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Car wreck can lead to death in West Virginia

A vehicle can cause serious damage on the road or even death if not operated correctly. When a fatal car wreck is the result of a driver's negligence in our state, the surviving family members of the deceased victim certainly may yearn for a sense of justice in such a situation. Monetary compensation can't restore the life of someone who was killed through no fault of his or her own in West Virginia, but it certainly can help to bring closure and at least some measure of justice.

In a recent case in West Virginia, a 68-year-old man was reportedly passing many vehicles that were traveling behind a tractor. The incident occurred along a two-lane stretch of U.S. Route 35 in a no passing zone. The 46-year-old driver of the tractor then attempted to turn left into his farm.

At that point, the older driver ended up striking the tractor on its side. The tractor turned over and landed on its top, trapping the younger driver underneath. The tractor driver died as a result of the crash. The driver who allegedly caused the accident may face negligent homicide charges since the incident took place in a no passing zone. The case has to go to a grand jury first before criminal charges will be handed down.

The driver who reportedly struck the tractor may well be held criminally liable for the death connected to the crash. However, even if the grand jury decides that no criminal charges should be filed against the driver, the deceased man's family members still reserve the right to assess the facts surrounding the case. If they believe enough evidence indicates that the other driver was negligent, they might choose to file a wrongful death suit. Financial restitution from a successfully fought case can help to cover end-of-life expenses as well as address pain and suffering caused by this type of fatal car wreck in West Virginia.

Source:, "Charges possible in Mason County deadly accident", Chris Lawrence, April 3, 2014

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