There are many causes of WRONGFUL DEATH claims.  Wrongful deaths arise in the context of car, truck, and motorcycle collisions.   All too often, speeding and distracted driving plays a role.  Drunk driving and drugged driving also cause wrecks with significant life-changing injuries and loss of life. Many individuals lose their life on the job site.  Avoidable injuries […]

Why do I need a lawyer?

WHY DO I NEED A GOOD LAWYER? If you are injured, you may consider representing yourself. After all, won’t the other side appreciate that you are being open and honest? After all, you don’t want to take advantage of anyone. After all, you only want what’s fair – surely the other side will be equally […]

Stay Safe this Boating Season!

It is Summer time and many of us will be taking to the water to beat the heat. Whether you spend your time on Tygart Lake, Cheat Lake or Deep Creek Lake or the Monongahela or Ohio Rivers and whether you operate PWC, cabin cruiser, or a bass boat, be sure to stay safe this […]

In West Virginia, call 1-800-HURT-NOW

Goddard & Wagoner is getting ready to start a new, exciting ad campaign. To go along with it, we have a new phone number to supplement our historical number (304-623-HELP (4357). While the old number will continue to work and should be used if you are outside of West Virginia, we have a new number […]

LAWYERS CAN BE VERY GOOD – Don’t believe stereotypes

LAWYERS, WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR? . . . I think many people think of lawyers like they think about war, as in the song lyrics “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin’, say it again.” In the past, we have made various posts about the types of cases we handle. In response to […]

DRUGGED driving – a rising epidemic in West Virginia

West Virginia has a drug problem. And Harrison County may be as bad as anywhere in the state. Police across the state have noticed one of the consequences of that drug problem – more and more people are driving under the influence of drugs. http://www.wowktv.com/story/27968336/tri-state-sees-an-increase-in-drugged-drivers   Most people hear “DUI” and think about drunk drivers. However, […]

Do NOT Drink and Drive – Take the pledge and you could win $100

You want a statistic that will boggle your mind? How about this: On average, two out of every three people in the US will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. That is almost unbelievable. How about this: every single day, 28 people die as a result of drinking and driving collisions. […]

Trucking Industry Problems Admitted by NTSB – GODDARD & WAGONER PLLC

The National Transportation Safety Board has recognized the problems that exist with heavy trucks and truck fatalities in the United States.  See http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/01/14/353976.htm.   In fact, the NTSB has called for changes to improve truck safety, including more anti-collision technology, better limits on driver hours, and tighter regulations on some companies with higher accident rates. Unfortunately, […]

Motorcycle riders deserve equal legal rights – Goddard & Wagoner PLLC

A new bill, cosponsored by Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, would prohibit federal grants to States which allow motorcycle-only checkpoints. The senators state that such checkpoints are discriminatory, and single out motorcycle riders for increased scrutiny by police. Motorcyclists deserve equal treatment, and we hope this law is passed expeditiously.  http://www.wchstv.com/news/features/eyewitness-news/stories/Reintroduced-Bill-Would-Protect-The-Rights-Of-Motorcycle-Riders-67948.shtml#.VK_5sntQCmd