When a car accident results in the death of the driver considered responsible, other individuals who were harmed by the accident may feel that they have no legal options. However, even after a fatal incident in which a driver dies, surviving victims or families of other deceased victims could still pursue legal action against that driver's estate. Personal injury or wrongful death claims could allow for the pursuit of compensation.
Families who lose individuals in automobile crashes may feel a sense of disbelief soon after the incident. The situation may be even more difficult to process if the driver considered at fault for the incident did not remain on the scene. Hit-and-run car accidents are common events and can prove fatal. When this is the outcome, surviving family of the victim may wait anxiously for an arrest.
Two men died in a head-on crash recently one early morning in Putnam County. The West Virginia car accident happened just after midnight when a southbound car crossed the center line of the roadway and struck an on-coming semi. The driver and the passenger of the car were killed.
A recent crash between a car and a government mower on a busy stretch of interstate highway killed two people. The mid-morning car accident, which set the vehicle on fire, claimed the lives of the West Virginia residents when their SUV collided with a West Virginia Division of Highways mower. A state worker suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to the hospital.
A 36-year-old woman lost her life when her car recently collided with a dump truck. The West Virginia car accident, on Highway 51 near Middleway, also seriously injured a 35-year-old female who was a passenger in the car. The deceased driver was from Martinsburg.
Two people were injured in a crash between a school bus and a delivery van recently in Berkeley County. West Virginia residents continue to be injured or to lose their lives in car accidents on the state's busy roads. In this case, both the driver of the bus and the van driver were taken to hospital with unknown injuries. One other person involved in the collision was not injured.
A recent five-car chain reaction accident in West Virginia illustrates some principles of negligence in rear-end collision cases. In those kinds of car accidents, it is often very difficult to impose liability on any of the operators other than the initial offender who started the chain. The accident happened on U.S. Route 220 in front of Blackburn Square in Keyser.
The law of personal injury in West Virginia is predominated by the principle of negligence. When one who owes a duty to another negligently causes injury to that person, the injured party is entitled to collect according to the damages provided by state law. Car accidents make up a significant portion of personal injury claims in the state.
Not every claim for damages filed in a West Virginia court is always victorious. Some car accidents are speculative on the issue of liability but are filed due to extraordinarily high damages. That may be an underlying consideration behind a claim filed recently in Mercer County against a truck driver and the truck owner by a couple claiming personal injury damages.
In West Virginia, the law of negligence defines liability for injuries and deaths in vehicular accidents. Negligence law governs car accidents in all states. Generally, if an operator was not at least negligent to some degree, that operator cannot be found partially or wholly liable to an injured party or to the estate of a person killed in the accident.