WSAZ reports that the accident happened on U.S. 52. A vehicle was travelling along the roadway when its driver evidently lost control behind the wheel. The vehicle then overturned several times before it crash-landed and sunk underwater.
The driver, Alton Mounts, was rushed to a local hospital immediately following the accident. Mounts was pronounced dead in the hospital a few hours later.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash and there were no other passengers in Mounts’ vehicle. No further injuries or fatalities have been reported.
The cause of the accident remains to be determined as investigations are ongoing.
In cases such as these, it can be difficult to proven negligence in a wrongful death claim. By making sure to get all the evidence gathered, such as pictures of the scene and witness testimonies, you can have a better chance of determining a negligent party, if any, such as another driver or the city for poorly maintained roads.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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