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Two deaths result from truck accident in Virginia

Traffic accidents are often common in populated metropolitan areas due to the number of vehicles on the road and the size of the interstates or roadways. Because tractor-trailer trucks frequently travel along the interstate, truck accidents sometimes happen. Unfortunately, when a large truck is involved in an accident, it often increases the likelihood of serious injury or death due to the size differential between the truck and the other vehicle or vehicles involved.

In Prince William County a recent accident involved two vehicles and a tractor-trailer. The first collision occurred between a Ford Focus and the tractor-trailer. The initial collision caused both the car and truck to move toward the left lane where they hit a Honda Accord and then a Jersey wall. Two people in the Ford Focus were killed as a result of the accident.

In a car accident between two passenger vehicles, the driver or owner of the vehicle that caused the accident is often the only person who can be held liable, unless there was some kind of defect with the vehicle itself. In a semi truck accident, however, liability can extend to the truck company, depending on the circumstances of the accident. This can be helpful for plaintiffs who have suffered serious harm and substantial damages because it provides a greater chance of recovery.

Truck drivers, despite driving for a professional, are not always the best drivers on the road. Many of them log long hours or engage in other behaviors that may make their driving negligent or dangerous. In addition, those large trucks require maintenance to ensure that they are safe for the road, but sometimes this maintenance is not performed as regularly as it should be. If someone is involved in a truck accident, he or she may be able to recover damages from either the truck driver or truck company or both.

Source: Fairfax News, "Two killed in morning accident on I-95," Feb. 6, 2014

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