Earlier this week, a woman died in an accident with a tractor-trailer in Dumfries, Virginia. Police say that the driver that was killed in the crash drove her vehicle across lanes near Jefferson Davis Highway and Wayside Drive. Her vehicle went across the median, hit two pedestrian signals, as she traveled into oncoming traffic. A tractor-trailer collided with her vehicle and it overturned. The truck driver was not injured in the crash. Police do not believe that speed, alcohol, or drugs were involved in the crash. Reasons, why the woman drove across the lines, is still unknown.
This accident goes to show the dangers involved when driving near tractor trailers, especially on the highway. Due to the size and power of tractor trailers, it is difficult for truck drivers to bring their rigs to a quick stop. Accidents involving tractor-trailers are also more likely to result in a fatality than other vehicles. All drivers on the roads and highways should always be extra cautious when driving near, next to, or in front of tractor trailers because there is a greater risk for a serious accident. In the case of this accident, drivers should always pay attention to the road when driving so as to avoid drifting lanes or crossing over medians.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a truck accident caused by the fault or negligence of another person and would like to consult an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney for free, contact us at (855) 954-4141 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Stafford or throughout Virginia or visit us online.