Carlen Huffman was traveling south on Route 20 when, as she attempted to pass a dump truck, a large rock came off the back of the truck and crashed through her windshield.
The 5lb rock would impact Huffman in the head, causing her to lose control of her 2007 Dodge Caravan and run off the road. Her car would come to a stop against the guardrails of the roadway.
Almost two weeks after the tragic incident, the victim remains at Ruby Memorial Hospital recovering from the severe injuries.
On the other hand, the truck driver, who did not stop at the time of the accident, had to be chased down by local officials. Upshur Cty Sheriff David H. Coffman has indicated that charges are likely to be brought forth for an unsecured load.
An experienced 18 wheeler accident attorney and contributor to Legal Herald, Paul Bucci had the following insight for those who have suffered injuries in accidents involving trucks:
"When someone is gravely injured or even killed in an accident involving a truck, those affected can typically exercise their right to seek justice via a truck accident lawsuit. This type of civil case is filed against those whose actions contributed to the incident.
The focus of a truck accident lawsuit is to provide a recovering victim and their family with the financial compensation that can help pay for:
Pursuing a legal case can seem like an overwhelming process to go through while a family is still reeling from an unexpected tragedy. Unfortunately, statute of limitations exist, essentially time limits, in which a victim can come forth with a lawsuit against a negligent party. Once this time period, which often varies from state to state, elapses, then victims are no longer able to file a lawsuit.
Those who have lost a loved one or suffered severe injuries in a truck accident should know that it's wise to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible so that they can take the first steps toward achieving justice through legal action on your behalf."