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West Virginia truck accident sends three to the hospital

Distracted driving is a problem in West Virginia, just like it is in every other part of the country. When someone behind the wheel of a vehicle is not devoting their full attention to the road, accidents can result. Regardless of whether the driver is talking on their cell phone, playing with the radio or eating while driving, people risk the safety of everyone on the road when they divert any attention away from driving.

Accidents involving cars are bad enough. However, truck accidents can be even worse because of the sheer size and weight of the truck and its cargo. Truck accidents can result in serious injuries and even death. But, like car accidents, many truck accidents are avoidable.

Authorities are investigating a recent truck accident that occurred near Fayetteville, W.Va., roughly 55 miles away from the Charleston area. At roughly 3:00 p.m., a truck smashed into the side of an SUV at an intersection. Emergency responders took three people to the hospital following the accident, their conditions were unknown.

While the cause of this accident is not yet known, it appears that either the truck or the SUV passed through the intersection against a red stoplight.

Unlike drivers in smaller vehicles, commercial truck drivers must have special training and licenses that qualify them to be professional drivers of such large vehicles. Like other drivers, however, truckers are not immune from distractions. An inattentive truck driver poses a great danger to others on the road.

Victims of truck accidents can be left with a whole host of damages including burdensome medical expenses, lost wages and diminished quality of life. People in this situation should research their legal rights for recovering compensation.

Source: WVNSTV, "Accident near Fayetteville sends three to hospital," Douglas Fritz, March 20, 2014

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