On a Friday night, individuals in West Virginia may be looking forward to seeing a movie, eating out or engaging in some other form of entertainment. However, an unexpected car accident can thwart these plans and even lead to death if the impact is serious enough. A sudden accident killed one person in our state recently.
In this situation, two cars struck one another on Route 21. The crash happened in the evening, and police are striving to find out what caused it. One man, who reportedly pulled in front of a 35-year-old woman, perished in the accident.
Meanwhile, nine other people suffered injuries in the collision. Two of the individuals were taken to the hospital by helicopter, while the others were transported by ambulance. One of the individuals remained in critical condition, although that person was also listed as being stable.
A police investigation will be necessary to determine which driver caused the accident. If the surviving driver is found to have contributed to the car accident due to speeding or engaging in some other negligent behavior, she may be held financially responsible for any injuries sustained in the crash as well as for the male driver’s death. Likewise, if the deceased driver is found to have caused the crash, his estate may be sued, along with any other separate owner of the vehicle he was operating. An injured victim may choose to file a personal injury claim, seeking financial damages to cover hospital bills, while financial compensation from a successfully fought wrongful death claim can help to cover end-of-life costs. In either case in West Virginia, the plaintiff must establish that the death and/or injuries stemming from the crash were the result of the negligent actions of one or more parties to the wreck.
Source: wsaz.com, “UPDATE: Details Released in Deadly Crash Killing One; Injuring 9”, Jeremy Edwards, Andrew Colegrove and Rebekah Pewitt, April 12, 2014