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Young bicyclist on life support after personal injury accident

There is probably no greater tragedy than when a parent loses a child in an accident. Whether the child is just beginning to toddle or is standing on the brink of adulthood, a parent may agonize to watch him or her suffering. One West Virginia family is now experiencing a parent's worst nightmare following a personal injury accident late one recent night.

The 18-year-old girl was riding her bike around midnight along a four-lane highway that includes a narrow bike path. Details of the incident are few, but reports say the girl was struck by a car and critically injured. Police originally reported that the girl had died from her injuries, but her parents denied this. In fact, the girl's mother says her daughter is on life support but will be removed from it soon.

The victim's family described her as loving and generous. It is not clear why she was on the highway at midnight or how the accident occurred. Police continue to investigate but are not releasing much information about the circumstances surrounding the accident or the driver of the vehicle that struck the girl.

The family has started a GoFundMe account to cover the cost of their daughter's funeral. It is likely they will also struggle to pay the hospital bills that are certain to be overwhelming, particularly because of the cost of life support. When West Virginia families suffer the tragedy of losing a loved one, compounded with the final medical and funeral expenses, they may not know where to turn. Fortunately, a personal injury attorney can guide them in the best possible course of action if they decide to explore the option of seeking compensation from the person found responsible for the death of their loved one.

Source: wsaz.com, "Family says teen is on life support after bicycle crash", Blaine Carragher, July 24, 2017

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