Most people feel relatively safe when standing in their own driveway. While drivers usually understand that traveling in a motor vehicle puts them at risk for a serious accident, there is usually little to no worry of this for those who are simply standing outside. Unfortunately, this was not the case for a West Virginia woman who was killed while she was on her own property.

According to police, the driver of a large truck was responsible for the accident. While northbound on West Virginia’s Route 92, the driver somehow lost control of his vehicle and crashed. The truck overturned, and the load of logs spilled out, rolling onto a driveway.

At the same time as the crash, a 22-year-old woman was apparently standing in the driveway. She was hit by the logs, suffering what ultimately proved to be fatal injuries. Reports indicate that she died while still at the scene of the tragic accident.

Losing a loved one because of another person’s negligence can be incredibly difficult for West Virginia families, especially when the victim is young and just starting out in life. Although compensation can never undo the harm done by such a senseless act, the successful actions of a wrongful death suit can be essential for grieving families. Legal recourse achieved through these lawsuits can be applied to unexpected costs, like funeral expenses, bills for life-saving medical attempts and more. When these costs are covered, families may be better prepared to handle the grieving process from a deadly motor vehicle accident.