A serious crash in Jefferson County left two people dead in the early morning of Oct. 23, according to state police. West Virginia authorities responded to the fatal crash around 2:35 a.m. on W. Va. 51. The driver believed responsible for the crash was among those killed, so no criminal charges will be forthcoming. However, a wrongful death lawsuit may yet be on the horizon against the driver's estate.
A recent report indicated that the number of injuries, deaths and illnesses related to coal mining are declining, which is good news for West Virginia people who are employed in this industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, the 2016 fiscal year was the safest in mining history. In this year, there were 24 deaths that resulted from coal mine accidents or illnesses, down from 38 the year before.
West Virginia readers know that teenage drivers often lack the experience and capacity to make mature, safe and practical decisions behind the wheel. This particular age group is especially likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents caused by speeding or other preventable behaviors, including distraction. In fact, speed is in the top five main reasons teenagers are involved in fatal accidents.
West Virginia readers know that distraction is one of the leading causes of crashes across the country, and the problem is only getting worse. With the widespread popularity of smart phones, the use of phone applications while driving is one of the main forms of distracted driving. Any moment of distraction, even just a few seconds, can cause serious motor vehicle accidents.