Firefighters likely know of the risks they are taking when they run into a burning building or attempt some other type of rescue. However, job-related risks are not the only ones they face. Unfortunately, a recent fatal accident has left the family of a West Virginia firefighter mourning his loss.
According to police reports, the 41-year-old firefighter was off duty when he was traveling south on a West Virginia highway one morning in late May. Records indicate that the driver of a northbound pickup truck attempted a left turn across the highway. Unfortunately, the truck apparently struck the driver's side of the firefighter's sedan.
The firefighter was transported to the hospital but passed away as a result of the injuries he suffered. The driver of the pickup truck was also transported to the hospital for treatment, though his injuries have been described as non-life threatening. While it is unclear what charges, if any, are expected to be filed as a result of the accident, the incident likely remains under investigation.
A fatal accident such as this often leaves West Virginia families wondering how they will cope with the emotional and financial consequences of their loss. Many people seek justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. While a successful case resulting in an award of damages often does little to help victims cope with their grief, it could relieve the stress associated with funeral expenses, medical costs and loss of wages. While not necessary to prove negligence, a conviction of criminal charges against the other driver would support such claims.
Source: wdtv.com, "UPDATE: Morgantown Firefighter Identified as Victim of Fatal Crash", May 25, 2016