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West Virginia car accidents are often single-vehicle events

In a single-car accident, the driver is in most instances negligent in some way or another. Car accidents involving just one vehicle are very common in West Virginia and elsewhere. They are in a sense a testimonial to the destructiveness of inattentive driving.

When two or more vehicles are involved in an accident, there is often a combination of carelessness among the operators of the vehicles. In modern tort law, finding the comparative fault of each driver becomes important for the purposes of dividing up liability and settlement distributions for injured and deceased victims. With the single vehicle incident, however, there is clarity in that most of the time there is only the driver to blame for the tragic consequences.

This is probably true for a recent West Virginia single-car accident that took the life of one woman and has another woman seriously injured in the hospital. It was a rollover event on Route 640 in Mercer County, according to the county sheriff's office. A 28-year-old occupant of the vehicle was declared dead at the scene, while a 49-year-old female was hospitalized with severe injuries, according to authorities.

The police have not yet identified which person was the passenger and which the driver. A Sheriff's spokesperson stated that the car veered off the median, and started rolling after the driver overcorrected. Both women were then ejected. There was at least one witness who gave a statement to the authorities.

The authorities also reported that the right front tire went flat, but it remains unclear whether that was a factor in causing the accident. In West Virginia, as in all states, fatal car accidents always require an intensified investigation that probe a bit deeper than less serious incidents. The final report will give a more detailed picture of what happened and what went wrong to cause this tragic event. When the operator of the vehicle is identified that person or her estate will be liable to pay wrongful death damages to the passenger or her estate.

Source: bdtonline.com, "Names released in fatal Mercer County accident", Blake Stowers, Dec. 15, 2016

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