There are times when pedestrians are forced to be in or near West Virginia roadways with cars. It is incumbent on drivers to be aware of their surroundings and any potential obstacles in order to avoid hitting a pedestrian. The possibility of a pedestrian vs. car accident increases dramatically when a driver isn’t paying proper attention.

An Apple Valley Waste driver that had exited his vehicle was then run down by a pickup truck traveling south in Gerradstown. It is not known whether the driver of the pickup truck remained at the scene or was injured in the crash. The man that was hit was transported to a hospital in the area. He later succumbed to his injuries despite the efforts of medical personnel.

The identity of the victim was not immediately released in order to give authorities time to inform the victim’s family of his demise. The West Virginia State Police and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the accident. It is not yet known whether charges will be filed against the driver of the pickup truck.

Regardless of whether any criminal charges are filed against the driver that hit their loved one, the family of the victim has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the party deemed responsible. No amount of money will ever compensate the family for its loss, but any funds recovered may help defray the costs associated with the untimely death. If the family is able to demonstrate that the driver was negligent and that his actions caused or contributed to the death, a civil court may award the family costs and other monetary damages sustained as the result of this tragic car accident.

Source: wfmd.com, “Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Berkeley County, WV,” March 7, 2013