There are many things that drivers may take for granted as they travel on West Virginia roadways. For example, some people overlook the fact that something as simple as obeying traffic lights can prevent a car accident with significant consequences. Unfortunately, two women were recently injured following a crash that allegedly occurred because of a driver who failed to obey traffic signals.

The incident happened at approximately 6 a.m. on a day in early October. According to reports, the 46-year-old male driver of a sports utility vehicle ran a red light, sideswiping a pickup truck driven by an 18-year-old male. The older driver is said to have run another red light, striking a vehicle driven by a 37-year-old woman.

Both that driver and her 41-year-old passenger were trapped in the vehicle and required extrication by emergency responders. They reportedly suffered injuries that are serious but not life-threatening. However, the driver has since been transported to a different hospital. It is unclear what charges — if any — are expected to be filed as a result of the accident, but reports indicate that the accident is still being investigated.

A split second decision or single moment of inattention while driving can have lifelong consequences. As a result of this car accident in West Virginia, these two women may be facing a lengthy recovery. Unfortunately, even a short stay in the hospital can quickly result in serious financial implications, especially if victims experience lost wages concurrently. To help cope with these financial complications, those injured by another’s negligence often choose to pursue monetary damages by filing a personal injury claim in a civil court.