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Suffering an injury in a vehicle accident can be traumatizing both physically and emotionally. It can also affect a person’s finances if medical care is needed to treat the injuries. Two cars were recently involved in a West Virginia car crash that sent several people to the hospital.

Authorities said the accident happened on a Wednesday at about 5:45 p.m. It occurred along Interstate 77. One car was traveling southbound and suddenly went over the median.

Police said the car then struck a van that was northbound. Nine individuals suffered injuries and were transported to a medical center as a result of the collision. Wet roads and rain may have contributed to the crash.

The injured victims in the crash may opt to file personal injury claims against the driver of the car that crossed the interstate median. If the driver was found to have operated negligently — for example, by driving too quickly for road or weather conditions — proof of this may be presented in a related civil court proceeding in an effort to establish liability. To prevail in court, it is necessary to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the injuries were the result of the driver’s negligence or the negligence of another party to the accident. Liability must be established to the court’s satisfaction before a judge will decide financial damage claims. A financial award may be helpful for covering hospital-related bills or even covering a person’s lost wages following this type of car crash in West Virginia.

Source: wvnstv.com, “Crash on I-77 sends nine people to the hospital“, July 8, 2015