3 Important First Steps
Have you or a loved one recently been diagnosed with serious traumatic brain injury (TBI)? If so, you are not alone. Each year, nearly 3 million people are diagnosed with a TBI, with most (90%) being treated and released from the emergency department without further treatment. Of these, many are left with some degree of neurological impairment – and approximately 50,000 die. Although the vast majority of fatal catastrophic brain injuries (~70%) result from automobile accidents, serious traumatic brain injuries resulting in disability and death can also occur as a result of falls, motor vehicle accidents, explosions, birth injuries, workplace injuries, and assaults.
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Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding the wrongful death claims process in West Virginia. As a result, families of victims are being denied justice. If you or someone you know have lost a loved one as a result of the actions, negligence, or malice of any individual or entity, please read on and share this important information.
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Each year, an average of 450,000 accidents and approximately 4,000 fatalities are attributed to trucking accidents across the United States. In 2017, accidents involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial vehicles resulted in 344,000 serious and catastrophic injuries according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Although there is no doubt that the at-fault driver of any tractor-trailer or other large commercial vehicle involved in an accident is liable for your personal injuries, property damage, and other losses, claims involving commercial trucks are substantially different from passenger vehicle accidents. If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a commercial truck accident, you may be eligible to pursue significant compensation from all individuals and entities found liable – including the trucking company – if their negligence is found to have contributed to your injuries.
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Causes, Liability & The Law
West Virginia’s economy is heavily influenced by commodity extraction and transportation of extracted raw materials such as timber, coal, oil, shale, gas, and other materials. As a result, the roads and highways throughout large portions of rural West Virginia have become exceptionally hazardous. Steep, twisting mountain roads are overburdened with extremely large, heavily weighted commercial vehicles, engines, pumps, and other equipment that is being transported around the state on roads that were not built to handle this type of traffic.
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