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West Virginia man files suit after semi-truck accident

Most West Virginia motorists drive carefully most of the time, but they must share the roadways with drivers who are less cautious. When one driver's carelessness leads to an accident, even the most cautious driver can be injured. And when the careless driver is behind the wheel of a large truck, an accident can easily lead to catastrophic injuries.

Recently, a West Virginia man filed suit against a truck driver and two trucking companies in connection to a 2013 accident in which the man says he was severely injured. According to his complaint, the man was behind the wheel of a Dodge Caravan, waiting to make a right turn, when a commercial truck driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into him. The man's suit seeks compensation for his injuries, lost wages and other damages.

Semi-truck accidents differ from other types of traffic accidents not only in the size of the vehicles and the severity of the injuries, but also in their legal consequences. After a typical accident involving two privately owned cars, a negligent driver may be held liable for damages to the injured party. That's true of truck accident lawsuits, as well. However, in a truck accident lawsuit, it's often possible to hold the truck driver's employer or other parties fully or partially liable for the damages, as well.

One of the first tasks in undertaking a truck accident lawsuit is to make a thorough investigation of the accident. Not only will this mean examining police reports and other evidence of the crash itself, but also examining records from the trucking company. If the trucking company violated safety regulations, such as those designed to reduce truck driver fatigue, this violation could have contributed to the accident.

Truck accidents can leave people with severe injuries. The injured may be out of work for months, or even permanently. This places enormous financial difficulty on the injured and their families. A lawsuit can help the injured and their families to cope with this type of financial burden. Experienced West Virginia attorneys can help the injured or their families to understand their legal options.

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Mason man files accident suit against trucking company," Carol Ostrow, April 17, 2015

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