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West Virginia police investigate multi-vehicle collision

It is obvious that motor vehicle accident could occur on any type of road, for a variety of reasons, at any time of the day and could involve any number of vehicles. And while sometimes wrecks do happen, when it comes to car accidents, fault can likely be applied to a negligent party. Whether a driver was speeding, distracted, fatigued, or intoxicated, investigation could help establish the cause and assign liability.

Investigation is still ongoing following a recent multi-vehicle collision in Marion County. According to the West Virginia State Police, the accident involved three vehicles on interstate 79. Occurring around 1:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-79 near the mile marker 139, emergency responders were dispatched to the scene.

Preliminary reports indicated that five people were transported to the hospital with injuries suffered in the collision. It is not clear what vehicle each person came from or how serious the injuries were. At this time, police are determining whether the storm that had rolled through at the time of the collision played a factor in the crash.

While the investigation is ongoing, authorities noted that one of the vehicles involved in the crash did flee the scene of the accident prior to emergency crews arriving at the scene. It is unclear whether the driver of this vehicle has been located and whether this driver or his or her passengers suffered any injuries.

When a driver flees a scene of an accident, there can be a presumption of guilt, but this cannot be confirmed until investigators make a final determination with regard to how the accident occurred. Despite that, hit and run drivers could face criminal and traffic penalties for leaving the scene of an accident. Once cause and fault is established, the driver or drivers responsible for the crash could be held liable for the injuries and damages suffered in the incident, but this requires strong legal action on the part of the victims.

Source: Times West Virginian, "Interstate vehicle accident sends five to hospital," July 26, 2016

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