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Semi driver blamed for fatal multi-vehicle accident

The driver of a semi-truck appears to have been the cause of a six-vehicle collision near Fredericksburg, Virginia, that resulted in one fatality. The truck accident injured several people and killed a woman as they were waiting for a traffic light to change.

At about 11:55 a.m., five automobiles appear to have been stopped on Route 3 waiting for a traffic signal to turn green. According to witness accounts, a semi-truck was headed east on Route 3 when the driver attempted to move from the center lane to the right lane. The tractor-trailer cab hit the five vehicles from the rear. One driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and three other people, including the driver of the truck, were hospitalized for treatment of their injuries.

Police investigators said that they did find any sign that the truck driver attempted to brake. Police have said that they plan to charge the tractor-trailer driver with involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor reckless driving. Police identified the driver of the truck but they did not release any information about the ownership of the truck.

When a traffic accident is caused by a commercial vehicle, identifying the responsible party can be the key to recovering damages. The truck may have been owned by the driver and leased to another company, or the cab may be owned by the driver's employer. The cause of the accident may be poor maintenance of the truck or the owner's requirement that the driver exceed federal and state limits on consecutive work hours. In any event, anyone who has been injured in such an accident may wish to consult an experienced auto accident attorney for an evaluation of the facts of the case and for an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

Source: wtvr.com, "Trucker charged in crash that killed Virginia woman," Scott Wise, Nov. 3, 2017

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