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Semi truck accident leaves one man dead

Large trucks carrying massive loads of goods, and sometimes even fuel or chemicals, roll through the country's vast network of interstate highways at all times of the year. Even at times when most other people are not working, like Christmas Eve, truckers are still on the road trying to get their cargo from one place to another.

Interstate 64, which runs through Kanawha County, is one of the country's major transportation arteries that carries a great deal of trucking traffic. On December 24, it was the scene of a deadly semi truck accident.

According to Kanawha County deputies, the driver of one truck was merging onto I-64 West when a larger double tractor trailer struck the merging truck. The driver of the merging truck suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the Thomas Memorial Hospital. The driver of the larger truck died from his injuries.

A Kanawha County deputy explained that the cab of the larger truck was severely damaged in the accident but the other truck had less damage. An accident reconstruction team was continuing to investigate the truck accident to find any possible causes.

As this case shows, a truck collision can have devastating consequences. If a cause of the accident is the truck driver's negligence, any injured parties may have legal claims against both the truck driver and the truck company.

Large trucks are a vital and effective means of transportation. When a driver fails to exercise reasonable care, however, that person risks the safety of others on the road. West Virginia residents who are the victims of truck accidents may have legal options for obtaining compensation from the negligent parties.

Source: WCHS ABC 8, "Deputies Investigating Deadly Crash; I-64 Westbound Near Institute Reopens," Bethany Simmons and Michelle Carroll, Dec. 24, 2013

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