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Collision with dump truck leads to fatality

A tractor-trailer driver was killed on Nov. 7 when he collided with a disabled dump truck that was blocking the highway. The accident occurred on the middle northbound lane of I-95 near mile-marker 149. The 59-year old driver of the tractor-trailer was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the dump truck received non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at the hospital.

According to an email from the Virginia State Police, a motorist called to notify them about the disabled dump truck. Police state that they dispatched a cruiser immediately. However, by the time the police arrived, the accident had already occurred. The force of the collision caused both the dump truck and the tractor-trailer to overturn. The dump truck's power train and lights were broken, and the driver has been charged with operating a truck with defective equipment.

After a tractor-trailer crash like this one, the deceased's family may consider a civil lawsuit for damages. An attorney who handles wrongful death actions can provide them with counsel about the strength of a possible action against the dump truck driver and his company's employer.

Under similar circumstances, an attorney is likely to review the police accident report, the death certificate, medical records and witness statements. Multiple defendants may be assigned to a wrongful death suit if an attorney and their client find adequate proof that improper maintenance of a vehicle was responsible for a loved one's death. If such an action is successful, the surviving spouse or dependents may be awarded compensation for their losses.

Source: WTVR, "Driver of defective dump truck charged in crash that killed Richmond man on I-95", November 10, 2014

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