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Life-threatening injuries to one after truck crash in Virginia

Semi-trucks and large tractor trailers are frequent travelers on Virginia's highways. They are an integral part of commerce, but they also pose particular risks and dangers for other drivers on the roadways. When there is a truck crash, there is often a great deal of damage to other vehicles, as well as serious injuries to the people involved in the collision. For these reasons, it can important to determine who is liable for the accident so that compensation can be paid.

On Route 7 in Clarke County, Virginia, a tractor trailer and a flat-bed truck recently collided. The accident occurred just before 2:00pm in the afternoon. As a result of the accident, authorities shut down westbound lanes on the highway for about two hours. One person inside the truck suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Fairfax Hospital by air.

It is unclear at this time what caused the accident between these two trucks or who was at fault. However, it is not uncommon for truck drivers to be held liable because of the time they spend on the road. In many cases, driver fatigue or reckless driving behaviors may be the cause. In other situations, the truck may have been poorly or improperly maintained, which can result in dangerous tire blow-outs or mechanical failures that can cause a driver to lose control.

When Virginia residents are injured in an accident in which a semi-truck was involved, it is important to conduct a complete investigation to determine the factors that may have caused or contributed to the accident. This may include accident reconstruction, interviewing witnesses, reviewing accident reports and driver logs, and other things. Depending on what is ultimately discovered, the truck driver or the truck company itself can be held liable for the damages caused to the other people involved in the accident if it is found that they were negligent, reckless, or otherwise at fault.

Source: Your4State.com, "UPDATE: One Person Flown to Hospital After Route 7 Accident," Dawn White, April 19, 2014

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