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Two people injured in truck accident at West Virginia state line

Big rigs and other smaller trucks carrying loads of equipment and goods are commonplace on West Virginia's roadways. Many people try to avoid driving near these trucks because they fear the prospects of being involved in an accident with such a massive vehicle.

It is true that the enormous size and weight of large trucks means that people in smaller vehicles usually suffer the brunt of the injuries if they are involved in a truck accident. In addition to their size and weight, the loads that these trucks carry can sometimes pose a threat to other people on the road. A recent truck accident at the border between West Virginia and Ohio is an example of both of these types of dangers.

The accident, which occurred roughly 85 miles north of Charleston on the Williamstown-Marietta Bridge, started when a couch fell from a vehicle that was loaded with other pieces of furniture. Two West Virginia residents were test-driving a pickup truck and driving directly behind the vehicle that lost the couch. The driver of the pickup was unable to avoid the couch, which then got stuck under the pickup.

As the pickup came to an abrupt stop in the middle of the bridge, a tractor-trailer was unable to stop and slammed into the back of the pickup. The man test-driving the pickup, and his wife, were treated at a hospital and released. The tractor-trailer's driver was uninjured, and the driver in the first vehicle fled the scene of the accident.

All too often, multi-vehicle accidents that involve tractor-trailers end much worse than this one. Many collisions between a truck and smaller vehicle result in serious injuries or even fatalities. In accidents where the truck driver was negligent, any accident victims have legal claims against the driver and possibly the trucking company.

Source: Marietta Times, "I-77 bridge wreck sends two to hospital," Gretchen Richards, Feb. 15, 2014

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