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Two-car accident injures five in West Virginia

Accidents on roadways are constantly occurring, and, at times, cannot be prevented. Car accidents in Beckley can be attributed to several factors such as weather, speeding, failure to yield and improper maintenance of a vehicle. Whether it is rain or snow, drivers should always factor in the road conditions during inclement weather. Reducing speeds for weather and traffic is crucial and could easily prevent an accident. Drivers should always practice safe driving by wearing a seat belt and following all traffic signs and signals. Lastly, in order get to a destination safely, drivers should have maintenance routinely done on their vehicle.

A two-car crash recently occurred in Putnam County on Route 817 in West Virginia at the intersection of Stewart Acres. The incident happened near John Amos Power Plant between two SUVs, when one of the SUVs crossed the centerline. The head on collision caused one person to be ejected from the vehicle and another two to become trapped within the SUV. Emergency crews responded to the incident. Several were seriously injured and transported to the hospital. It was reported that five people are recovering from the injuries they suffered in the car accident.

Police are still investigating the collision and have not determined the cause for the one SUV to cross the centerline. A person injured in an accident like this might have a personal injury suit. Medical bills, damages, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering are some of the costs that could be covered by compensation from the personal injury claim.

It cannot be stressed enough that drivers should practice safe driving habits. It is important to always wear a seat belt, follow posted speed limits, take their vehicles to routine check-up and complete the needed maintenance.

Source: WSAZ News Channel, "Five People Hurt in Crash on Route 817 in Putnam County," Jeremy Edwards, Dec. 28, 2013.

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