West Virginia court to hear negligence case

A woman filed a lawsuit in Mercer Circuit Court alleging that another driver's negligent behaviors led to injuries suffered in a car crash. In June 2014, the woman was driving west on Morrison Street in Princeton when she was rear ended by another vehicle. The plaintiff claimed that she was hit when she slowed to yield for another driver and the driver in the car behind her didn't stop.

The suit claims that the woman suffered injuries that resulted in medical bills as well as a loss of enjoyment. She is also suing for lost wages as well as lost future earnings because of the injuries suffered in the crash. In her claim, the injured plaintiff asked for a jury trial to determine appropriate financial compensation in addition to court costs and attorney fees related to the lawsuit.

A person who is injured in a rear-end collision may immediately think about filing a lawsuit against the other driver. However, it must be established that the other driver was acting in a negligent manner prior to the crash. For instance, it may be necessary to show that the other driver was following too closely or driving too fast for road conditions at the time of the accident.

An attorney for an injured victim can establish that negligent driving was the cause of the accident through a review of the official investigation report, eyewitness testimony and other available evidence. In the event that the insurance company for the at-fault motorist offers a settlement that is insufficient to cover all of the victim's losses, then the filing of a personal injury lawsuit might be in order.

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