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West Virginia truck accident kills 1

This blog recently discussed wrongful death actions and how they serve as a resource for surviving family members of victims wrongfully killed by negligent drivers. A recent fatal truck accident in a West Virginia community northeast of the Kanawha area claimed the life of a 37-year old man. The victim was pronounced dead at a nearby medical facility where he had been flown following the collision between his vehicle and a box truck.

The victim was travelling southbound when a box truck driven by a 64-year old man crossed the grass median for an unknown reason and struck the victim's vehicle. The truck driver attempted to correct the truck but was unable to do so. The truck initially struck the car on the driver's side front fender and both vehicles spun and then the box truck landed on the car as the two vehicles came to rest. Smoke was seen coming from the truck and the victim was pulled from his vehicle before being transported to the hospital where he was declared dead.

The consequences of a fatal accident for families can be tremendous. They can suffer physical and financial harm including medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services, the loss of prospective inheritance and pain and suffering damages. A wrongful death claim for damages provides a resource for surviving family members of a loved one unexpectedly lost to recover compensation for some of their damages resulting from the fatal accident.

When a loved one has been wrongfully killed, such as by a negligent or careless driver on the roadways, legal options step in to provide protections for surviving family members. As a result, family members who have lost a loved one should be familiar with the legal options available to help them as they face the challenging period of time that follows the unexpected loss of a loved one.

Source: HeraldMailMedia.com, "Police identify man killed in I-81 crash south of Martinsburg," Matthew Umstead, July 27, 2017

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