There were 29,989 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2014 in which 32,675 deaths occurred. West Virginia is among the more high-risk states to drive in, having 1.42 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
Many accidents could have been prevented if drivers followed posted speed limits and complied with laws against distracted driving or driving under the influence. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, consult with an experienced West Virginia attorney about whether you may have a valid claim for recovery.
West Virginia: A "Fault" Insurance State
West Virginia follows a "fault" system when it comes to liability and financial responsibility for damages after a car accident. Anyone injured in a car accident (whether a driver, a passenger in a vehicle, or a pedestrian) usually has several options, including:
- Filing a claim with his or her own insurance company (whether a standard health insurance policy or a car insurance policy)
- Pursuing a third party car insurance claim with the carrier of anyone else who may be legally liable for the crash
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation from whoever was at fault for the accident