No one doubts West Virginia health care providers have busy schedules or perform important, sometimes life-saving, tasks. Humans make mistakes, but some errors are less forgivable than others, particularly when someone else's health is endangered. Doctors and other service providers are obligated to meet high quality standards of care.
Too many factors are in play to attribute any single reason for the increase or decrease of traffic collisions. Nevertheless, West Virginia law enforcement agencies and federal transportation officials analyze crash data to determine how to reduce motor vehicle accidents. Crash prevention campaigns certainly don't add to the problem, but it's hard to measure how much influence they have on negligent drivers.
Charleston, West Virginia, patients have every right to expect doctors to be educated, well-trained, licensed and focused upon providing the highest quality care. Most surgeons live up to these expectations, but doctors are capable of making serious mistakes. Wrong-site surgeries are preventable forms of physician negligence.
West Virginia drivers are at a much higher risk of being killed in traffic collisions than other U.S. drivers, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. Approximately 12 of every 100,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents nationwide between 2006 and 2010. In our state, during the same period, the fatality rate was 20.56 per 100,000.