A road well-known as the scene of many accidents has seen yet another tragedy. A West Virginia man died in an accident at the bottom of Backbone Mountain as he lost control of his pickup truck while attempting to navigate a sharp curve. At this point, the fatal car wreck is still under investigation.
The deceased was the only occupant of the truck when he lost control and crashed into the wall. The wall is at the end of a five-mile descent which begins approximately 1,000 feet higher than the end, with a slope as steep as 9 percent. These hazardous conditions have been the cause of several fatal accidents in the same spot over the years.
Since 1960, that very wall has been the scene of many accidents, including fatal ones. Twenty five white crosses adorn the rock, representing the number of people who have died at that same 90 degree turn in the road. Many of the accidents that have happened on Backbone Mountain have involved semi trucks whose drivers were not able to stop at the end of the dramatic descent. Community residents have noted that while many changes have been made over the years, this road is simply too dangerous. Some people have noted that the wall should be taken out and the spot be made into a runaway exit.
When dangerous roads cause a fatal car wreck, West Virginia victims may be unsure of where to turn. A lawyer can identify what parties may be liable for the accident and take the necessary steps to seek rightful compensation. Grieving families have the right to a full understanding of available legal options.
Source: newstribune.info, "Victim of Backbone Mountain accident is identified", Barbara High, Dec. 28, 2015