On May 9, it was reported that a two-vehicle accident that occurred on a West Virginia road resulted in the deaths of two people. The crash took place at about 12:30 p.m. on W.Va. 152 at German Ridge Road.
A 39-year-old woman turned herself in to authorities and was arraigned on May 8 in Cabell County, West Virginia. The woman faces multiple drunk driving charges after authorities say that she caused an accident on April 7 that resulted in the death of a 70-year-old. The crash occurred on the westbound portion of Interstate 64 near mile marker 4.
West Virginia motorists may be interested to know that a new product referred to as a "textalyzer" may help police learn more about their cellphone usage behind the wheel. The product enables authorities to place a cord into the phone that collects data about a driver's recent activity. It can determine what apps were open or if a person sent a text message just before an accident.
West Virginia residents who are injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver might also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the accident. However, they might also face a challenge in obtaining compensation for their PTSD as they would if they had a broken bone or another visible injury. If a lawsuit is necessary to get compensation, the time in which to file is not indefinite. Getting a diagnosis of PTSD is essential as it can go undiagnosed for months or even years.
Whenever an auto accident occurs in which there are injuries, and a West Virginia victim wishes to pursue damages via a lawsuit, a few elements are needed to support the claim. One is the factor of negligence, and the other is that the victim was harmed as a result. Therefore, plaintiffs will need to provide evidence of their injuries and proof of other monetary losses.
In West Virginia, motorists who cause a car accident after tailgating the vehicle in front of them may be held liable for any resulting injuries or damages. This is because drivers are responsible for maintaining a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of them so that they can avoid an accident if the other vehicle suddenly stops. However, it can be still be difficult to prove that the tailgating driver was liable.
Police in West Virginia say that a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 on the morning of April 7 that sent three people to the hospital was caused by a driver who was under the influence of heroin at the time. Wayne County prosecutors have been made aware of the accident and criminal charges have not been ruled out. The crash occurred at approximately 10:50 a.m. on Interstate 64 in the vicinity of Spring Valley Road.
As the number of distracted drivers grows, West Virginia motorists might need to start driving more defensively in anticipation of these distractions. In 2015 and 2016, the number of traffic fatalities around the country were up significantly after several years of decline. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that distracted driving as a cause of accidents is increasing more rapidly than accidents that happen because of drowsy driving, drunk driving, not wearing a seat belt or speeding. Cellphones are a significant source of this distraction.
West Virginia motorists may be interested to learn that approximately 33 percent of all drivers have developed the habit of driving while distracted. Even more surprisingly, an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report found that approximately 88 percent of millennials engage in risky behavior when they are behind the wheel. Many of these drivers believe that their unsafe behaviors are acceptable.
There is a myriad of factors that can cause a car accident. West Virginia motorists could benefit from learning what they are and how to determine who is liable for a crash.