There are few things more frightening than an out-of-control tractor-trailer on the roads of Virginia. We were saddened to read about a recent truck crash in Frederick County in Virginia that claimed the life of a motorcyclist.
The Winchester Star reported on how a 56-year-old motorcyclist from St. Louis was killed when a tractor trailer struck the motorcycle he was riding.
Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable of road users. Our Virginia motorcyclist injury lawyers often work with riders who suffer very serious injuries in accidents with cars, even at slow speeds. Sadly, the odds are stacked against a motorcyclist in a crash with a tractor-trailer.
The truck crash in Frederick County was reported at the intersection of Carpers Pike (Va. 259) and Northwestern Pike (U.S. 50).
A 58-year-old truck driver from New Jersey was heading north in a 2016 Freightliner on Carpers Pike. The Winchester Star report said he was unable to stop as he approached Northwestern Pike. The big rig crossed both lanes of that highway. The truck hit a 2015 Triumph motorcycle as it crossed the lanes.
Police said the tractor-trailer came to rest on its side on the shoulder of Northwestern Pike. It also clipped a 2013 Nissan Altima after the driver lost control. However, the driver escaped injury.
Was truck crash in Frederick County caused by defective brakes?
The motorcyclist sustained serious internal injuries and was pronounced dead at Winchester Medical Center. Our thoughts are with the family of the motorcyclist in the wake of this tragic crash.
The Cause of the Fatal Truck Crash in Frederick County
Police said the trucker reported the brakes of the truck had failed, but he was subsequently charged with reckless driving.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we handle wrongful death claims involving truckers regularly. These kinds of crashes are disproportionately likely to be fatal.
The actions or failures of a trucker can lead to a lawsuit being brought against a trucking company or another entity.
These companies fail to maintain trucks properly more often than we would like to believe. They may force drivers to work long hours, causing fatigue at the wheel. They may fail to vet drivers properly for medical conditions like sleep apnea.
The sheriff’s office is investigating the fatal truck crash in Frederick County. The Star reported that the Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit of the Virginia State Police is inspecting the truck to find out if there were any equipment failures.
If you have lost a loved one due to the careless or reckless actions of a trucker, please call our Virginia trucking accident injury team at (757) 455-0077.