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West Virginia area known for auto accidents won't be changed soon

Officials often keep track of incidents in order to make necessary changes and promote safety for the general public. When car accidents occur frequently in a specific area, it is usually an indicator for residents and officials that something needs to change. In some cases, simply providing necessary signs and reducing speed limits can reduce the amount of accidents in a certain area.

Beckley readers may recall a previous discussion focused on a motorcycle accident in Charleston that resulted in tragedy. The driver of the bike suffered severe injuries and lost one of his legs. Local residents may be aware that the location of this accident is a notorious stretch of road where numerous accidents have occurred.

Since 2010, collected crash data has indicated that there has been an increase in traffic accidents in Charleston. One location that locals are concerned about is the Oakwood Road, I-64 and Route 119 area. Police have indicated that the majority of the collisions in this area are due to driver error. The recent motorcycle accident happened because a driver failed to yield.

Even though numerical data demonstrates an overall increase in auto accidents, there are no plans to change layout of this accident-prone area in the near future. This might mean that more crashes will occur in this area and serious injuries and fatal motor-vehicle accidents could ensue. A person injured in a collision on this stretch of road may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim. Compensation from the suit could go towards medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, damages and pain and suffering.

Road safety does not only mean following the rules of the road. Officials should take into account areas where there could be obstructed views, dangerous curves or sudden changes in speed. Accident data should be utilized to determine whether changes to the layout of the roads in an area should be altered.

Source:, "Accident prone area won't get a makeover anytime soon," Lisa Robbins, Jan 07,

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