Roll-over Crash in Harrison County

Clarksburg WV – Five young people in were involved in a serious roll-over crash on Highway Route 19 South near Laurel Park Road late on Saturday, October 19th, 2013.  The accident resulted in critical injuries in four of the car’s occupants.  The four individuals are in critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown; two were flown there by HealthNet, one was taken to UHC by ambulance and then flown to Ruby, and one was taken by ambulance.  Two women and three men were involved in this crash.

Sheriff deputies said the driver lost control of the vehicle and that speed may have been a factor.  The sheriff’s department said the car went over an embankment near a body of water and rolled a few times, but thankfully, did not go in the water.

West Virginia Roll-over Crashes:

Of all the types of car accidents, one of the most dangerous and deadliest is the rollover collision. In a rollover, a car, truck, or other vehicle turns over onto its side or even its roof before coming to a stop in any position, so all four of the vehicle’s sides are involved and the vehicle experiences at least five impacts during the collision. When the roof of the car is impacted, there is always a danger of it being crushed.  While cars are designed to withstand some force in a collision, the impact and damage from rollover accidents are more likely to cause not just the reason for auto breakdown recovery but also some injury and death – because of the nature of the collision, the forces involved, and the damage that is likely to result to a rolled vehicle.

Another factor that makes these rollover wrecks so dangerous is the driver and passengers inside the vehicle can become trapped because of the damage to the vehicle. This may prevent occupants from obtaining the help and medical treatment they need or delaying such treatment, sometimes requiring the jaws of life to cut into the car and so the injured occupants can receive help and treatment.

Morgantown WV Car Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in a rollover accident, you may have a claim for your damages. Contact the car accident lawyers at Robinette Legal Group, PLLC for a free, no-obligation telephone conversation.  Call Today:  304-594-1800.


WBOY News, “4 Taken to Area Hospitals After Vehicle Crash in Harrison County” October 20, 2013.

Abels, Dave. “Rollover Accidents” October 21, 2013.

Harrison County Head On Collision

healthnet helicopterFive people were injured on September 10, 2013 in a head-on collision in Harrison County.  One man was flown to the hospital and three others were taken to United Hospital Center by ambulance.  The fifth man drove himself to the hospital.  The site of the accident near the intersection of Routes 18 and 19 near Hepzibah, WV.

West Virginia State Police said a man was driving towards Clarksburg at about 6:00 p.m. when a Ford Escape crossed the center line and struck a minivan head-on.  The man driving a Chrysler Town & County minivan attempted to prevent the accident, according to police.

HealthNet landed at the Gore Transitional School to transport the victim. HealthNet flew a male passenger, who was in the Ford Escape, to Ruby Memorial Hospital, according to state police.  His name and condition are not being released at this time.

All three who were in the Ford Escape were taken by Harrison County EMS ambulance to United Hospital Center.  Their present health conditions are unknown.

Police say drugs or alcohol were not factors in the crash, but other charges are pending.

A Personal Injury Lawyer’s Advice for Medical Treatment after a Car Accident

As the victims of this car/van accident wisely realized, it is critical to seek prompt and appropriate medical treatment after a collision. Following the initial treatment, don’t allow any interruption in your treatment without a good reason until fully recovered.

Keep in mind that if you intend to file an insurance claim to recover for your medical expenses, lost wages, and future expenses related to the accident, if you skip appointments or fail to follow through with prescribed treatments, the insurance company and their defense lawyers will argue that you must have felt that you were fully recovered from your injuries and had no need of continued treatment or compensation.

Additionally, much of the work that was done by insurance adjusters to evaluate claims in the past is now done by computers. If the required documentation is not entered into the computer in language and codes the program understands, the program will not properly evaluate your injury and may deny the compensation due to you. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney will know how to present the medical evidence the computers are designed to recognize.

Morgantown WV Auto Accident Attorneys


Jeff Robinette