An employee with the West Virginia Division of Highways died in an accident that occurred while he was on the job. The collision involved five vehicles total, one of which was a truck owned by the Division of Highways (DOH). The deceased was not inside a vehicle at the time of the truck accident, and it is not immediately known if anyone else was injured in the accident.
The fatal accident occurred as an area of U.S. 50 was being resurfaced. A semi truck caused the accident as it entered the only open lane traveling westbound alongside the construction zone. According to the accident report, the truck hit three of the five vehicles during the course of the accident. The man was pinned between the truck owned by the DOH and another vehicle.
Although the construction zone was clearly marked, it is not known if there was a flagman there. In this type of accident case, it can be extremely difficult to determine which party may be at fault for the wrongful death of the West Virginia worker. However, once the liable party is identified, the family of the deceased can take steps to recover their financial losses associated with the accident.
In some cases, financial compensation may be granted to the family of an individual who was killed in a truck accident because of the negligent, reckless or dangerous actions of another person. The unexpected death of a loved can be a challenging time for a family, but they should not carry any undue financial burden alone. A complete case evaluation can determine how best to proceed.
Source: equipmentworld.com, "Semi truck crash in U.S. 50 paving zone kills West Virginia DOH worker", Chris Hill, June 15, 2015