Semi-trucks can be very dangerous, especially when they are driven by fatigued or distracted drivers. It isn't clear what caused a truck accident in another state earlier this month, but fatigued or distracted driving might have been a cause. A truck driver wasn't able to stop his tractor-trailer when traffic slowed ahead of him. The truck rear-ended an SUV, pushing it into another tractor-trailer.
The SUV started on fire, and all seven people in the SUV were killed, all of whom were relatives. This and many other tragic truck accidents are avoidable in West Virginia and across the country.
Many times truck drivers are considered professional drivers, but they are often overworked, fatigued and driving long distances without breaks. This can result in the person not being attentive or safe while driving. When someone is killed in a truck accident, their family might be faced with severe financial problems during a very emotional time in their lives.
Speaking with an experienced West Virginia truck accident attorney might be a wise decision for a family who loses a loved one or for someone who has been injured in an accident. They can help a person or their family understand their rights.
Sometimes a family can seek compensation, which might be used to pay for medical, funeral or other expenses. When a loved one is lost, insurance companies might try to settle. An attorney can help a family protect their interests and ensure they get the compensation that they need to pay expenses and secure their future.
Source: USA Today, "7 relatives die when Jeep is crushed between big rigs," Aug. 16, 2013