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How Long Do You Have To Report a Car Accident in West Virginia?

Published on Jan 9, 2024 at 5:51 pm in Car Accidents.

How Long Do You Have To Report a Car Accident in West Virginia

As you’re well aware, auto accidents can take on many shapes and forms. As a passenger car operator, you can become involved in crashes with pedestrians and then different vehicles like bicycles, motorcycles, and trucks. You can even become involved in a single-car accident. And then these crashes may result in no property damage or injuries at all, or cause catastrophic injuries (including death). If you were involved in a crash while driving here in Charleston or elsewhere in our state, it’s only natural to wonder how long you have to report a car accident in West Virginia. Our firm, DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, shares what you need to know so you minimize your chances of ending up on the wrong side of the law.

What Should I Do Immediately After a Dog Attack?

Published on Jan 9, 2024 at 5:46 pm in Premises Liability.

What Should I Do Immediately After a Dog Attack

More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States, and according to the CDC, at least half of those bites happen to children. Approximately 800,000 of the people bitten by dogs receive medical attention for their injuries. While dogs usually bite as a reaction to something, some dog breeds are generally more aggressive or more prone to biting.

Please seek medical attention if you’ve been bitten by a dog, even if you don’t think it’s that serious. Dog’s mouths carry all kinds of bacteria that can cause infections in humans who are bitten, and a “small nip” can easily turn dangerous if left untreated. And, if you suffered from a dog attack due to the negligence of a dog owner, our team at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can help you pursue legal action.

How Do Truck Tires Cause Accidents?

Published on Dec 6, 2023 at 7:56 pm in Truck Accidents.

How Do Truck Tires Cause Accidents
When you’re driving, you expect to encounter distracted or impatient drivers and people driving too fast or too slow, but you rarely expect to see tire pieces coming at you down the road or a large truck suddenly swerving sporadically because of a tire failure. Unfortunately, tire failure happens due to a number of reasons, and the results can be quite damaging.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 622 total motor vehicle fatalities in 2021 due to tire-related issues. In a 2012 Crash Causation Survey, the NHTSA found that 9% of tire-related accidents occurred with tires that already had problems before the crash.

How Do I Know if I Have a Concussion After a Car Accident?

Published on Dec 6, 2023 at 7:51 pm in Brain Injury.

How Do I Know if I Have a Concussion After a Car Accident
Car accidents happen every day and while some of them may seem small, you may have unseen injuries. Concussions can sneak up on you and can have severe consequences, especially if left untreated.

If you’ve suffered from a concussion or other head or brain injury, even if it wasn’t from a car accident, our team of Charleston brain injury lawyers at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can assist you with compensation.

West Virginia Medical Malpractice Laws

Published on Nov 17, 2023 at 7:52 pm in Medical Malpractice.

West Virginia Medical Malpractice Laws
A doctor, nurse, or health care facility hurt you, and now you’re dealing with the aftermath on your own. There is help available, though. The Charleston medical negligence attorneys at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC have compiled information about some of the most important and relevant West Virginia medical malpractice laws.

If you have any questions about the content of this post or would like help understanding your own legal situation, we are always available to meet for no-cost, no-obligation case evaluations.

In this post, we’ll cover topics like:

  • How long you have to file a medical malpractice claim, and what exceptions, if any, may apply.
  • The types of health care providers and medical facilities that can be held responsible for negligent or reckless actions.
  • The four elements of negligence that every medical malpractice claim must meet.

Child Seat Belt Laws in West Virginia

Published on Nov 17, 2023 at 7:43 pm in Car Accidents.

Child Seat Belt Laws in West Virginia
As a parent of a child, you don’t likely need any reminding that there are requirements in place for restraining your child when you’re transporting them in an automobile. And, it’s likely that you understand that such laws exist for good reason. However, if you’re a first-time parent or new to West Virginia, or perhaps an occasional caregiver, you may be unaware of the ins and outs of child seat belt laws in West Virginia.

Below, our lawyers at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC share what you should know about ages, weights, placement in the vehicle, and many other factors that dictate how and when a child must be restrained by a seat belt when traveling on our state’s roadways. So, continue reading what these requirements are to not only minimize the chances of receiving a citation but, more importantly, unnecessarily avoid endangering the life of a minor.

Recent Appellate Cases Filed by DSMB on Sexual Assault and More

Published on Oct 27, 2023 at 5:54 pm in News.

DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC (DSMB) is committed to advocating for wronged West Virginians in Charleston and elsewhere throughout “The Mountain State.” This commitment is evident in our recent filing of appellate briefs in a sexual assault, public transparency matter involving West Virginia University, and judicial ethics cases on behalf of clients harmed. These recent appellate cases filed by DSMB are representative of a small handful of cases that our experienced attorneys handle. Our lawyers offer free consultations to evaluate whether we, too, can help you.

5 Common Mechanical Problems Leading to Car Accidents

Published on Oct 27, 2023 at 5:48 pm in Car Accidents.

5 Common Mechanical Problems Leading to Car Accidents
Owning a motor vehicle is a big responsibility, and not just because you’re financially accountable for making monthly auto loan payments and maintaining insurance coverage. As a vehicle owner, you’re responsible for maintaining a road-safe vehicle that won’t endanger you or the lives of those around you.

Not everyone takes vehicle maintenance as seriously as they should, though. Here are 5 common mechanical problems leading to car accidents in West Virginia.

Motorcycle License Requirements in West Virginia

Published on Oct 6, 2023 at 6:06 pm in Motorcycle Accidents.

Motorcycle License Requirements in West Virginia
Does driving a passenger car not do it for you, and you want to experience the thrill that can only come with getting on a motorbike and traveling down the road with the open air blowing all around you? Below, we’ll outline motorcycle license requirements in West Virginia so that you can adequately prepare yourself to secure it and keep it once you have it.

Steps To Obtain a West Virginia Motorcycle License

According to the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (WV DMV), anyone wishing to travel on public roads by motorbike must first obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit before one of the following:

  • A Class F motorcycle-only driver’s license
  • A motorcycle endorsement (Class F) on your driver’s license

Do Electrical Burns Leave Scars?

Published on Sep 21, 2023 at 6:49 pm in Burn Injury.

Do Electrical Burns Leave Scars
Everyone has burned themselves on something in their life, pulling something out of a hot oven, touching a frayed electrical cord, or anything in between. Most of the time, small burns fade after a few hours to a few days, but sometimes burns are more severe and leave a permanent reminder of the injury.

Electrical burns can happen in a variety of ways and are usually accidental and easily preventable. This type of injury usually causes burns and scarring, but not always. If you’ve suffered from an electrical injury, even if you don’t see any external burns, it may be a good idea to get yourself checked out by a doctor.

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