A tragic accident in West Virginia involving a log truck and a motorcycle left the motorcyclist dead. According to the details released by local law enforcement officials, the motorcycle was crushed after the log truck rolled over, pinning the individual underneath. The fatal accident required traffic to be diverted as emergency crews worked to extricate the motorcyclist.
The report indicates that the driver was attempting to turn left when the accident occurred. The log truck overturned as the driver swerved to avoid the motorcycle and lost control. The truck driver was not injured, and law enforcement does not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the incident. However, the accident is still under investigation by West Virginia law enforcement officials.
Depending on the nature of any evidence found during the investigation, the log-truck driver could face criminal charges. Even if no charges are filed, it is possible that the driver and his employer could be financially liable for the accident and subsequent death of the West Virginia motorcyclist. The family members of the deceased can seek an evaluation in order to determine available legal options, including the possibility of a wrongful death civil claim against the liable parties.
Compensation may be granted to the grieving family to cover the expenses related to the fatal accident if they can present evidence of negligence. Medical bills, funeral costs and other end-of-life expenditures can leave a devastated family with overwhelming bills. After the unexpected death of a loved one, remaining family members have the right to secure the assistance of a legal professional to navigate the claims process on their behalves.
Source: wvnstv.com, "NEW DETAILS: Identity of motorcyclist in fatal accident released", Douglas Fritz, May 11, 2015