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Truck accident in Virginia injures 1 and closes highway

While many people, especially those who drive a great deal, are accustomed to seeing car accidents and other collisions on Virginia roadways, it doesn't make their occurrence any less traumatic or devastating for those involved. A truck crash can be one of the most devastating types of accidents because of the force of the impact. Even a relatively minor crash between a car and a tractor trailer can result in serious or life-threatening injuries, depending on exactly how the two vehicles collide.

Recently, in Prince William County, Virginia, a tractor-trailer collided with a car. The accident occurred just after 6:00 a.m. on Route 29 and Heathcote Boulevard. As a result of the semi truck accident, the road was shut down for a period of time. Although police reported that the victim's injuries did not seem to be life-threatening, he was taken to Fairfax Hospital by air.

Head injuries are common in car accidents and can result from impact inside the vehicle or being thrown from the vehicle. Internal injuries are also commonly suffered in automobile crashes. In many cases, however, paramedics or first responders may not realize that a victim has a head injury, internal injury or other serious problem. Often, the most visible problems are those treated first. A delay in identifying an injury or responding with treatment can result in greater medical problems.

These kinds of injuries and the treatment and rehabilitation often required for recovery can be very time-consuming and expensive. After a truck accident, a victim may be unable to return to work for quite some time, which causes difficulty in terms of paying medical and meeting regular day-to-day expenses. The victim of a car accident should not be forced to bear these costs alone, especially if the driver of the other vehicle was at fault for the accident. When a semi truck is involved in a crash, it is important to conduct a detailed investigation to see exactly which parties may be held liable for the crash. In some cases, liability can extend beyond the truck driver to the trucking company or third-party mechanics responsible for maintaining the safety of the vehicle.

Source: WUSA9, "Victim flown to hospital after tractor-trailer crash," June 4, 2014

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