On June 23, 2012 at around 10pm, motorcyclist Welsey Shackleford, 30, of Nicholas County, West Virginia (WV), was struck by a minivan and later lost his life at a local hospital. The driver of the van pulled out onto Route 19 in the direct path of the motorcycle. Police have charged the driver of the van with failure to yield right of way.
The Virginia Wrongful Death Attorneys' Perspective
Though the driver of the minivan has not been charged, he or she might still be held liable for causing the loss of life. Following the rules of the road is crucial, especially when driving at night or on country roads. With not much light or visibility, it's often difficult to see smaller vehicles like motorcycles. Whether the driver did not see the motorcycle or was simply distracted behind the wheel, the consequences of the drver's actions will forever affect a family. They will have to recover from funeral and other burial expenses, loss of monetary support, loss of future income, loss of medical benefits, retirement benefits, and other benefits. On top of all this, the family must deal with the loss of companionship and affection.
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