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Virginia truck crash injures two people

In many situations, an accident is the fault of only a single person. This could be due to loss of control, weather conditions, negligence, or other factors. In those cases, no one except for the driver of the vehicle that caused the crash can be blamed. When semi-trucks or other large trucks are involved in an accident, however, liability may extend beyond the driver to the trucking company and other third parties. This can be important when attempting to recover compensation because a truck crash is often more severe, causing more damage and injury, than other types of crashes.

In Lynchburg, Virginia, a garbage truck recently caused a collision that involved two other vehicles and resulted in injuries to two people. The accident occurred near an intersection when the garbage truck failed to stop and rear-ended the vehicle in front of it. That vehicle was then pushed into the car in front of it. Initial reports did not describe the severity of the injuries. The garbage truck driver had a suspended license at the time the accident occurred.

Trucking companies, garbage companies and other companies using large trucks and drivers to conduct their business have a responsibility to ensure that their vehicles are safe and well-maintained and that their drivers are properly licensed, safe, and responsible. Due to the size, weight and cargo of trucks, accidents involving these vehicles can cause considerably more damage to both property and people. If the companies fail to ensure that their vehicles and drivers are safe, they can be held liable for damage caused by an accident.

When Virginia residents are involved in a serious accident that was caused by a truck, it is important to investigate the circumstances fully to determine who and what is at fault for the accident. Insurance alone may be insufficient to cover the costs and damages sustained in the accident and recourse to a personal liability lawsuit may be necessary. By investigating the details and facts of the accidents, potential plaintiffs and their attorneys can determine if the trucking company or another third party can also be held liable for some form of negligence that contributed to the accident. This can dramatically increase the chance that a plaintiff will get the compensation he or she needs and deserves.

Source: NewsAdvance.com, "Two hospitalized after Lynchburg garbage-truck crash," Barrett Mohrmann, Dec. 18, 2013

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