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Woman sues for injuries received in truck accident

In the past, this blog has discussed semi-trucks and the risks they can pose to other drivers. When a trucker is fatigued, intoxicated, or negligent in any other way, a devastating, even fatal, truck accident can occur. The losses caused by such wrecks can be debilitating, leaving victims with extensive medical expenses, the inability to work and earn a wage, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Though it may feel overwhelming to try to confront these challenges, those who choose to take legal action may be able to find relief.

This is what one West Virginia woman hopes after filing a lawsuit against a trucker and the company he works for after an accident left her with injuries. According to the lawsuit, the woman was forced to drive into the truck as the tractor trailer, traveling in the opposite direction, was in the middle of the road.

Suing the individual responsible for an accident is important, but if they were performing job duties at the time of the wreck, then filing a claim against their employer may help ensure that the full extent of damages are recovered. This is critical, as many individuals who are sued are unable to pay the damages caused to the victim. Therefore, when confronted with a situation where an employer is in the picture, it is always worth considering whether it can be included as a party to the suit.

Like the woman in the accident discussed above, those who suffer injuries in a truck accident should do everything they can to try to recover their losses. If a claim succeeds, then a victim may be awarded compensation for their damages, which might include those mentioned above.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Beckley woman sues Long Run Transportation, driver over accident," Kari Valence, Oct. 28, 2015

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