May 31, 2012 - Monongalia County, W.Va. - A person had to be taken to the hospital with unknown injuries after a coal truck overturned on Wednesday, May 30.
WDTV reports that the accident happened at about noon on Interstate 79 near the Westover exit. Authorities said that the driver of the coal truck was attempting to merge onto the interstate but took the turn too quickly, causing it to flip. It appears that no other vehicles were involved in the accident.
The coal truck driver, whose identity has not yet been released, was wounded in the accident and had to be taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital. There has been no word on the extent of the driver’s injuries. Officials expect the victim to be okay.
When truck accidents occur, the outcome can be much worse than a passenger vehicle crash. In such cases, it may not always be the fault of the driver but rather other third parties such as the trucking company or the person who loaded the truck. If you’ve been injured in a case similar to this, it’s best to seek an attorney to see if you have a case worth pursuing.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2010 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 315 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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