Category Archives: Wrongful Death

Kayla Decker Killed in Motorcycle Crash In West Virginia

17-year old Fairmont Senior High School student Kayla Decker was killed while riding as a passenger on the motorcycle driven by her brother Jonathan. State Troopers at the scene of the crash said that Decker failed to yield to oncoming traffic when he pulled out near the intersection of Route 7 and Pedlar Run Road and was struck by an SUV. The accident which happened Sunday afternoon is currently under investigation and no charges are pending as of yet. Kayla was pronounced dead at the scene and Jonathan is in stable condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Where do you start to try and make sense of a motorcycle accident like this? One can only think of the poor parents who are sure to be overwrought with guilt over letting their young son drive a motorcycle and especially over letting him take the sister for a ride on it. Life if fragile and it takes just the slightest miscalculation when riding on a motorcycle to cause the death of a loved one and a lifetime of misery for the survivors of such a tradgedy. Out hearts and prayers go out to the poor survivors of this family tradgedy.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you may have a case against the driver of the other vehicle whose negligence may have caused the collision, either totally or partially, please give us a call so that we can investigate and determine the facts of the accident to see whether we can obtain compensation for your losses. The attorneys at Adams Legal Group, PLLC are experienced in handling car, truck and motorcycle accidents and cases involving severe injuries and deaths. Please visit our WV & PA Accident Lawyers page and complete our contact form on that page for a free consultation on your case.

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by | October 20, 2015 · 2:23 pm

Nathan Allen Shrout Killed by Jumping From Moving Vehicle In Morgantown West Virginia

West Virginia State Police are investigating a bizarre Morgantown motor vehicle accident that caused the death of Nathan Allen Shrout, 38 of Reedsville. Shrout apparently climbed out of the moving vehicle, a 2000 Ford SUV driven by Justin M. McCloud also of Reedsville. Charges against McCloud who was driving the vehicle on W.Va. Route 7 in Monongalia County Wednesday night are pending.

The preliminary investigation has found that the McCloud SUV was not found at the scene of the accident. It was discovered on Kingwood Pike and was driven by a third person, a Matthew Paul Shaffer.

One can speculate that there are many potential story lines that could emerge from this situation. One thing we do know for sure is that the accident sounds suspicious and there are many questions that need to be answered.

* Why did the driver flee the scene of the accident?
* Does this incident qualify as leaving the scene of an accident?
* Why didn’t the driver, McCloud, immediately stop and call 911 to get assistance?
* What was the actual cause of Shrout’s death?
* Was Shrout killed beforehand and his body merely dumped?

We will keep you posted here as more information becomes forthcoming. Although the facts of this case are not entirely clear at this point in time, Adams Legal Group, PLLC in Morgantown WV provides experienced, competent legal services for all of your car accident, personal injury, wrongful death and even criminal defense needs. Please visit our website for more information.

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by | October 20, 2015 · 2:05 pm

Tim Hall Killed by Potentially Faulty Air Bag Deployment In Harper’s Ferry

According to first responders, the Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Department and ambulance service, 51-year old Tim Hall of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia was pronounced dead at the scene following a minor traffic accident at 78 Hollow Creek Lane. Hall’s vehicle, a 2005 GMC Frontliner reportedly made a wide turn and side swiped a tree before then striking a parked car. The vehicle’s driver’s side air bag deployed, smashing Hall who was apparently not wearing his seat belt out of the driver’s side window where he was found by rescuers.

If one looks at the minor damage that occurred to the car driven by Hall, and the fact that he was found on the ground having been ejected from the vehicle, one can readily deduce that potentially faulty airbag deployment using excessive force could very well could have been the reason for his death. There is currently the largest automobile recall in US history, some 34 million cars underway as a result of faulty airbags installed in them by Japan’s Takata Company. The faulty airbags have been known to cause hundreds of injuries to automobile passengers as well as seven known deaths. The inflation device that launches the air bag has been shown to explode unexpectedly and under even the slightest of impacts and to contain sharp metal fragments that can cause facial and head injuries and even death.

There is good reason to suspect and investigate if a faulty Takata airbag had been installed in the Hall vehicle and if so whether or not automobile recall letters had been sent to the owner.

In order to check whether or not your vehicle contains the deadly Takata airbags and if your car is subject to the nationwide recall, record your vehicle’s VIN, vehicle identification number located on the dashboard in the lower left hand corner under the windshield and then go to and enter the number.

If you have been injured or have had a loved one killed in an automobile accident where a faulty airbag may have been the cause, you need to immediately check to see if your vehicle is one of the 34 million subject to the recall. Then make sure to give our law firm a call for a complete analysis of your unique situation by our highly competent and experienced WV car accident attorneysto see if you have a case for a personal injury lawsuit against the automobile manufacturer, airbag company, or your automobile sales dealership.

