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W. VA Christmas Eve truck accident results in death and injuries

Victims of truck accidents often have legal recourse options available to them when harmed in a truck accident.

A Christmas Eve truck accident recently resulted in one fatality in a neighboring West Virginia community. The truck accident took place when a semi truck was merging onto the interstate and was struck from behind by a truck carrying coal. Reports were that the collision was a multi-vehicle accident. The driver of one of the trucks was killed at the scene and the other was transported to the hospital with injuries. The local accident reconstruction unit is investigating to determine the point of impact and the contributing factors that caused the accident.

Trucking accidents can have tragic consequences and result in serious injuries. The sheer size disparity between semi trucks and vehicles semis share the roadways with presents a dangerous threat. Those injured in a truck accident may face medical bills, lost wages and a painful physical and emotional recovery. Because of this, legal protections exist for victims of truck accidents to seek recovery of damages.

A claim for damages may be brought by the injured victim in some circumstances against either the truck driver, truck company or both. A driver may be liable for negligence in causing a truck accident if the driver was operating the truck as an unqualified truck driver, inattentive truck driver, was speeding or was experiencing truck driver fatigue. Based on the relationship that exists between the truck driver and truck company, the truck company may also be liable to compensate the victim for damages. In circumstances when a negligent party is deceased as a result of the accident, a claim for damages may, in some satiations, be brought against the negligent party's estate.

Truck accident injuries and be serious and costly. A trained personal injury attorney can help an injured victim better understand the process of bringing a claim for damages and to evaluate the damages the victim has suffered.

Source: WCHS, "Deputies Investigating Deadly Crash; I-64 Westbound Near Institute Reopens," Bethany Simmons, Dec. 24, 2013

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