The accident shows how powerful tractor trailers can be, and how much damage they can cause. According to the The Mercury News, the truck slid 35 yards and spread debris across the freeway. The accident required 30 firefighters to deal with the resulting truck fire.
Meanwhile, three members of a Canadian family were killed in an accident with a tractor trailer in Virginia. Officials say the driver of their vehicle hit the oncoming tractor trailer head on. Two other passengers in the vehicle were taken to hospital with undetermined injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured.
Truck accidents can happen suddenly, with no warning. In some cases, the tractor trailer does not have to make contact with another vehicle to cause an accident. Sometimes, the load the truck is carrying is improperly secured, which can result in an accident, or the driver is not following hauling permits, which can also cause accidents.
An accident in Virginia highlights an incident involving both of these infractions. The tractor trailer was carrying a rectangular steel flue, which struck an overpass causing debris to fall and hit another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle suffered injuries that were not deemed to be life threatening. However, the driver of the tractor trailer was charged with violating a hauling permit and with reckless driving. The driver's permit required that he stay on I-295, but he drove onto I-95, in violation of his permit.
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When a truck accident is the result of a person or organization's negligence, a lawsuit can help to ensure that the responsible party is held accountable. It can also help to ensure that the victim receives compensation for any and all medical bills that may result from the accident. If you have been involved in a truck accident, contact a lawyer to discuss your legal options.