia means there is snow and ice on the roads just about wherever you go. Are you prepared for it? Staying safe and out of a weather-related car accident depends heavily on knowledge and preparation. Check out these must-know winter driving safety tips before you next drive out into the cold.

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An Overview of Premises Liability

In a premises liability case, there was an injury that occurred on the property of another. It may have been a fall, hitting their head or other accident that caused them harm. The main thing that will need to be established is whose fault it was. When an accident takes place on property it may be the injured party that was failing to pay attention or was acting recklessly. It can also be the owner of the property that was negligent in providing a safe area on their land. This may be failing to keep up with basic maintenance to ensure everything is working adequately. It can also be not actively going around the property and getting rid of any potential dangers, such as keeping walkways clear. They may know that a danger exists but they do not fix it or offer warning.

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A Closer Look at Cranston & Edwards

Experiencing an injury as a result of the negligent and careless acts of another individual can be named among some of the more difficult events an individual can face in their lifetime. Sadly, wrongful injuries can leave a person severely injured, sometimes with fatal results. Are you recently a victim of a wrongful injury caused by another individual or company? If so, you may have the opportunity to pursue a personal injury claim as a means of fighting for the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, as well as lost wages and extensive medical bills. When dealing with personal injury cases, there are a variety of possible causes including getting hit by a drunk driver, construction site accidents, medical malpractice and so much more. No person deserves to experience the injury due to the negligent and irresponsible actions of another individual or entity, and if this you know that you are not alone. At Cranston & Edwards, we are a Morgantown personal injury attorney’s office who is ready to help you fight for justice after your injury.

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Surgical Error

Medical treatment is highly sought each day by countless individuals. Whether it is continual care for an individual that has an illness or it is a person that is injured and enters into the emergency department. In a medical setting there are many workers that are there for the purpose of caring and healing the sick and injured. Doctors take an oath as part of their job that they will offer patients a certain standard of care and many times they do. This is not always the case however, and some of them will fail to give adequate care that they should provide. This can be seen in different areas, from the day to day care of a patient to the surgical room. Surgery is an incredibly serious and potential dangerous thing to undergo. Surgeons are trained extensively to take great caution in their profession. They may become lax and make a mistake that could have been avoided if they had been focused enough.

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