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West Virginia woman killed in pedestrian accident


For some residents in West Virginia, it is more convenient for them to travel by foot. Although it is better for them and the environment, pedestrians do encounter some risks while they travel near and on roads. Even in areas with sidewalks, marked crossing, reduced speeds and signs, an auto-pedestrian accident could still occur. Whether a driver is distracted or speeding, it is often challenging for a person to avoid a collision when a vehicle is headed straight for them. Moreover, an individual is often seriously injured or killed on impact, simply due to the size of the vehicle and the speed of the vehicle.

Authorities in West Virginia were recently dispatched to a fatal pedestrian accident that involved a 21-year-old woman and a truck. According to preliminary reports, the young woman had just exited a bus when the vehicle struck her. This occurred around 8 a.m. on U.S. Route 119 in Kanawha County near Elkview.

Emergency crews responded to the incident, but the young woman did not survive the crash. No injuries were reported to the driver. Authorities are not sure what caused the crash, but initially believed that bright sunshine might have been a factor. Investigators also believe that driver error, pedestrian error speed or mechanical error may have contributed to the accident.

Investigation is ongoing, and once completed, authorities should be able to establish cause and fault. When an individual causes a fatal crash, he or she could be liable for the injuries, deaths and damages caused by the accident. When a person is killed in a crash, their loved ones could file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. This could result in compensation being awarded, which could be used toward accident-related expenses, including funeral bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

A fatal crash can be shocking and emotional. It is especially difficult to cope with when a family member loses a loved one at such a young age. Friends and family members should understand if they have a cause of action so they can take appropriate actions, such as filing paperwork and conducting additional investigation.

Source: Metro News, "Kanawha County woman hit and killed by truck," Mar. 24, 2014

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