Category Archives: DMV

3-Vehicle Wreck in Beckley Sends Five People to Hospital

from the Register-Herald today:

On April 29, a man had just dropped off one of his children at Beckley Elementary School and was traveling south on Eisenhower Drive (U.S. 19) when the driver of a pickup truck lost control, entered the center lane and struck the man’s Jeep.

The Jeep was pushed into the northbound lane and collided with a third vehicle head-on. After the head-on collision, the Jeep left the roadway, crashed through a fence and came to rest on the property at 503 Eisenhower.

A witness said he saw the Jeep cross Wilkes Road, smash through a fence and travel through the yard of a home, accelerating at a high speed, and that when it came to rest, the wheels were still spinning.

Fortunately, a guardrail stopped the vehicle from going into a nearby creek. Guardrails can be either a blessing or a curse depending on the particular circumstances. In this case they were apparently a blessing, as there were two young girls in the vehicle and the driver was left unconscious.

Read the full article here.

– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Car Accident Attorney.

Most Dangerous Road in West Virginia?

WSAV TV reports on a particular road in Cross Lanes, WV that has gotten so bad, that the emergency vehicles can no longer make it back to the 12 homes located on the road.

It’s a private road meaning the Department of Highways isn’t responsible for fixing it, but the road is now so dangerous that Kanawha County has submitted an application to the Department of Homeland Security, for emergency repairs.

Pine Terrace Drive has been slipping away for a few weeks, but in the last few days it has fallen about 8 inches. Now the land underneath part of the road is completely washed out, bending and exposing a gas line and that’s not the only danger, 12 families live beyond this slip and this road is their only way in and out.

The road is also falling right into a creek and home below.

Pine Terrace Drive is so unstable fire trucks and ambulances have now been told its too dangerous to try and drive across.

The county has submitted an application to the Department of Homeland Security for emergency repairs, that will now go onto West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin for his approval.

Read the full article here.

– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Car Accident Attorney.

More Than 200 To Seek “Bioptic” Driving Privileges in West Virginia

From the Register-Herald today:

According to the West Virginia DMV, more than 200 people in West Virginia may seek permission to operate a vehicle while using bioptic telescopic lenses to enhance impaired vision.

This concept was approved by the legislature in the winter regular session. Before going solo, the commissioner emphasized that enrollees will undergo a mandatory, 90-hour training session. “It will be 30 hours of sitting there as a passenger, 30 hours of classroom and 30 hours of actually driving with an instructor watching them as to how they use that piece of equipment,” he said.

The DMV Commissioner further stated that “we’re initially going to restrict them to daylight driving,” Cicchirillo said. “They’ll have to be off the road when it gets dark. The reason being is, they’re going to have to provide some kind of proficiency and their history.”

As if driving on West Virginia roads were not dangerous enough before the advent of driving with “bioptic” telescopic lens. So daylight driving only will be allowed. At what point does daylight become nighttime? It seems that there is an awfully large grey area in between that could create some tricky liability issues for those involved in car accidents with these drivers.

– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Car Accident Attorney.