(02/14/2021)
A recent study by Autoinsuranceez.com says that West Virginia ranks as the worst state in the country when it comes to deadly weather-related vehicle crashes.

Using 2017 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the study found that West Virginia had an average of more than 45 fatal wrecks per one million drivers.

Rain was a contributing factor in 84% of the fatal crashes in the state, with snow and other weather conditions playing a part in the remaining deaths, the study said.

Researchers looked at rain, which leads to hydroplaning and low visibility; snow, sleet and ice, which lead to loss of traction and also loss of visibility; and fog, which also can cause visibility issues.

Neighboring Kentucky had the second worst rate, followed by Mississippi, Wyoming and Oregon.

On the other hand, the safest states according to the study are: Arizona, Colorado, California, Nevada and New York.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, a recent study by Move.org says that West Virginia is the 4th loneliest state in the United States.

The group looked at the percent of residents living alone, the percent of residents who are divorced, and the number of dating app searches, to determine its rankings.

In the Mountain State, 29.7% of people live alone and 12.8% are divorced.

Only Maine, Vermont and Oregon rate as being lonelier than West Virginia, according to the study. New Mexico comes in fifth, right behind West Virginia.

Conversely, Utah, Hawaii, California, New Jersey and Texas are the least lonely states, the study showed.

The pandemic has taken its toll on everyone’s social lives, but folks living alone, divorced, or looking for love may feel more isolated than ever, the study explains, suggesting that you reach out to your friends, family, and acquaintances, even if it’s just to say hello on the phone or online.

Remind them other people care about them. You never know what difference a simple gesture can make during these lonesome times, you might even find yourself a little less lonely, it says.


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