Average auto fatalities per 100,000
: 19.8 Auto fatalities/year
: 359 (18th fewest) Lifetime medical costs due to 1-yr, auto accidents
: $2,938,686 (18th lowest) Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents
: $289,051,095 (16th lowest) Pct. commuters traveling 30 mins. or more
: 33.11% (17th highest)
Of the states with the highest auto fatality rates, West Virginia was one of the few with a large percentage of commuters traveling at least 30 minutes to work each day. Between 2007 and 2009, West Virginia averaged 359 auto fatalities each year, or 19.8 per 100,000 people. According to estimates, auto fatalities in one year cost the state $289 million in lost productivity. Of the four policies highlighted by the report, the state has adopted two — mandatory helmets and booster seats — but remains one of only 18 states that does not have a primary seat belt law.
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