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by | October 20, 2015 · 2:01 pm

It’s Time To Get Serious About Seat Belt Laws – West Virginia Seat Belt Laws

West Virginia Accident Brings Into Question Failure to Use Seat Belt

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by | September 22, 2015 · 1:00 pm

Doctors and Pharmacists Held Liable for Their Patient’s Criminal Conduct

For the time being and until a new law officially takes effect on May 25, 2015, doctors and pharmacists may be held liable for damages stemming from illegal activity committed by those patients who abuse prescription drugs and claim that the doctors and pharmacists were negligent in prescribing the drug to which they became addicted in the first place. Continue reading

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by | July 30, 2015 · 10:31 am

24-year old Jacob McClain Killed in Lewis County WV Logging Accident

24-year old Jacob McClain was killed in a logging accident in Lewis County, West Virginia, when a large tree the company was cutting fell in an unexpected direction and landed on top of him. Continue reading

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by | July 30, 2015 · 10:04 am

Christopher McClure and Adrianna Cole Killed in Head-On Automobile Accident In Morgantown, WV

Christopher McClure, 28 of Fairmont and Adrianna Cole, 20 of Morgantown were killed in a head on automobile accident at 10:35 p.m. Friday, April 19 2015 on Interstate 68 between the Sabraton and University Avenue exits. McClure was driving a 2007 Ford Explorer in the wrong direction on Interstate 68 when it sideswiped an oncoming vehicle and then struck Cole head on. Both McClure and Cole were pronounced dead on the scene. Continue reading

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by | May 13, 2015 · 11:34 am

Morgantown Traffic Woes – A Grim Reminder of the Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Morgantown, WV residents are already starting to notice the impacts on our roadways, as a result of the funeral procession for Monongalia County deputy sheriff Sgt. Michael T. May; however, this is a time to reflect on a terrible loss and to remember a fallen officer

Morgantown’s geography (and possibly planning or lack thereof, which is a subject for a later date) has yielded notoriously constrained roadways. Anyone who has found themselves on the Mileground at 5:00 on a Friday, or trying to get anywhere on a WVU football game day knows that of which I speak. Today’s traffic woes are aggravated by a bridge construction project, which has shut down the old Cheat Road for months, blocking one of only two reasonable alternate routes to get to Cheat Lake from the more Westerly parts of Morgantown. I-68 is the only remaining “reasonable” path open to travel between those points, and that route has seen many delays over the past few months on account of accidents and additional highway projects in the area (the latter arguably a result of poor planning). Nonetheless, closures of I-68 at a time when the old Cheat Road is also closed causes major bottlenecks or an absurdity in logistically getting where you need to go.

So today as the funeral procession for Sgt. May plans to block I-68 Westbound traffic beginning at 1:00p.m. on a Friday afternoon, Morgantown residents face a major problem.

Untimely Death of Monongalia County Deputy Sheriff, Sargent May

However, these traffic woes are merely a temporary inconvenience, and as they impact on you and those you know, this offers a good opportunity to reflect — Sargent May was killed on Saturday after a high-speed chase, concluding with a reportedly incapacitated driver (alcohol and prescription drugs have been reported) violently colliding with May’s vehicle. Sgt. May was a well respected officer by all accounts, and his untimely death is indeed very tragic. Sargent May was killed as a result of the alleged recklessness of Jerod Green – who is being charged with murder of a law enforcement officer, criminal homicide, DUI/DWI and other related crimes in causing May’s death. The accounts of what transpired prior to and during the chase are simply astounding, and if proven true would reflect indifference and recklessness of a high degree. However, as you contemplate May’s death and the allegations surrounding Mr. Green’s actions, a deeper reflection is warranted on the multitude of decisions that Green would have had to make prior to the final grizzly and deadly crash.

Drink Responsibly

Please drink responsibly and do not drink and drive. Think ahead if you may be drinking. Plan on having a designated driver or on staying put if you will be drinking. Very strictly limit what, when and where you drink, and the safest bet if you drink at all is to simply not drive. Drinking impairs your judgement, response time, sensory functioning, motor control and your memory, which all impact on your ability to make wise decisions after drinking and your ability to competently drive and handle a vehicle. (Check out this article for more on the Biological Impacts Of Alcohol Use.)

Condolences to Sargent May’s Family & Loved Ones

With this, I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Sargent May at a very tragic loss, and hope that as Morgantown travelers sit in traffic today, that we can each offer up a moment of silence, as we contemplate the loss and our choices to drink responsibly.

Author William S. Adams is a Morgantown wrongful death attorney. If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a car accident as a result of someone’s negligence or intoxication, please call us to discuss your legal case.

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