West Virginia drivers know that distracted drivers often display some of the same behaviors as drunk drivers. As the popularity of cellphones has grown over the last decade, so has concern regarding the consequences of distracted driving. While texting and driving is a relatively common reason for motor vehicle accidents, it is not the only risky behavior common behind the wheel.
West Virginia readers may have heard of the troubling reports in the media regarding the potential dangers of Essure contraceptive products. When these products were released more than 10 years ago, they were advertised as a quick and non-invasive way that women could get permanent birth control. Now, there are many concerned people speaking out about the dangers of the product and procedure, leaving the manufacturer vulnerable to potential products liability claims.
A team of researchers at West Virginia University has been working to reduce the number of coal mine accidents in surface mines. Traditionally, coal mine accidents are associated underground mines, but it is hoped that advancements in safety could improve conditions in surface mines as well. A new system has been developed to help miners prevent equipment-related accidents.
A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against Wheeling Hospital after he fell during an x-ray. The personal injury lawsuit claims that the defendants were negligent in their care of the patient, ultimately leading to exacerbated physical injuries. He was at the hospital to see his doctor after being diagnosed with a concussion.
University landscape architect students from West Virginia recently built displays to be shared with the public in Miners Park. The project was part of a memorial gathering that honors those who have died in coal mine accidents in the state. The recent event was the 12th annual memorial of its kind in Everettville.
Every day, West Virginia residents are harmed by products that they use on a regular basis. When a dangerous product causes injury, it may be because of factors outside of the victim's control. Issues with packaging, harmful product contents, improper labeling and other factors may have caused an incident that harmed the consumer. When this happens, victims have the right to pursue a products liability claim against the parties believed responsible for their suffering.
A recent article mentioned the April anniversary of a tragedy that took place when close to 30 men were killed in a West Virginia mining accident. Coal mine accidents in the state involving fatalities were nearly double those in the next highest ranking state between 2014 and 2015. Current statistics suggest that there are approximately 10 deaths per year in the West Virginia coal mines.
West Virginia residents are likely aware of a recent accident involving an Amtrak train that left 55 victims injured and several train cars derailed. The passenger train collided with a tractor-trailer as the truck was crossing the railroad track. Although the out-of-state accident is still under investigation, victims who suffered because of this collision may consider seeking personal injury compensation.
Coal mine workers in West Virginia are faced with a multitude of hazards on every shift they work. Workers have the right to work environments that are safe and free of preventable hazards. Failure of mining companies to adhere to prescribed safety regulations may lead to coal mine accidents that may cause catastrophic injuries or worse.
A trucking company that has trucks running on the highways of several states is facing a federal lawsuit that was filed by the wife of a truck driver who died in an accident in 2013 near Bluefield, West Virginia. The lawsuit names the trucking company and one its clients as defendants in the wrongful death claim. According to the plaintiff, she employed her husband to collect and deliver goods on behalf of the defendant trucking company.