At least three people suffered serious injuries when a pickup truck and a car collided on Route 80 outside the town of Iaeger, West Virginia (WV), on the afternoon of November 4, 2014. Two of the crash victims received life-threatening burns after the vehicles caught fire while the people were trapped inside.
Accident scene photos on the website for television station WVVA indicate the pickup and car collided head-on after one or both drivers crossed the center line of the two-lane rural highway. Police did not release details regarding which driver was at fault, and the accident investigation in ongoing.
Fire is always a deadly threat when two vehicles crash into each other at high speed. Sadly, my West Virginia personal and wrongful death law firm colleagues and I have handled cases in which burns claimed the lives of accident victims. We share our sincerest hopes that the people caught in the flames following the West Virginia accident recover quickly and fully.
Avoiding a head-on collision seems as simple as staying in one's own lane. That is true to the extent that every oncoming driver does the same. Whichever vehicle operator is found to have caused this serious, nearly deadly wreck, he or she must be held to account and made to pay compensation to the people hurt due to their negligence or recklessness.