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Cabell County car accident results in one death & other injuries

Car accidents can result in tremendous tragedy which the legal process recognizes and may be able to help with during a difficult time.

A recent Cabell County car accident claimed the life of one and injured another. The fatal car accident resulted in the death of one woman and injuries to her passenger. The woman who died in the accident initially hit a deer which caused her vehicle to break down and move to the slow lane of the interstate she was traveling on. Her fiancé and passenger helped to remove her to the side and the road and then returned to the vehicle to turn its hazard lights on. At that moment, a vehicle driven by another woman crashed into the deceased victim's disabled car and she and her fiancé were struck by vehicles in the resulting car collision. The female driver of the disabled vehicle was pronounced dead en route to the hospital and her fiancé suffered serious injuries. Although the driver of the second vehicle had to be cut out of her car, she was not seriously injured.

Liability in car accident cases is based on a prominent legal concept in the law called negligence. If a negligent driver, such as a distracted driver, harms others, the driver may be liable to compensate the victim or victims for damages. Both living and deceased victims may bring personal injury claims, however, in the case of a deceased victim, the claim will be for the benefit of the surviving family members of the lost loved one. Often insurance companies are also involved in this process, however, the process can involve settlement or court proceedings as well, depending on how the case progresses.

In any event, victims that face serious injury (or, in many cases, the family members of a deceased loved one) may also find themselves facing medical expenses and pain and suffering damages. The party that caused the harm by failing to exercise reasonable care to protect the victim from the harm suffered may be required to compensate the victim or the victim's family. If a party was somewhat responsible for the accident but not more than forty-nine percent responsible for it, the party can recover damages, however, those damages may be apportioned according to the party's own fault, or liability, in the accident if there is any.

Auto accidents can cause serious, even fatal, injuries and come at extensive emotional and economic cost. The legal system recognizes this and is well-versed in helping victims with all aspects of an accident that it is able to assist with.

Source:, "Names released in fatal Cabell County accident," Courtney Khondabi, May 28, 2013

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