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State Highway Safety Report (2019) - West Virginia

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The following provides a summary of the Highway Safety Improvement Program’s (HSIP) safety performance measures and State safety performance targets. As per the Safety PM Final Rule, States are required to set annual safety performance targets in the HSIP annual report for the number of fatalities, rate of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), number of serious injuries, rate of serious injures per 100 million VMT, and number of non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries. The safety performance targets are based on 5-year rolling averages. States have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate. FHWA encourages States to review data sets and trends and consider factors that may affect targets. The safety performance targets should be data-driven, realistic, and attainable and should align with the performance management framework and legislative intent.

A State Department of Transportation (DOT) has met or made significant progress towards meeting its safety performance targets when at least four of the five safety performance targets established under 23 CFR 490.209(a) have been met or the actual outcome is better than the baseline performance. The baseline performance is the 5-year average ending with the year prior to the establishment of the target.

The Basis for Target and Additional Comments are provided by the State in their HSIP Annual Report and have not been edited by FHWA. Any questions about individual State reports should be directed to the respective State DOT. For additional information about each State's HSIP, the complete reports are available at https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/hsip/reports/.

  • Number of Fatalities

  • Number of Fatalities 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Annual 332 272 268 269 304 294 260
    5-Year Average 289.0 281.4 279.0
    Target (5-Year Average) 283.0 267.0 263.7
  • Basis for Number of Fatalities Target

    One of the goals of the SHSP is to achieve a 50 percent reduction in fatalities by 2030
    WV’s SHSP established the overall goal of cutting the 5 Year Average Number of Fatalities in Half by the year 2030, using 2005-2009 as our baseline year. At the time of SHSP development, targets were calculated for each year. Annually, the targets are adjusted based upon the most current five-year average number of fatalities available (currently 2014-2018) while keeping the 2030 goal the same as it was when the SHSP was adopted.
    West Virginia's SHSP established the overall goal of cutting the 5 year average number of fatalities in half by the year 2030, using 2005-2009 as our baseline year. At the time of SHSP development, targets were calculated for each year. Annually, the targets are adjusted based upon the most current five-year average number of fatalities available (currently 2015-2019) while keeping the 2030 goal the same as it was when the SHSP was adopted.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2013-2018 Final FARS, 2019 FARS Annual Report File
    Targets: 2018-2020 West Virginia HSIP Annual Reports

  • Fatality Rate (per 100 million VMT)

  • Fatality Rate
    (per 100 million VMT)
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Annual 1.73 1.42 1.35 1.38 1.59 1.51 1.36
    5-Year Average 1.494 1.450 1.438
    Target (5-Year Average) 1.498 1.482 1.457
  • Basis for Fatality Rate Target

    This is based on 250 fatalities and assuming an annual 0.44% vehicle miles traveled growth
    WV’s SHSP established the overall goal of cutting the 5 Year Average Number of Fatalities in Half by the year 2030, using 2005-2009 as our baseline year. It also established a target fatality rate based on the goal five-year number of fatalities and an assumed annual VMT growth of 0.44%. At the time of SHSP development, targets were calculated for each year with target fatality rates being calculated from target 5-year average numbers of fatalities and the assumed VMT growth previously described. Annually, the targets are adjusted based upon the most current five-year average number of fatalities available (currently 2014-2018) while keeping the 2030 goal the same as it was when the SHSP was adopted
    West Virginia's SHSP established the overall goal of cutting the 5 year average number of fatalities in half by the year 2030, using 2005-2009 as our baseline year. It also established a target fatality rate based on the goal five-year number of fatalities and an assume annual VMT growth of 0.44%. At the time of SHSP development, targets were calculated for each year with target fatality rates being calculated from target 5-year average numbers of fatalities and the assume VMT growth previously described. Annually, the targets are adjusted based upon the most current five-year average number of fatalities available (currently 2015-2019) while keeping the 2030 goal the same as it was when the SHSP was adopted.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2013-2018 Final FARS, 2019 FARS Annual Report File
    VMT: 2013-2019 FHWA Highway Statistics Series, VM-2 Table
    Targets: 2018-2020 West Virginia HSIP Annual Reports

  • Number of Serious Injuries

  • Number of Serious Injuries 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Annual 1,498 1,358 1,251 1,180 1,063 1,007 906
    5-Year Average 1,270.0 1,171.8 1,081.4
    Target (5-Year Average) 977.0 1,120.0 1,002.4
  • Basis for Number of Serious Injuries Target

    One of the goals of the SHSP is to achieve a 66 percent reduction in serious injuries by 2030
    WV’s SHSP established the overall goal of cutting the 5 Year Average Number of Serious Injuries to one third of baseline numbers by the year 2030, using 2009-2013 as our baseline year. At the time of SHSP development, targets were calculated for each year. Annually, the targets are adjusted based upon the most current five-year average number of serious injuries available (currently 2014-2018) while keeping the 2030 goal the same as it was when the SHSP was adopted.
    West Virginia's SHSP established the overall goal of cutting the 5 year average number of serious injuries to one third of baseline numbers by the year 2030, using 2009-2013 as our baseline year. At the time SHSP development, targets were calculated for each year. Annually, the targets are adjusted based upon the most current five-year average number of serious injuries available (currently 2015-2019) while keeping the 2030 goal the same as it was when the SHSP was adopted.

