Accidents caused by landslides or debris are concerningly common on West Virginia highways due to the state’s famous mountains and valleys. Falling rocks and debris can damage vehicles and seriously injure drivers and passengers, often leading to fatalities. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an average of 25 to 50 Americans are killed by landslides annually.
To learn more about what to do after an accident caused by a landslide or debris and how we could help you pursue compensation, contact the attorneys at Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, for a free consultation.
Steps to Take If You’ve Been in an Auto Accident from Debris or Falling Rocks
If you are injured from debris on the road or a landslide, there are several steps you should take to protect yourself and others:
- Prioritize your safety — Rocks and debris could continue to fall even if the landslide appears to stop. After an accident caused by a landslide, move your vehicle away from the area if possible.
- Document the accident scene — Take pictures and video of the scene once you are out of harm’s way, as this could be helpful evidence in your case.
- Call emergency services — Dial 911 to request police and emergency medical services. Even if you seem fine, you should get examined by a medical professional. The police can file an accident report and secure the scene.
- Contact a personal injury attorney — An experienced lawyer can investigate the accident and determine who might be liable for your injuries and related losses. An attorney can also identify all potential sources of compensation.
Who Is Liable for the Injuries from a Car Accident Caused by Debris or Landslide?
Although Mother Nature is often to blame, other parties may be liable for landslides or falling debris injuries. Some potentially responsible parties include:
- Property owners or managers — If a property owner or manager doesn’t try to prevent landslides or falling debris, they may be at fault if that debris causes an accident.
- Government entities — State or local governments are responsible for keeping roads clear of debris and reasonably safe for drivers. Therefore, they could be liable if landslides or falling debris cause accidents because they fail to uphold this duty.
- Other road users — If another driver swerves to avoid debris and hits another vehicle or a pedestrian, they may be at least partly liable for the accident and resulting injuries.
How Can a West Virginia Personal Injury Attorney Help?
Car accidents caused by fallen debris or landslides can result in serious injuries. Without the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, victims may struggle to get the compensation they need for medical bills, property repairs, and lost wages. If you were injured in a landslide accident in West Virginia, contact Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, today for a free consultation about your legal options.
Jeffery Robinette was admitted to practice law in 1991 and is licensed in all levels of state and federal trial courts in West Virginia. Mr. Robinette is also licensed in all state and federal appeals courts in West Virginia and the United States Supreme Court. As a National Board Certified Trial Attorney who has handled hundreds of motor vehicle, injury, and construction defect claims and a leading author on insurance claims settlement issues and difficulties in West Virginia, Jeff Robinette is uniquely qualified to represent your best interest.