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1 dead, 1 hurt in West Virginia car accident

A 21-year-old man is dead following a single-car crash in Huntington during the early morning hours of July 13. One other individual who was involved was hospitalized, officials reported.

The fatal car accident reportedly occurred on Spring Valley Road when a 21-year-old man driving a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck veered off the road and overturned into a nearby creek. The two occupants, who had left a birthday party, were both thrown from the vehicle in the crash, killing the 21-year-old male passenger on impact. First respondents who arrived at the scene transported the driver to Cabell Huntington Hospital for treatment of several internal injuries. It was reported that he recovering.

The victims' friends acknowledged that both men had been consuming alcohol before the crash. They also reportedly said that the deceased man's family are unlikely to press charges against the driver involved in the accident.

The West Virginia State Police were continuing the investigation into the wreck at the time of the report and are awaiting toxicology reports. It was not reported if the men were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash or if speed contributed to the accident.

Whenever someone is injured in a car accident that was caused by a driver's negligent actions, a personal injury claim may be an option for such individuals. According to the law, motorists are legally responsible to use care when driving. In situations where a driver may have been speeding, texting while driving or under the influence, that driver may be deemed liable for damages if information from police reports, eyewitness accounts and reconstructionists reports points to driver negligence and the injured chooses to file a claim. In situations in which the driver was intoxicated, a lawyer representing the injured party may be able to claim per se negligence on the part of the at-fault driver to substantiate the claim.

Source: WSAZ, "Young Man Killed in Crash; Another Injured", Rebekah Pewitt , July 13, 2014

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