  • Data Sources:
    Serious Injuries: 2020 West Virginia HSIP Annual Report
    Targets: 2018-2020 West Virginia HSIP Annual Reports

  • Rate of Serious Injuries (per 100 million VMT)

  • Rate of Serious Injuries
    (per 100 million VMT)
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Annual 7.79 7.10 6.31 6.04 5.57 5.18 4.75
    5-Year Average 6.562 6.040 5.570
    Target (5-Year Average) 5.370 5.360 5.023
  • Basis for Serious Injury Rate Target

    This is based on 1058 serious injuries and assuming an annual 0.44% vehicle miles traveled growth
    WV’s SHSP established the overall goal of cutting the 5 Year Average Number of Serious Injuries to one third of baseline numbers by the year 2030, using 2009-2013 as our baseline year. It also established a target serious injury rate based on the goal five-year average number of serious injuries and an assumed annual VMT growth of 0.44%. At the time of SHSP development, targets were calculated for each year. Annually, the targets are adjusted based upon the most current five-year average number of serious injuries available (currently 2014-2018) while keeping the 2030 goal the same as it was when the SHSP was adopted.
    West Virginia's SHSP established the overall goal of cutting the 5 year average number of serious injuries to one third of baseline numbers by the year 2030, using 2009-2013 as our baseline year. It also established a target serious injury rate based on the goal based on the goal five-year average number of serious injuries and an assumed annual VMT growth of 0.44%. At the time SHSP development, targets were calculated for each year. Annually, the targets are adjusted based upon the most current five-year average number of serious injuries available (currently 2015-2019) while keeping the 2030 goal the same as it was when the SHSP was adopted.

  • Data Sources:
    Serious Injuries: 2020 West Virginia HSIP Annual Report
    VMT: 2013-2019 FHWA Highway Statistics Series, VM-2 Table
    Targets: 2018-2020 West Virginia HSIP Annual Reports

  • Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries

  • Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities
    and Serious Injuries
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Annual 92 92 100 104 86 103 93
    5-Year Average 94.8 97.0 97.2
    Target (5-Year Average) 89.0 78.6 86.2
  • Basis for Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries Target

    In 2016 there were 104 non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries. It is the goal to reduce that number to 31 in 2030.
    To decrease pedestrian fatalities by 12.5 percent from 23 (2013-2017 average to 20 (2016-2020 average) and to maintain bicyclist fatalities at one (2013-2017 average) through the 2016-2020 average. Non-Motorized Crashes are not an Emphasis Area within West Virginia’s SHSP. Safety Performance Targets for this area have been established in the same manner that targets for Fatalities and Serious Injuries. This baseline 5-year average for this was 2009-2013 and the goal was to cut them to one third of that average. We adjust them annually, just as we do fatalities and serious injuries keeping the 2030 goal the same.
    To decrease pedestrian fatalities by 4 percent from 23 (2013-2017 average) to 22 (2017-2021) and to maintain bicyclist fatalities at one 2013-2017 average through the 2017-2021 average, non-motorized crashes are not an emphasis area within West Virginia's SHSP. Safety performance targets for this area have been established in the same manner that targets for fatalities an serious injuries. This baseline 5-year average for this was 2009-2013 and the goal was to cut them to one third of that average. We adjust them annually, just as we do fatalities and serious injuries keeping the 2030 goal the same.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2013-2018 Final FARS, 2019 FARS Annual Report File
    Serious Injuries: 2020 West Virginia HSIP Annual Report
    Targets: 2018-2020 West Virginia HSIP Annual Reports


Additional Comments

N/A

Safety Performance Target Assessment

PLEASE NOTE: Each State’s safety performance target assessment is based on its own State-specific target methodology and program philosophy. Therefore, conclusions should not be drawn based only on the information in the Safety Performance Target Assessment Summary table. For example, the State may have set aggressive targets, and not met those targets, while another State may have set more easily attainable targets, and met those targets. FHWA understands that each State’s safety program is unique and therefore does not prescribe a methodology for States to set targets. States have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate when setting their safety performance targets.

West Virginia 2019 Safety Performance Target Assessment
Performance Measure 2015-2019 Target 2015-2019 Actual 2013-2017 Baseline Met Target? Better Than Baseline? Met or Made Significant Progress?
Number of Fatalities 283.0 279.0 289.0 Yes N/A Yes
Rate of Fatalities 1.498 1.438 1.494 Yes N/A
Number of Serious Injuries 977.0 1,081.4 1,270.0 No Yes
Rate of Serious Injuries 5.370 5.570 6.562 No Yes
Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries 89.0 97.2 94.8 No No

Updated: 05/26/2021
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