Last week, a three vehicle accident occurred on US 60 where it intersects with Hughes Creek Road in Hugheston, West Virginia about 20 miles southeast of Charleston. The wreck occurred when one vehicle exiting Hughes Creek struck a second car on US 60. After the initial T-bone collision, a third car was swept up in the accident and crashed as well. Unfortunately, nine people were injured in total, and those victims were taken to medical facilities for treatment after Kanawa County sheriff’s deputies and local fire department personnel responded to the wreck.
When any car accident occurs, one of the most challenging legal issues confronting a court is making a determination of fault and liability. There are often many factors that coalesce to create the circumstances causing an automobile wreck, and the addition of more vehicles only serves to complicate the analysis. In the accident described above, the limited information contained within the Charleston Gazette’s story indicates that the driver entering US 60 from Hughes Creek Road was driving negligently and caused the initial collision. The first driver is also likely to be legally responsible for the second portion of the accident as well, but proving causation is more difficult because that first driver did not directly impact the third car. Sorting through all of the circumstances that contributed to the second part of the crash is a difficult job, and it is one best left to a legal professional familiar with the legal rules and theories used by courts to assign fault.
If you have been involved in a multi-car accident, you need experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel to marshal the facts of your case to form the most compelling legal arguments possible. A skilled West Virginia automobile accident attorney can evaluate the factors that contributed to the accident, determine who was at fault, and use that information to create a plan of action that will protect your rights. In the wake of such accidents, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get started sifting through the information and get you prepared for the legal journey ahead.