Car accidents are the leading cause of death and serious injury in the United States, and West Virginia is no exception. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that each year, over 5.5 million motor vehicle accidents occur nationwide.
Many car accidents in North Central West Virginia occur on the interstate highway systems of Interstate 79 and Interstate 68. However, auto accidents are not uncommon in other frequently traveled highways. Harrison County for example, whose major highways include Route 19 and Route 50, has been one of the counties with the highest number (22) of traffic accident fatalities between 2008 and 2009.
In Randolph County – the site of major highways U.S. Highway Route 33, Route 219, and Route 92 – there were 35 fatal car accidents between 2000 and 2004, and 8 between 2008 and 2009. Car accidents are also frequent in Upshur County (site of U.S. Highway Route 33 and Route 119) and Lewis County (Route 19, US Highway 33/Highway 119). Many auto accidents also occur in Barbour County (major highways include Route 119, Route 57, and Route 92) and Tucker County (site of U.S. Highway Route 219).Car accidents can often result in severe, traumatic and debilitating injuries. Some common car accident injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Neck and Back injury
- Permanent disfigurement
- Spine injury
- Bodily pain and suffering
- Brain Injury
Many car accident victims experience whiplash – neck pain and stiffness that occurs after the victim’s head is forcefully thrown forward and then backward in a collision. Many people involved in a vehicle accident also suffer from bruises, lacerations, back and neck pain, and/or broken bones. Others may experience herniated disc or even brain and spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paralysis and permanent brain damage.
Not surprisingly, medical expenses are one of the biggest concerns people have after a car accident. Common questions include: how to pay their medical bills, how much of their expenses will be covered by insurance, and whether the insurance settlement offer will be fair. Another important concern is what one’s rights are concerning property damage – whether the insurance company’s offer is fair or not, and whether they have properly evaluated the claim.
These questions are very difficult to answer on one’s own. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to payment for past and future medical bills, permanent injury, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Therefore, it is important to find an experienced car accident attorney who can help answer your questions and advise you on what legal options are available to you. West Virginia car accident attorney Dorwin J. Wolfe has successfully represented clients in car accident lawsuits for more than 20 years. The Wolfe Law Firm is conveniently located in Elkins, West Virginia, and our office routinely handles cases throughout North Central West Virginia.
The Wolfe Law Firm is experienced in helping car accident victims get the compensation they deserve for their injuries and property damage. If we take your case, we will represent you on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we do not get paid unless you recover compensation for the car accident. In the event that your insurance company will not give you a fair auto accident settlement, we are experienced trial attorneys who are prepared to file suit and take your case to court. Please contact us as soon as possible for a free, no-obligation initial consultation with an auto accident attorney.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident in West Virginia, contact the Wolfe Law Firm by calling toll-free at 1-877-637-5756 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation with an experienced West Virginia car accident attorney.