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.
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.
Impatience is not a violation of the law unless a person unwilling to wait hurts someone. Some roads are not built to the satisfaction of impatient drivers. You've witnessed people irritated while waiting for a Charleston traffic light to change or seen the scowl of a tailgating driver in a rearview mirror.
No matter how safe a driver may be, there is always a chance that they will be involved in a car accident. They may come upon a drunk driver, someone who is concentrating on their cell phone instead of the road, or even a sleepy truck driver. These situations are hard to predict and even harder to avoid.