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Author Archives: Kevin S. Kaufman

Hundreds of Vehicles in Fatal West Virginia Truck Accidents Each Year

West Virginia’s scenic mountain roads are known to inspire awe, wonder and even songs, but their sharp curves and steep grades are dangerous for drivers, especially those unfamiliar with the terrain. On a winding road or highway, a motor vehicle collision may result from a second of distraction, a single error in judgment or a… Read More »

How Is Fault Calculated in a West Virginia Car-Truck Collision?

In collisions between cars and tractor trailers, car drivers and passengers are significantly more likely to die or suffer injuries than truck drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 82 percent of the people killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2017 were not occupants of a truck. Yet, this does not… Read More »

Who Pays for Auto Accident Injuries in an “At-Fault” State?

After a motor vehicle collision, mounting expenses may cause more anxiety than the crash itself. Towing and ambulance fees are often followed by repair costs and medical expenses, and if injuries result in missed days of work, there’s the additional financial strain of lost wages. In West Virginia, obtaining adequate reimbursement for these expenses depends… Read More »

Who Is at Fault in a West Virginia SUV Rollover Accident?

Though an SUV may look sturdy, this type of vehicle can be especially prone to rollover accidents, due in part to their weight distribution and higher center of gravity. A sharp turn at high speed or an impact with a road hazard or other stationary object can cause an SUV to tip onto its side… Read More »

Who Pays If You’re Injured in a West Virginia Rideshare Accident?

Rideshare vehicle services are changing the way Americans get around, but entrusting your safety to an app car driver has its risks. Companies like Uber, Lyft, Via and Juno make it relatively easy for anyone to enter the pick-up business without any experience or training. Whether or not this increases the chances of an accident,… Read More »

What Are the Advantages to Mediating a Divorce in West Virginia?

If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, you might be dreading an ugly, drawn-out court battle. But, fortunately, that might not be necessary. If you and your spouse are candidates for mediation, you may be able to reach a comprehensive marital settlement that you simply present to the court for approval. Mediation allows couples… Read More »

Can I Claim Future Medical Expenses in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

If you have been seriously injured from an auto accident, a slip and fall, or medical malpractice, you have probably accumulated a fortune in medical bills. You’d like to settle your claim to recoup those losses, but when you’re still receiving treatment for your injuries, you don’t know how long you may require medical care…. Read More »

When Will a West Virginia Divorce Court Order Mediation?

The West Virginia judiciary has instituted rules in the family court system requiring parents to mediate parenting issues when they cannot reach agreement. A judge can order mediation during divorce or custody proceedings or when a parent petitions to modify an existing parenting plan. Mediation allows parents to develop a plan that meets the needs… Read More »

What Is the “Open and Obvious” Defense to Premises Liability Claims in West Virginia?

In the last few years, West Virginia has seen the state Supreme Court abolish the “open and obvious” defense to premises liability accidents, only to have the state legislature pass a statute in an attempt to restore the defense. But exactly what does the open and obvious defense entail, and how can it affect your… Read More »

What Happens When a Custodial Parent in West Virginia Wants to Relocate?

One of the most challenging issues in child custody arises when a custodial parent wants to move out of state or at a distance that substantially burdens the other parent’s contact with the child. Parents seek to relocate for a number of reasons, including: To be closer to extended family To pursue a new career… Read More »