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Errant driver injures five in West Virginia car accident

Most West Virginians know the basic traffic laws that must be followed. Drivers should stop at all stop signs and red traffic lights, they must obey speed limits and they have to yield to pedestrians. Unfortunately, though, not all motorists adhere to these simple rules. Making matters worse, emergency situations may arise that make driving more complex. Operating a vehicle in a construction zone or near the scene of an accident, for example, may take a motorist by surprise, but he or she still needs to be sure to follow the rules of the road. If he or she doesn't, then a devastating car accident may result.

One of these wrecks recently occurred on a West Virginia Interstate, leaving multiple individuals seriously injured. According to reports, a tractor-trailer caught fire, causing police to respond to the scene. In order to protect the trucker and other motorists, a Sheriff's deputy laid down flares and directed vehicles to slow down and change lanes.

At one point, two vehicles approached, and both changed lanes. Yet, the first vehicle obeyed the officer's orders and slowed, while the second did not. This caused a rear-end accident. The following vehicle then spun and struck the police officer, throwing him 40 feet. The officer, as well as four individuals in the lead vehicle were taken to the hospital for treatment. Criminal charges are pending against the errant driver.

In situations like these, victims may have their world turned upside-down. They may experience physical pain and suffering, In addition, medical expenses and lost wages may throw them and their families into financial disarray. This is why fully considering one's legal options, including filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver, may be in a car accident victim's best interests.

Source: MetroNews, "Charges pending after vehicle accident sends Marion County Sheriff's Deputy and five other to hospital," Alex Wiederspiel, Jan. 17, 2017

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