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Nine people injured in West Virginia car accident

Weather conditions most likely led to a serious crash on I-77 in Mercer County in West Virginia. The car accident happened on the evening of July 8. Two cars were involved in the crash, which left nine people injured. The condition of the injured people was not immediately known.

West Virginia state troopers reported that a vehicle came across the median along I-77 near the Camp Creek exit. The vehicle entered the southbound lanes and hit a van. The northbound lanes of I-77 were closed for nearly two hours as police investigated and cleared the roadways.

Weather conditions are common causes of accidents, and the recent rain in West Virginia was believed to be the cause of this crash. Rain causes slick roadways, and when vehicles are driven too fast on these roads they can hydroplane and spin out, causing the driver to lose control. The result is often a major crash with serious injuries and damage.

After a car accident, it's important to determine liability. The person who is at fault will likely be forced to pay compensation to the victim for damages. In this case, the driver who came across the median is likely the negligent driver, even if the wet weather conditions did play a role in the crash. That's because drivers need to pay attention to the roadways and adjust their speed if necessary. Just because the speed limit is 65 miles per hour doesn't mean that drivers should go that fast at all times. Sometimes it's necessary to slow down. Depending on the extent of their injuries, the victims may be able to file personal injury lawsuits and seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages incurred in the accident.

Source: WVNSTV, "Crash on I-77 sends nine people to the hospital," July 8, 2015

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