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Garbage truck crash ejects 3 occupants, 1 killed

When the cause of an injury crash is the driver of a commercial vehicle, the victims may be able to hold more than just the driver responsible for their injuries and damages. Take, for instance, this crash that occurred in Charleston, West Virginia, on April 13, at the I-77/I-64 split.

Three workers for the refuse department for the city of Charleston were traveling south on I-77 when the garbage truck veered off the road and turned over on its side. The three men, ages 22, 24 and 44 were all ejected from the truck and none were wearing seat belts.

The 22-year-old died on the day of the accident from the injuries he suffered. While the news did not report which of the other two men was the driver, both were injured in the wreck. The 44-year-old was still in the hospital the following Monday, although his injuries were not life-threatening. The 24-year-old was released after receiving medical treatment.

The trio had been part of the Kanawha County Cleanup program and were taking a load of refuse back to Charleston when the wreck occurred. The Crash Investigation Unit of the Charleston Police Department is still investigating the accident. It is not known if any charges will be filed against the driver.

In this type of crash, the driver, his supervisor and the city of Charleston might all be held liable for the crash. An attorney can help identify potential defendants in cases like these.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident that wasn't your fault, you can seek compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more through a civil lawsuit. Criminal charges do not need to be filed for you to pursue compensation in a civil suit; however, criminal charges can help strengthen a civil case. An experienced attorney can help you learn more about your legal options.

Source: wvgazettemail.com, "Occupants of Saturday's fatal garbage truck accident identified," Rick Steelhammer, April 16, 2018

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