By Jim Lewis, Virginia (VA) Injury Attorney
Authorities with the state troopers say that the crash involved two vehicles, one of which was an 18-wheeler. The accident happened yesterday afternoon, just before 2 p.m. Police say the crash occurred in the westbound lanes of I-64 near Military Highway.
All westbound lanes were closed for several hours as emergency responders tended to those injured and tried to lift up the overturned tractor-trailer. Police say the semi was especially heavy given the weight of its cargo and that it took much longer than anticipated to get the truck upright. According to an accident report, the semi was carrying several thousand pounds of wood flooring.
Troopers say that the crash was caused in part by the extreme weight of the semi. Reports indicate that as the driver of the tractor-trailer was coming onto I-64 the weight in his tractor-trailer shifted. This shift was severe and, in an attempt to correct the shift, the rig ended up overturning.
Eyewitnesses have said that another vehicle crashed into the median in an attempt to avoid crashing into the truck and its cargo. Police say the driver of the passenger vehicle was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries, as was the driver of the tractor-trailer.
Nationwide, there was a 1.9 percent increase in the number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks from 2010 to 2011, the most recent years of data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Though there are many causes for such accidents, drivers operating an overloaded vehicle are one common reason. Tractor-trailers are already large and difficult to control, but when they are packed with heavy cargo they can become almost impossible to safely steer.
My firm has successfully handled multiple cases against truck drivers and trucking companies that caused severe injury and death to innocent motorists in Virginia. In one case, my firm was able to secure a $650,000 jury verdict for a client who was injured in a serious wreck involving a MACK truck.
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