In 2016, there were 37,461 car accident fatalities in the United States and 269 of those fatalities happened on our West Virginia roads. Approximately 37% of those fatal car accidents occurred on urban roads and 63% occurred on rural roads.

For those of us who travel the roads of Wheeling and other areas of West Virginia, we are fortunate that our state takes transportation safety seriously and operates with a goal of continually improving our laws and infrastructure to make our roads safer.


West Virginia has implemented the 2017 – 2021 West Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan in order to improve the safety of our roads and reduce accident injuries and fatalities. The plan provides a list of factors related to accidents that result in fatal and serious injuries. See some of those factors listed below.

  • Roadway departures – Motor vehicles departing from the road relate to 56.4% of serious injuries and 65% of fatal injuries.
  • Alcohol or drug impairment – Motor vehicle drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs relate to 13.1% of serious injuries and 53.1% of fatal injuries.
  • Occupant protection – Improper or lack of seatbelt, car seat, or helmet use relates to 21.2% of serious injuries and 47.1% of fatal injuries.
  • Aggressive driving – Disobeying traffic signs and signals, driving too fast for present conditions, improper passing, driving too close, careless or reckless vehicle operation, or other conduct related to aggressive driving is involved in 21.4% of serious injuries and 42.4% of fatal injuries.
  • Speeding – Speed is a related factor in 13.3% of serious injuries and 29.7% of fatal injuries.


Our car accident attorneys have secured large financial recoveries for clients who have been injured in car accidents. We have secured six figure recoveries for some of our clients who sustained broken bones, soft tissue damage, and other car accident injuries. We have also secured multi-million dollar recoveries for clients who have sustained serious injuries, including fatalities in motor vehicle accidents. Our goal is to maximize our clients’ recovery in every case that comes into our office.


If we look at the relative factors above, in order to improve our safety on the road we can be sure to use seatbelts, car seats, and helmets; drive at safe speeds; avoid aggressive driving, and not ever drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If we do those things, we may reduce our chances of causing a serious injury or fatality accident, but that does not eliminate the risk of accidents caused by other drivers that we have no control over.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s fault, contact a Wheeling car accident attorney at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to schedule a consultation. Our car accident experts want to see that you are fully compensated for injuries and damages sustained in a car accident such as property damage, medical bills, lost income, lost future income, and pain and suffering.

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