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When people lose their lives or are injured in a vehicle collision, the individuals’ families and the communities in which they live are understandably impacted. Two people’s families and communities recently received word of a West Virginia car accident that led to one death and one injury. The accident happened on a recent Wednesday.

Officials said the head-on collision took place on West Virginia 2 in the evening. One person was driving a car north and ended up crashing into a truck that was going south. According to police, the car’s driver — a man said to be 41 — died in the crash.

The other automobile’s driver suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital before later being released. Authorities said that both slick roads and speed may have been causal factors in the fatal wreck. They closed the road for about three hours while the road was cleaned up following the accident. Police continued to investigate the wreck.

If police discover that the injured party caused the West Virginia wreck, this individual may face a wrongful death claim filed by the family members of the man who died in the car accident. Meanwhile, if the deceased person is found to have caused the wreck due to negligent behavior, his estate and anyone who separately owned the car he was operating when the crash happened may face a personal injury lawsuit filed by the other driver. Driving too quickly for road or weather conditions may be considered negligence; proof of this type of behavior must be presented in civil court in order to establish liability to the court’s satisfaction.

Source: wtov9.com, “Update: Victim identified in fatal crash along W.Va. 2 in Marshall County”, Jan. 15, 2015