To follow up on a previous post, the driver of a vehicle who caused a fatal accident that left a West Virginia University student dead has now been charged with the crime of negligent homicide. The driver is a 20-year-old from out-of-state, and she was reported as in-custody and awaiting her initial hearing.
A boy from Nitro, who is 14 years old, is recovering from serious injuries after a motorist struck him as he was attempting to get on a bus to go to school for the day. While he was taken to an area hospital in Charleston in critical condition, his present status is not known.
West Virginians are no strangers to winter weather this time of year. Recent storms have already given the state its fair share of ice and snow, and, since it is only January, there is always the chance that more wintry precipitation is on the way.
Because of the importance of personal injury protections when victims have been injured by a negligent driver in a car or other type of accident, it is helpful for injured victims to understand the claims process and how it works. Car, truck and motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries and victims may be left wondering what to do about medical expenses, lost wages and the emotional toll of a car accident.
Distracted driving is an increasing concern on roadways throughout the country. As a result, West Virginia bans all handheld cell phone use for drivers. West Virginia also prohibits all drivers from texting and driving and has special rules for novice drivers as well. Using a handheld cell phone while driving is a primary offense in West Virginia that drivers can be pulled over and cited for.
Brain injuries can rob victims of their lives and may make family members feel that they have been robbed of their loved ones. Victims may lose their quality of life and family members may find them unrecognizable because of the emotional and personality changes victims may experience. Brain injuries can occur in car accidents and in other ways as well.
Brain injuries are serious injuries that can be suffered in a car accident and can sometimes disrupt a victim's life forever. Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, are a significant cause of disability and death in the United States each year, contributing to 30 percent of all injury deaths. A total of 153 victims die each day in the United States due to injuries that include traumatic brain injuries.
Officials in Kanawha County recently gathered to remind the community about safety concerns given the new school year. The upcoming school year recently began which means more traffic and a number of children going back and forth to school and other activities. Authorities reminded residents to be aware of school zones and abide by speed limits. Increased enforcement patrols were also planned for when children returned to school.
According to the U.S. National Highway Safety Administration, 391,000 people were injured and nearly 3,500 people were killed in road accidents involving distracted drivers in 2015. We often hear that we should not use our cell phones while driving unless we have a handsfree system that allows us to focus on the road and talk at the same time. However, a new study reveals that even having a simple conversation on the phone or in person can take your attention away from driving and cause car accidents.
It is common knowledge that teen drivers are not always responsible behind the wheel. However, a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded that the number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers is particularly high during the "100 Deadliest Days," which refers to the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day and is typically a dangerous time to be on the road for all motorists.