Accidents involving massive commercial trucks or 18-wheelers can be catastrophic for other, smaller vehicles on the road and, worse, for pedestrians. Irrespective of who is at fault, a truck accident can easily prove fatal or, at the very least, inflict serious injuries on their victims.
In addition to bad weather and other unavoidable circumstances, collisions take place for a number of reasons. The operator may be suffering from truck driver fatigue or is negligent in any number of ways. Perhaps the truck company has allowed an unqualified truck driver to get behind the wheel or let a truck with defective auto parts to be on the road. In either case, the company may incur its own share of liability.
An example is a fatal accident that took place in Ashburn, Virginia, northeast of Roanoke. The Virginia Department of Transportation routinely employs contract truck drivers to operate its trucks. Recently, a contract driver was killed when he was struck by another VDOT truck. According to the police report, the victim had pulled off the road, gotten down from his truck and was standing behind it when he was hit. He was taken to a hospital, but later died there. While the investigation into the accident goes on, VDOT has expressed its condolences to the victim's family.
The exact cause of this accident is unclear at this time. However, if the liability of the second VDOT driver can be shown, then the dependents of the victim may consider suing both the driver and his employer for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and the pain and suffering stemming from the loss of their loved one.
Source: The Washington Post, "VDOT Contract Worker Killed When Trucks Crash," Feb 13, 2014