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August 2014 Archives

Dangerous roads often a factor in West Virginia truck accidents

A treacherous stretch of road in Pendleton County in West Virginia could leave drivers at a higher risk for truck accidents. U.S. 33 through this particular stretch of the state has seen several serious truck accidents, possibly related to the design of the road. In fact, this road has been the site of 21 tractor-trailer crashes since 2009. These 21 accidents claimed the lives of four people and left others injured.

Anti-texting laws may not decrease car accident numbers

West Virginia readers know that texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving can lead to an increase in car accident numbers. Distracted driving places the driver, passengers and every other motorist at risk for a car accident. The increase in texting-related accidents has led many states to pass legislature prohibiting and punishing distracted driving of all kinds.

Potential drunk driving car accident under investigation

A serious car accident that was potentially related to drunk driving is under investigation by West Virginia law enforcement. This particular motor vehicle collision left two people injured, requiring treatment at local hospitals. The car accident involved only one vehicle and occurred along Hinkle Lake Road in the Bridgeport area.

Casino faces wrongful death claim after man's suicide

A woman filed a wrongful death claim against a West Virginia casino and a company that leases slot machines after her husband died. She claims that the casino is responsible for her husband's decision to commit suicide as a result of his gambling addiction. The wrongful death claim is seeking financial compensation for various types of negligence and emotional distress.

Widow files wrongful death claim against lumber company

A West Virginia widow has filed a wrongful death claim against a lumber company that she feels is responsible for the death of her husband. The lawsuit names Allegheny Wood Products Inc. as the liable party, stating that the deceased was killed while delivering lumber. The man was employed by the lumber company when his truck was involved in a fatal accident, leading to this wrongful death claim.

New safety standards should prevent more fatal accidents

Workers on cell towers face an unreasonably high risk for fatal accidents. Because of the high amount of fatal accidents and safety hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new safety standards in hopes of preventing similar incidents. One West Virginia contractor has recently been cited for violations, such as employees climbing towers without safety equipment.

Contentious wrongful death claim could go to federal court

The family of a deceased Precision Pipeline LLC employee filed a wrongful death claim against the company, claiming that negligence played a role in the death of their loved one. The West Virginia company wants the wrongful death claim to be heard in federal court and is pressing to have it moved. The lawsuit claims that the man was working a job that was unsafe.

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