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West Virginia drum truck accident kills and injures

Families and victims impacted by a truck accident are legally protected. A woman was recently killed and another woman was seriously injured in a truck accident with a dump truck in West Virginia. A 36-year old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the truck accident and the 35-year old passenger in the vehicle was air-lifted to a local hospital. The second victim was listed in critical condition following the accident. A dog traveling in the vehicle was also injured and was given oxygen and taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment.

The truck accident occurred when the front left tire of the dump truck blew out, causing it to swerve into the passenger vehicle the two women were traveling in. The accident resulted in both vehicles swerving off the roadway. The dump truck came to rest on top of the passenger vehicle. The 46-year old driver of the dump truck was uninjured. When there has been a tragic truck accident, both wrongful death and personal injury legal options can help victims and their families.

Surviving family members of a loved one killed in a fatal accident may be able to obtain damages for the loss and harm they have suffered. Damages depend on the characteristics of the victim and the circumstances but can include medical expenses, funeral costs and damages for loss of support and services and pain and suffering. In addition, personal injury legal protections can help truck accident victims recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional harm they have suffered.

Both a truck driver and trucking company may be liable for a negligently maintained vehicle that harms victims or for other negligence that harms victims. Because of the catastrophic impact of a truck accident, it is important for truck accident victims and their families to be familiar with the legal protections available to them.

Source: Herald Mail Media, "Woman killed in dump-truck crash was from Martinsburg," Dan Dearth, Oct. 2, 2017

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