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Trucker charged in Virginia crash that hurt 2

Following the Monday morning crash between a tractor-trailer and a passenger car on Route 340 near Stanley, police charged the 63-year-old male truck driver with reckless driving. Significant injuries resulted for two people in the car that collided with the tractor-trailer after state police reported that it pulled into traffic on Route 340 from Shuler Lane in front of a vehicle driven by a 43-year-old woman.

Her need for medical attention required that she be airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center. The 24-year-old passenger of the vehicle also suffered injuries. The passenger was sent to Page Memorial Hospital for treatment.

A representative from the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department said that the car had been lodged underneath the tractor-trailer. Although reckless driving charges have been filed against the tractor-trailer driver, the cause of the accident has not yet been made public.

Injuries to people in passenger vehicles after colliding with a large truck are often severe. A serious head injury or long-term disability is possible. Trucking accidents may also be associated with causes such as driver fatigue, distracted driving or negligent truck maintenance on the part of trucking companies.

A person involved in an accident similar to the one on Route 340 may be able to file a personal injury case. Seeking the representation of an attorney is a common step because insurance companies are prone to delay communications with victims. If the evidence in accident reports indicates possible negligence, an attorney might be able to help the injured person recover medical expenses. Costs associated with lost income and long-term rehabilitation may also be recovered in a personal injury case.

Source: WHSV, "Charges Filed in Route 340 Crash," Brian Sheehan, Jan. 5, 2015

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