The years-long legal struggle for a family in Taylor County continues. A woman filed a lawsuit on behalf of her late husband's estate after he was killed in a motorcycle accident close to Pruntytown. The lawsuit was filed in 2010, but the fatal accident occurred in 2008.
Given the sheer magnitude of payloads, the size of the vehicle and the types of loads tractor trailers carry, truck drivers in West Virginia and throughout the country are legally held to a higher standard of safety than other drivers. Unfortunately, not every driver of a large commercial vehicle exercises due caution while on the road.
The West Virginia Division of Highways had to shut down the northbound lanes of Route 199 recently due to an accident. Two people were injured and one was killed in the logging truck accident. Even though this does not seem to be a section of road that has a lot of accidents, the possibility that concrete barriers separating the north and south lanes may have prevented this crash.
There are times when pedestrians are forced to be in or near West Virginia roadways with cars. It is incumbent on drivers to be aware of their surroundings and any potential obstacles in order to avoid hitting a pedestrian. The possibility of a pedestrian vs. car accident increases dramatically when a driver isn't paying proper attention.
The West Virginia State Police has released the names of two women that were killed in Lewisburg. The women were victims of a one car accident. Three other occupants in the vehicle, including a 2-year-old boy, were also injured.
Police are investigating a head-on collision that took place on a West Virginia highway in Wood County. The car accident killed one driver and sent a passenger in the other vehicle to the hospital with serious injuries. It is not yet known which driver may have been at fault in the accident.
When a family files a wrongful death claim as the result of losing a loved one in an accident, they may be able to include parties other than the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident. For example, a West Virginia physician has been sentenced to two years in prison in connection with a car accident that occurred back in April 2009. The physician had prescribed pills to the driver that caused the accident.
Police agencies in the northern panhandle of West Virginia are once again conducting their "holiday blitz" in an effort to deter drinking and driving. The operation is conducted in an effort to catch drunk drivers before they cause a serious car wreck, injuring themselves or other people. In addition to sobriety check points, there will be extra officers on the road paid for by a grant. Free cab rides are offered for anyone living within a 10 mile radius of the place they have been drinking.
A school bus is a truck. That makes it a commercial vehicle. And like all commercial vehicles, those who drive school buses in West Virginia are required to get special training and can only drive under special licensure. The purpose for this, of course, is to enhance the safety for all on the road. Unfortunately, truck accidents involving school buses and other large vehicles occur.
Three separate accidents in Ohio County, West Virginia over the course of two days have claimed three lives and left one person in critical condition. Two of the accidents were rear-end collisions, and one car accident was a head-on collision. Only one of the accidents has resulted in criminal charges.