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Head-on collision in work zone leaves one dead, two injured

People who use the Interstate Highway System in Virginia are used to seeing signs asking for extra caution in work zones. Fines for traffic violations usually increase in work zones, and speed limits are reduced. But, what about vehicles used in highway construction work? A recent truck accident in Arlington raises several questions about the safe operation of vehicles involved in construction work.

A stretch of I-95 express lanes in Arlington County are being re-surfaced. In the early morning hours of August 22, a large dump truck entered the closed express lane and headed south to deliver a load of paving material. At the same time, a smaller pickup truck that was also involved in the construction work entered the express lane headed north. The two trucks collided just south of the 14th Street Bridge.

The driver of the pickup and his two passengers were transported to George Washington Hospital. The driver succumbed to his injuries later in the morning. The two passengers remain hospitalized for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the dump truck was not injured. The Virginia State Police has assigned its Fairfax Division Crash Reconstruction Team to investigate the accident in order to determine which driver was at fault for the collision.

Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a similar accident understands the pain and anguish caused by such incidents. These emotions are often amplified when the police are unable to provide a definitive explanation of the cause. An experienced attorney can do much to ease the pain by conducting an independent reconstruction of the accident and providing advice about seeking damages from the party who was at fault.

Source: The Free Lance-Star, "Fredericksburg man killed when pickup, dump truck collide in express lane work zone," Scott Shenk, Aug. 22, 2017

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