A 47-year-old man and 80-year-old woman lost their lives in a collision that occurred on Interstate 79 south. Reports indicate that a Honda SUV traveling north on I-79 suddenly crossed the median and collided with a West Virginia Department of Highways vehicle (a Ford SUV). The two victims were in the Ford SUV. Investigators have yet to ascertain why the driver of the Honda SUV crossed the median, according to WSAZ.com.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice issued a statement about the tragic wreck and we echo his sentiment that “a sudden loss of life like this is truly heartbreaking.”
Taking Legal Action Through a West Virginia Wrongful Death Claim
If you lost a loved one in a preventable automobile collision, you have the right to hold the careless driver accountable through a wrongful death action. Recoverable damages available to the family of the victim may include:
- Non-economic damages such as pain, sorrow, and mental anguish;
- Loss of support, guidance, and companionship;
- Reimbursement for the loss of monetary support provided by the victim;
- Any medical bills related to the victim after the accident; and
- Funeral and burial costs.
Wrongful Death Claim Statute of Limitations
It is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after the accident to discuss your legal options. Time is of the essence because you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a wrongful death action in a West Virginia civil court. If your lawsuit is not filed in two years, there is a good chance the civil court may simply dismiss your case as being untimely filed.
Contact an Experienced West Virginia Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
Losing a loved one in a sudden accident is a traumatic and gut-wrenching event that may turn your life upside down. You may be concerned about how you are going to pay the mortgage and other fixed expenses. Do not fret. The law firm of Brewer & Giggenbach PLLC is here to help. Our team of experienced trial attorneys understand West Virginia wrongful death law and are ready to take your case to trial, if necessary. Contact our office for a free consultation.