From the Charleston Daily Mail today:
Good news for West Virginia: traffic fatalities are down 20 percent since last year.
Those numbers reflect a national trend for the first half of 2008 as highway deaths declined in 35 of 37 states that provided data to USA Today and the Governors Highway Safety Association.
According to the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program, there have been 162 traffic fatalities in the state this year. Last year, there were 210 by July, and 430 by the end of the year. That represented a jump from 2006, when the agency tallied 370 highway deaths.
Of course, the reason could be that gas prices are so high, the same idiots that end up driving recklessly and killing innocent people can’t afford gas because they don’t have a job. Insurance companies know that there is a direct correlation between the age/condition of a car and the driver’s tendency to be a negligent or reckless driver. Beware of beat-up old cars (or beat-up new cars for that matter). Their drivers are more likely than others to maim or kill you.
You can read the full article here.
– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Car Accident Attorney.