A man has lost his life in a tragic motor vehicle crash in West Virginia. Meanwhile, nine people suffered injuries in the car accident. A semi-truck driver reportedly caused the accident, which involved five vehicles total.
The recent collision took place on a Saturday. According to authorities, the accident happened when a semi did not slow down while traveling north along United States Highway 340. The truck ended up pushing multiple motor vehicles into one another as a result.
A 32-year-old man passed away at the accident scene. Meanwhile, nine people were hurt in the crash. At the time of the crash, the truck that allegedly caused the accident was hauling potatoes weighing 80,000 pounds.
The surviving loved ones of the man who passed away in the crash may decide to file a wrongful death claim against the semi-truck driver, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages sustained in the car accident. The lawsuit may also name the employer of the truck driver. Likewise, the injured victims may choose to file personal injury claims against the truck driver and his or her employer.
Liability must be established before the West Virginia civil court hearing the personal injury and wrongful death cases before any claims for damages will be adjudicated. If a plaintiff is successful in his or her claim, he or she may receive a monetary damage award that might be helpful for covering burial costs or hospital expenses. Monetary damages may additionally help with addressing pain and suffering as well as emotional distress caused by the car accident.