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Drivers in West Virginia may feel understandably on edge when driving near semitrucks and other large vehicles. After all, these types of motor vehicles can cause serious injuries in accidents, and fatigue among truck drivers is a common issue. However, it is not impossible for the driver of a passenger vehicle to cause a semitruck accident that leads to injuries.

According to police, at approximately 7:15 a.m., a man hauling a trailer behind his car caused an accident involving a semitruck, garbage truck and pickup truck. The car with the trailer was reportedly attempting to pass the garbage truck when he passed into the opposite lane of traffic, where a semitruck was traveling. The semitruck driver swerved to try and avoid hitting the car, but ended up clipping the car's trailer before striking the garbage and pickup trucks.

Driver pleads guilty for deadly car accident

Losing a loved one in a fatal accident is a devastating experience. For some West Virginia families, seeing the person responsible for the wreck held criminally accountable can be an important part of the grieving process. While not all drivers face criminal charges for their actions, one man recently pleaded guilty for his role in a deadly car accident.

The 28-year-old man was behind the wheel of a water tanker traveling 58 mph when he drove into vehicles stopped at a traffic light. The water tanker first hit a smaller vehicle, which was stopped directly behind a dump truck. The passenger vehicle was crushed between the water tanker and dump truck, killing a 48-year-old father and his 17-year-old daughter.

3 common contributing factors in rollover accidents

When a vehicle rolls over during a car accident, most West Virginia residents immediately understand the severity of the situation. After all, vehicles are supposed to operate with their tires planted firmly on the ground, and when a vehicle overturns or rolls multiple times, it is likely that the individuals inside that vehicle will suffer injuries.

You may wonder what would cause a rollover accident, and really, various factors could play a part in whether a vehicle overturns. Some of those factors may seem obvious, but others could come as a surprise to you and others.

Teen killed, another injured in early morning truck accident

Allowing teenagers to have a sense of freedom behind the wheel is not always easy for parents. Most worry about their children's safety, even if their teens are otherwise safe and cautious drivers. The reality is that driving can be dangerous no matter how well a driver acts behind the wheel. A West Virginia community may have realized this after a teenager was killed in a truck accident while on his way to school.

The 16-year-old teen was driving himself and his sister to school when they were involved in a serious accident. The wreck occurred in an area that the local community describes as a difficult curve that comes after a stretch of straight roadway. A tractor-trailer was traveling on the same curve and collided head-on with the teenager's SUV.

Large truck accidents can be devastating

Drivers in West Virginia are probably used to seeing 18-wheelers speeding along the interstate, and most might not give these massive vehicles another thought. Unfortunately, just because they are common does not mean they are safe. The injuries associated with large truck accidents are severe, and many victims live with lifelong symptoms or do not survive at all.

When fully loaded, commercial trucks often weigh as much as 25 times more than a typical passenger vehicle. When a large truck collides with it a small vehicle, it is easy to see how the sheer weight of the truck can cause severe damage. The contents of a truck at the time of an accident can also influence how severe the outcome is. For example, a truck that is carrying flammable or toxic substances can cause serious damage.

How can wrongful death claims help families?

Unexpectedly losing a loved one in a car accident is a devastating experience that no one in West Virginia should have to go through. Unfortunately, the prevalence of negligent drivers on the road means that virtually anyone could be at risk for having to deal with this. If you lost a loved one, here are a few things to know about wrongful death claims.

While you may have already known that victims of car accidents can seek compensation through personal injury lawsuits, you might have never heard of wrongful death claims. These suits allow surviving family members to seek compensation on behalf of the victim killed in a car wreck (or other forms of negligence). While money cannot bring back your family member, just compensation can make dealing with the aftermath of a fatal wreck easier for you.

Report: pickup trucks show room for safety improvement

Science and technology have led to many life-saving innovations, including in automobiles. The NHTSA says that new vehicles are safer than ever, which is great news for consumers. Driver-assisting technologies such as cameras and warning indicators are becoming more common, improving the overall structural integrity of our vehicles and increasing the safety of newer vehicles.

However, just because vehicles have become safer doesn’t mean that we’ve attained total vehicle safety. Consumer Reports released a report regarding the safety of pickup trucks as passenger vehicles. It seems that while they’re generally safe vehicles, these trucks need continued improvement in passenger safety.

Alleged drunk driver accused of multi-vehicle wreck

For parents, there may be few things more terrifying than learning that a child was involved in an accident. This was the reality for at least one set of West Virginia parents after an alleged drunk driver struck a school bus. While only one student was on the bus at the time of the accident, injuries related to drunk driving accidents can be severe and may even take several days for symptoms to fully emerge.

According to police, the driver of a pickup truck was under the influence of alcohol when he rear-ended another vehicle. The force of the collision caused that car to hit another vehicle, which then struck the bus from behind. He initially fled the scene of the accident, but stopped at a car rental store nearby. Police found him hiding in the restroom at the store.

Fatal accidents common in West Virginia

Feeling unsafe while driving can be an extremely unsettling experience. From dealing with speeding tractor-trailers on the interstate to watching out for distracted drivers glued to their smartphones, driving can certainly be dangerous. Unfortunately, driving in West Virginia might be more dangerous -- and deadly -- than most people think. West Virginia is ranked high on the list of states with the most fatal accidents.

The financial website 247wallst recently conducted a study on road safety and accident fatalities. Researchers used data from both the National Safety Council and the Population Estimates program, which was circulated by the U.S. Census Bureau. They discovered that on average there are 12 fatalities per every 100,000 people in the country.

After my collision, what damages can I be compensated for?

Car accident victims usually have to deal with far more than just physical injuries. The emotional toll of being involved in a serious collision can be debilitating, and economic damages only compound the difficult nature of the recovery process. For those in West Virginia who want to seek compensation for their damages but are unsure of what that includes, here are a few economic damages that might apply.

Being disfigured in an accident can be especially traumatic. Disfigurement can include a wide range of physical deformities, including scarring and other permanent changes to a victim's personal appearance. Victims can sometimes receive compensation for disfigurement, while in other situations this is covered by compensation for mental anguish.

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