We know West Virginia is a great place to live. This list isn’t to take away from that, but to point out that there are dangers in any state. Here are some things in West Virginia that could kill you if you’re not careful.
West Virginia has 2 types of venomous snakes: the northern copperhead and the timber rattlesnakes. The majority of bites from venomous snakes in WV come from copperheads, but deaths are actually rare. No deaths from copperheads have been recorded in the last 30 years. Very few deaths were recorded from rattlesnakes too.
You may not think of deer as terrifying, but they are when you’re driving and they’re coming toward your car. And they can be really dangerous. According to some news outlets, deer colliding with cars cause around 200 deaths per year in the United States.
From the cold temperatures to the ice roads, winter can be dangerous and even lethal in West Virginia.
4. Black widow spiders
West Virginia is home to black widow spiders. While these spiders are poisonous to humans, it is extremely rare for a human to die from their bites. (But it's possible).
5. Black bears
Black bear attacks are rare, but they do happen and occasionally they’re fatal. Mother bears, like the one pictured here, tend to be more aggressive in order to protect their cubs.
6. Coal mining accidents
West Virginia unfortunately has a history of mining accidents and explosions that caused countless deaths.
West Virginia has frequent flash flooding, especially during the spring time. Floods can be deadly, too. An average of 75 people have died in the United States each year between 2004 and 2013, according to the National Weather Service.
8. Drug overdoses
Unfortunately, West Virginia leads the country for the rate of drug overdose deaths.
9. Car accidents
West Virginia was number 8 in the country for states that are the most dangerous for drivers, according to a study published in 2012.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in West Virginia, and it is terrifying.
Which of these 10 things do you find the most terrifying? What else in West Virginia terrifies you?