A fatal accident has reportedly claimed the life of a 37-year-old man in West Virginia. Motor vehicle accidents can be dangerous incidents that threaten the safety of everyone involved, perhaps especially when one vehicle hits another head-on. Many families have experienced loss under similar circumstances, some of which may choose to pursue restitution through a wrongful death lawsuit.
According to reports, the accident took place around 11:30 a.m. on a recent Thursday when the driver of a box truck suddenly lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic. After crossing the median, the truck slammed into another vehicle, and the two vehicles proceeded to spin out before coming to a rest. The box truck apparently ended up leaning on top of the other vehicle, and a man was trapped inside while awaiting emergency responders.
Upon arrival, authorities were able to remove the man after putting out a fire near the engine. He was airlifted to a hospital for treatment, but unfortunately succumbed to injuries and was pronounced dead. The driver of the truck reportedly informed police that he lost control of the vehicle and was unable to avoid the collision. An investigation into the incident is likely underway, and should the evidence suggest fault on his part, the victim’s surviving family members may seek accountability through the civil justice system.
An untimely death can be a difficult thing to accept. Families who experience such a loss may wish to pursue restitution accordingly, but the process can be challenging to navigate alone. By speaking with an attorney, a client in West Virginia could obtain assistance throughout this stressful and daunting period in life. An attorney can evaluate the incident and assist a client in pursuing the compensation deserved through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed culpable for his or her loss.
Source: heraldmailmedia.com, “Police identify man killed in I-81 crash south of Martinsburg“, Matthew Umstead, July 27, 2017