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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.

Because of the dangerous curves and other risk factors, West Virginia lawmakers are pushing to change the road. The state has recently announced that it will spend more than $100, 000 to put flashing warning lights in appropriate places. The dangers of this stretch of U.S. 33 have been well-known for several decades, with reports of these hazards filed with the Division of Highways. Even with these reports and proof of the dangers, no significant steps were taken to improve the safety of drivers along this stretch.

It is thought that GPS devices direct more traffic to this road because it is the shortest route between Interstates 79 and 81. It is also well-traveled by tourist buses and even school buses. The potential for a multiple-fatality accident is great, which places a great responsibility on the appropriate parties to either redirect traffic or improve the road.

Injured parties, including the surviving family of deceased accident victims, could be eligible for financial compensation as a result of one of these truck accidents on this roadway. Whether a collision was caused by faulty road design and/or the negligence of a driver, those victimized by it are entitled to seek recovery of any financial damages that resulted. Victims of serious accidents along U.S. 33 in Pendleton County will want to evaluate accident evidence to determine if legal action is warranted.

Source: wvgazette.com, "U.S. 33 in West Virginia: Dangerous curves, deadly drop-offs", Eric Eyre, Aug. 24, 2014

Source: wvgazette.com, "U.S. 33 in West Virginia: Dangerous curves, deadly drop-offs", Eric Eyre, Aug. 24, 2014

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