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Common Causes of Fatality-Causing Car Accidents

Published on Oct 17, 2018 at 1:06 pm in Car Accidents.

Losing a loved one is never easy; however, the loss can be even harder to cope with if the death was unexpected and preventable. Car accidents injure thousands and take the lives of hundreds in West Virginia each year. In order to deal with the grief and pain associated with the wrongful death, you may benefit from understanding why the accident occurred.

In 2016, there were 250 fatal crashes in West Virginia. As a result, 269 individuals lost their lives. Many of these accidents could have been prevented. As a responsible citizen and driver, it’s important to recognize why these fatal accidents happen, so you can take steps to aid in the prevention of these occurrences.

What Happens When There’s No Police Report Filed After a Car Crash?

Published on Sep 26, 2018 at 5:23 pm in Car Accidents.

What happens if a police report isn't filed

Whether an accident happens in a parking lot, an intersection, or on a highway, many people get in car collisions every day. While there are situations where it’s clear that you need to call 911, accidents where everyone seems fine may be a bit more confusing. There can be an instance where the collision doesn’t seem that bad, none of the parties involved believe to have any major injuries and are willing to exchange important information so everyone can report back to the insurance companies.

But this decision may make your claims process slower or more difficult to prove that you’re not at fault for the accident. In these cases, you may not know what to do next. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone and there are people who can help you with your claim. A West Virginia car accident injury lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC will fight for your rights and hold the correct party responsible for their actions.

5 Symptoms of Shock After Being in an Accident

Published on Aug 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm in Car Accidents.


After a car accident, you’ll most likely be assessed by an on-scene medical response team before heading to the hospital. You or your loved ones may be worried about head trauma, broken bones, or other lacerations and bruising. While those injuries are definitely causes for concern, not every severe injury is visible.

If you’re in a traumatic accident, there’s a chance your body will go into shock if it isn’t getting enough blood flow. Shock can manifest in emotional and physical types. Emotional shock is often linked to the type of physical shock you are experiencing.

While there are five different types of shock, three of them are associated with car accidents. Cardiogenic shock happens when your heart is damaged to the point it cannot supply a sufficient amount of blood to your body. Hypovolemic shock happens when you experience severe fluid or blood loss, which renders you heart unable to pump enough blood throughout your body. Neurogenic shock is caused by damage to your nervous system.

Common Back Injuries After a Car Accident

Published on Jul 5, 2018 at 1:24 pm in Car Accidents.

Recovery from your car accident injuries can be a long and difficult process, especially if the accident was traumatic. Back injuries, in particular, often require extensive and expensive medical treatment. A knowledgeable West Virginia car accident injury lawyer may be able to help you seek a financial award for your damages.

The human spine is delicate and complex. It is not meant to withstand the force of a car collision, which is why so many individuals in car accidents end up with back pain and injuries. The type of back injuries varies depending on the severity of the car accident and the age and health of the victim.  Here you’ll find a list of the most common back injuries experiences after a car accident and how they’re treated.

Can a Smartphone Detect When a Crash Happens?

Published on May 23, 2018 at 3:25 pm in Car Accidents.

Car crashes can cause severe injuries that require medical attention as soon as possible. If an injured victim doesn’t receive the care they need in a reasonable time frame, there’s a chance those injuries could worsen and cause long-term issues or the person could lose their life.

This makes communication with first responders essential to surviving a serious car crash. Nearly everyone carries their cell phone with them and there are now apps that will contact medics in the event of a car crash.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash, you may be worrying about affording medical bills and missing work. With the help of a West Virginia car accident injury lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, you can get compensation that will provide financial support for your future.

The Most Dangerous Interstates in West Virginia

Published on Apr 11, 2018 at 12:28 pm in Car Accidents.

Interstates make traveling easier. There’s a steady flow of traffic and people can get where they need to go in a timely manner. However, interstates have an accident risk because so many people use them. It only takes one moment of negligence from a driver to cause a potentially fatal accident.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, your injuries may be keeping you from work, giving you chronic pain, and causing emotional stress. You don’t have to go through this alone. Get in touch with a West Virginia car accident lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC so you can start your path to recovery.