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1 killed in Virginia trucking accident

One person was killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV near Fulks Run on Nov. 13. Reportedly, the Virginia State Police commenced an investigation into the 5:50 a.m. incident.

According to police, the fatal auto accident occurred on Brocks Gap Road, where a tractor-trailer overturned on top of an Isuzu SUV driven by a 54-year-old woman from Mathias, West Virginia. Police said the tractor-trailer was hauling chicken wings. Before overturning, the large truck had veered across traffic, left the roadway and then overcorrected, authorities reported. The truck was driven by a 44-year-old man from Jacksonville, Florida, according to authorities.

The 54-year-old woman was killed during the accident. Officials at the scene declared her dead. The driver of the truck was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, driving after being declared a habitual offender and possession of a controlled substance.

Following an accident like this one, an attorney representing the family of the decedent in a wrongful death lawsuit might proffer before a civil court information and evidentiary material gathered during the police investigation if it bolsters the wrongful death case. If successful, qualifying family members of the decedent might be awarded financial compensation for the many losses they suffered as a consequence of the crash, both economic and noneconomic.

In accidents involving large commercial trucks, the at-fault driver might not be the only party named as a defendant in consequent civil action. In addition, claimants in a wrongful death claim or personal injury suit might also name the owner of the truck and the trucker's employer as defendants. For this reason, lawsuits following truck accidents may prove to be unusually complicated and adversarial.

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