The son of the Chapmanville mayor died in a motorcycle accident on Route 10 in Logan County, West Virginia. Cory Price, a 21-year old firefighter, collided with an oncoming Plymouth Neon that had strayed across the center divide. Price was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
The Neon driver Thomas Lee Dillon claimed that he lost control of the car before it crossed the center divide. The cause is not yet known, but the Logan County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident. Meanwhile, Logan County mourns the loss of a “popular and heralded community servant” who belonged to the Logan Fire Department and the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department, and was an EMT with the Logan County Ambulance Authority.
Many people love taking their motorcycles out on winding country roads, but this form of transportation is one of the riskiest in the country. In 2006, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were 35 times more likely to get into a fatal crash than someone in a passenger car. The State of West Virginia requires motorcycle riders to wear safety helmets and eye protection, and use headlights during the day. Yet even if you operate your motorcycle safely according to the law, your exposure makes you vulnerable to a serious accident. Cory Price did not appear to be responsible for the fatal collision, though there is no evidence of whether he wore a helmet. Several West Virginia counties, such as Harrison, have alarmingly high fatality statistics. Those who don’t die may have to live with serious spinal cord or brain injuries for the rest of their lives.
Obviously nothing will bring back the person who was lost in terrible circumstances such as this. Yet it is common for families to hire a West Virginia motorcycle accident attorney and sue the driver for wrongful death. An experienced attorney can use vehicle accident experts who will investigate the accident immediately and preserve the evidence. He or she will also keep you informed of legally significant deadlines for your lawsuit, such as a statute of limitations. With wrongful death, your attorney would argue that the other party’s negligence led to your loved one’s death, and that you deserve a monetary amount for your loss, such as for loss of support and services. While it is highly possible that the driver’s negligence led to Cory Price’s death, there are also some cases where a driver suddenly loses consciousness or control. If so, the jury might decide that the driver’s actions did not amount to negligence. However, those cases are rare and depend upon the driver having no reasonable warning, or it not being self-inflicted (such as if he drank beforehand).
Also, it may be that your case never even reaches the jury. Most cases are settled before they go to court. The Wolfe Law Firm has represented countless people in motorcycle accidents over the years, and has often delivered favorable settlements to clients. It won’t bring your loved on back, but it might provide a sense of justice and closure.