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West Virginia woman injured in rear-end collision


As a previous post discussed, automobile safety technology can be used to reduce or prevent certain types of collisions. Rear-end collisions, in particular, are common, especially during times of increased traffic such as morning and afternoon rush hour. If a driver is not paying attention, this could easily cause the driver to collide with the rear of the vehicle ahead of them. This is what happened recently on a West Virginia highway.

According to preliminary reports, a two-vehicle collision occurred on Interstate 64E in Putnam County. West Virginia State Police reported that a vehicle rear-ended another vehicle around 7:45 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the Interstate between the St. Albans and Scott Depot exits.

Following the rear-end collision, emergency crews transported a woman to the hospital for minor injuries. It is not clear at this time what injuries the victim suffered. The two-vehicle crash resulted in traffic backing up for nearly an hour.

While a rear-end crash is sometimes considered a minor accident, the injuries suffered could cause a victim pain and suffering. Whiplash is a common injury in a rear-end collision, and is the result of the rapid back-and forth movement of the victim's head. Such an injury could cause neck, head and back pain. Moreover, an injured victim might require physical therapy or rehabilitation in order to regain normal functioning.

Victims of a rear-end collision often require medical attention and treatment. This can become costly, especially if the victim needs to take off work to recover from the injury. In order to offset the financial hardships caused by the incident, it is important to take steps to protect your rights and interests. If another driver caused the accident, that driver could be held responsible. A personal injury claim could help a victim cover medical bills, lost wages and other related damages.

Source: Wsaz.com, "Woman taken to hospital after crash on I-64E near Teays Valley," Anna Baxter, Feb 8, 2016

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