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Car crash leads to 1 death, 1 injury in West Virginia

A motor vehicle accident in West Virginia recently claimed the lives of two individuals. The accident happened on a Sunday. The car crash occurred along Interstate 79.

A 22-year-old driver tried to pass a car that was in the right lane going north. However, as he tried to leave the left lane to re-enter the right lane, his vehicle clipped the car he was attempting to pass. The collision caused him to lose control of his vehicle. 

Police said the occupants in the car were thrown from their vehicle after it rolled several times. The vehicle left the northbound lanes of the Interstate and ended up in the southbound lanes. The driver passed away as a result of the injuries he suffered in the wreck. Meanwhile, his 21-year-old female passenger suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The woman who suffered injuries in this West Virginia crash may decide to file a personal injury claim in this car crash case, seeking a monetary judgment for damages incurred. Even though the man driving the car died in the collision, his estate may be named in the personal injury lawsuit, and any separate owner of the vehicle he was operating at the time of the accident may also face litigation. If damages are awarded, they may help the woman to cover her hospital costs, any loss of wages and other expenses associated with the wreck. Damages may also help to address pain and suffering as well as emotional distress stemming from the accident. Monetary compensation cannot undo the events leading to a person's injuries in a car accident, but it may help to give the individual financial redress and some sense of closure.

Source:, "Driver and passenger identified in fatal accident on I-79", March 21, 2016

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