The numbers of teenagers that lose their lives or suffer injuries in car accidents remains a matter of concern nationwide. West Virginia is no different, and a recent fatal car wreck is being investigated by authorities. Young drivers may not always realize that they -- along with the registered owners of the vehicles -- may be held responsible for accidents that cause injuries or death to their passengers.
According to a preliminary accident report, a head-on collision occurred early on a recent Friday morning on a local roadway in Upshur County. The accident involved an SUV and a car that crashed under circumstances that were not specified. The fire departments of two counties were involved in freeing the occupants from the vehicles.
Both drivers, ages 20 and 22 respectively, suffered injuries, as did four passengers. They were all transported to hospitals in the area. Due to the severity of his injuries, a 19-year-old passenger was transferred to another medical facility. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries within hours. It was not reported if one or both drivers are believed to bear responsibility for the accident.
The surviving family of the teenager who died in this fatal car wreck may seek financial relief for medical and end-of-life expenses based upon evidence of negligence by one or more parties to the crash. Similarly, those who suffered injuries may pursue compensation for medical expenses. Any additional financial losses that are properly documented may also be sought through a personal injury or wrongful death claim filed in a West Virginia civil court. Experienced personal injury attorneys can assist in identifying those believed responsible by launching an independent investigation.
Source: wboy.com, "19-Year-Old Buckhannon Man Killed in Accident on Brushy Fork Road", Lacey Palmer, Aug. 7, 2015