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Tractor-trailer accident leaves four dead

Trucks on the roadways have proven to be dangerous due to their size, especially for those in passenger vehicles. According to a recent report, a fatal accident involving a tractor-trailer in West Virginia left four people dead and one injured.

The incident occurred on Interstate 77 when the driver of a tractor-trailer carrying canned goods lost control of the vehicle. As a result, the tractor-trailer crossed the median and crashed into a passenger vehicle. The family members in the passenger vehicle, including two adults and two small children, were killed.

After hitting the passenger vehicle, the tractor-trailer rolled onto its side and caught on fire. The driver of the truck was serious injured and was air-lifted to a nearby hospital.

Truck accidents like these occur for a number of reasons. Many accidents are caused by a negligent truck driver. Trucks are unlike passenger vehicles in that they are difficult to control and require more time to stop. Truck drivers who have not been adequately trained may have a difficult time maintaining control of such a large, heavy vehicle. Drivers are also legally required to perform regular maintenance on their trucks and adhere to federal regulations. Failure to do these things may result in liability for accident-related injuries.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, there may be legal options available to you. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent truck driver and the company they work for. If you can successfully prove that their negligence caused your injuries, you may recover damages to cover your medical expenses, lost wages or earning capacity, mental anguish and other costs.

Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, "Tragedy on turnpike: Tractor-trailer crashes into passenger vehicle killing 4," Blake Stowers, April 14, 2017

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