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Three injured and one killed in a head-on collision in WV

With accidents usually comes fault, but sometimes cause is not always easily determined for an accident. Car accidents occur fairly frequently on the roadways, and usually one driver is the party that is liable for the incident. In other instances, it could be a contributory incident where both parties' negligence or carelessness contributed to the cause of the accident. Slowing down, yielding, staying off the phone and checking the vehicle's mirrors could prevent some accidents. Other times, even when alert and practicing safe driving habits, a driver's reaction time isn't fast enough to avoid an oncoming hazard.

A head-on collision between two vehicles recently occurred in Wood County. A Toyota Corolla traveling southbound and a Chevrolet Tracker driving northbound carrying two passengers, a young woman and her three-month-old child, collided on W. Va. 2. Emergency crews responded to the accident and began to assess and treat the victims in the crash. The female passenger in the Chevrolet Tracker suffered serious injuries and had to be flown via helicopter to the hospital. The driver of the tracker and the three-month-old were treated for their minor injuries and soon were released from the hospital. The driver of the Corolla suffered serious injuries and later died at the hospital.

Authorities are still investigating the accident. They have made a statement saying that they have a basic understanding of what happened but have not yet determined the cause of the accident. In an accident like this where multiple people were injured and one person was killed, the injured parties and the family of the deceased could file a personal injury suit or a wrongful death suit. The compensation that is awarded from the claims could go toward any financial burdens that have resulted because of the accident. Medical bills, damages, lost wages and pain and suffering could potentially be covered.

It is often said that accidents are called accidents for a reason. Sometimes they cannot be prevented. In tragic incidents, it is important to have support of loved ones to help cope with the loss of a loved one or help someone through their recovery after being injured.

Source: newsandsentinel.com, "Vienna woman dies in two-vehicle crash," Mandi Cardosi, Jan. 29, 2013

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