While there has been a large amount of attention paid to texting and driving and cell phone use while driving, there are in fact a number of circumstances that lead to fatal accidents which fall under the broad umbrella of being caused by "distracted driving". While it may be hard to believe, cell phone usage is only the second leading cause of deadly distracted driving accidents, being blamed for 14 percent of them. While this is not to say that campaigns against texting and driving are therefore unimportant, it may lead one to wonder what other things or circumstances cause people to take their minds and even eyes off of the road.
While it is always sad when a patient in the Charleston, West Virginia, area winds up dying despite being under a doctor's care, it is especially difficult when a family learns that the patient's death could have been prevented had the doctor been more careful or, to put it another way, followed the appropriate standard of medical care.
While a fatal incident of medical malpractice can of course happen in dramatic fashion on the operating table, a doctor's seemingly innocuous mistake or delay in diagnosing a West Virginia patient can also prove to be deadly.
A student at West Virginia University who was crossing the street in daylight was in critical condition after a pickup truck hit her. According to reports, the student was in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident.
One person is dead after a rather strange pedestrian accident in the lot of a trucking company in West Virginia. While police are still investigating the accident, they have said that at least at this point, no criminal activity is suspected.
Wrongful death law is the area of the law that protects family members of victims wrongfully killed in an accident. Wrongful death injuries are the worst type of harm that can be suffered by victims in a car accident or other type of accident. Surviving family members may be left with unexpected financial challenges as they struggle to deal with the emotional challenges they face following the unexpected loss of a loved one.
Families and victims impacted by a truck accident are legally protected. A woman was recently killed and another woman was seriously injured in a truck accident with a dump truck in West Virginia. A 36-year old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the truck accident and the 35-year old passenger in the vehicle was air-lifted to a local hospital. The second victim was listed in critical condition following the accident. A dog traveling in the vehicle was also injured and was given oxygen and taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment.
This blog recently discussed wrongful death actions and how they serve as a resource for surviving family members of victims wrongfully killed by negligent drivers. A recent fatal truck accident in a West Virginia community northeast of the Kanawha area claimed the life of a 37-year old man. The victim was pronounced dead at a nearby medical facility where he had been flown following the collision between his vehicle and a box truck.
If you have had a loved one killed in a wrongful death accident, you may have heard of a wrongful death legal claim for damages but may not have understood exactly what is was or how it could help. In general, a wrongful death claim is a claim brought on behalf of the surviving family members of a loved one wrongfully killed because of someone else's negligence. Wrongful death clams are based on state statutes so it is important to know the laws in your state.
The death of up and coming pop star Christina Grimmie left her friends and family devastated. Her family has filed an amended complaint in a wrongful death lawsuit after a judge dismissed their original lawsuit and gave them 21 days to amend it.