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Two-car accident in West Virginia sends driver to hospital

West Virginia residents understand how driving can bring frustrations, especially when there is heavy traffic. However, drivers must not let themselves get distracted during times of traffic jams or long commutes, because distraction can in turn result in a car accident.

Police were recently called to the scene of a two-car collision that occurred in Jackson County. The crash happened at around 1:30 p.m., when a vehicle was rear-ended while making a turn from the road that both vehicles were traveling down. When emergency crews responded, they assessed the conditions of the victims. The driver of the automobile that struck the turning car had to be cut out of her vehicle. She was then flown to the hospital for treatment of her injuries, where her condition is unknown. The condition of the driver of the vehicle that was rear-ended was not reported at the time.

The collision remains under investigation and questions as to negligence and liability remain. Although rear-end accidents are typically found to be the fault of the driver who hit the preceding car, contributory negligence may be a factor. If a driver's brake lights are out, for example, or if that driver stops in the middle of the road for some reason instead of pulling over to the side, that driver may be partially at fault for getting rear-ended.

It will be particularly important to establish whether that is the case in an accident like this, where the rear-ending driver suffered serious injuries requiring an emergency hospital flight. Medical helicopters and plane trips to the nearest hospital may cost up to an astonishing $25,000 per flight, and insurance may only cover a fraction of that cost. However, compensation for costs like this can be sought through a personal injury lawsuit, along with compensation for other medical bills and pain and suffering.

Source: WSAZ News Channel 3, "Woman Flown to Hospital After Crash," June 1, 2013

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