A tragic car accident in the Charleston area left one woman dead this Presidents' Day weekend. The crash happened Friday evening in Nitro on state Route 25 near Interstate 64.
According to Nitro police who responded to the fatal accident, a vehicle driven by a Poca man was hit on the side by another car. The Poca man's vehicle was so badly damaged that firefighters had to cut it open in order to free the driver and two passengers that were trapped inside. All were transported to area hospitals.
Sadly, one of the passengers, a 69-year-old woman from Poca, died at Thomas Memorial Hospital.
Police are continuing to investigate the accident. They the weather did not play a role in the fatal accident, and they do not suspect either driver of being intoxicated at the time.
As police determine what the cause of the crash was, they may choose file criminal charges against the driver that caused the crash. However, the family of the woman who died in the collision should know that they have the option of holding the driver accountable as well.
A wrongful death lawsuit allows the family of an accident victim to seek compensation and other damages from a negligent driver. Although no amount of money can ever replace a loved one, families are able to cover funeral costs or medical expenses by seeking compensation through legal action, leaving some confident that justice has been served and giving others some sense of closure. An attorney experienced in wrongful death lawsuits can help guide a family through the process.
Source: Charleston Daily Mail, "Poca woman dies after weekend car accident" Feb. 18, 2013