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Motor vehicle accidents: Roadside worker struck by vehicle

Individuals who perform roadside work may face a multitude of hazards while on the job. With less in the way of protective barriers to protect against collision, motor vehicle accidents that occur under similar circumstances can be devastating. A mower for the West Virginia state Division of Highways recently suffered a serious head injury after he was struck by another vehicle.

According to reports, the incident occurred just before 10:30 a.m. on a recent Thursday. The worker was traveling on the shoulder of the interstate when he or she was suddenly struck by another vehicle. The vehicle erupted in flames shortly after the collision, and two of the individuals within it were pronounced dead. The worker was reportedly conscious following the incident, but suffered a serious head injury in the process and was rushed to a medical facility.

Motor vehicle accidents: Crash at intersection injures 2, kills 1

Even with the implementation of traffic signals and signs, intersections remain a hot spot for dangerous collisions. Many motor vehicle accidents occur when one driver fails to adhere to these indicators, and the ramifications of such negligence can be devastating. A recent accident at an intersection in West Virginia has left two individuals with injuries, while another reportedly died shortly after.

According to authorities, the incident took place around 6 p.m. on a recent Saturday evening, when two vehicles collided at an intersection near an interstate on ramp. Police have advised that one of the vehicles was attempting to make a left turn when it was struck by a nearby truck. Both drivers were transported to the hospital for treatment shortly after the incident. One of the vehicles was also carrying a passenger, who was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.

Coal mine accidents: 1 dead after being struck by slab of coal

Mining companies and officials in West Virginia and elsewhere are constantly coming up with new ways to increase workplace safety. Despite these efforts, coal mine accidents continue to be a significant concern, leaving many families to grieve the untimely loss of a loved one. An incident at a coal mine in another state recently claimed the life of a man who was reportedly crushed by a slab of coal.

The incident is said to have occurred around 4 p.m. on a recent Thursday as a worker was moving equipment inside the mine. According to reports, a large portion of coal suddenly came loose and struck the man. Several other workers were apparently nearby, and began to apply first aid while awaiting emergency responders. An ambulance arrived shortly thereafter to transport him to the hospital, but he was unfortunately pronounced dead while in transit.

Motor vehicle accidents: Passenger injured during police pursuit

Attempting to evade police is never a solid move, and can place the safety of everyone nearby in harm's way. Motor vehicle accidents that occur under similar circumstances can be extremely dangerous, potentially leaving passengers and bystanders to suffer harm in a situation over which they have no control. A woman was recently airlifted to the hospital following an accident involving a police chase in West Virginia.

Authorities claim to have come upon the vehicle just after 10 p.m. on a recent Saturday, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop after noticing that its headlights were off. However, they say the driver failed to adhere and began to flee, resulting in a pursuit that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. At some point in the process, the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the median, and was arrested while attempting to flee on foot.

Motor vehicle accidents: Head-on collision kills 1, injuries 3

Head-on collisions can be exceedingly dangerous, each of which runs the risk of ending in disaster. Motor vehicle accidents that occur under similar circumstances can place the health of everyone nearby at risk. A recent head-on collision involving a tractor-trailer in West Virginia has claimed the life of one, and left three others in critical condition.

The incident reportedly occurred just before 6 a.m. on a recent Wednesday. According to police, a vehicle was traveling in the wrong lane of traffic and hit a semi head-on, then proceeded to collide with a nearby truck. The driver of the first vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, and three others involved in the accident were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Wrongful death: Hit-and-run accident leads to death of woman

When it comes to losing a loved one, not knowing what happened can be exceedingly challenging. However, finding out days later that the loss was the result of the negligence of another party can be even more difficult to accept, and surviving family members may wish to pursue restitution by filing a wrongful death claim. The body of a 36-year-old woman was recently discovered in a river in West Virginia following an investigation that led authorities to believe she was involved in a hit-and-run accident.

Local authorities say they received a call on a recent Tuesday concerning a possible hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian. Upon arriving at the scene, they proceeded to investigate the area, but were apparently unable to uncover any evidence of a collision, partly due to the conditions of the river at the time. The following Saturday, a woman's body was discovered in the river, and an inspection indicated that she had suffered numerous injuries, including two broken legs.

Motor vehicle accidents: Failure to stop can lead to serious harm

Traffic signals and stop signs are in place to increase the safety of every individual on the road. When a person chooses to ignore them, the results can be devastating, and many motor vehicle accidents end in serious injury to those involved. A recent collision in West Virginia resulted in injuries for three individuals, one of which had to be air-lifted to a nearby medical facility.

The accident took place on a recent Friday when a 31-year-old man failed to stop upon approaching an intersection. Authorities suggest that his vision of traffic was also obscured by a nearby truck, and after moving into the intersection, he proceeded to collide with an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the oncoming vehicle was subsequently airlifted to the hospital for treatment, while two passengers in the vehicle suffered only minor injuries.

Coal mine accidents: Man's body discovered on surface of mine

Individuals who work within certain fields of employment may face certain levels of risk on a daily basis. Although safety protocols and equipment may have led to a significant increase in safety among professions such as mining, coal mine accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate. A recent accident under similar circumstances has reportedly claimed the life of a 51-year-old man in West Virginia.

The man's body was found on the surface of a mine on a recent Friday. The cause of death remains unknown, and several state and federal investigations into the incident are apparently underway. According to reports, the man lost a brother to a mining accident just over 10 years prior, and is survived by a wife and two kids, along with several grandchildren.

Johnson & Johnson loses another products liability lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson is a name West Virginia parents have trusted for years. The company is well-known for its mild hygiene products that are marketed to be safe on babies. Because of their presumed safeness for use, some adults have also used the company's talcum-based products on themselves for various uses throughout the years. Unfortunately, there is a possible link to cancer with the consistent use of J&J's talcum-based products. A jury in another state just awarded $417 million to one woman in the products liability lawsuit she filed against the company, claiming a link between J&J products and her terminal cancer diagnosis.  

The 63-year-old woman was too sick to attend the trail in person, but was able to testify on video. She used the talcum-based product for decades, trusting its safeness. Unfortunately, she had to have a softball sized tumor removed when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She claimed if the company had warned that frequent use could result in cancer, she would have discontinued using the product.

Wrongful death: Collision claims life of 34-year-old woman

Head-on collisions can be some of the most dangerous accidents a person might experience, each of which runs the risk of ending in serious injuries, or worse. Many families in West Virginia and elsewhere have lost someone close under similar circumstances, in some cases at the hands of a negligent driver. Those forced to endure the loss of a loved one due to negligence could choose to seek guidance in pursuing restitution through a wrongful death claim.

Just after 4 p.m. on a recent Monday in West Virginia, a 19-year-old man was approaching a curve in the road when he suddenly lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle then proceeded to cross into oncoming traffic and hit another head-on. Although the man did not suffer serious injuries in the process, the 34-year-old driver that he hit was pronounced dead at the scene.

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