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Woman killed as a result of truck crash

Tractor trailers and large trucks are an important part of interstate commerce. As a result, they are frequent travelers on Virginia highways and roadways. Unfortunately, these large trucks are commonly involved in a truck crash or collision. Because of the size and weight of these vehicles, as well as the speed at which they travel, fatal or serious injuries frequently result.

In Virginia, a crash involving a tractor trailer and a car resulted in the death of a 24-year-old woman. The woman had pulled her car onto the shoulder of the highway and was sitting in the passenger seat when the tractor trailer ran off the road and hit her car. After the collision, the truck jackknifed off the side of the road and the woman was thrown from the car. Although she was taken to a local hospital for treatment, she later died as a result of her injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured and he has been charged with reckless driving.

Truck drivers likely spend more time on the road than other drivers, but this does not ensure that they have better driving skills or habits. In fact, many truck crashes are caused by driver negligence or recklessness. When drivers spend many hours on the road, they can become fatigued to the point where they are not as attentive as they should be. In other situations, they may be rushing to meet a shipping deadline and drive too fast or recklessly.

When a tractor trailer is involved in an accident that results in serious or fatal injuries or significant property damage, the victims may want to investigate the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit in order to seek necessary compensation and hold the responsible parties accountable. Depending on the particular circumstances of the accident, the driver may be solely at fault. However, in other cases, liability can extend to the trucking company or other third parties.

Source: WRIC.com, "I-95 Tractor Trailer Crash Claims Life of 24-Year-Old Gainesville Woman," May 26, 2014

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