Large trucks are a common sight on the roadways in Virginia. They are so frequently seen that most people take for granted that the operator of a big rig will be fully trained, drive the vehicle safely, adhere to all federal trucking regulations and be thoroughly checked by the employer. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and it is only after a truck accident that the truth is discovered and the driver should not have been behind the wheel. Those who have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident or lost a loved one need to know what to do in the aftermath to seek compensation in a legal filing.
A truck carrying milk crashed into several vehicles and caused injuries to two men. The accident happened at around 4:30 p.m. as the 18-wheeler was using the exit of Interstate-664 and tried to turn north. The truck driver lost control and the vehicle flipped over. It hit three vehicles before stopping. A 62-year-old man in a 2002 Ford truck and a 60-year-old man in a 2006 Chevy Aveo were hospitalized with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
The 57-year-old truck driver received citations for operating his vehicle recklessly and form not having a Commercial Driver’s License. The license had been suspended. The license was suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles when it did not receive his medical certificate. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated that the company has had drivers involved in three accidents in 2015 and 2016. They also had violations for failing to obey a traffic device and for speeding.
Truck drivers are supposed to have all of their information in order before getting behind the wheel. The CDL license is an integral factor in a driver being deemed safe and qualified to drive a truck. When there is an accident with a truck, the sheer size of the vehicle and the speeds at which it travels can lead to serious injuries and fatalities to those who are in its path. With that comes medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages at work and, if there is a death, the family of the decedent having to make ends meet and move forward without their loved one. With all of this in mind, those who are affected by a truck accident need to make certain that a complete investigation is done so they can think about moving forward with a legal filing. An attorney can help.
Source: 13newsnow.com, “Truck driver, involved in crash, had suspended CDL license,” Niko Clemmons, Dec. 5, 2016