One person has passed away in a tragic motor vehicle collision in West Virginia. Meanwhile, two other people were injured in the Friday morning collision. Sometimes, this type of car accident is the result of a driver's carelessness, which is grounds for litigation.
According to police, a woman, 53, was driving a car east on a road. All of a sudden, her motor vehicle went over the road's double line. Unfortunately, it ended up crashing into a pickup truck that a man, 39, was driving.
The woman who allegedly caused the two-vehicle collision passed away at the accident scene. Meanwhile, the male driver and his granddaughter suffered injuries and were transported to the hospital. Their injuries were so serious that they each had to be airlifted to a specialty hospital.
In this situation, the two individuals who survived the crash may opt to file personal injury claims in connection with it, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. Although the woman who police said caused the crash died in the wreck, her estate may still be sued, and so may anyone with an ownership interest in her car. In civil court, liability has to be established, based upon a showing of negligence, before any claims for damages are decided.
A claim that is successfully litigated might result in a damage award that may help the injury victims to cover their losses related to the West Virginia car accident. For instance, monetary damages may help with covering hospital bills and even the cost of therapy following the accident. Damages can also help with addressing pain and suffering caused by these types of motor vehicle collisions.