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A man’s life was recently cut short as a result of a West Virginia motor vehicle accident. Now, the man’s surviving loved ones are left to grieve over his loss and to question how the accident happened in the first place. Another person suffered injuries in the car wreck.

The car accident took place along U.S. Route 19 at about 3:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. According to authorities, a minivan collided with a small sport utility vehicle. The 30-year-old man who was driving the minivan passed away in the collision. He happened to be a guitarist for a popular local band.

Meanwhile, the person who was driving the sport utility vehicle survived the crash but was transported to the hospital for the treatment of injuries. His condition was reportedly stable. Authorities continue to investigate what caused the crash.

If an investigation suggests that the injured driver caused the car wreck due to being negligent behind the wheel, the loved ones of the deceased driver may choose to file a wrongful death claim against him or her, seeking damages. Likewise, if the deceased driver was found to have been at fault in the collision, the injured driver may decide to file a personal injury claim against his estate and anyone else with an ownership interest in the minivan he was operating at the time of the accident. Competent proof of negligence is required to establish liability before the civil court hearing the case. Once this happens claims for damages will be decided in West Virginia.