1 dead in West Virginia coal truck crash

One man was killed in a fatal collision involving a car, a coal truck and a house near Kimberly. The incident took place on Dic. 21st, at around 2:30 p.m. on Armstrong Creek Road and left the road closed in both directions while crews cleaned up the debris.

According to the Fayetteville County Sheriff's Department, the investigation into the crash is ongoing to determine what might have caused the accident. The fatal crash occurred when a coal truck collided with a gray sedan and then crashed into a house. The driver of the sedan, a 61-year-old Kimberly man, was killed in the crash. The driver of the coal truck was injured in the incident and taken to Charleston Area Medical Center where he was later listed in stable condition.

While the cause of this accident is still unknown, there are many factors that can result in truck accidents. Distracted driving, from using a cellphone or from other in-vehicle distractions, or drowsy driving are common collision factors. As well, speeding, improper lane changes or blind turns are all factors that might lead to crashes. Finally, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can also result in serious and fatal accidents.

Victims of truck accidents might choose to pursue a claim for compensation once the liable driver in the incident has been identified. They might find the guidance of a lawyer helpful during the process. A lawyer may be able to explain the requirements for filing the claim, what types of compensation are available for economic and non-economic losses and the types of evidence that can be used in the process. A lawyer may also represent the victim in negotiations with the insurance company and, if necessary, in court.

Source: CBS Fox 59, "UPDATE: 1 dead after coal truck hits car, house in Fayette County; name released," Dec. 21, 2017

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