Large trucks are a common sight on the highways that surround the Charleston area and run throughout West Virginia and beyond the state's borders. Big rig trucks are an essential means of transporting goods all across the country. Unfortunately, however, accidents involving these trucks often result in severe injuries or even death. This is especially true where the accident includes a semi truck and a smaller vehicle like a car or SUV.
A recent semi truck accident in West Virginia resulted in the death of a 17-year-old girl. The girl was driving south on U.S. Route 220, in the northern part of the state, when a northbound tractor-trailer hit the side of the girl's car. The impact caused her car to spin into the guardrail and another northbound truck then hit the girl's car. The local county medical examiner pronounced the girl dead at the scene of the accident.
Tragic truck accidents like this are all too common. Freight trucks are inherently more dangerous than cars because they weigh tens of thousands of pounds and are more difficult to maneuver. Accordingly, federal and state authorities place strict regulations on licensing for truck drivers. In addition, regulators also impose various maintenance and safety requirements for large trucks.
Even with all of the regulations, however, truck driver negligence can lead to a horrific accident. Likewise, if the truck company fails to properly train the driver or maintain their fleet of trucks, the risk of accident grows exponentially.
Truck accident victims and their families have legal rights to recover compensation when the accident was caused by a negligent driver or truck company. In this case, the precise cause of the deadly collision may require further investigation. Regardless of the cause, nothing can bring back the 17-year-old victim or replace the loss that her family and friends are experiencing. But, when the time comes, the girl's family may want to research their legal options for pursuing damages against the truck drivers and their employers.
Source: Cumberland Times-News, "Teen killed in Hampshire vehicle crash," Oct. 25, 2013