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Logging truck narrowly misses crash with fuel tanker

In West Virginia most drivers are probably accustomed to sharing the roads with big trucks hauling massive loads of materials. For example, logging trucks and coal trucks are common throughout the state. While these trucks serve an important function, they can also cause tremendous accidents involving serious injuries and extensive property damage.

A recent truck accident in another state illustrates the potential dangers of big rig trucks. The driver of a truck carrying a full load of logs attempted to pass a smaller truck as it began turning. The driver in the passing truck failed to see a fuel tanker in the adjacent lane and had to react quickly to avoid crashing into the tanker. But, as a result of avoiding one collision, the driver of the logging truck hit the smaller truck.

Luckily, nobody suffered injuries in the accident. The driver of the logging truck commented that once he realized his error of not seeing the fuel tanker, he chose to avoid hitting that truck at all costs. Although his split-second decision may have saved the lives of all three truck drivers, it does not absolve him of all responsibility for causing the crash.

When a truck driver causes an accident, victims in other vehicles have legal rights to obtain compensation for accident-related damages. In addition, victims may also be able to hold the truck company liable for the damages.

In this case, everyone escaped the accident without injury, and the only damages were to the trucks involved in the collision. However, many truck accidents have much worse consequences. This is especially true when a large truck and a car are involved in an accident.

All truck drivers and their employers must respect the enormous responsibility that they take on each time they transport a load of cargo. Getting that cargo to its destination on time is important, but it cannot come at the expense of the safety of others on the road.

Source: ABC News 13 WLOS, "Upstate Logging Truck Accident," May 22, 2014

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