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West Virginia car accident leads to multiple deaths and injuries

Auto accident damages are available for victims and family members of lost loved ones. A recent accident in a nearby West Virginia town left one woman dead and a three-year old child later died at the hospital. The car accident claimed two lives and resulted in three others being transported to the hospital; two had major injuries. The driver of the car was one of the individuals transported to the hospital. A West Virginia State Police trooper said that speed was a factor in the crash. The vehicle caught fire following the crash. The accident investigation is on-going.

Personal injuries recoverable in a civil suit can include injuries that are physical, emotional and mental. Those injured in an auto accident by a negligent driver may wish to pursue a personal injury claim for monetary compensation against the negligent driver.

Unfortunately car accidents often lead to serious injuries and even death. When a loved one is lost, families may still pursue a personal injury claim again the negligent driver called a wrongful death claim.

While personal injury and wrongful death claims are brought against the negligent party that the victim claims is liable for the victim's injuries, insurance companies are commonly involved in providing compensation to victims or their families. Types of damages that are available may vary. Damages for medical expenses incurred will be available to the victim. This can include physical or cognitive therapy, ambulance and health care professional visit costs, medical accessories, in-home services and permanent disability costs. Lost wages, pain and suffering damages and loss of consortium damages may also be available.

In wrongful death cases, family members of lost loved ones may be able to receive, through the representatives of the decedent's estate, loss of support and services, lost prospect of inheritance as well as medical and funeral expenses.

Car accidents can lead to many types of injuries and even death. Several types of damages are available through the legal system to help victims.

Source:, "Two dead, 3 hospitalized in Greenbrier County crash," Karen Conner, February 18, 2013.

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