When people in West Virginia think of ambulances at accident scenes, they don't often consider that the ambulance was part of the accident. Emergency personnel are typically the ones who come to the rescue of everyone else. However, there are occasions when they find themselves needing help because they have been involved in an auto accident.
When a family files a wrongful death claim as the result of losing a loved one in an accident, they may be able to include parties other than the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident. For example, a West Virginia physician has been sentenced to two years in prison in connection with a car accident that occurred back in April 2009. The physician had prescribed pills to the driver that caused the accident.
The West Virginia State Police and Saint Albans Police Department now have a woman in custody that they believe ran over an off duty police officer and then fled the scene. As in other hit and run accidents, authorities were asking the public for help in finding the vehicle and its driver. The woman has now been charged with malicious wounding.
Drivers in West Virginia may not have known that December was "Impaired Driving Prevention Month." Around the country, the number of fatal car accidents that involve drunk drivers seems to be declining. In our state, the number of accidents attributed to drunk drivers has declined significantly. Many believe that this reduction is at least partially due to the police taking a pro-active role in apprehending impaired drivers.
When the weather in West Virginia gets bad, drivers have a duty to take extra precautions and to adjust their driving to compensate for poor road conditions. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to do so and increase their chances of having a car accident. When accidents do happen, any official investigation typically focuses on who did what and when, and whether any traffic or criminal laws were broken.