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Early morning Charleston accident leads to fatality

Cars and trucks are thousands of pounds of metal, glass and other assorted materials, and they can travel at high speeds. Most people can easily understand that bad things happen when these vehicles run into each other or into any other objects. Likewise, the outcomes can be very grim when a motor vehicle strikes a person who is walking near the street or riding on a bicycle. Such was the case in a recent accident in Charleston.

At about 5 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, a biker was riding along US 119 North near Trace Fork Road when he was hit by a car. Emergency responders rushed the bicyclist to the hospital in critical condition, but he did not survive the accident injuries. Charleston Police had to close lanes of traffic while they cleared the wreckage from the accident. Authorities have begun an initial accident investigation.

The police did not believe that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident, and they did not charge him with any crimes. They planned to continue their investigation into the incident.

Although the driver did not face any immediate criminal charges related to the accident, it does not mean that authorities won't charge him after police finish their investigation. In addition, even if the driver faces no charges whatsoever, that does not mean that he will escape all legal liability for the accident.

Many fatal accidents in West Virginia are caused by a driver's failure to take reasonable steps to avoid an unnecessary risk of harm to others on the road. All drivers have a responsibility to follow traffic laws and the rules of the road. Furthermore, safety should be a driver's highest priority. This means always paying attention to the road, and looking out for anyone else nearby, whether it be a driver in another vehicle, a pedestrian or a bicyclist.

The recent fatal accident in West Virginia shows just how dangerous automobiles can be. Although it is unknown whether the driver could have done anything to avoid the accident, it is a reminder that people should always be alert and cautious while driving and cycling.

Source: WOWKTV.com, "Bicyclist struck by car along Corridor G declared dead," Merrily McAuliffe, Sept. 24, 2015

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