Traveling on the roadways presents many risks that most people are willing to take or may not even think about. Many individuals may go years without suffering any ill effects from hazards on the road, but serious accidents take place every day that can leave travelers with severe or fatal injuries. When such an incident occurs, some parties may have cause to file personal injury claims. In the case of fatalities, surviving family members may be entitled to pursue wrongful death claims.
It was recently reported that a crash between two vehicles took place in West Virginia. According to reports, emergency services were alerted to a reckless driver who had pulled onto the road and almost hit multiple vehicles. The car was heading west, and minutes after the initial call to report the driver, authorities received notice of a crash between the car and a pickup truck due to the car swerving into the wrong lane.
The incident resulted in the car driver suffering fatal injuries. The person was declared dead at the accident site. The passengers in the pickup truck suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening, but they were taken to an area hospital for treatment. It was not mentioned whether the driver of the pickup truck suffered any injuries in the incident.
Though the driver considered at fault for this accident was killed in the crash, legal action could still be taken. If the passengers in the pickup truck suffered serious injuries, they may have reason to file personal injury claims against the estate of the deceased driver. Information on taking such action in West Virginia may help them determine whether they would like to follow this course of action.
Source: journal-news.net, "1 dead after Hedgesville accident", Kelsie Lerose, Dec. 8, 2017