Snow and Sleet Buildup on I-79 Cause Car Accident in Westover

Snow, sleet, and ice are presenting a myriad of problems for drivers, especially during this harsh winter in West Virginia.  Driving has been hazardous around Morgantown and Westover, especially this year.  Nationally, 1.5 million collisions a year are caused by weather conditions affecting visibility and road conditions.

Snow and sleet piling up on the side of I-79 is being investigated as the main cause of a one-car crash near Westover, WV.  Police have reported that the driver of a Mazda 6
lost control while heading south on I-79, causing the vehicle to fall off an overpass and land on U.S. 19 (Fairmont Road).   The car accident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday, February 17th.

Three young men in their 20’s were in the vehicle at the time of the accident.  All three were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where one victim, a Shinnston man who had been a passenger in the back seat, died as a result of his injuries.  Another victim remains in critical, but stable condition.  Police reported that the third victim was up and walking around after the crash but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Thankfully, there was no one traveling on Highway 19 at the time of the vehicle falling over the overpass onto the road below, so no other vehicles were involved and no one but the occupants of the Mazda were killed or injured.  Our hearts go out to the occupants of this vehicle and their families.  Nothing is as tragic as an unexpected death or severe injury which changes families’ lives forever.

ice on mirrorInvestigators will be evaluating questions such as:  “How fast they were going?  What kind of barrier was there?  Was the vehicle properly prepared for the conditions?  Was the driver impaired at all?  Could the Westover Dept. of Roadways have prevented the buildup given the conditions?  How could the death of this one man have been prevented?”  Sometimes there is nothing a driver can do to prevent a collision, but winter is almost over — please drive carefully and use extra time and extra caution.

Anytime there is an accident, insurance problems can arise.  If you have questions about insurance claims due to the winter driving conditions, give us a call.  We can help.  The Robinette Legal Group:  304-594-1800.

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Source:  The Dominion Post, “1 Dead in Westover Crash” by Conor Griffith and Jim Bissett, February 19, 2014.

Deadly Infection Lurks in Nail Salons

Many women treat themselves with a pedicure as a reward for a hard week of work, but according to AOL News, Nancy Swanson got a lot more than she bargained for at her local nail salon.  Nancy began to experience flu-like symptoms and then noticed that her skin had started to take on a yellow appearance.  She became so ill that she felt close to death and sought a doctor’s opinion.  Her medical providers found that she had contracted Hepatitis B, an incurable liver disease.

Since thousands of Vietnamese are employed in U.S. nail salons, Dr. Robert Gish of UC San Diego has written a health policy for the Vietnamese government outlining the risks associated with Hepatitis B.  People can be carriers of Hepatitis B without presenting any symptoms and are capable of infecting others.

To protect yourself from infection, look for a prominently displayed business license, make sure all clippers and scissors are disinfected properly and only disposable nail files are used.  For extra protection, take your own polish to the salon.  Also, keep in mind that the whirlpool jets and drains of the foot tub are places where the deadly bacteria can lurk.

For more information about personal injury claims, visit us at or call 304-594-1800.