Car accidents can occur in the blink of an eye. Cars traveling in the same direction may bump into each other, causing one or more drivers to lose control. Intersection accidents can involve distracted driving, or other events. A sudden swerve can lead to a wreck on a West Virginia road.
Wood County deputies say that Mineral Wells, West Virginia man swerved into oncoming traffic around 2:15 last Friday afternoon. The man reportedly was traveling southbound on West Virginia 21. For an unknown reason, the man swerved in his Ford F-150, crossing into the northbound lane where a 21-year-old Rockport, West Virginia was driving in a Chevrolet S-10.
The force of the impact sent the Chevy off the road, where it struck a residence. The pickup truck left a hole in the front of the house, according to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Both drivers involved in the head-on collision were taken to Camden Clark Medical Center.
The young man who had been driving the Chevy died at the hospital Friday after the wreck. The 32-year-old Mineral Springs resident was transferred to Ruby Memorial hospital. Authorities say that he was treated and later released.
An investigation was opened into the fatal accident. Law enforcement told the News and Sentinel that the cause of the crash is not yet known, however, charges will be filed.
Generally, when a person is killed in an accident, family members of the victim may have many unanswered questions. If an act of negligence on the part of another driver, or even on the part of an auto manufacturer or other entity, was involved in causing a fatal accident, families may need assistant in seeking justice for a wrongful death in West Virginia. A personal injury lawyer familiar with wrongful death actions should know that issues with the estate of the deceased need to be addressed as well.
Source: Parkersburg News and Sentinel, "Rockport accident claims one, not two, lives," Feb. 10, 2013