Navigating some roads can be risky even under the best of conditions. In inclement weather, however, driving these roads can quickly become an even more difficult prospect. Intense summer storms which swept across West Virginia on June 29 appear to have contributed to a car accident which injured a state senator. The President of the West Virginia Senate revealed that the state senator suffered a closed head injury along with internal injuries in the Friday car accident. Reportedly, the severe weather pattern played a part in the frightening collision.
The Senate President said that the state senator was traveling with his daughter and another passenger toward Summersville when they were caught in the violent weather. Their vehicle was rear-ended by another while on the road. The force of the collision caused the senator’s vehicle to swerve into a bridge abutment, injuring him in the process.
The senator, who has been serving West Virginia since 2010, was said to be alert and stable after being transported to Charleston Area Medical Hospital. Nevertheless, he was kept in ICU in order to be closely monitored. Fortunately, his daughter and the other passenger fared better than he, and were released after being treated.
All motorists in West Virginia owe a duty of reasonable care to others in or near our roadways when they operate a motor vehicle in our state. Whether the driver who collided with the senator’s vehicle breached that duty will depend on the official car accident investigation report and whether those facts are disputed. Hopefully, the state senator will make a full recovery and be able to get back to serving his West Virginia constituents quickly.
Source: wsaz.com, “W.Va. State Senator Injured in Crash During Friday’s Storm,” July 1, 2012