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Motor vehicle accidents: 2 injured, 1 dead after head-on crash

There are a multitude of circumstances in which a driver may cross into the wrong lane of traffic. Motor vehicle accidents that occur under similar circumstances run the risk of ending in catastrophe, potentially leaving many victims to suffer in a situation that was nearly impossible to avoid. A recent accident that took place under similar circumstances has left two individuals with injuries, and claimed the life of another in West Virginia.

According to reports, the incident took place just before 5 p.m. on a recent Friday when a driver suddenly lost control of her vehicle for unknown reasons. The vehicle then proceeded to cross into the wrong lane of traffic and strike another head-on. Both the driver and a passenger in the other vehicle were transported to the hospital for treatment soon thereafter, and the driver who initiated the collision was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coal mine accidents: Incident claims life of West Virginia man

Mining companies generally consider the health of employees to be of the utmost importance and take steps to increase worker safety. However, coal mine accidents continue to occur despite increases to safety protocols and procedures, and these incidents run the unfortunate risk of ending in disaster. A recent accident at a coal mine in West Virginia has claimed the life of a 34-year-old man.

According to reports, the incident occurred just before 1 a.m. on a recent Friday as the man was operating a dozer on the surface of a mine. For reasons unknown, the vehicle suddenly fell off the side of a wall and fell an unspecified distance. Although emergency responders were likely notified and en route to the site of the incident, the man was unfortunately pronounced dead soon thereafter.

Wrongful death: fatal collisions remain a threat in West Virginia

The untimely loss of a loved one is something no family should ever have to experience. Unfortunately, a car accident can occur at any moment, especially in the presence of negligence, and a family could be left facing a variety of hardships -- emotional and financial alike. Should another party be deemed at fault in a fatal collision, surviving family members of a victim in West Virginia could be entitled to restitution through a wrongful death claim.

According to recent studies, West Virginia ranks above the national average in fatal motor vehicle accidents. While there may be a variety of circumstances that contribute to these incidents, studies suggest that the mountainous terrain in various parts of the state might play a part. When coupled with the presence of inclement weather, such terrain could prove hazardous to navigate.

Motor vehicle accidents: Chain reaction collision injures 3

When a vehicle strikes another with enough force, the initial impact could start a chain-reaction spanning across all lanes of traffic. Motor vehicle accidents that occur under similar circumstances can be devastating, potentially placing the safety of everyone involved in harm's way. A recent accident involving multiple vehicles in West Virginia has left three individuals with injuries.

The incident took place just before 6 p.m. on a recent Friday as an SUV suddenly struck a car from behind. The force of the initial impact threw the car into an oncoming lane, where it subsequently collided with another vehicle. According to reports, the driver of the third vehicle was trapped within while awaiting emergency responders.

Motor vehicle accidents: Reckless driver injures 2

Many individuals may find it challenging to react in time to avoid collision when coming in contact with a reckless driver. Those who exhibit such negligence may place everyone nearby in danger in the process, and motor vehicle accidents that occur under similar circumstances run the risk of ending in disaster. A recent accident involving a seemingly reckless driver has injured two and claimed the life of another in West Virginia.

According to authorities, a call was placed in relation to a driver that was exhibiting erratic and reckless behavior. Before they were able to respond to the scene, they received reports that a collision had occurred. After reportedly nearly missing collision with several other vehicles, the car had crossed into an oncoming lane and struck a pickup truck.

Motor vehicle accidents: Head-on collision sends 1 to hospital

Even the safest of drivers can be at risk when confronted with the negligent decisions of others. Individuals who suffer serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents in which they had no control over the situation may wish to pursue restitution, but the process can be complex. A recent accident involving a wrong way driver who was operating a stolen vehicle has left one person with injuries in West Virginia.

According to authorities, the incident took place on a recent Tuesday morning when a vehicle suddenly crossed into an oncoming lane and struck another head-on. The driver who initiated the collision was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was removed from his or her vehicle by emergency responders and rushed to a medical facility for treatment.

Motor vehicle accidents involving drunk drivers can be disastrous

Driving under the influence of alcohol is never advisable, and such a decision can increase the odds of a potentially dangerous collision. Motor vehicle accidents that occur under similar circumstances can be devastating, perhaps even more so if a pedestrian is involved. A recent collision in West Virginia involving a drunk driver has reportedly left a 29-year-old pedestrian with serious injuries.

According to reports, the incident took place on a recent Saturday night when a man was struck by a vehicle while walking alongside the road. This propelled the man into another lane, where he was subsequently hit by another vehicle that was apparently unable to react in time to avoid a collision. The man reportedly suffered severe injuries in the process, and was likely rushed to a hospital for treatment soon thereafter.

Wrongful death: Failure to diagnose infection basis of lawsuit

When parents in West Virginia and elsewhere take their child to a hospital, they generally expect him or her to receive a certain quality of care in the process. Should a medical facility or health care professional fail to provide the appropriate level of treatment, the health of a patient could be place at significant risk. A family in another state has recently filed a lawsuit against an emergency room chain, claiming negligence led to the wrongful death of their 4-year-old daughter.

According to reports, the family took their child to the emergency at around 2 a.m. one morning after discovering she was suffering from a fever. She was also experiencing abnormal breathing patterns and a rapid heartbeat. After medical professionals ran several tests and administered fluids, the girl was sent home with a diagnosis of an ear infection and a prescription for medication.

Motor vehicle accidents: Collision claims life of pedestrian

Dangerous collisions can take place under a variety of circumstances, and each one has the potential to end in disaster. However, motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians can be some of the most devastating incidents, and many families have been forced to endure the loss of someone close under similar circumstances. A recent collision in West Virginia has claimed the life of a man who was hit by a vehicle while walking alongside a road with his wife.

According to reports, the incident took place just before 11 a.m. on a recent Wednesday. A man and his wife were walking alongside a local road when a vehicle suddenly struck the man, causing him to suffer fatal injuries in the process. Police have advised that the wife was not involved in the collision, and the road was shut down while they proceeded to investigate the incident.

Motor vehicle accidents: Distracted driving remains a concern

There are numerous circumstances in which a serious collision can occur. However, some may be more prevalent than others, such as intoxicated or distracted driving. Despite knowledge of the dangers of distracted driving, such negligence continues to be the cause in many motor vehicle accidents, even in states with strict laws prohibiting the use of cell phones, such as West Virginia.

In an effort to increase the safety of everyone on the road, lawmakers in West Virginia have not only banned texting and driving, but have also made it illegal to operate a cell phone with use of a handheld device. However, while the laws have resulted in a decrease in distracted driving accidents, these occurrences have only dropped by a small percentage. According to reports, the numbers are still alarming, and distraction has reportedly been a contributing factor in as many as 13,000 collisions in the state over the past seven years.

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