December 18, 2011 – Kanawha County, W.Va. – A West Virginia state trooper sustained minor injuries and a heavily damaged cruiser after black ice caused him to run off the road on Thursday morning, December 8.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the trooper, whose name hasn’t been released, was on his way to work on Kanawha State Forest Drive, nearby Connell Road, when he drove over a patch of black ice. The trooper lost control and ran into a tree on the roadside, causing extensive damage to his cruiser and shattering a window.
The broken window caused minor injuries to the trooper and he was wearing a seat belt at the time. Investigators were able to respond quickly and assist him from the wreckage, noting the icy patches on the road.
Black ice and other winter weather conditions are often the cause for serious or fatal accidents during this time of year. Drivers must be extra cautious when driving during snowy or slick road conditions to avoid the risk of becoming involved in a serious auto accident. If you or a loved one is injured by a negligent driver this winter season, speak to a West Virginia accident attorney for help in filing a personal injury claim.
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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