A 36-year-old woman lost her life when her car recently collided with a dump truck. The West Virginia car accident, on Highway 51 near Middleway, also seriously injured a 35-year-old female who was a passenger in the car. The deceased driver was from Martinsburg.
The woman died at the scene of the crash. The passenger was airlifted to a medical center. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, the woman is in critical condition. The 46-year-old male driver of the dump truck was uninjured.
A sergeant from the Sheriff's office said the mid-morning crash took place when the dump truck's front left tire had a blow out. The truck, which was heading west, crashed into the side of the eastbound car. The impact caused both vehicles to careen off the road and into a field of soybeans where the truck ended up on top of the vehicle.
A rescue team spent about 40 minutes trying to free the passenger from the car. A small dog, which was also in the car, was given oxygen and taken to a local veterinarian hospital with injuries that will require surgery. Police said no criminal charges are expected to be filed regarding the fatality.
Understandably, losing a loved one in a motor vehicle crash is tragic. Family members of those who die in this terrible way often opt to speak with an attorney to discuss the possibility of pursuing compensation for their loss. Even in this case when no criminal charges are expected to be pursued, grounds may exist for legal recourse in civil court.
In the same instance, West Virginia residents who are hurt in a car accident may be entitled to pursue compensation for things like pain and suffering, potential loss of income and medical costs. The road to rehabilitation could be long and costly. A West Virginia attorney experienced in personal injury law will take the stress off an injured client or the surviving family of a fatal accident victim and will focus on securing monetary relief for documented damages recognized by applicable laws.
Source: heraldmailmedia.com, "Woman killed in dump-truck crash was from Martinsburg", Dan Dearth, Oct. 2, 2017