In a sad story coming out of Barboursville, an elderly couple visiting West Virginia died after they were hit by a vehicle at around 8:15 pm. The accident occurred on U.S. 60, near the exit by the shopping mall. The pair was walking by the highway when they were fatally struck by a mini-van. According to a witness, a nurse came to the scene of the accident to help treat the man and the woman, but both had already passed away. The couple had been staying at the Best Western motel and had asked an employee of the motel for recommendations of where to eat dinner before the fatal accident happened. The manager of the motel reported that the couple was visiting the United States from Great Britain. Authorities are still investigating to determine what caused the accident, but at this point they do not believe charges will be filed against the driver.
Just because criminal charges are not filed in an accident does not mean a driver cannot be held liable for his or her negligent actions. A personal injury attorney can look at the facts of a motor vehicle accident to help determine if bringing a civil claim against a driver for negligence is appropriate. A wrongful death lawsuit may help compensate a family who has lost a loved one due to the actions of another. A personal injury lawsuit may also help an injured person cover the medical expenses and lost wages that arose from someone else’s negligence.
WSAZ, “Two Pedestrians Killed on U.S. 60 Near Barboursville,” Andrew Colegrove, Oct. 2, 2013