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Police say alcohol was involved in I-77 wrong-way crash

Last Thursday, one family was given the worst news they could imagine after a fatal accident took the life of a West Virginia man. The accident occurred on I-77 and was caused by a wrong-way driver. Police suspect the wrong-way driver may have been under the influence of alcohol when her car slammed head-on into a 48-year-old man's pickup truck. The man was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Sadly, this tragic accident shows the destruction that one person's poor decision can cause. According to police, this man was on his way to work when the car accident happened. Now, his family is left to pick up the pieces.

When a person dies suddenly and unexpectedly, it can be extremely difficult for his or her family to bear. Many people who are killed in car accidents leave behind spouses and children who have to find a way to continue living without them. While the emotional aspect of a loved one's death is difficult enough to cope with, many feel a financial burden as well.

Losing the financial provider can make life very challenging for a family. If the other spouse hasn't worked in a while, it may be difficult to get a job -- not to mention the medical expenses and funeral costs that will still have to be paid. Fortunately, West Virginia wrongful death laws allow a family to seek compensation from the driver or other party who caused the fatal crash. A successful wrongful death claim can help a family feel more financial secure, allowing them to focus on comforting one another in their time of grief.

Source: 13 News, "Identities released in fatal I-77 accident; alcohol played factor," Brandon Miller and Lisa Robbins, March 28, 2013

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