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U-turn leads to West Virginia tractor-trailer crash

As Cabell County readers may know, driver negligence can lead to accidents on the roadways. Accidents involving heavy trucks are typically more serious than the average vehicle accident. Recently, two trucks collided in a multi-vehicle accident with one of the trucks running another car off the road.

Two semi trucks collided when a Fedex tractor-trailer was apparently attempting to make a u-turn in the middle of the roadway. According to reports, the delivery truck was going the wrong way when it struck the other semi truck. The delivery service's commercial vehicle was traveling north in the southbound lanes when the collision occurred.

After the collision, the tractor-trailer crossed the median and headed into the northbound lanes when it crashed through the guardrail and came to rest in a neighboring field. A vehicle, traveling in front of the semi truck that was struck, narrowly avoided the delivery truck and was run off the road. The driver of the delivery truck, his passenger and the driver of the semi truck struck by the delivery truck all had to be transported to the hospital for treatment.

Because of the size disparity they often present on the road, truck accidents are typically more serious and result in more serious injuries. Frequently, tractor-trailer accidents are caused by driver negligence or a driver attempting to exceed the capabilities of the semi truck.

Semi truck drivers may suffer from inadequate training as to driving and defensive driving techniques, and may be ignoring safety concerns. They may also be subject to compensation systems or unrealistic scheduling deadlines that encourage traveling at higher rates of speed or driving for longer hours than federal regulations mandate.

Semi truck accidents are often serious events on the roadways. Compensation can often be sought when a party is injured on the roadway by a negligent driver. A person injured by driver negligence may be able to recover damages from the driver or the operating company the driver works, depending on the situation.

Source: WBOY, "3 People Transported to Hospital After I-79 Accident in Monongalia County," Oct. 25, 2012

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