West Virginia drivers may be interested in some information on what to do when they are involved in a car accident. There may be additional steps to take when they are not at fault.
According to reports, a South Carolina man was killed and three people were injured when he apparently missed his exit. The accident occurred on March 6 around 11:30 p.m. in Charleston on Interstate 77 southbound past the 35th Street exit.
A report from the Insurance Information Institute sheds new light on the hazards of being a motorcyclist across the country. According to the report, motorcycle fatalities were down 6.4 percent in 2013 from the 2012 total. Quoting a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, the III report says another 784 riders might have lived if they had worn helmets, which are mandatory in West Virginia.
Around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, a head-on collision on Interstate 64 West killed three people, two females and one male. A woman from Ohio entered the Interstate near the East Mall Road overpass driving the wrong way. The Ohio car struck another vehicle being driven by a woman from Virginia.
Between the years of 2006 and 2009, there were 120 alcohol-related fatalities per year on average, reportedly. The number of fatalities has decreased by nearly 23 percent from the yearly average during the preceding four years, according to the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
According to West Virginia State Police, a 44-year-old man was killed in a crash while riding his motorcycle on U.S. 11 around 11:43 p.m. on Sept. 4. The Bunker Hill resident was riding a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle northbound on the road, also known as Winchester Avenue, when it collided with the front driver's side of a Nissan Versa. As reported by police, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Huntington man has been charged with grand larceny, leaving an accident scene, and the battery of a police officer after he allegedly stole an ambulance in his hospital gown and crashed into three cars last week.