A driver could face criminal charges for allegedly causing a fatal accident. A teenage girl was killed in the collision and six others suffered injuries, one of whom was listed in serious condition. West Virginia police are still investigating the auto accident and what contributing factors might have been present.
The 16-year-old teenager was riding with a 19-year-old driver at the time of the wreck. As they traveled in an SUV on the westbound side of Route 10, an eastbound vehicle turned directly in front of their path. Unable to avoid a collision, the SUV struck the smaller passenger vehicle. The teenager suffered fatal injuries, although it is not clear if she passed away at the scene of the accident or after being transported to a hospital.
Police say that the 34-year-old driver of the passenger vehicle was at fault. Four minors and an adult passenger were also in his vehicle at the time of the wreck, and emergency responders transported all of them to the hospital for treatment. Although none of their injuries were listed as life-threatening, one was considered to be in serious condition. The drivers of both vehicles apparently did not require treatment at a hospital, but were likely evaluated at the scene of the wreck.
The period of time following a fatal auto accident can be overwhelming and confusing for surviving family members. There cost of unexpected funeral expenses and other financial damages are often more than the average West Virginia family can feasibly handle, leaving most with little hope. However, the successful actions of a wrongful death claim can yield necessary compensation, which can then be applied to related damages.