Two West Virginia residents died in a car accident possibly caused by distracted driving. They were killed in a car accident caused by a semi-truck. Law enforcement is working to reconstruct the accident to determine exactly what happened, but it is suspected that the driver was distracted behind the wheel.
Police are working to determine the exact cause of the accident, but it is believed that perhaps speed or other factors played a role. It is also possible that the driver looked away from the road, fell asleep or was doing something else in the moments leading up to the crash. The elderly driver of the smaller vehicle and the truck driver died from the impact.
At this point, law enforcement does not believe that the West Virginia truck driver attempted to brake in order to avoid the impact. This could possibly imply that he did not see the impending wreck. While the case is still under investigation, the passenger of the smaller car is still recovering from her injuries.
The driver of the truck is deceased, but it may be possible that his estate, employer or trucking company could be held liable for the car accident. Truck drivers are responsible for ensuring that they drive safely and carefully around other smaller vehicles. While the trucking company cannot monitor every second that their drivers are behind the wheel, it is their responsibility to enforce safe and cautious driving with employees. If the family of the elderly driver or the injured woman wishes to seek compensation, they should begin by determining if they have a case.
Source: www.heraldcourier.com, Cause of Interstate 81 crash that killed two still under investigation, Kevin Castle, March 2, 2014