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3 dozen car pileup in West Virginia...Who's at fault?

Three dozen cars motor vehicles backed up traffic late last week on Interstate 64 in West Virginia. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's office released information about the accident through a spokeswoman who confirmed that 38 vehicles were tied up in the crash that occurred in the evening hours on the bridge over the Kanawha River near Charleston.

Although the accident inconvenienced a large number of residents in the area, that was not the real problem caused by the accident. It was the nine injured people and the thousands of dollars worth of property damage.

According to Brent Walker with the State Highway Patrol, there were nine people who required immediate attention at nearby hospitals. Two of them were listed in critical condition, and it is unclear how many others were left with cuts and bruises from the incident.

As if a car accident with 38 motor vehicles is not complex enough, an unexpected rain storm further complicated the incident. A group of seniors from Winfield High School were even left stranded as the start time for their commencement ceremony crept near. Eventually alternate transportation was able to bring them to their destination.

It would surprise people how much controversy can be involved in the determination of liability in a two-car accident in which one car rear-ends another. Think about the level of attention necessary to determine who exactly is at fault and liable for damages in a 38-car pileup.

Experience is something that matters in car wreck injury cases such as this one. The right attorney can devote the time and attention necessary to maximize the compensation a victim may be eligible for.

Source: Fox News, "9 injured, two critical in vehicle pileup on I-64 bridge in West Virginia," June 6, 2013

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