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Who is responsible for most motorcycle accident injuries?

Motorcycle riders tend to be passionate about their chosen form of transport, and the appeal might be easy to understand. Motorcycles may provide a sense of freedom and movement that most people in West Virginia simply do not feel when sitting behind the wheel of a larger motor vehicle. Unfortunately, it is drivers of those vehicles that are more likely to cause motorcycle accident injuries.

Those who ride motorcycles usually understand that they are at a higher risk for injury on the road. Not only are they more exposed than they would otherwise be in a passenger vehicle, but they are also smaller and sometimes more difficult to spot. Neither of these things excuse other drivers from acting negligently behind the wheel, though. Despite this, many still do.

Injured in a drunk driving wreck? You deserve help

Despite the existence of taxi cabs, various ride-sharing apps and campaigns that highlight the dangers of driving while impaired, people in West Virginia continue to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. These individuals put you and everyone else on the road at serious risk for suffering injuries in an accident. Drunk driving wrecks are often serious or even fatal, leaving victims and/or their families in difficult situations. 

Car accidents are serious enough as it is, but add an intoxicated driver in the mix and you have a potentially deadly combination. These drivers tend to act recklessly and may travel at high rates of speed or fail to apply their brakes before impact, which can lead to severe injuries. You might already be familiar with some of these common injuries: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries 
  • Neck injuries 
  • Spinal cord damage 
  • Lacerations 
  • Broken and fractured bones 
  • Internal injuries or bleeding 

Criminal charges against West Virginia man after fatal accident

A West Virginia man is facing serious criminal charges after a fatal motorcycle accident. The accident took place in October, but the defendant was recently arraigned on charges of misdemeanor negligent homicide. If convicted, he could face penalties that include time behind bars and expensive fines. A conviction will also result in the revocation of the defendant's West Virginia driver's license.

When law enforcement initially responded to the fatal accident, they arrived on the scene to find a large black truck with a motorcycle stuck to the front of it. Evidence suggests that the motorcycle was on fire at some point, and the collision was severe enough to scatter various parts across the road. The man on the motorcycle was declared dead by emergency personnel at the scene of the accident.

You deserve help in the aftermath of a drunk driving accident

If you are driver who takes the rules of the road seriously, getting behind the wheel knowing that others are less cautious can be stressful. Even if you always buckle your seatbelt, follow the post speed limit and stop at all traffic lights, all it takes is a single negligent act by another person to permanently alter the course of your life. If you were recently injured in a drunk driving accident in West Virginia, here is what you need to know.

Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol are not only putting themselves at risk, they are also making the road dangerous for everyone else. Injuries from drunk driving accidents tend to be severe, too. You may be dealing with one or more of the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Neck or spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones or lacerations

1 dead in motorcycle accident

West Virginia police recently arrested a man who they say was under the influence of alcohol when he caused a deadly wreck. The motorcycle accident left one man dead and at least one other -- the driver police say was responsible -- injured. It is unclear if the third individual involved in the wreck suffered any physical injuries.

According to authorities, the 25-year-old driver had been drinking before he got behind the wheel of his vehicle. At shortly after 9 p.m., he changed lanes directly in front of another car. Unable to avoid a collision, the second vehicle struck the alleged drunk driver's vehicle from behind. The force of the crash was so intense that the apparent negligent driver lost control and veered out of his lane.

Driver pleads guilty in drunk driving accident

A driver who wrecked his vehicle, killing his passenger, recently pleaded guilty to charges related to the accident. He could face up to 15 years behind bars for his felony DUI charge. However, for West Virginia families who must deal with the aftermath of a drunk driving accident, a criminal conviction may not be enough.

The wreck occurred back in May 2017, when the 29-year-old driver allegedly got behind the wheel of his friend's vehicle. He was apparently driving his friend -- the owner of the vehicle -- home. However, witnesses told police that they spotted the vehicle traveling at extremely high rates of speed just prior to the wreck, and his passenger sent texts to his wife, stating that he was worried about the speed at which the driver was going. One police officer spotted the vehicle traveling at upwards of 95 mph.

Logging truck accident kills woman in her driveway

Most people feel relatively safe when standing in their own driveway. While drivers usually understand that traveling in a motor vehicle puts them at risk for a serious accident, there is usually little to no worry of this for those who are simply standing outside. Unfortunately, this was not the case for a West Virginia woman who was killed while she was on her own property.

According to police, the driver of a large truck was responsible for the accident. While northbound on West Virginia's Route 92, the driver somehow lost control of his vehicle and crashed. The truck overturned, and the load of logs spilled out, rolling onto a driveway.

3 Defensive driving tips your teenager must know

A Kentucky town is in mourning, after the loss of two high school students killed in a car accident earlier this month. A vehicle running from police struck the student’s car as they were passing through an intersection. Two other students riding in the victim’s car suffered serious injuries from the crash.  

Several Kentucky police departments tried to stop the high-speed pursuit, but the tragedy still occurred. Help your teenager stay safe on the road by teaching them the following three defensive driving skills: 

Alleged drunk driver charged for fatal collision

A man accused of killing another person in a drunk driving accident recently asked for a reduction of his bond, which was denied. The West Virginia man is facing charges of DUI causing death for his role in the fatal collision. The victim died after the alleged drunk driver struck the victim's motorcycle. 

Police were called to the scene of an accident in early Oct. 2018, where a 64-year-old man driving a pickup truck had failed to yield to the right of way, turned in front of an oncoming motorcyclist and caused a devastating collision. Although emergency responders transported the victim to an area hospital for care, he died soon after. The driver up the pickup managed to walk away from the wreck without injuries, although police claim that he was having troubling standing afterward, and it was not from shock. 

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