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Winter conditions require extra care by drivers in West Virginia

Winter weather conditions emphasize the need for drivers to take extra caution on the roadways in West Virginia.

Recently in West Virginia, a vehicle driven by a woman traveling with her son collided with a cement truck. Following the truck accident, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The condition of her son and the extent of his injuries are currently unknown. The truck accident is currently being investigated, but officials suspect that weather conditions played a role in the fatal crash.

Because trucks accounted for 10% of all traffic fatalities in recent years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has recommended practices for truck drivers to ensure safety on the road and avoid serious accidents. Drivers are urged to get the requisite amount of rest and to not overdo the number of hours they spend on the roadway by adhering to federal trucking regulations governing hours of service. Other drivers are urged to stay out of truck blind spots.

Likewise, drivers of all vehicles must exercise extra safety precautions in snow and ice conditions. Drivers who are found not to have exercised due caution in the wintery conditions may face liability for negligence. There can be many types of trucks on the roadway in the winter; in addition to trucks that are routinely on the roadway, snow plow trucks will also need to share the roads with drivers in the winter.

Those left with serious injuries following a truck accident in any season may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party and insurers. Wrongful death actions may also be available to loved ones who have lost a family member in a truck accident.

In any season, especially during slick wintery conditions, all drivers need to exercise caution on the roadway. But if an accident occurs, those injured are not left without recourse.

Source: 12, "WV-32 Closed South of Davis Due to Fatal Vehicle Accident," Oct. 29, 2012.

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