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Man claims serious injuries following truck accident

Many people try to avoid driving near large trucks on West Virginia's roads and highways. While most truck drivers must have special training and a commercial driver's license, large trucks are simply not as easy to control and maneuver as are smaller vehicles. Moreover, other drivers should understand that truck accidents often lead to serious injuries or even death, due to the truck's immense size and weight.

In addition to the possibility of a deadly collision, some trucks pose different kinds of risks to other drivers on the road. Trucks that haul equipment, goods or other items on uncovered beds can cause a problem if the driver fails to properly secure those materials. When this happens, the unsecured objects can fall from the truck and hit other vehicles.

Trucks can also require more detailed and comprehensive maintenance because they often sustain more wear and tear than cars. When equipment on a truck fails, it can endanger the safety of anyone nearby. For example, a West Virginia man recently filed a lawsuit after a wheel and axel allegedly flew off of the trailer of a truck and hit the man's vehicle.

In the man's lawsuit, he claims that he was driving on an interstate highway in West Virginia when the truck's parts flew off. The man filed his lawsuit against the Asplundh Tree Expert Co., which owns the truck. He alleges that he sustained serious injuries as a result of the company's negligence.

Like car accidents, this case shows that truck accidents can occur in many different kinds of ways. People who are victims of a truck accident may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and other damages. In some case, the victim may have a case against not only the truck driver, but also the the truck company.

Everyone should drive extra cautiously when trucks are in the area. But drivers and truck companies also have an obligation to do everything that they can to avoid injuring other people on the road.

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Lawsuit says wheel fell off Asplundh truck," Whitney Brakken, Sep. 27, 2013

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